Net-a-Porter’s online magazine, The Edit, today is GOOD. VERY GOOD. And full of wonderful quotes, tidbits, things to take away (besides all the lovely pieces from The Row I’d like to live in, but probably never will, sadly).
Virginie Mouzat says so eloquently what perhaps I’ve been struggling with in terms of defining my style:
I don’t like an outfit to speak louder than me.
When I wear color, or anything that is NOT ME, this is what I feel – like the outfit is speaking louder than me. It overshadows ME. She also talks a lot about knowing the types of things she cannot wear and what she can. I’m beginning to feel like I simply cannot wear jeans. As much as I try and try to find the perfect pair (again yesterday I went and tried on dozens of jeans at Nordstrom), I’m unhappy with all of them. And then I come home and try on my harem pants, a great dress or maxi skirt and say “what do I need jeans for?”
Also, I love what the Olsen twins say about their clothing line, The Row: that they want the pieces to be anonymous. Understated, but elegant – something you’d wear with a Chanel jacket to allow the Chanel to shine. Without knowing it, I think this is the way I’ve built my wardrobe. At this point, it’s probably filled with too many anonymous items, and not enough “special” ones, but I appreciate high quality, slightly luxurious basics.
Then of course, this next page is filled with bits to really make you think:
I especially love her statement about investment pieces being like diamonds – and that no one would recognize them as investment pieces necessarily. From afar, an investment white button down shirt looks like any other white button down shirt, but to the wearer it’s so much more. My investment pieces are far from Lanvin, Chanel, and Saint Laurent, they’re more like Rag & Bone and James Perse, but WERE an investment in terms of not only money, but the thought put into buying them. I treasure them because they’re not only well-made, they make me look & feel amazing. Worth the investment if I may say so.
The hardest part though is what the writer mentions here:
The key is to isolate what makes you feel great, as opposed to what you think others consider great.
And I’ll just leave it there, because I think that says it all.
What do you think?