considerations

giorgia

I blame it on Giorgia Tordini who pulled off a t-shirt dress so perfectly that I decided right then and there it would be my summer of 2013 uniform. I plan on resisting the relentless summer holiday heat (fingerscrossed!) with nothing but the simpelest of tshirt dresses and pairing it with clubmasters and strappy sandals. There is just something about the idea of rolling out of bed and reaching for one item in your closet and basically being set for the day that makes me look forward to the summer. Some sunscreen and lipbalm and you’re ready to go. It’s a nice change of pace after months of layering and bundling up.

So, another summer, another summer uniform on the horizon. And so many things to consider.

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(black dress by T by Alexander Wang, sandals by MM6, white dress by A.P.C and sandals by COS)

I decided I want my t-shirt dress to have short sleeves, since it seems more practical, even though I like the idea of the upturned long sleeves. Right now I’m trying to decide between a black version by T by Alexander Wang and the white A.P.C. dress. I really love the A.P.C. one, but I’m wondering if white will be somewhat impractical and too fragile. I also have an irrational hate towards capsleeves. The black one looks cool and the sleeves are the right length but might be too short on me which in the end defeats the purpose of easy effortlessness.

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(dresses by Raquel Allegra and La Garçonne Moderne)

Then there is this beautiful jersey dress by Raquel Allegra. I love the way it looks on the La Garçonne model, but again I’m questioning the practicality of white. I guess I’m afraid it will look drab by the end of the summer? (I don’t want to keep thinking about that when I’m wearing this dress. Again, purpose defeated.) But i do love the length and the sleeves. And the idea of white. This black dress by La Garçonne Moderne is simple enough and the length is perfect, but the shape might be too straight, even on the model. I prefer it slightly more loose.

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(both dresses by COS, sandals by &Other Stories)

The highstreet versions I found are both in navy and both from COS. I prefer the loose-but-not-shapeless model of the first and the crewneck of the second dress. Of course all of this doesn’t outweigh the feel and the quality of the fabric, not to mention the actual fit. For this I might just be trying on dresses for the next few weeks. I haven’t had a garment on my wishlist in what feels like ages, I almost forgot the excitement of the selection process.

Finally, there is the choice of sort of dressy sandals which I don’t look forward to since I never had much luck in this department. As much as I love the idea of few straps of leather and not much else, my feet are difficult (as in narrow with high arch) and need more support than that, especially around the ankle, but I also want simplicity and not much fuss. Also, my list of irrational hates further includes toe-straps. I cannot stand anything between my toes. Right now I’m leaning towards these nude coloured sandals from COS. The colour is perfect (especially if I decide on the white dress) but I prefer belts for closure because it just seems sturdier. Then there is this pair from &Other Stories – I love the colour and the simplicity but I don’t know what to expect when it comes to quality. Anyone have any experience with them? (They also seem to be sold out often, but keep coming back in stock). And A.P.C. of course usually has a good selection, which I’ve been meaning to look for. 

(top img via google search, other images via La Garçonne, COS, &Other Stories)

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Uniform



Every once in a while I happen to come across an editorial that is inspiring beyond the sartorial offerings displayed. Current issue of the Fantastic Man magazine (the equally stylish masculine counterpart to The Gentlewoman, that other favourite bi-annual publication) features an editorial simply titled “Black”. The introductory text reads as following: “A complete summer wardrobe of total elegance for the modern nihilist on vacation abroad.” It was all it took for me to fall in love.

The concept is certainly radical and uncompromising in it’s witty sophistication with a hint of 60s existentialism with the post-modern starkness. These scanned images don’t do the photographs justice, as they should be viewed in their full glory full-size on paper. Needless to say I was instantly inspired to plan a perfect unisex capsule wardrobe.

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Images from Fantastic Man S/S 2012, via Hypebeast. Photographed by Daniel Riera and styled by Hannes Hetta.

Helmut Lang single button blazer for chilly evenings, alone or over a black t-shirt for a solitary dinner with a book.
Étoile Isabel Marant roll-cuff tee, perfect for lunch date at the museum.
The Row Roger modal and silk-blend tank, for daily trips to the beach and the local market.
La Garçonne Moderne Didion tank, the formal version of a tank, perfect for evening date.
La Garçonne Moderne Artist Cupro shirt, stark and serious or with casually rolled cuffs over shorts.
HELMUT oversize tee, a classic.
Hope Time shorts, great with flowing oversized tops.
Woman by Common Projects suede espadrille, smart and casual.
Ray-Ban Clubmasters, contemporary detail.
D RK SH D W by Rick Owens denim bag, for trips to the local market.
GG 750 Chino pant, laid-back casual.
Proenza Schouler high-waisted jean, a more formal version.


A.P.C swimsuit
COS black bikini top and bottom
SC x Louis Vuitton leather bag
Byredo Baudelaire eau de toilette, I couldn’t imagine a more perfect scent.
Love Quotes linnen scarf, for chilly evenings outside, strolling on the beach.
COS leather sandals

Hope Judge dress
La Garçonne Moderne Didion dress
R13 Long Sleeved Rosie dress

DiorShow black mascara
Kiehl’s lip balm SPF15
Aesop Sage&Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream SPF15
Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm

Knits


(from Vogue Paris, via tumblr)

With the current temperatures calling for layers and knits, my current love affair with the concept of sweaters as outerwear continues. And editorials like the one above from Vogue Paris styled perfectly by Capucine Safyurtlu, are serving as inspiration (although I myself would probably pass on the ripped shorts). Paired with the big windswept hair, it all looks relaxed yet quietly luxurious at the same time.

This sweater from La Garçonne Moderne is perfect in every way, although the colour I would prefer the most is currently sold out.


(image from Jeanne Damas’ blogspot)

La Garçonne Inspiration

What I love about La Garçonne girl is that she clearly has her favourite wardrobe items which continue to make appearances in their beautifully styled lookbooks, season after season, each time subtly updated with styling. It adds a great sense of continuity to one’s personal style evolution, which doesn’t depend on trends nor feel the need for a whole new wardrobe each season. I have decided to assemble these collages in order to pinpoint some of my favourite la garçonne looks over the past few seasons. It only goes to show that some pieces are truly forever.

Above: Classic Breton top. Also included is the dress version, which is a great summer staple.

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