Monday, December 6, 2010

my 10 wardrobe essentials

01. White high-top sneakers. Always a classic. I've had my Chuck Taylors since high school and somehow they've lasted all through college. I prefer mine as used up and battered as possible but when they get too dirty it's easy to pop them in the washing machine.
02. Red nail polish. My shade of choice has always been Chanel's Dazzling from the 2007 Holiday collection. I love painting my nails pink, black, and blue but I always go back to red when I'm bored with everything else. There's an Essie shade I've been wanting to try as well (and for a fraction of the price!) called Silken Cord but I've been putting it off.
03. Breton shirt. Okay, okay. So I may have gone a little overboard with this striped obsession but I will continue to swear by Saint James tops when it comes to satisfying it. I've never tried the thicker Meridien knit but I think I may prefer the lighter Minquiers top more. I know $65 may seem like a lot for a top but when I finally caved I ended up wearing mine almost every week (and am currently wearing a white and black one right now!). It's cozy, slightly oversized since its unisex, and easy to pull off. BF also bought me the Naval top recently which is a different, more fitted cut with fabric similar to the Meridien top but I still find myself wearing it the same way I would any other breton top.
04. Oversized black sunglasses. I've had my vintage pair of sunglasses for years after finding them at a flea market for $3 but I'm seriously tempted to upgrade to a similar pair of these Karen Walker frames. For now I'm satisfied with my trusty sunnies since they've never failed me all this time. Actually, I really doubt I'll ever replace them. I'd rather save my money!
05. Red lipstick. This one is a little tricky. I don't usually wear lipstick (something my mom constantly criticizes me for) but when I want that extra kick I alternate between Opium Red from YSL (which is longer available unfortunately) and MAC's Russian Red. I save the YSL lipstick for special occasions since it's so bright but Russian Red is great for every day wear since it's matte and lasts all day.
06. Wool cardigan with pockets. Emphasis on the WITH POCKETS bit there. I wont be too specific about color with this one (although a gray cardigan is pictured) but I still prefer this slightly oversized shape and style to most. I found the perfect black wool cardigan by Acne at Barneys the other day for 50% off which I may go back and buy if the small is still around. My favorite thing about cardigans is that you never have to think twice about putting one on if the weather's not too bad. I'm a hands-in-pocket type of walker and it always feels strange to wear any sort of outerwear without pockets...
07. Dark blue skinny jeans. I seriously live in my pair from the Gap. If you feel self conscious about looking "exposed" when you wear jeggings try wearing longer tops or cardigans over them. I felt weird for a while but got used to it since they're really not as obscene as I thought they would be. They're more like jeans than leggings in my honest opinion but ho-ly crap they're comfy. Like, dangerously comfy. So comfy you think you can get away with eating Burger King and Taco Bell in the same day...
08. Fjallraven backpack. Maybe one day when I can afford to save up I'll actually get a nice purse (like a Mulberry Bayswater or Celine tote ugh) but for now these backpacks really hit the spot. Right now I have two (Classic Green and Black for those of you who were wondering) but I really want to get another in navy, warm yellow, or rust... ps, did you guys see Camille's ice blue one? So tempting!
09. Black ballet flats. Alright, I'm totally cheating by posting these Repetto flats since I've been telling myself for years that I'd buy them but I just keep putting it off, mostly because it's hard to find a 40.5 and when I do, I'm saving my money for something else and I feel guilty about not . But uhh, if anyone out there wants to buy them for me I'm totally down (*COUGH*MOM&DADIKNOWYOUREADTHIS*COUGH*). Right now I have a pair from Zara that I bought a year ago but they're not real leather and are falling apart :(
10. Comme des Garçons wallet. After years of using random wallets (ranging from Hello Kitty to a dinky little coin purse) I finally treated myself to this cute little Comme des Garçons wallet in red after working this summer. The best part about it is that I'll probably end up using it for years so saving up was totally worth it. Feels good man.


Simone said...

Oh! Casual amazing things :)

nicolette said...

perrrfect list! i've been wanting a fjallraven backpack for ages. they're so lightweight and adorable.

Kristina said...

As always,


margaret said...

I absolutely love this list. I want to make one too :)

Marloes | The Style Sandwich said...

Great essentials!!

Anonymous said...

I love the items~
It wasn't until this year that I started wearing jeans again and now I can't pull myself out of my black skinny jeans, I'm stuck in them :0

SH said...

So chic, so classic. X

Anonymous said...

Loving the breton stripes, those sunglasses and the red lipstick x

Thanh said...

I love your list. I don't have a Fjallraven backpack, but I've been thinking about having one for the longest time. The color of Camille's backpack is so nice, I'm considering it even more now.


MELISSA Z. said...

I completely agree with you! <3

Anonymous said...

what a lovely collection.
good luck in your exams.

Izzi said...

cute! so classy and timeless! might have to steal this idea! hahaha

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love very single..

Katherine said...

As soon as I saw this pic I thought, that's so her! I love your classic staples!

No Alice No said...

neutral colors with a touch of red, very chic.
I love your style.



Sophie said...

I totally love those items!
(i have a fjallraven in navy, and i thought yours was navy too.)

Mackenzie said...

lurve it! so very french :)

Colleen said...

This was a really cool post. I think I might do this on my blog. Would you mind? This seems like something that could be a chain post for bloggers to do.

Matrioshka said...

It is surprisingly hard to find a reasonably priced simple pair of black flats. Whenever I find them I wear through them so quickly. If you find a nice inexpensive pair let us know so we can stock up.

Good luck!

Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh yea, such great essentials!!! I still need a few of those pieces ;)

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Lisa said...

Black, white and red. Lovely.


Anne said...

I love these types of posts! I also love that you wear a lot of classic things. I, too, really rely on classic pieces and somehow I never tire of them either. :)

Hannah said...

I love the mix of casual clothes, especially the shirt and cardigan:) xxx

RAYNE said...

Completely agree with all choices! Love the sunglasses though :)


amanda said...

<3 karen walker sunglasses!

Shilpi Tomar said...

so classic and well put together! Love your style


Manding. said...

um, would it be cheating if i copied and pasted this exact list in an email to my dad? :/ !

Anonymous said...

I love the way you describe those jeans in combination with Burger King :)

Emilie said...

Okay this is so amazing. Your style is the style I've always wanted in my head. IF that makes any sense. Though not the red lipstick that would look hideous on me haha. But everything else. I am actually wearing a pair of Gap jeans right now :) but they're sort of kind of cropped at the ankle/have zippers at the ankle. And I have a pair of white jack purcell lowtops in white which I love but they destroy my ankles/shins and I don't wear them because I don't know how to rectify or correct that problem... Everything else on this list is on my wishlist x 1239012309123.

Lúcia said...

just love the sun glasses!

CassLorraine said...

I love the picks!

naomi said...

i have the fjallraven backpack in dark green and it really does hit the spot! i love it. the black one is nice.

Anonymous said...

I love your fashion choices!

I have a question tho- are you still a student? I thought you graduated way back before summer for some reason lol

thebirthdaygirl said...

Yes! Skinnies, Cardies and marin tops....must-haves! Good call!
i always feel chic when I wearing a marin top...then i realize that I live in Paris and when i realize this its always on my way back from the bakery holding a pastry or baguette which is up the street from the eiffel tower and then i just feel ridiculous and cliché ready to rock the stripes again in NY next week!
Happy Holidays everyone!

Larissa said...

love the repettos! they're amazingly comfy!
and the strips and red lipstick!

Caitlin said...

I'd say these items are just about right.

Anonymous said...

That's the perfect list. Nothing can go wrong with a cardigan. It goes perfect with everything! :]

Thrifted and Modern said...

Very nice!

Carissa said...

brenton is definitely my essential too this year :D

Laura said...

Argh I love lists! I could read a hundered of these.

Jan said...

Can't go wrong with these classics!

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carvar said...

Very All-American/ nautical. I like, I like.

denise - SUPERWOWOMG said...

great top ten. I love hearing what people can't live without, such an awesome post <3

MissBryden said...

What size is your backpack? is it a mini?

Anonymous said...

it'd be great if you could share with us our favorite online shopping websites
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Ambie said...

Anabel! Awesome list, especially since I am 1)obsessed with lists and 2)planning for my first year of college next year.

You should do a review of Cal soon, since you're officially departing it. It's one of the school's I'm applying to, so it would be really cool to hear your opinions of it.

Great post! You rock. :)

jette said...
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jette said...

That last comment was from me. I hit the enter button too soon. -___- Anyway, I love M.A.C.'s Russian Red! Good color. Dark blue skinny jeans and black flats are on some of my everyday essentials too. :] Good list here.

Cora said...

Good picks :) I love the little red wallet!

Anonymous said...

I think it's so funny that the Fjallraven backpack hit the states! I'm from Denmark, which is right next to Sweden, where Fjallraven is from. But it's been a popular backpack here for ages! But I never thought it would reach the states! I have one myself, in red. It's so practical and cute!
Right now i've been thinking about getting the Fjallraven vintage backpack, it's so adorable!

Katarina (:

Raquel said...

Parisian perfect!

Bia said...

yes. definitively the 10 essentials! :) Love the dark blue skinny jeans and the red nail polish. ;)

kisses, bia.

Meena Dhuga said...

i love all your essentials!! so great. i pretty much agree with all of them!! my favs are the converse though! i couldn't live without them! and I love those sunglasses as well :)

Meena xxx

Anonymous said...

Most of these are definitely my essentials too! Great list :)

Kate {Something Fabulous}

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