Sometimes, you just have to step aside and let the Universe do its thing.
Yes, a pretty bold statement, but true nevertheless. It applies to major life moments and surprisingly, fashion too! While in NYC a few weeks ago, I experienced this phenomenon of fate firsthand. I had a meeting cancel last minute and it left me with some free time before my dinner plans. So what’s a girl to do!?
I’ll tell you what: SHOP!
It all started very innocently when I walked into one of my favorite NYC boutiques.
With each season, I tag a new lust to join in on the fun and replace the occasional lust that actually makes it off the list into my physical closet.
Keeping a lust list is something I started doing about 8 years ago and it’s really helped curb my spontaneous purchases and keep me focused on those items I truly love. After 8 years, I’ve learned that some of the lusts that I thought I really loved have gone by the wayside. One which has not, is the ACNE STUDIOS VELOCITE shearling motorcycle jacket.
So, let’s start at the beginning…
I’m always cold. Literally, ALWAYS cold. We all laugh about it, but it honestly sucks. The worst feeling in the world is having those deep down chills that don’t go away… except maybe having feet and hands that feel like ice cubes. Regardless, it ain’t good. When winter rolls around, I do my best to layer up (t-shirt + sweater + coat + scarf = ALWAYS), but that lake effect wind/snow always wins.
If you’re not familiar with shearling, it’s essentially tanned leather/suede with the sheared wool left on one side and it may just be the warmest, lightest thing you could wear to stay incredibly warm. Faux shearling is aesthetically a really good dupe if you’d prefer to avoid the natural material — it’s also much less expensive!
Now, combine this ultra-warm and wooly material with a motorcycle jacket silhouette and you have yourself a dream coat. At least MY dream coat. This style is not new — I think ACNE STUDIOS released their first version of the VELOCITE in 2012, but it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Ringing in at almost $3000… yes, you read that right… it still manages to sell out each season.
Man, I love that jacket.
Luckily, my lust doesn’t have to remain a lust forever! Over the past 3 years, the original VELOCITE oversized biker silhouette has been interpreted by a number of designers both in shearling and its less expensive faux-shearling, good-lookin’ cousin.
While not a perfect match, the COACH BOY BIKER (#2) jacket is a pretty close dupe at a significant discount (almost a $2000 discount!) to the Acne Studios original. The MUUBAA light tan version (#5) can’t be beat when it comes to it’s price and likeness — I’m bummed my size is already gone, gone, gone!
Goes to show, there are probably lots of really cold (and fashionable) people out there.
It’s a balmy 15 degrees here in Cleveland, with temps dropping into single digits (and wind chill BELOW ZERO) by tomorrow. Pretty sweet, huh? We have been in prime hibernation mode and praying to the homeowner’s god that our furnace can survive this cold freeze. At 12+ years old, you never know!
So, while cooped up in our humble abode, I’ve taken to “window shopping” online for some serious style inspiration. I have to say, it is definitely hard to feel inspired when the world around you is a frozen tundra. Thank goodness for the internet. I’ve bypassed most of the Resort 2014 collections (I’m just NOT ready yet!) and instead, focused on transitional neutral-toned separates that can be:
1) Worn immediately
2) Transitioned into Spring
3) Stored away for next year
It’s also not too late to take advantage of the post-holiday clearance sales- there are tons of great multi-season staples hidden amongst the holiday sparkles and glitz.
Notice the menswear inspired theme? I love the boxy/loose cuts balanced with touches of fitted femininity. A perfect yin and yang in my opinion. I could also see many of those pieces incorporated into next season, next year, etc. Timeless. The best kind of purchases.
Now, I’ve done all of the hard work for you. All it takes is a little mouse scroll and you’ll see (and shop) my “clearance rack” interpretations of the looks above!