Going through my wardrobe using the StyleBook app, I thought it would be fun to list what has stood the test of time and why…
THE OLDEST ITEMS IN MY WARDROBE BY CATEGORY
This is just from memory, not that my app tracks anything, but I can take a look at any given category and rule out what pieces have been there more recently than others and narrow it down.
URBAN OUTFITTERS VINTAGE SCARF PRINT TANK TOP
Would you believe I bought this in college and I still wear it? I love the print. It’s classic but not boring, it’s striped, but it has some visual interest.
BURBERRY REGIMENTAL CASHMERE & WOOL BLACK TRENCH COAT
Well, WELL worth the price tag in my opinion. I wear it constantly (to death, really), and it always looks fantastic, even over some crappy outfit to run to the store.
I look polished, put together, I feel comfortable, chic and I have had so many compliments on my coat over the years, that it has paid itself many times over.
I only wish I had started tracking its cost-per-wear the day I bought it but… hey. Better late than never.
This $20 grey moto jersey clearance jacket from Silence & Noise has stood the test of time. I wear it over almost any outfit and feel comfortable in it.
SAINT JAMES – GARDE COTE II
Exact shirt here
A great classic top, in a nice stripe from a classic brand (Saint James is made in France)! Very comfortable, great for summers with an SPF of 50, although half of my arms are not covered, nor my hands, so I still sunscreen a little.
HERVE LEGER CARDIGAN WRAP JACKET
I bought this consigned for about $300 and it is still kicking around in my closet as a classic cashmere and wool blend wrap.
I use it often with outfits or just as a casual topper. Great for traveling.
Bought this I think in my last year of high school if you’ll believe that… and I have worn it ever since. I spent about $100 (a lot at the time for me), and have kept it through all of my wardrobe changes and sales.
It remains my FAVOURITE wrap dress to wear, to date. Perfect print, colour palette, not boring, not too bold, not black and white, but a cream and black.
The buttons are covered in the matching fabric, and it has the perfect collar and 3/4 tab sleeves. I can never find this ever again, not even in the same brand who makes these dresses (his quality has dipped significantly in recent years).
CITIZENS OF HUMANITY POISON HIGH-RISE SKINNY JEANS
These will never go out of style for me.
They fit my torso well, I need a high-rise to stop them from falling down, and they’re comfortable.
My other favourites are the AG Farrah High-Rise Jeans. LOVE. I’d buy those first, over these Citizens if you had to make a choice, because the jean material is much softer and a bit stretchier.
H&M WHITE STRAIGHT-LEGGED PANTS
This was a fairly cheap but comfortable $50-ish pair of white trouser pants. I use them in the summer (although not to go to the playground), and they’ve served me well so far.
3-PIECE JACOB TWEED CHARCOAL HEATHER GREY SUIT
It is the ONLY actual suit to have survived my Suit Phase near to the end of my college and first working years. Now I don’t bother with suits at work.
This is tweed, in charcoal grey, with a skirt, pants and a jacket. I have it tailored and have worn it for years to pretty much every interview I’ve ever been to.
(I have the matching skirt.)
BANANA REPUBLIC ASHLEY FLATS
They USED to be these Banana Republic Ashley flats (now discontinued for no rhyme or reason, considering their store sales are down), at around $53 when I scored them on sale, and then I wore them to death as shown below…
These ones from Club Monaco worn by Audrey Hepburn (well the brand anyway), are dead on.
M. GEMI BOLLA FLATS
These heeled Nine West boots have seen me through the end of college and beyond. I have had them resoled at least twice and reshaped and they keep kicking!
These are the CLOSEST I could find because kitten-heeled boots are harrrrrd to track down.
They have a perfect little kitten heel (not too high), it is reshaped to fit to my calves, and they are worn in to perfection.
About to die, but.. hey. 🙂 I’m not going to replace them, I think. I’ll stick to used Manolo Blahniks from now on for business casual.
SAMSARA RED BUCKET HOBO BAG
This is from Matt & Nat’s now defunct Samsara line. I bought it on clearance for about $60 a longgggg time ago, at least 7 years I’d say if I were to hazard a guess.
The vegan leather feels like actual leather, not like the cheap plasticky feel I find permeates their Matt & Nat line today in some of their styles like in their Clarke Bag, and it has worn VERY well, and is super soft over the years.
I have no idea why they don’t use this vegan leather any more, it’s a stunner.. *shrug*
A little heavy because of the hardware, but I love how it fits perfectly over my shoulder and in the perfect shade of red.