Sometimes an article of clothing or accessory serves to re-focus and clarify my style, almost like a compass needle pointing me in the right direction. (“Oh right, that’s where I wanted to go.”)
Perhaps it’s part of my overall desire to simplify; I’m still in “don’t muck it up” mode. I don’t want too many things going on in an outfit. A lot of competing focal points or detail feels “jangly” and overwhelming.
The Black Jacket With A Dramatic Side
Two pieces that I’m wearing here were style “clarity points” for me last week. One is this black jacket, which I first spotted online, and then tried on in the Ruti boutique. (Sadly, it seems to have sold out online, but here’s another style with a similar look.) It clicked immediately. Yes, it’s another black jacket, but is a not-so-basic basic that’s very different than anything else in my wardrobe at the moment. It brought into focus what I’ve been leaning toward style-wise: simple, wearable pieces with interesting shapes or textures.
It was cold, windy and raining intermittently when I met up with my photographer last week in Venice (CA) to shoot this outfit, so we didn’t get a lot of angles or details. I re-shot at home under better conditions. Yes, there’s some volume (though it’s getting an assist here from the breeze 💨), but the jacket is soft and drapes nicely. The beauty is in the movement, which I think image at the top of the post shows well.
Here’s another angle to show the back and sides. I have more outfit ideas for this jacket, and will share in the future.
While going through my jewelry last week to create “bundles,” I realized that the process felt forced. While I used to enjoy layering a lot of different pieces, what feels good to me now is wearing one or two bolder pieces.
This Hermès “Collier de Chien” cuff is the other piece that provided direction. I purchased this one second-hand several years ago, and it’s still one of my favorites. This piece really wants to be worn on its own, or with just a pair of simple earrings.
Those metallic boots are getting a lot of wear! Mine are the Bronze color which has since sold out, but they’re also available in Iron, which is just a bit darker and cooler in tone.
Are there any pieces that have been “clarity points” for you, helping you to focus and refine your style?