Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Is Classic Clothing Really Timeless?

Well, no. There's no such thing as truly timeless clothing... Unless you're still wearing a toga!

That said, I was just looking at a post that I did FIVE YEARS AGO, and I would cheerfully pack and wear any of the clothes shown. Some are still available, and in all cases it was possible to find something similar!

Given that clothing will eventually wear out, I consider that "sufficiently timeless." Can I coin that term?

travel outfit in navy with hunter green accents
Scarf – Hermès, gold earrings – Lord & Taylor (similar here), necklace – Isharya (similar here), turtleneck – Bally (similar here), jacket – John Lewis (similar here), gloves – Portolano, handbag – Reed Krakoff (similar here), suitcase– Victorinox (similar here), skirt – Stella McCartney (similar here), navy tights – Nordstrom, loafers – Robert Zur (similar here)

travel capsule wardrobe in navy and hunter green
Navy blouse - Stella McCartney (similar here); gold hoop earrings – DeLatori (similar here); navy cardigan – Maison Martin Margiela (similar here); plaid shirt – J. Crew (similar here); green cardigan – Woolrich (similar color here); trousers – Stella McCartney (similar here); belt – John Lewis (similar color here); necklace – Kenneth Jay Lane (similar here); suede ballet flats - Chloe (similar here); jeans - J. Brand; bracelet – Seasonal Whispers (similar here); plaid scarf – Amicale (similar here); striped tee – Mango (similar here); suede desert boots – Grenson (similar here)

travel outfit in burgundy and navy
Scarf – Hermès, gold earrings – Links of London (similar here), necklace – Kenneth Cole (similar here), turtleneck – Crumpet (similar here), jacket – John Lewis (similar here), gloves – Forzieri, handbag - Balenciaga (similar here), suitcase– Victorinox (similar here), skirt – Stella McCartney (similar here), navy tights – Nordstrom, loafers – Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar here)

travel capsule wardrobe in navy and burgundy
Navy blouse - Stella McCartney (similar here); garnet earrings – Janis Provisor (similar here), navy cardigan – Maison Martin Margiela (similar here); plaid shirt – Paul Smith (similar here), garnet hoop earrings – Stephen Dweck (similar here), cardigan – American Retro (similar here), trousers – Stella McCartney (similar here); garnet bangle – Max and Chloe (similar here), belt – Topshop (similar here), oxfords – Rag & Bone (similar here), jeans - J. Brand; striped sweater – Burberry Brit (similar colors here), striped scarf - black.co.uk (similar here), boots – Debenhams (similar here)

I love navy with these rich colors; they just feel like autumn...


Is Classic Clothing Really Timeless?
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  1. Classics definitely can hold up for five years or longer, if they're of good quality. I have a winter coat that draws compliments after 20+ years. Silhouettes evolve and are the worst enemy--think the hourglass of the '50s/'60s to the superskinny '70s to the big-shouldered '80s to the minimalist '90s....Anything exaggerated gets dated.
    French Elle had a feature with a classic clothing item again on trend--tartan plaids, denim jackets, double-breasted blazers--and would do a spread with examples from the archives, sometimes going back 50 or 60 years. Very enlightening about staying power and what is going to look good years from now, no matter how trends evolve.

    1. Someone told me that trends return every 40 years and I've found that to be pretty much true. Bu you can't just wear those old items (even if you could still fit in them!) because the details always change. Unless of course you are going for a retro or vintage look which is always fun!

  2. I remember these boards - they’re some of my favorite examples of your talent. I try to stick to classic clothes now, ever since a moment looking back at photos of me in the 90’s; what was i thinking????

  3. Coming out of hiding to say that I, too, remember these posts. Today, I am wearing navy trousers with a black sweater and cardigan that each have more than five years on them. The Hermes scarf is newer though. :))

  4. This is a really fun post. It's fun to see the same navy things with the same garments but in different colors -- what a different impression they make! And of course, a wardrobe with the accent pieces from both would be so versatile.

  5. I love the term 'sufficiently timeless"! It accurately sums up the fact that clothes don't get better with wear and tear and also reflects that it is usually the concept of the piece that is classic rather than the item itself.

  6. Love this post. It really points out how just a few items can change the entire look of a collection. It also shows why classic choices in quality fabrics are worth the extra money.

  7. Thanks so much for the post, love love love the colors!

  8. how fun! I love following the links to see the similar current versions of the various items. And coincidentally, today I wore navy cords with navy/burgundy/multi stripe top and burgundy cardigan, topped with a navy quilted jacket (all items 1-5 years old). - nancyo

  9. Great post!! I'm glad to see you again. Thanks for the informative blog post. This post will really helpful to take decent pictures. Again thanks for sharing useful blog

  10. Hahahaha, can't get over the toga comment!!! Such fun! The post is a great way to start thinking what to buy in the next sales season ;) Dear Janice, you just made me come out of anonymity. Well played!


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