trench (as a dress)

Investment Piece: trench (as a dress)
Investment Piece: trench (as a dress)
Investment Piece: Trench (as a dress)
Investment Piece: trench (as a dress)
Investment Piece: Trench (as a dress)
Investment Piece: Trench (as a dress)

Note: some of the products in this post were a result of my partnership with Elaine Kim. While I may get products, all opinions and styling tips are my own. Also, I would never recommend a brand to you that I wouldn’t wear myself!

A take on the shirt dress that feels new and edgy (and yet a bit familiar)? Wearing a trench coat as a dress. I did it here. And I’ve done it again in an Elaine Kim number.

(What I love about the above trench/dress? The waist is adjustable, meaning there is as much room as you need. Details like the zippers on the sleeve. The slight tail at the back. And it also looks amazing over any outfit you can think of. Elaine also offers this number in a slightly darker color!)

Wearing your trench coat (or buying a trench dress) lets you combine function and fashion, comfort and class. For some reason, I always think of a trench coat as something a spy or “very important” business woman would wear. I carry myself differently in them. And yet, wearing a trench as a dress allows me to take all of that, and have a little fun with it. Surely, spies and important business women have a sense of humor, too?

Beyond that, this outfit is perfect when you’re running late and need something to wear, just throw on your coat. Or when you need structure, but don’t want to feel so stuffy.

Also, anything looks amazing with boots like these. That’s a promise.
But you could also wear any great boot, heel, or flat with it. That’s part of the fun.

What do you think of when you think of trench coats? Or wearing your coat as a dress? I’d love to hear about it!

As a special offer for my readers, you get 15% off of your first order at Elaine Kim with code RACHEL4EK. I love the entire collection, and if you love minimalist basics with some edge, you will too!

And I’ve linked some similar items below as well! Happy shopping!
Xo RA

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The Jacket

Investment Piece: The Jacket
Investment Piece: The Jacket
Investment Piece: The Jacket
Investment Piece: the jacket
Investment Piece: The Jacket

A tweed suit says something. And a graphic tee says something. I personally love the combo.

I’m not the only one. There was a time not too long ago when “off duty model look” was simply a tweed blazer, a chain belt, and a graphic tee. I love this look. But I didn’t invent the wheel here.

What makes this outfit great (for me)?
This is my grandma’s blazer. Classic, well made, and full of love. Wonder Woman? We all are. And I think a great pair of jeans can never steer you wrong. These happen to be high waisted (and I’m a big believer that all good jeans are), and taper to make everything look longer and leaner. There are more exciting chain belts, I know. But really, all you need is a basic one.

And kitten heels? I think that they are a must. For everyone.

Timeless. A bit edgy. And a real chance to let us see some of you (your shirt doesn’t have to be a Wonder Woman one).
What I love about outfits like this one? There’s a really great chance that you have all the elements in your closet. Try pairing them together? The takes on this combo are endless. Switch out jeans for nice pants. Try a skirt. With the formula down, it can be anything you need it to be. And yet, still everything it should be.

Isn’t that great fashion?

Do you wear this combo? Is it something you love? I’d would love to hear about it!

(And if you don’t have these pieces in your closet, I’ve linked some similar pieces below for your shopping pleasure!)
XO RA

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Investment Piece: The Jacket

Trend to Try: Spring Suits

Investment Piece: Trend to Try: Spring Suits

I love a good suit. There’s something so classic and ever so subtly sexy about them. It’s a power move, but can also be fun. And the great news? Springs are on trend this spring. So if you’ve never dared to venture into the world of suits, now might be your time!

The trend I think you should try: spring suits!

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From colors to patterns to various cuts, no matter your style there’s a spring suit for you.

Some of my favorites:
Color
Pinks, reds, yellow. While I love a classic black or white suit, there is something so chic about wearing a suit of a different color.
Pattern
Snakeskin. Leopard. Stripes. Polka Dots. Just because it’s a suit doesn’t mean you can’t let your personality shine.
Fit
Surprisingly, I love the oversized look. Now, I think tailoring is an art and there’s always a space for it. However, spring suits that are a bit oversized are really drawing my eye.

My favorite ways to wear them?

Belted
Dare to wear the blazer as your top and put a belt over it. In general, dare to wear your blazer as a top!
With a band tee
Business meets rock and roll in the best way!
Casual
Don’t be afraid to pair your suit with sneakers or more casual components! It’s a fresh take for spring.

Investment Piece: Trend to Try: Spring Suit

My suit picks? I’m glad you asked! I’ve linked several suit, and suiting pieces, I love below. Yes, if you’re really wanting to make an investment, a suit is a great place to start. The aforementioned tailoring is worth every penny you can spend on it. On a budget? We all are! Buy the best that you can afford, but there are great options at JCrew, Topshop, Target, etc! And if you really love suits, considering buying vintage. For the most bang for your buck, you can’t beat a great vintage suits!

Note: This post does contain affiliate links. While that does not affect the price for you, I may earn commission from them. Thank you for your support!

Investment Piece: Trend to Try Spring Suits
All shapes, colors, and price ranges here

Investment Piece: Trend to Try Spring Suits
I really love the suit selection at JCrew, especially the pink one!

Investment Piece: Trend to try spring suits
I love patterns and all of Anine Bing!

Investment Piece: Trend to Try Spring Suits
You could also make your own suit. Pair any blazer and pant you like, or buy seperately, and wear them together as a suit. I’ve linked similar to the ones I paired here

I would love to know: how are you suiting up this spring?
Xo RA

Play it Again

Investment Piece: Play it AGain
Investment Piece: Play it again
Investment Piece: Play it again

We’ve chatted about do-overs and re-wears. You may know that I’m all about you telling a fashion story as many times as you need to (fancy way of saying repeat an outfit), or switching up an outfit you love. In my world, there’s only one thing to do when something you love is finished playing.

Play it again.

Investment Piece: Nights in LA

I first shot this dress two summers ago (where does the time go?!) and have loved it ever since. It’s the perfect combination of simple (black dress) and statement (those sleeves). Over the years, I’ve worn it to parties and dinners, and have tried to make it feel new each time. (Not necessary when you’re rewearing something, there’s nothing wrong with the comfort of a perfect outfit. But there’s also nothing wrong with trying something new with someone you love!)

Investment Piece: Play it again
Investment Piece: play it again
Investment Piece: Play it again
Investment Piece: Play it again

My new favorite take on this outfit? A belt to help emphasize the waist, and help keep the cut outs from gaping too much. (Another helper is fashion tape). Add matching (ish) shoes and you’re old hollywood meets sexy. Perfect for parties, dinners, the ballet.

Love something? Play it again. In any new or old way that makes you happy.

What outfit do you rewear over and over again? Do you switch it up or do you always wear it the same way? I’d love to hear about it!

I’ve linked similar dresses to this one below for your shopping pleasure!

Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Play it Again

Sunday Chronicles: Do-Overs

Lately, I’ve been thinking about do-overs. I have so many pictures and outfits from when I first started Investment Piece and it was just me and my iPhone and a remote. Occasionally, I revisit them and think about sharing some of them. Or reshooting some of them. But, what would necessitate a do-over of something?

Both in fashion and in life, sometimes we need second chances. Or maybe there are times when the story isn’t finished. We all have favorite pieces or outfits, I know I re-wear things. Is that a kind of do-over?

I don’t think that do-overs are bad. And I don’t think that rebelling a story, or using favorites to tell a new story is bad either. But I am fascinated by the do-overs we do, the ones we pass on, and the process of making that decision. I don’t know that I have any answers, or even hard and fast rules about what I do-over. Do you?

In the meantime, what should I do with all these pictures? Do you want to see them?

And if you love what I’m wearing in the video (it’s a denim trench worn as a dress), I’ve linked similar items below for your shopping pleasure!

Wishing us all a week of as many do-overs as we need and amazing shoes!
xo RA

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Inspired By

Investment Piece: Inspired By
Investment Piece: Inspired By
Investment Piece: Inspired By
Investment Piece: Inspired By
Investment Piece: Inspired by
Investment piece: inspired by

I was lucky enough to recently make friends with a costume designer who inspired me. We met for happy hour the other week, and she told me story after story about one of her favorite outfits when she was younger: overalls, a silk shirt with great sleeves, heels, and her hair big. Inspired as I was, I couldn’t help but be inspired by that outfit. This is my take on it.

Overalls? Little girl? Maybe, but I think that when fitted properly, they can be chic. Heels? Always. And a great top with great sleeves? Done.
You’ve seen these pieces before: overalls and top. I loved them seperately. Together? I adore them. The sleeves make the overalls pop, and the way that necklace is obscured by the bib of the overall.

Most of all? I love my inspiration. The best part of style (I think) is that you can take inspiration from anywhere and really make it your own. My costume designer? I don’t think that her top was like this; but her stories made me remember how much I love overalls. It also made me think of how pairing things together can change the vibe of any outfit. Inspiration can come from anywhere, and our individual takes on outfits can make any combination special.

Who inspired your outfit today?
If the answer is no one, may I suggest this take on overalls? Pair them with any top you love and great heels, from teas to cocktails, you’ll inspire others!

I’ve linked similar items for your inspiration below!
Xo RA

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Armarium

Note: this post is part of my partnership with Armarium. All opinions are my own! By using code RADELICIA you get 10% off of all of your rentals from Armarium. I do not recieve compensation, but do get rewarded. I only partner with companies I love, truly adore these picks, and hope that you love Armarium as much as I do!

Investment Piece: Armarium

If you’re like me, and I bet you are, a struggle you may have is how to get all the fashion you want, store it, and yet support efforts for us all to cut down. When said all together like that, it can feel overwhelming. The great news? There is a solution! Armarium is my new go-to for renting designer looks for all my events.

Why rent? I can get a new piece for EVERYTHING I have to attend, I don’t have to worry about closet space, and it helps me spread my budget out. (Also, if you fall in love with something you have the option to buy it!) The process is seamless, and let’s me explore all the sides of my fashion personality, from suits to gowns to bags. This upcoming month I have a high tea for the Ballet, a cocktail engagement party, 2 birthday parties, and an investor meeting. Below are looks I love that are available for rent at Armarium. You can look though their collection here, and use code RADELICIA for 10% off!

Cocktail Parties
Investment Piece: Armarium
A classic dress for all my champagne needs!
Investment Piece: Armarium
I love how fun this fringe jumpsuit is!
Investment Piece: Armarium
Fun and Flirty and perfect for a night of dancing!

High Tea
Investment Piece: Armarium
Very British, perfect for tea.
Investment Piece: Armarium
You know I love juxatipositons, so when an event allows for it, I love playing with my accessories. This fringe bag is perfect for balancing out a tea!

Investor Meeting
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Take me seriously, but let me look fabulous! Suit Up!
Investment Piece: Armarium
I adore this set! (And yes, you rent it together!!) No meeting could go poorly while wearing this!

Investment Piece: Armarium
I have no place to wear this gown. But I love it. So I may need to find a place!

Stay tuned to see what I wear (posts/Instagram/all over). Every month, I’ll be sharing things I love from Armarium and what I’m renting! Don’t forget: code RADELICIA gets you 10% all rentals!

Happy renting!
XO RA

The Smock

Investment Piece: The Smock
Investment Piece: The Smock
Investment Piece: The Smock

The Smock.

A smock can be a few different things, from something an artist puts on, to a lightweight garment that men and women used to wear to stay cool. The smock story I’m most familiar with? My mom used to smock all sorts of clothes for my sister and I growing up. Yes, shocking also means the small pleats and embroidery.

This smock story? I saw this smock(Ed) dress below on Instagram (@desertvintage) and fell in love:
Investment Piece: The Smock
I thought of wearing it with heels, boots, and loving all the vintage of it. So imagine my surprise when I showed my mom, and she said she had made something similar in the 1970s.
Investment Piece: The Smock

If I thought I could love a smock when it was just fashion, imagine how much I love it when it’s from my mom!

Investment Piece: The Smock
Investment Piece: The Smock

Cool and yet chic, modest but high end. I want to wear this with wedges (yes, I had to play to the 70s vibe), flats, strappy heels, and boots. Especially these boots. From cocktail parties to days running errands, it’s the perfect dress for spring!

(There is so many pieces I have that are smocked. Keep your eyes peeled for a fashion story on the topic soon!)

The best part about the smock for me? I got to wear a little bit of family fashion history.

What’s your first thought when you think of a smock? Do you have any of your family fashion history?
I’ve linked some similar pieces for you below! (Also, check out Desert Vintage, I clearly love their taste!)
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: The Smock
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Sunday Chronicles: Happy Spring!

Investment Piece: When in Texas

Yes, loves, it’s “officially” been spring for a while, but we had one of those “last winters” and it hasn’t always felt like spring. Now, it does. So, let me be one of the first to wish you: “Happy Spring!” Spring is a short season in the places I live; summer comes very quickly. Yet, I love spring. I love the warm but not burning temps, the sense of beginnings, and the way we ease into things. Though it may be short, I’ve listed my favorite things to do during spring, from flowers to closet cleaning. However you celebrate I wish you all the joy that a spring can bring!

Xo RA

Wildflower Day
From pictures to just taking in the beauty, I think that a day spent in blooms is a day well spent. Make a day of it and do a picnic, or maybe a hike? Whatever you do, make sure that you enjoy the wild flowers before summer!

Closet CleanOut
I know, spring cleaning is cliche. But, it works. Spring is a great time to do a sweep of your closet, get rid of anything that no longer serves you, and move spring items to the front of your closet. It’s also a great time to make a trip to the cleaner or tailor and make sure that all the things you love for spring are ready!

Make a Spring Wishlist
Along with making sure your spring closet is clean, spring is a great time to make a spring Wishlist. Shocking, I know, that I would support shopping. But someone has to get all those great new spring things. It may as well be you! A Wishlist lets you make a note of what you need, find items you love, and stay within a budget!

Dine al Fresco
Before it gets too hot, spring is a great time to make use of the patios in your life. From dinners in the backyard to happy hours on a patio, I love being outside during this time of year!

I’d love to know: what do you love to do during spring? What’s on your spring bucket list?

wishing us all a week of new beginnings and amazing shoes! Xo RA