Caftan Summer

Investment Piece: Caftan Summer
Investment Piece: Caftan Summer
Investment Piece: Caftan Summer
Investment Piece: Caftan Summer

Historical garment. Lady of leisure. Hostess dress. Swim cover up. Hippies.
All associated with a caftan, all true of a caftan, and just the beginning of a caftan. Chic yet comfy and cool, I love a great caftan. In fact, this has been a caftan summer. Over my swimsuit with flats. With heels for nights out. I always get compliments. Always stand out. Always feel great.

Caftans let you make an entrance, and let you relax. How many outfits you have that let you do that?

This caftan is handmade, ModMelrose via AAVintedge, and one of my favorites. It feels both modern and very 70s chic, all at the same time. This caftan? Perfect for the summer-I stay cool, it’s light. Yet, it’s red and paired with these suede platforms, perfect for fall, too!

Maybe I’m biased, but you may need to spend the last few weeks of summer in a caftan.

Investment Piece: Caftan Summer
Investment Piece: Caftan Summer
Investment Piece: Caftan Summer

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The question remains, how do you caftan summer? Casual? Formal? Modern? Vintage?
I, of course, have opinions and options for you!

Love the ModMelrose? AAVintedge has so many options for you! The best way is via Instagram (@aavintedge).
Something a little more modern, but with a vintage feel? Try These:


From the beach to drinks, there are more options:

And, naturally, I have shoe options. I’ve been going on and on about platforms for weeks. I love mine. You need some. I love these:

I would love to hear about your caftan summer! Whatcha doing? Where you going? What caftan are you summering in?
Xo RA

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Transition Choices

Last week we chatted about the end of summer sales and all the things that I think you should buy at them. Missed it? Catch up here.

I still stand by those sales picks. There’s so much that is “end of summer” that you can wear into fall. So much of fall that you can start wearing now. And in between, transition pieces that are just magic.

Transitions are some of the most magical, wonderful, difficult things we do. Both fashion and life-wise. It’s the balance of being here now and taking the first steps to the future. Fashion wise? It means dressing for days that getting shorts and colder but are still hot. It’s really a mix of wearing summer and fall clothes together. Since last week we talked summer choices, this week I wanted to talk about fall pieces that you can wear in transition. All these are “on trend” for fall, but also perfect for this moment.

For each of these transition choices I’ll say you can wear it now over a bathing suit and later with a sweater. I’m not lying. But beyond that, the magic of transition comes in all the things you can do with that in the meantime. From layering to standouts, each one of these could be worn a million different ways. I can’t wait to see what we pull together!

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Statement Shirts
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From white button downs to sheer numbers to statement sleeves, there are interesting choices to be had now and later. Can you layer any of them, with sweaters and each other? Yes. Wear over bathing suits? Yes. Tie up, let down, and everything in between. What will you pair yours with?

Light Knits
From skirts to tops to cardigans, light knits are in for the beginning of fall. Good news? Still light enough to wear now, and we can layer them later. (Yes, you can do a sweater over a knit!) There are so many ways to make these interesting, what will you do?

Midi Skirt
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Yes, you’ve seen them everywhere for forever. But they’re a trend with classic leanings for a reason. Mix patterns and textures. Tops. Shoes. They’re a great base for anything you could ever want to wear!

Pair them together, apart, now and later.
What Transtion choices are you making?
XO RA

Tell me About It, Stud

Investment Piece: Tell Me About It, Stud
Investment Piece: Tell me about it Stud
Investment Piece: tell me about it stud
Investment Piece: tell me about it stud
Investment Piece: Tell me about it stud
Investment Piece: Tell me about it stud

Do you remember the end of “Grease”? When Sandy comes to the carnival in that black outfit that’s incredibly sexy yet incredibly chic?

When I was a kid, I loved that movie. And scene. Ever since that moment, I’ve been searching for an outfit that made me feel all those things: fun, sexy, chic, and a little rebellious.
Loves, I may have found it.

(Yes, you should see the movie if you haven’t. Here is the scene I love. And yes, we should all ask our parents if they got what it was about and still let us watch it!)

You’ve seen this leather top before (in a fantasy). This top is Elaine Kim. Yes, it’s perfect for looking hot and staying cool in the summer, and will be just as amazing in the fall with sweaters, etc. I do have a partnership with Elaine, but that in no way affects my opinion. Leather tops are fantastic and you need one.

Paired with shorts and heels? I just felt cool in this outfit. Maybe that’s all that it is, how our outfits make us feel. If so, I can’t recommend this one enough. I’m ready to go and slay at a carnival, or any other summer shindig, but I also ran errands in this number. And felt super confident in it.

Outfits that make you want to tell people about it? That’s a number to stay cool in!

(You can’t see but I’m winking at you)
Xo RA

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Want your own?

Shorts:

Shoes and other tube tops:

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Dots. Spots. Minis.

Investment Piece: Dots. Spots. Minis
Investment Piece: Dots. Spots. Minis
Investment Piece: Dots. Spots. Minis
Investment Piece: Dots. Spots. Minis

I’ve spent the summer longing for a mini dress. At the same time, being terrified that all the mini dresses that I loved would be too short. (Yes, there are downsides to being tall) So, even though I thought this summer should be the summer of a mini dress, I resisted.
Then.
I remembered.
In my closet there was a perfect mini dress. Spotted. (I do love a good polka dot). And mini without being too short. Is the moral of the story that we already have what we need? Yes. (And no, there is always more fashion to be had; no such thing as too many clothes!) Or is the moral of the story that we shouldn’t be so scared of what we want? Yes.
My mini dress? It’s everything I thought this summer should be: fun, flirty, and fantastic. The dots and long sleeves keep it just classy enough, and the other thing these dots needed?
Spots!
Investment Piece: Dots. Spots. Minis
Investment Piece: Dots. Spots. Minis
Investment Piece: Dots. Spots. Minis
Investment Piece: Dots. Spots. Minis

I do love mixing patterns. And love animal prints (yes, people will say they’re “on trend” for fall. Animal prints are always on trend. And they’re neutrals!). What’s more natural than mixing dots and spots? They mimic each other, go together, and look simply perfect. There are times when I love a heel (with everything, even shorts), but with a mini I loved how these flats let me be carefree in my mini dress. (And yes, these flats look great with shorts and jeans and all the things too!)

All classics. All fun. All the things. Dots. Spots. Minis.

How are you spending the last few days of summer?

Both this mini-dress and these flats are older, but I’ve found you similar for your shopping pleasure. And yes, I’ve been given the confidence to get another mini dress, what about you?
Xo RA

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All in One

Investment Piece: All in One
Investment Piece: All in One
Investment Piece: All in One

The thing about Investment Pieces? They have staying power. I got these shorts/skirt/culottes/skort at least six years ago. From the pool to the opera, I’ve worn them everywhere, and in every way. Over a bathing suit, with sequins, and with this Amberleaf Jacket.

Years later they’re still stylish, I still love them, and they’re still getting compliments.

(If you’ve contacted me about wanting some of your own, I haven’t forgotten! I’m working on it. More on that at the end of the post!)

Investment Piece: All in One
Investment Piece: All in One
Investment Piece: All in One

So, the bottoms? All in one. But this jacket? (Yes, worn as a top!) It is too! From pieces like this to jeans, skirts, over dresses, what couldn’t you wear it with?

Another “all in one” factor? Both of these pieces are perfect for the transition we’re in right now. That late summer to early fall? Yes, these go! Wear them casually to a BBQ now. Both would be the perfect bikini cover up. Wear the jacket with shorts. Then. Before we know it, it’s early fall. Still warm enough to wear these shorts. But the jacket? So much opens up. With pants, even sweatpants. As a suit piece. As a true jacket.

Your possibilties are endless. All in one.

Investment Piece: All in One

Even though this post was a part of my recent shoot with Amberleaf the opinions are my own. That being said, my opinion is that you get this jacket. As for these amazing shorts? I’m looking for an exact match (if that’s something you’re interesting in, email me at racheladelicia@investmentpiece.com and I will keep you updated!), in the meantime, I’ve found you similar!

What pieces do you have that are all in one? What stories do they tell?
Xo RA

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Surprise Ending

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Loves, we know how I feel about juxatipositons. I LOVE them!! So is it any surprise that I love a good surprise ending?
The kind you don’t see coming.
With all sorts of twists and turns.
The kind that makes you gasp.

Who said that surprise endings couldn’t happen in fashion?

This shirt dress (similar here) is one of my all time go-to’s. It’s as classic and as daring as you like it, the dress not only buttons down the front, but the back and the sides as well. So, it’s fitting that it’s the back drop for a surprise ending.

Investment Piece: Surprise Ending
Investment Piece: Surprise Ending
Investment Piece: Surprise Ending
Investment Piece: Surprise Ending

It’s hot. (That’s not the surprise ending) And I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking of everything I can do to not only stay cool, but look like I’m pulled together while staying cool. The surprise ending? Vintage swim under my shirt dress. All the structure and poise of a dress, all the coolness that wearing your swimsuit in public allows.

Bonus in this surprise ending? You get to wear your swimsuit in public. I’m always a fan of that.
(See here, here, and here for starters)

Of course, dresses on their own are a great way to combat the end of summer heat wave, but I’m a sucker for the drama. I love glimpses of things that maybe don’t belong, the unexpected, and the juxatipositons. Like vintage swim under your dress; I love that they’re almost like shorts (but not quite) and maintain an air of class (even though they’re swim suits). And, with these on, you’re always prepared to get in the water (if the need so arises).

Surprise endings? A way to keep the heat from beating us? Or just a way to switch things up?
Maybe it’s all 3?

I’ve linked similar items below. I’d love to know: what surprise ending will you share?
XO RA

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Icon With a Twist

Investment Piece: Icon With a Twist
Investment Piece: Icon with a Twist
Things I like: martinis, fashion investment pieces, and outfits that make me feel like royalty. I also like surprises, and getting new perspectives on things I thought I knew.
What do all these things have in common?
This classic DVF wrap dress (yes, it’s an investment piece, and yes, you need one), and this shoot (yes, I felt like royalty, and with all my outfits, got a new perspective on how to style this dress).
Icon. With a twist.
(No martinis were consumed on this shoot. I can’t promise about after).

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You first saw this dress here, back when this blog was still a baby.
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I’ve worn the dress time and time again, with everything from sneakers to heels. I’ve put sweaters and blazers over it, I’ve always felt like there were ways to make this dress feel new.
But. I had never worn it over a dress. Till now.

Investment Piece: Icon with a Twist
Investment Piece: Icon with a Twist
Investment Piece: Icon with a Twist

Wearing an open kimono over pants and skirts? Yes. Mini dress over jeans? A thousand times. A maxi wrap dress over another dress? IT HAD NEVER EVEN CROSSED MY MIND.

But it worked. And I love it.
Yes, this may be a little more on the formal side (though with flat sandals, a combo like this could be perfect for your Labor Day BBQs), but it’s simple yet elegant, wildly unexpected, and allows you to mix and match like never before.

Also. It’s fun to twirl in.

Some tips:
– I love pattern mixing, but if you’re going that route, I would suggest that you pick tonal colors. Or, like here, pick a pattern to match with a classic.
-I love the mix of lengths. Would this look good with dresses that are the same length? We won’t know if we don’t try? But ??
-I tied the wrap dress underneath itself, so the ties didn’t show and it flared out. The underlying dress gets to show more that way.

The underlying dress here is Amberleaf. You can read about my love affair with them here. This shoot was part of my summer collab with them, and yes I think you need this dress; but, more than that, putting my dress over theirs made me realize that we may need to look at our closets in new lights. There’s more to combine, more to layer, more to dare than we might be thinking of now.

What icon can you put a twist on?

I’ve found you several DVF dresses below! Some new, some used, all sizes. I truly think a DVF dress, of any kind is an investment worth making!
Xo RA

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#doingthings

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If you would have told me that an exercise dress would become my summer uniform back in June, I don’t know that I would have believed you. Not that I don’t like exercise. Or dresses. But the combo? Let’s say I was hesitant. Good thing that doubtful me was not in charge-this Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress has become my ultimate summer go-to. With shorts to let you move, and a chic mini dress to show you off, it might be the best of all worlds.

Things I’ve done in my exercise dress:
– Work Out (in fairness, not a hard workout, though I think layered with a sports bra it would be great in those as well!). I’ve walked and hiked and am dying to learn how to play tennis in it!
-Run errands
-Gone out. Yes, my current favorite thing is to put a scarf in my hair and pair this dress with “fancy” shoes. It’s gone from happy hours to book clubs. And I get compliments every time!
-Got in the water. And still looked chic

The thing about this exercise dress? It makes me feel put together. And it lets me do things. It’s the perfect combo.

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Investment Piece: #doingthings
Investment Piece: #doingthings
Investment Piece: #doingthings
Now, loves, the question is: what kind of things are you going to do in your exercise dress? If you don’t exercise I won’t tell. Or if you exercise and never take it out, I won’t tell that either. I just know that, despite my doubts, this dress has become one of my favorite pieces, and I think it could be the same for you. Wanna go do things?

I’ve linked this dress and items similar to what I paired with my exercise dress above.
Happy doing!
Xo RA

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Fashion Stories: Raiding Mom’s Closet

This post was originially just an outfit post. But even then, I knew that this vintage piece, from my mom’s closet was a story. And what’s that I’m always saying? Fashion is just a way to tell our stories. My mom wore this in her 20s. It was in my sister’s and my “dress up box” growing up. My sister and I have both worn it-to parties, as business wear, even as a costume. To me it tells the story of my mom’s hope and dreams, and how my sister and I carry that on. I am so fascinated by what we keep in our closets. And in this case, what we keep, use, and keep going back to. What’s in your closet?

Investment Piece: Raiding Momo's Closet
Investment Piece: Raiding Mom's Closet
Investment Piece: Raiding Mom's Closet
Investment Piece: Raiding Mom's Closet
Investment Piece: Raiding Mom's Closet
Investment Piece: Raiding Mom's Closet

As someone who loves vintage clothes, there’s a special place I love to go for vintage: Mom’s Closet. I don’t always get the chance to raid mom’s closet, but when I do, I think it’s magical. This dress/jacket set is from my mom’s wedding, it was her going away outfit. I love that she saved it, that she lets my sister and I wear it, and that it’s a vintage piece that lends itself to modern style. Everything about this vintage dress is great–the button detail, the drop waist (though I couldn’t resist belting it with this stunner), and the flair.

Here’s part of what I think is magical about fashion: it can transform itself and you. While this dress holds special meaning for my family, it’s easy to make this a “new” look”. The belt is a way to dress it up, and socks with shoes are one of my fave things ever. ( See here, here, and here for some examples). The look feels fresh, yet it’s an homage to my past. Raiding my Mom’s closet is one of my favorite things. I’d love to know: who’s closet do you love to raid? And how do you do your vintage?

The dress/jacket are from my mom’s closet
The socks are Gucci, the shoes Brian Atwood
The belt is vintage from RecessLa. Pics are by the amazing Megan Weaver!
I’ve picked some similar picks for you below!
XO RA

Mad Men Audition

Investment Piece: Mad Men Audtion
Investment Piece: Mad Men Audtion
Investment Piece: Mad Men Audtion
Investment Piece: Mad Men Audtion

As an actress, and a fashion lover, there was no show I loved like “Mad Men”. From iconic scenes like Peggy leaving the company smoking to Betty shooting birds, to everything Don Draper did–I LOVED it. I still love it. “Mad Men” was gorgeous and dramatic, everything I wanted to be and nothing I wanted.

There are many, many essays on “Mad Men” and its fashion, so I won’t bore you with my own yearnings for a waredrobe like that. But I can recommend this article on the evolution of Mad Men’s style, The Secret Behind All Your Favorite Mad Men Looks, and How Mad Men Changed Fashion” as jumping off points for your “Mad Men” fashion research.

This look? Let’s take it as my audition to be in “Mad Men”. (I can dream, even if the show is off the air, right?)

The combo made me want to vacuum with a martini, have the pool boy scrub while I watched, and drink coffee for lunch. In short, it had the feel of everything great about “Mad Men” costumes.

Investment Piece: Mad Men Audition
Investment Piece: Mad Men Audtion
My “Mad Men” audition? Part of my summer collab with Amberleaf, the mother/daughter chic company that I just can’t get enough of! Yes, this white blazer (worn as a top here–so sexy and chic, and one of my favorite styling tricks) is Amberleaf. Would it look great with jeans or pants? Yes. Over a shift dress? Yes. With a pencil skirt in a power meeting? Yes. Blazers can be anything you need them to be (even my “Mad Men” fantasy), and you won’t find better options than Amberleaf. You can shop them here. Tell them RachelAdelicia sent you!

The rest of my look? A full skirt and my favorite mules. Shop options with a screenshot via LiketoKnowit here.

I’ve also linked options below.

What are you story (audition) are you telling today?
Xo RA

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