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

Play it Again

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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.

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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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Inspired By

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Investment Piece: Inspired By
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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!

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

High Tea
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Very British, perfect for tea.
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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!
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I adore this set! (And yes, you rent it together!!) No meeting could go poorly while wearing this!

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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:
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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
Shop this look here

Dino’s in the Wild

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Investment Piece: Dino's in the Wild
Investment Piece: Dino's in the Wild
Investment piece: Dino's in the wild
Investment Piece: Dino's in the Wild
Investment Piece: Dino's in the Wild

I love Dino’s. Like, get excited similar to a 5yo, love Dino’s. I’m always down for any sort of rewatching of any of the Jurassic Parks, and when I find Dino’s on my fashion? Heaven.

Fashion is supposed to be fun. And let your loves and personality shine. So letting your Dino’s in the wild? Right up my alley.

This sweater was a must have for me once I saw these buttons. (The shoulder pads and deep v are just extras, and amazing.) I knew that it would look great (keeping the rest of the outfit all black and simple, let’s my Dino’s shine. It also keeps me from veering into the “too much” category.) And because these buttons are ever-so-subtle, people can be delightedly caught off guard by them. Did I recently say I wasn’t a jeans-and-tee kind of gal? (See here). It turns out that I don’t overthink jeans and a tee when it’s part of expressing something I really love.

Maybe that’s the secret to all fashion? Find something you love, or a piece that expresses something you really love, and wear it. Can it be that simple?

I’d love to know: what’s something that you just love? Are you able to express it with your fashion?
I’ve linked similar items below, including this EXACT sweater!
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Dino's in the Wild

Who Says You Can’t Go Home?

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Investment Piece: who says you can't go home?
Investment Piece: who says you can't go home?
Investment Piece: Who Says You Can't Go Home?
Investment Piece: Who Says You Can't go Home?

There’s a saying in vintage fashion circle. “What’s meant to be yours will always find you”. I’ve found it to be a very true statement. From the perfect vintage piece, to the one that seemed to stay around just so you could buy it, I find that we usually all get the right pieces. This doesn’t just apply to vintage.

In all shopping, I have a theory that what’s meant to be ours seems to find a way. With new arrivals this process can seem a bit easier, so while I will stand by it, I know it’s incredibly true for vintage and resale finds. What’s meant to be yours will find you; yes, with shopping you can go home.

And this is a story about going home.

It’s not that I don’t shop a lot (I do), but there are times when I save up and buy myself something special. Those shopping trips, and those items, are incredibly precious to me. The above shoes are such an item. Originally, I bought these shoes as a birthday present to myself, and I loved them. But then, tragedy struck and they were lost (fire). Knowing that they were important to me (and become very important to replace), I began searching for these shoes again.

(Some notes on resale shopping. This is one of my most favorite kinds of shopping as you can find AMAZING things; but it’s also the BEST way to get items you need to replace, or may have missed out on. If you do have something specific you’re looking for you can find it. Most things you want will pop up at some point, you just have to keep your eyes open. Local consignment shops are a great start-make sure the staff know what you’re looking for. I keep alerts on all the big sites: eBay, The RealReal, Vestiaire Collective, Tradesy, and Poshmar. Of course, there are a ton more sites! Just be consistent, use all keywords you can think of in your search, and of course, when you find something, buy it!

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I searched high and low to replace these beloved shoes. From onsite to in stores, I had my eyes peeled, and my sale alerts on. And then one day, out of the blue, these shoes appeared, and I was able to get them. Exactly the same, and just as beloved. You can go home, and what is meant to be yours can find you.

(Also, this dress is from one of those scary Instagram ads you get–but I love it!)

What fashion piece have you found that was special, or meant to be yours?
I’ve linked similar pieces to these above–hope some of those tickle your fancy!
Xo RA

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#OOTD Roundup

I have something to admit. There are days when I don’t get dressed. It’s not that I necessarily stay in my pjs all day (no judgement though); it’s just that sometimes my #ootd is a version of yoga pants and a tee. Simple. And I like to think, at times, still somewhat stylish. But all of the sudden, your view point on your daily outfits can change drastically when you start taking pictures of them for work.

I’m so grateful for my job, and I’m so grateful for fashion. There are times when making myself get a “real” #ootd on, and shoes I love, makes me more productive. (I think it’s the curse of working predominately from home that work can bleed into internet on the couch. The right outfit helps.) Also, there’s more than one day that I can get in my head and get a little anxious about things. (All the things) Call me crazy, but putting on an outfit that I love helps.

So, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite #ootds from recent weeks. You may have seen some of these on my Instagram (@racheladelicia), but some you may not have.

I’d love to know: what’s your go-to #ootd?
Xo RA

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Shop the look below via the link, or with your screenshot on the LiketoKnow.it App!

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Jean Jackets

Investment Piece: #OOTD RoundUp
Layering

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Tough yet Sweet

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blue florals

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Just adore this vintage coat/dress

Investment Piece: OOTd Round Up
This sheer dress was also one of my first posts: Is Sheer a Thing We’re Doing?. I’m still doing it!

Investment Piece: OOTD Roundup
I love fashion. And Dino’s. Shop here. (This is one of my fave shirts and these shoes I hunted down for years!!)

The best way to stay up to date with all the things I wear every day? Instagram (@racheladelicia). Will there be some yoga pants? Maybe. But maybe also great finds!

Xo RA

No Set. Match

Investment Piece: No Set. Match
Investment Piece: No Set. Match
Investment Piece: No Set. Match
Investment Piece: No set. Match

Sets are popular this season. And, beyond the fact that I love them, I get why. Having pieces that can go not only with each other but with other things in your wardrobe opens up endless outfit opprotunities.
But what about when you have no set?
Match.
Upside of having pieces that didn’t come as a set? You can make your own. The above skirt and top weren’t sold together. I didn’t buy them in the same season. Yet, even with no set, they match. Yes, my loves, it is worth it to stock your wardrobe with stunning pieces that can be worn in a mutlitude of ways. Then, when needed, you can pair some together and viola! You’ve got a set!

(We might also be able to make the case that having great black pieces in your closet is key–just make sure that your blacks match. Blue-based blacks and red-based blacks are different, and a glance in the sun will confirm that! Though I also love making sets with white, red, and other pieces that go together!)

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Investment Piece: No set. Match

My tips for making your own set:

Keep it somewhat simple
I’m all about a statement –those sleeves–but statement piece with a statement piece with a statement piece can be hard to pull off. It can also leave you with no tying factor. The play? Sets match, and when making your own I find it easiest to pick one color or pattern and match those together!

But have fun
So you’re putting together a skirt and top. Or pants with a jacket. Basic, right? Above I cautioned against loading your set with statement pieces. But having a bit of fun? That I whole heartedly support. Be it sleeves, shapes, shoes, or just the feel of the set in general, sets are meant to be boring. Even the ones you make yourself.

Side note: if you want to be a bit forward this summer, try making sets with a crop top. Technically this top is a crop, it’s just a bit longer and the skirt is high waisted!

What are your thoughts on sets? Especially the ones you put together yourself?

I linked pieces similar to the ones shown here! Happy shopping!
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: No Set. Match

Overthinking (Jeans and a Tee)

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Investment Piece: Overthinking

I don’t post a lot of outfits that are just jeans and a tee. Part because there has never been a party dress I didn’t love (true since I was a tot). Part because I can overthink jeans and a tee. Talent? Weirdness?

Either way, the fact remains that I can call this Tuesday:
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And at the same time worry about jeans and a tee. Shooting this look? I worried that it wasn’t “enough”.

It’s not that I don’t’ wear jeans often, or just throw things on, or any combination of all the things. Jeans and a tee may be my “relaxed” go-to’s (as well as sundresses), but they can have me overthinking like nothing else.

Investment Piece: Overthinking
Investment Piece: Overthinking

The irony? I truly believe that a great pair of jeans are an investment piece. There is nothing like a pair that make you feel good, look good, can be dressed up or down, and make you feel like you.

***I personally think high rise is best, I have a naturally super high waist, and that’s a hill I’m willing to die on. But, if you like a low rise I get it–there are jeans out there for you.

Tees (and basic sweatshirts like this one) are my go-to’s from sleeping to workouts to pairing with skirts and pants.

So, why does pairing jeans and a tee together make me overthink so? (And yes, maybe that’s a question for therapy.) Is it that I feel that each outfit needs to make a statement? That it’s boring? Or is it simply that if I’m showing off fashion, that I feel like the SHINEST things should take the spotlight?

I don’t know. Now that I’m aware of this habit and overthinking tendency though, I’m actively challenging myself to be both a party dress lady and a jeans and a tee lady. We can be noth, right?

But, forgive me if I stick to my party dress ways for a while. They’re just too good not to!

I have linked jeans and sweatshirts I love (and even Vans, as I love a good Van!)

What outfit makes you overthink?

XO RA

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Investment Piece: Overthinking