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

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

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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Rent The Runway

Investment Piece: Surrpise Ending

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).

Investment Piece
You first saw this dress here, back when this blog was still a baby.
Investment Piece: Icon with a Twist
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

Investment Piece: #doingthings
InvestmentPiece: #doingthings
Investment Piece: #doingthings
Investment Piece: #doingthigns

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.

Investment Piece: #doingthings
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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#OOTD RoundUp

Loves. It’s hot. So hot. Like I wore a swimsuit yesterday and I still sweated through it hot. What do we wear in this? (Really, I want to know) Below I’ve rounded up outfits that I’ve loved wearing recently. (And of course all my #OOTDs are on LiketoKnowit Or Shopstyle) I’d love to know: what are you wearing to survive the heat?
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: OOTD RoundUp
A Throw back, but I’ve worn this dress more than once as it creates a breeze. I found someone this exact one. Shop it and similar ones here

Investment Piece: OOTD Round Up
I get asked about this bag every time I carry it. And it’s now on sale for you. Shop it here

Investment Piece: OOTD RoundUp
There are days when the only thing I can do is throw on a chic top with my workout leggings. But it works? Shop it
here

Investment Piece: OOTD Round Up
Date night called for all white chic. Get yours here

Investment Piece: OOTD Round Up
Me? Dramatic? Not at all. Get similar dresses to this vintage stunner here

Investment Piece: OOTD RoundUp
I’m LIVING in this Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress. Match me here

Investment Piece: OOTD Round Up
I also can’t stop wearing this padded headband (it’s a cure all for all the hair days) And it’s under $15!
Get one here

Investment Piece: OOTD RoundUP
Why should the heat be the only thing in red? I love this style, get it here

Investment Piece: OOTD ROundUp
This is one of my most fave dresses, it also works in the fall, but keeps me cool now. Get yours here

For real, loves, what are you wearing?
Xo RA

Make it Your Own

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Investment Piece: Make it Your Own
Investment Piece: Make it Your Own
Investment Piece: Make it Your Own
Investment Piece: Make it Your Own

This story has two parts.

Every summer there comes a time when I only wear swimsuits and dresses. It’s not that I don’t love jeans and tees. Not that I don’t want to look chic and elegant in pants (a la Eleanor in Crazy Rich Asians). But it’s hot. Too hot. Yesterday, it was over 100, and I drove by a woman who was wearing jeans and boots getting gas. My only thought was how hot she must be. I just can’t do it.

I’m a fan of summer dresses, both casual and formal. They can be anything you need them to be, are effortlessly chic, and most importantly : they’re cool. And keep you cool. From t-shirt dresses to hatters to off the shoulder, there are so many different types of summer dresses and stories to tell in them. What’s yours?

You can shop some of the ones I’m thinking of adding to my collection here.

And of course, now that I’ve taken a stand, life will find a way to have me in pants for the rest of the summer. (You can’t see me but I’m laughing about that now!)

Investment Piece: Make it your Own
This is also a story about making it your own. I loved this denim/colored dress when I first saw it at Target. The issue? It was in the kids department. And didn’t fit quite right:

Investment Piece: Make it Your Own
As you can see, the top was a little too high for me

But. I don’t let a little thing like that stop me. Some snips (I cut the straps off in the back), some fray check (sew without sewing and seal fabric), some tying around my neck and viola:
Investment Piece: Make it Your Own
This is not a call for us to all wear children clothes. They aren’t made for our bodies, and women’s bodies-all sizes and curves–should be celebrated. And in clothes that make them feel amazing. I am very flat chested, and thought the XXL would work for me, so I wanted to see if I could alter this dress. To me, part of the fun of fashion is making it your own. And that means altering what doesn’t work for you. I have a dress that started as a skirt, pants I’ve changed. Alterations are a great way to take the clothes offered to you, and make them your own.

I have a feeling we’ll be talking more about alterations. In the meantime, I would love to know: what’s something that you’ve made your own?

Below I’ve linked this exacted dress, and some other Target picks I love (as well as Fray Check if you need it!)

Xo RA

Investment Piece: Make it Your Own

Summer Fantasy

Note: the top featured in this post is part of my collab with Elaine Kim. All opinions are my own, and you can use code RACHEL4EK to get 15% off your first order at Elaine Kim. The 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: Summer Fantasy
Investment Piece: Summer Fantasy
Investment Piece: Summer Fantasy
Investment Piece: Summer Fantasy

I’ve been thinking a lot about the summers when we were kids. Not that there’s a typical one. There were summers I had art camp (never sleep away), summers full of days at the pool, reading books, and indulging my imagination. Times when summer dinner was simply watermelon, and I can still taste the sno-cones we would sometimes get after the pool, still in our swim suits and in towels.

The continuing theme no matter the summer? A little summer fantasy. Yes, I know there are all sorts of theories on vacations and staycations, of letting yourself get way, even for a bit. And I agree. But what about the day to day? What about the random summer Tuesday? Doesn’t that deserve a dollop of fantasy?

Maybe we define fantasy differently, but to me, fantasy can mean anything fun, out-there, amazing, that stretches you, isn’t routine. There are summer days, full of water and laze, that can invite fantasy on their own. And of my favorite ways to add a little fantasy? Fashion. I’m 100% the type of woman to wear a ball skirt about, because you never know where it will lead you. To dress up, in whatever strikes my fancy, and let that be my vacation or fantasy for the day.

This ball skirt makes me want to lounge in a garden, or by the beach, have tea, or champagne, and whisk away. And with the heat of summer stretching before us, isn’t that a great fantasy?

Investment Piece: Summer Fantasy
Investment Piece: Summer Fantasy
Investment Piece: Summer Fantasy
Investment Piece: Summer Fantasy

A note about the top: faux leather, but it goes with everything. Shorts. Jeans. A great way to elevate anything. And, leather is a must for the fall. It will go with everything and you need it. I’m ready to pair mine with vintage Levis and kitten heels! You can find it here (the white is so chic!). And the code RACHEL4EK for 15% off your first order.

The skirt? Alice and Olivia. It makes me smile, and I love the pattern. I’ve linked you similar ones below!

What’s your summer fantasy?
Xo RA

Shop the skirt: here

Wardrobe Building

Investment Piece: Wardrobe Building
Investment Piece: Wardrobe Building
Investment Piece: Wardrobe Building
Investment Piece: Wardrobe building
Investment Piece: Wardrobe Building

I’ve been thinking a lot about what goes into building a wardrobe. Is it pieces that can last? Pieces that fit together? Ones that can be worn in so many different ways? What does wardrobe building look like?

As you may know, I take a lot of pride in my closet (see, well everything, but especially here when I chatted a little bit about how I shop). There are pieces I love, pieces I can wear with anything, and pieces I’ve had for years. Sometimes, I can go through my closet and still be surprised. My wardrobe can represent so many parts of my personality, and yet there are times when it seems like such a fluid thing to me.

I think a wardrobe is a lot of things. There should be pieces that are classic, fit together, and can be made into any thing you need, and pieces you can build with. You need stand out pieces, there should be things that make you smile, and feel special. How do you fit them together? How do you know what to shop for?

It’s bigger than this post. And sometimes, it’s just instinct. Take this romper. I’ve had it for years. It’s taken me to the opera with wrap sandals. Been worn with flats to a swanky spring party. Shooting this, I had an urge to wear it with my most favorite lion belt and gold heels (Guess I need to find an event!). This romper isn’t something I can pair with many other pieces (other than belts/shoes/bags), and while there are times when I worry about wearing shorts (I have to talk to my therapist about something!), it feels special and a seamless part of my wardrobe all at the same time.

What are your thoughts on wardrobe building? Do you shop for classics? Blend? Have standouts? Not just this piece, but I am thinking about our wardrobes and would love your input!

Investment Piece: Wardrobe Building
Investment Piece: Wardrobe Building
Investment Piece: Wardrobe Building

This romper is Sass and Bide, an Austrailian brand. It’s a few years old, but I was able to find you similar pieces to build with!

Xo RA

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