Overthinking (Jeans and a Tee)

Investment Piece: Jeans and a Tee
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:
Investment Piece: Holiday Gown

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

Spring Sales

I don’t get cabin fever. Or, at least, I don’t get the kind of cabin fever where I’m itchy to go outside. My kind of cabin fever? The itch for something new. And with the seasons changing, my cabin fever is really bad. I dream of sundresses and sandals, straw bags and linen pants. Even if the temperature isn’t quite there, in my head, it’s spring. What do you do when a cabin fever itch hits?

Scratch it.

Lucky for us all, some early spring sales are here to help us itch in a responsible way. These are the sales I’m shopping this week!

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Nordstorm Rack
This spring sale has dresses up to 70% off till 3/30. Surely we can get something for now and later?

Net-A-Porter
And speaking of new for spring, at Net-a-Porter, the entire site is 15% off with the code NEWSEASONREFRESH

YOOX
This is a spring sale super sized. At YOOX take 45% off site wide! (Till 3/26)

Sale Picks
In the mood for some general Spring Sale Picks? I have you covered!

Jcrew
I came upon this sale last minute, and have spent my morning shopping! Get 30% off your entire order at Jcrew with code NEWNEW –and yes, new spring arrivals are included.
My picks live here.

What are you shopping for spring?

Xo RA

Dots in Ungaro

Investment Piece: Dots in Ungaro
Investment Piece: Dots in Ungaro
Investment Piece: Dots in Ungaro
Investment Piece: Dots in Ungaro
Investment Piece: Dots in Ungaro
Investment Piece: Dots in Ungaro

There are dots that are classic, that are modern, and dots that just speak to you. I’ve never met a polka dot that I don’t love, especially a vintage one, and especially dots done as well as Ungaro did them.*** This number, with the belt, rouching, drape, and sleeve detail is both a modern marvel, and makes me feel as if I’m in a great 80s show.

Usually, when I have great vintage, I can’t help but wonder about the owner before me. Who she was, what she did, where she wore the piece. And I’m not saying I don’t here. But. These dots also urge me to look forward. Teas, cocktail parties, summer events, I can’t help but think of all the places I can wear this piece to–and all the ways to wear it!

With shoes that emphasize shape.
(On my Wishlist are also minimilist white heels, and I would love to pair those with this dress as well!)
The belt with a white tee and jeans.
When I want to feel classy and yet show a little back.
On days when I need cheering up (this pink!).
Cocktail parties in the summer.
And spring teas.

The owner before me must have had so many stories. I can’t wait to write some of my own in this dress.

****(Vintage Ungaro is a must have in my humble opinion. The drape, the details, the shapes, and the feel of modern and timelessness make them pieces you can wear at any time. Ungaro started designing in the 1960s, dressed celebs such as Princess Di, then retired in 2005, selling the company. With new ownership, Ungaro still produces fashion that’s divine!)

I’ve linked some of my favorite vintage Ungaro finds for your shopping pleasure below!
XO RA

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Investment Piece: Dots in Ungaro

The Party’s Over

Investment Piece: The Party's Over
Investment Piece: The Party's Over
Investment Piece: The Party's Over

As you know, Karl Lagerfield recently passed away. No matter what your opinion of him, Karl, with his reign at Chloe and Chanel, influenced the way we dressed for years. And no doubt, that influence will continue for years. It’s the end of an era.

But what do you do when the party’s over? I’ve never been great at goodbyes, or change, and while the homebody part of me loves going home, some parties are hard to leave. There’s nothing wrong with lingering, right? Or wearing Karl’s creations for years, towing the line between revering the past and being excited about what’s to come.

Investment Piece: The Party's Over
Investment Piece: The Party's Over
Investment Piece: The Party's Over

Fashion tip of the party?
Don’t be afraid to wear the men’s pants. Literally.
Every item in this outfit, sans shoes, is from the men’s department. I love men’s button downs-the arm length, tailoring, and fit are perfect for me. Something that may be new to try? Men’s pants. They won’t be the exact same fit (they can be a bit on the roomier side, lower rise, and button on the opposite side), but there are times when men’s pants are the perfect thing. Often, the men’s section will have different colors, prints, and pockets than the women’s section. I don’t like to leave fashion unexplored. My favorite men’s pants? Tux. They can go slouchy yet still feel elegant, and are perfect for a party.

Below, I’ve linked various tux pants and bow ties (and amazing shoes!) for your shopping pleasure.
They may not all be Karl, but looks like this feel a bit like him. We could also shop CHANEL as a way to say goodbye?
😉
Xo RA

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Ready to Bloom

Investment Piece: Ready to Bloom
Investment Piece: Ready to Bloom
Investment Piece: Ready to Bloom

Has anyone else felt like this winter has lasted forever? I love sweaters and coats and boots and all of the great fashion that winter has to offer. Yet. There has been a hankering I’ve been having for florals, short skirts, and all of the great fashion that spring has to offer. And finally, after weeks of cold weather (though according to my great-grandma’s logic everyone is due one more cold snap before Easter), it is finally feeling warm. Like spring. Maybe, we’re all ready to bloom.

Investment Piece: Ready to Bloom
Investment Piece: Ready to Bloom
Investment Piece: Ready to Bloom

Since we’re all ready to bloom, I can promise that someone somewhere is going to make the :”Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking” joke. It’s coming. However, what if blooming applied to more than florals. A trend I’m letting bloom this spring? Bright colors, specifically neon. Is neon something you would think of when you think of me? No. Yet, I’m loving it.

Neon feels fresh and new. Blooming as a statement? I’ll make it. This neon yellow stands out, yet doesn’t feel like a highlighter. (I like to think the grey softens it.) And while yellow is usually not my go-to color, neon yellow has such a pop to it that I can’t help but feel like spring in it.

(There are also some neon pinks and greens and blues I love)

My tips for wearing neon?
– Don’t be afraid of it. Yes, neon pieces will look great with more subdued colors, take the risk of leaning into neon.
-color blocking neon is a great way to do the trend without feeling like it’s too much
-I love neon in short lengths, but there are some great maxi options as well
– HAVE fun

What makes you feel like blooming? Willing to give neon a try?

I’ve linked some pieces I love for you below. I hope they make you feel ready to bloom.
XO RA

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Shop options: here

Investment Piece: Ready to Bloom

Transitions

Investment Piece: Transitions

When I shot this look, and when I wrote this post, it was freezing. Literally freezing. And it was less than a week ago. Yes, we may be heading towards spring. It may be warm, or even hot, where you are this weekend. But this is about transitions. And how we deal with them.

Investment Piece: Transitions
Investment Piece: Transitions

The thing about seasonal transitions, and change, is that it happens in stages. Sometimes slow, sometimes fast. Sometimes it goes back and forth. As much as we may be looking forward to spring, and all that fashion, spring is allowed to take its time. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but patience isn’t my strongest virtue. And we know I think change can be hard (see here)
There are a few things that I know about transitions to be true:
-Even though transitions can be hard to deal with as we don’t know what to wear, or exactly where to step, they are the places where we can grow the most.
-During transitions we have to trust the work we’re doing, and what we’re building is coming along. Even when, especially when we can’t see it. When we plant a seed outside, we don’t dig it up every day to see what’s taking so long. We trust and let it grow. Same applies to transitions.
-Transisional dressing is both fun and frustrating. Layers, layers, layers. And maybe don’t be afraid to work inside?

Investment Piece: Transitions

This skirt is vintage, but it feel like the animal print silk ones on offer this season(s). Right now? It looks great with sweaters and under coats. When it’s warm? Graphic tees and tanks. Shoes optional or heels or sandals. Treat it like a neutral and let it transition with you. It’s the best use of transitions that I can think of.

I love this type of skirt so much that I’ve linked my favorites for you below. Transition in them. It may make things easier!
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Transitions

When You Can’t Get What You Want

I had an experience lately, which was familiar, and yet still disappointing. A vintage piece on my Wishlist sold out before I was able to buy it. This happens to us all. So, what do we do when we can’t get what we want?

Let’s Chat:

If you’re interested in having me help you find pieces you couldn’t get email me at racheladelicia@investmentpiece.com

Here’s to us all getting what we want and need!
Xo RA

70s Rockstar (An Ode to Print Mixing)

Investment Piece: 70s Rockstar (An Ode To Print Mixing)
Investment Piece: 70s Rockstar An Ode to Print Mixing
Investment Piece: 70s Rockstar (An Ode to Print Mixing)
Investment Piece: 70s Rockstar (An Ode to Print Mixing)
Investment Piece: 70s Rockstar An Ode to Mixing Prints
Investment Piece: 70s Rockstar, an ode to mixing prints

Snakeskin Boots. Polka Dot Maxi Dress. Vintage coat with fur lining. I’ve worn this outfit a few times, and everytime I feel like a 70s Rockstar in it. Yes, in general, it makes me want to lounge on a velvet couch, but it’s a little more rockstar than that. And a bit 70s.

Really, to me, both Rockstar and 70s involve being a bit big and a bit extra, and not being shy about it. 70s fashion at its best? Shapes, patterns, colors, and platforms that aren’t afraid to let you know that they are there. Same with Rockstars. (Actually I have met quite a few shy performers–but get them on stage? Watch out!) This outfit? While each piece is enough, and big, on its own, together they aren’t shy.

I like to think it’s the boldness that makes the outfit work.

Being big, extra, and unapologetic? It’s the best recipe for print mixing that I know of. Yes, you can mix like patterns and colors. That outfit will look great. (I did it here and love this outfit just as much as the rockstar one!) But, to really mix prints, you have to be a little daring. Polka dots and snakeskin aren’t really in the same print family. However, it works. Is it because the boots err on the side of neutral? Maybe. But loves, these boots are a bit extra in all the right ways. Does the coat balance it out? It adds texture and is a statement on its own. The magic here I think is that while no print matches, they flow. Each are bold and rockstar in their own way, but manage to share the spotlight with each other.

Print mixing can be a very specific thing. A bit rockstar. There are no hard and fast rules, so all I can offer in terms of advise is : go big. Let’s be 70s Rockstars together.

I’ve linked similar pieces below for you print mixing pleasure!
XO

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Love the dot on dot? Shop that look here.

70s Rockstar more your thing? Shop that look here

Business Thoughts (#beltbag)

Investment Piece: Business Thoughts (#beltbag)
Investment Piece: Business Thoughts (#beltbag)
Investment Piece: Business Thoughts #beltbag
Investment Piece: Business Thoughts (#beltbag)
Investment Piece: Business Thoughts #beltbag
Investment Piece: Business Thoughts #beltbag

Some Business Thoughts:

*** If belt bags are a thing (I can’t bring myself to call these fanny packs, and today’s belt bags are ever so chic!), why shouldn’t we use them as belts? Clearly the point is to have them around your waist (or thereabouts. Side benefit? You get your hands free to do all the things!) So, why not use the belt part of your bag to keep pants up or keep your blazer (or top) closed?

I tried it. And I loved it. It was like pockets with added purpose. I don’t think that’s a thing, but we can make it one??

**** I can’t quit a blazer with nothing on underneath. There was this Heather Locklear show a few years back where her character wore looks like that, and I just loved them. It’s boss lady means super feminine. Appropriate for office wear? Maybe not. Or at least make sure your blazer buttons high enough (yes, Mom, if this one weren’t leather I would have used a pin here. I can’t bring myself to pin leather. You do you). But for a night out, or one those days where you can risk a bit more? A blazer as a top is perfect. And yes! It’s a great look for more black tie looks as well (there’s also something I love about women in tailored tuxes, but that’s another post).

(Super side note: no matter what your business, a great blazer is a must. They can lend structure and class to any outfit, and are often the perfect outer wear. This is an item I think you should buy at the highest quality level you can, and don’t forget that your local tailor can work wonders!)

*** Other Thoughts: I’ve found a lucky someone these exact shoes for $78 (linked below), I love them. A pleated skirt is always a good idea. But blazers and belt bags as belts: we may be onto something!

I’ve linked shopping options below, and as usual would love to hear your business thoughts!

XO RA

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#croppedjacket

Investment Piece: #croppedjacket
Investment Piece: #croppedjacket
Investment Piece: #croppedjacket
Investment Piece: #croppedjacket
Investment Piece: #croppedjacket
Investment Piece: #croppedjacket

There was a recent time when I got a little obessed with a great cropped jacket. Yes, it was from Instagram and yes, it was vintage. But it seemed perfect: classy with quilting yet edgy with the crop. So, I began looking for my own. I hit the usual spots: etsy and eBay. Yet, I couldn’t find what I was looking for. Until, I looked at Jcrew.

Say what you will about modern versions of things that we love vintage; sometimes, the modern is just as great, if not greater than the vintage. This little (literally) number hits on the mark: I love the classic look, but the pattern is fun, and the crop is just perfect (not too high not too low). And loves, the lining makes this jacket so comfy. I wear it often as a top, and for some reason I can’t wait to wear this jacket over a slip dress and combat (ish) boots.

I love how vaguely 1970s this outfit ended up being. A great flare is a must, I think, for your denim collection. They elongate your legs, and just feel a little more dressy than skinny jeans (to me). My new favorite jacket, and a great pair of wedges.

Investment Piece: #cropppedjacket

I know, I know. This picture is slightly ridiculous, but it shows off the shoes. And it makes me laugh. Win/win?

And loves–there’s nothing wrong with a little 70s vibe. I promise.

If you’re like me and you. Can’t wait to find your own perfect cropped jacket, I’ve linked ones for you below!

Happy Shopping!
Xo RA

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Get similar Jcrew jackets here.

Jeans and Jackets (some amazing vintage!):