Tailoring

Investment Piece: logo week: Fendi pants

I’m in the process of having some pants tailored. As in, almost remade. It’s been a long process, there are times when it’s felt too long. However, every time my tailor and I get closer to the finished product, I can’t help but get excited. I also have to remind myself that working with my tailor is a process and that a great tailor is a great investment! You are getting so much more about my “new” old pants, but first, let’s chat tailoring.

One of my very first posts was centered around “great investments”, one of which I thought was a tailor.
(See the original article here) And I still hang onto that thought. If you’re investing in your closet, a great tailor is a must have! Yes, for mends like buttons, zippers, holes, and hems you might be able to do the work yourself; however, I find that a professional often does it faster and better, and ensures that the item that needs mending doesn’t spend the rest of its life on my closet floor.

But a tailor is so much more. A great tailor can remake a garment for you–nip or let out the waist, or various parts, tighten or loosen, lengthen or shorten. You look best in clothes that fit you best and a tailor can help you get there!

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This number needed to be slightly let out in the bust–and even with the pleating, no problem for a great tailor.

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This dress (seen here) was taken in at the waist, and the back slit was lengthened.

The great news about a great tailor is that they can really transform a garment into something special. Which is amazing for all those things that you try on that just need a little something done. However, tailors aren’t always miracle workers and much like any important relationship (I’m looking at you, hairdressers) communication is key. So how can you best work with your tailor? Glad you asked!

Be Realistic

If something is 2 sizes too small and has no extra fabric in it, your tailor cannot make it your size. However, there may be times when your tailor has to tell you “no”. Certain fabrics, certain cuts and drapes, they just don’t mix. What you envision may not be doable. So ask questions like “Can we do this?” “What will this look like?” “What are my options here?” A great tailor will be honest and lay out your options, and may even have some suggestions that you didn’t even think of!

Let them know YOUR Preferences
I like my waists high and nipped. I think, for my body type, it looks best. I also like my sleeves to come down to my wrists. My tailor knows me and works with me to get the looks I like. But, even when we try things on it’s on me to be vocal–I like this, I don’t like this. Your tailor can’t please you if they don’t know what you want.

Fittings. More than one Fitting

Ok, some things don’t need a fitting–much less two. But some really do. If you’re altering a garment in a major way I would suggest more than one fitting to make sure everything is perfect. And move in it–raise your arms, turn, sit down–all of it. Make sure that the fit and movement are what you want. And talk to your tailor about what you’re seeing, and ask what they’re seeing!

Most of this comes down to talking to your tailor–about likes, fit, etc. The more honest you are, and the more they are honest with you, the better fit you will get!

I hope these tips help! Happy Tailoring!

XO RA

Are we label whores?

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When I was little one of the things that I wanted most in the world was a “Coke” t-shirt. My mom said no, her reasoning being that I was not a billboard. (Don’t worry, I got a hand-me down Coke shirt from a friend, so my life wasn’t ruined.) My mom’s attitude towards labels hasn’t changed much, she doesn’t hate them, but thinks quality can be found without a label; and most importantly, that she shouldn’t provide a free billboard. And it’s not that I don’t get her point; after I moved to CA and found out what they pay for a billboard-I get not wanting to do it for free. However, my relationship with labels is a tad bit more complicated. I like labels. I talk all the time about how much I love Gucci, I think Chanel bags are a great investment, LV bags are fantastic, I love shopping vintage labels, and that’s just the tip of the shopping! I know some of you feel the same. We love labels, we wear them, but are we label whores?

According to Urban Dictionary, a label whore is someone who wears head to toe labels, especially if the logo or brand name is constantly visible. We all love labels, but let’s admit head to toe logos would be a lot. I love every single look Gucci sends down the run way, but also think it’s fresh and modern to mix high and low; which means I often wear my labels with Zara/Levis/etc. So, if we aren’t painting ourselves in logos, is it safe to say that we aren’t label whores? Or is there another layer? Does label whore include loving and/or buying something simply because it’s a label or certain brand?

I don’t ask these questions to make us feel bad, have I mentioned that I love Gucci so? And it’s not that I think that loving labels is a horrid thing; but as someone who shops, helps others shops, and is fashion I can’t help but look at our choices, whatever they may be. Labels are a layered issue, often symbols of status, and can have meaning beyond simply clothes or bags. High end labels are often synonymous with quality and luxury, as well as status; and let’s admit, those are great reasons to want something. We all want high quality clothes, and if said clothes communicate that they’re special and luxurious I don’t think any of us would complain. (If we’re really honest, let’s admit that sometimes labels make us feel special too). But the question remains, are we buying labels because we want the product or because we want the label? There are plenty of quality items out in the world that don’t have a label, and some of them are luxurious. Are we overlooking those in favor of a familiar logo? Is that hurting us–and our closets?

I am the last person in the world to tell you that you shouldn’t buy something you love, even if you only love it because it says Gucci on it. The labels we love are loved for a reason, and I’m not anti-logo by any stretch. I plan on keeping my labels, adding to my collections, and mixing my high and low. However, I am going to start asking myself why I want some things; because as much as I love labels, I don’t think that the label should be the only reason to buy something. I am a fan of quality, I am a fan of high fashion and fun, and I am fan of finding those items, with or without a logo. Can I love all my labels and non-labels at the same time? I think the only way to know is to try!

Am I the only one worried about being a label whore? What’s your take on the issue?

XO RA

Vintage Jewelry: Monet

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Loves, it really is the month of love, and whether you’re showing love to yourself or to others there’s no better way to treat than jewelry. And loves, let me tell you, there’s no better jewelry than vintage. From quality to style to affordability (I promise), vintage jewelry lets you stand out and feel good about what you’re wearing. And one of my favorite vintage jewelry brands? Monet!

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Monet jewelry is known for its high quality, gold plated pieces (my favorite are the necklaces like those above); however Monet started out as a monogramming company. In the 1920s they (Michael and Jason Chernow, the founders) sold monogrammed decals. During the Great Depression the company expanded into bags, and in the 1930s the brothers found their niche: jewelry. Monet began selling dangle pins, bracelets, and namechains.

During the 1930s Designer Edmond Mario joined the company, and the statement shapes usually associated with Monet came into being. Mario was influenced by Chanel and Schiaparelli, and the affordable chain jewelry was a hit. The necklaces really became popular in the 1950s and styles expanded to links, slides, textured, and engraved. The company started a line for girls called Monettes, which carried charm bracelets. In 1977 the Monet launched a fine jewelry line, and during the 80s was licensed to sell both YSL and La Croix costume jewelry.

Here’s what I love about Monet- it’s heavy without being too heavy, it’s classic and yet stands out, it’s quality and fun, and it’s vintage and modern–all at the same time. For the money you won’t find a better costume jewelry, and yet, Monet pieces are not impossible to find! My fave places to shop Monet are Recess LA and Bloomers and Frocks”, but you can find Monet on Etsy, eBay, and vintage stores around the country.

Do you love and wear Monet? Are you planning on treating yourself?

Let me know!

XO RA

Year In Review!

Loves! We made it! 2017 is almost here, and it’s a time to look forward with hope and look back with gratitude! I am so, so thrilled that you let me share my little space on the Internet with you. Thank you for helping me grow this community. I have so many things in the works for you–I’m truly excited about what the new year will bring! And I’m thinking about you! What do you like? What would you like? This space is partially about you! So on that note:

On our Fashion Posts:
More writing, and how-to’s? Less writing? No writing on outfit posts?

Personal Shopping! We’re working on getting packages together so we can shop together! Are you interested?

Anything else (constructive) we can do to better your experience?

Leave a comment below, on our Facebook or email me at racheladelicia@investmentpiece.com!

Again, thank you for a great year–here’s to many more!

XO
RA

Some of my faves from this year:













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Great Investment: Valentino Printed Boots

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Yes, I love these because they are Valentino, and yes, I saved for them for a bit (which makes them more special). But, I just love a printed boot–and think you need one. Yes, you need your basic boots (I really feel like you can’t go wrong with any boot but a basic black or brown -heeled,flat, bootie are all staples) but nothing shakes up an outfit like a statement piece like this one. A printed boot can make anything a bit elevated; throw it on with jeans and t-shirt with a dress, with a monochrome skirt and top. Even with other patterns they stand out!

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I first posted about these Valentino boots here and I still wear these a ton (see, they are a great investment!) I even wore them during the summer with crops and a tank top! My point loves, is that printed boots are a great piece, and if you have to have some–I’m a fan of these Valentino ones!

I’d love to know: do you have printed boots? How do you wear them?

XO RA

Details:
If you follow me on Instagram (and please do @racheladelica) you know that these investments are now available at Amuze, they happen to now be sold out, but you can get on the waitlist and shop similar styles!

Great Investment: Jaquemus

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Most of the time when there’s a big item I want, I save up for it, I savor the process of waiting and working towards a purchase. (It’s not only great for my budget, it’s great for the thrill of it!) However, sometimes things just fall into your lap, and I’m not one to turn down gifts from the fashion gods. I knew that Jaquemus had released these circle/square sandals and , like most of his offerings, they were just amazing and fun. But they were sold out. Instantly. I saw people offering to buy them off other people on Instagram. So I didn’t think about them, didn’t plan for them. Then I went to SXSW, happened to spend a bit of down time shopping, wandered into ByGeorge (a great boutique that carries lines like Jaquemus, etc, and can be shopped online! ByGeorge). They happened to have one pair. In my size. That fit like a dream. Fate? I like to think so.

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So I went for them. And I’ve never regretted it. They have so much personality, they go with everything, they add a punch–and people stop and ask me about them. I love that the circle/square is both in the toe and the heel. I love the color. I love that it’s a statement without being over the top. I love that they are modern, and yet they go with my vintage.

I’m a fan of saving and enjoying the shopping, but I also think that great investments are waiting for us, and sometimes we just have to see them!

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About the designer/line:Self-taught designer Simon Porte Jacquemus launched his namesake line at age 18, after moving to Paris from his native South of France. Thoroughly of-the-moment and full of personality, Jacquemus (a nod to the designer’s mother’s maiden name) approaches modernist French womenswear with an eye for deconstruction and an optimistic spirit. Bright primary and pastel colors and inventive geometric cuts feature in the label’s signature asymmetric crop tops, oversized trousers and overcoats, colorblocked knits, and futuristically shaped dresses. Jacquemus’ skill at infusing innovative shapes with an irrepressible sense of youth and femininity has won critical acclaim as well as a devoted following: the designer is the winner of a special jury prize from LVMH in 2015, and a finalist for the group’s Prize for Young Designers the year before. And you can shop him directly at Jaquemus

Happy Tuesday! XO RA

Great Investment: DVF Dress

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One of the best things that I have ever bought was this simply stunning DVF gown. I loved this collection when it first came out a few seasons ago,, but in particular lusted after this star gown. The print, the wrap, the length. Everything was perfect and I knew I had to have it. But, I wasn’t able to purchase it right away. So I put it in the back of my head. However, I was really lucky and able to find it on Tradesy (a God send). And I haven’t looked back.

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From events to dinners. I put a sweater over the top and wore it as a skirt once. I’ve dressed it up with heels, worn it with sandals. It is still one of my favorite pieces and makes me feel special every time I put it on. I love that it’s timeless and a statement at the same time. I love that it’s well made. I love that I feel as if I can make it new every time. It’s a great investment.

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Happy Tuesday! XO RA

Get in on a piece you may have missed out on at Tradesy

Hidden Treasure

There are several posts and articles about decluttering, cleaning out, getting rid of–on this site, on others, there are book empires about the topic. And there are sites, articles, books, stores dedicated to vintage shopping and finding treasures there (and you’ve seen some of those treasures on this site). But, how do you go about finding treasures in your own (or your mom’s) stuff? I’m sure that there are books about it. Sites, articles, methods; and it is a challenge. Cleaning out is difficult for many reasons, many of them emotional. We don’t want to throw out anything that we have an emotional connection to, it’s science (for these purposes). Conversely, going through someone else’s things and looking for treasure can be hard–things may not be stored properly, you may be going through bags and bags–and you may have to be creative in your thinking.

I spent the last weekend helping my mom clean out her garage. Now, I’ve been lucky enough to be raised by fashionable women, with plenty of belongings to save, but like any garage there were boxes of paper and things to be thrown out–and there was some hunting to do. However, I knew that somewhere there might be treasure, hidden as it were. And I was right, there were things worth saving. My tips? Keep your eyes open–great things can be inside boxes, bags, stuffed in corners. Keep your mind open–great things can be repurposed (dresses into skirts, etc). Keep it realistic–if an item is damaged or falling apart it may not be able to be saved, let it go.

So what did I “get”? Glad you asked!

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This amazing crochet (satin lined) clutch with lucite pull. Needed some cleaning, but in mint condition.

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Mom wore these as earmuffs as a child. They go around my waist, so I just got a new belt!

And while I didn’t find it in the garage, I have been using this:
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Scarf we cleaned out of my grandma’s hopsital room for everything from a hair tie to over a sundress.

I’d love to know–have you ever cleaned out (or helped clean out) and found treasures? What are your guidelines for keeping things?

Happy Tuesday! XO RA

Great Investments: Gucci Bag

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My blog’s name came from my personal theory that great fashion is a great investment- beyond resell value (Birkins make that case), but I think fashion with lasting value that brings you joy is worth investing in. I’ve often spent months saving for a special piece, and the joy these pieces bring me is something I cherish! So in this new monthly segment I will showcase some of my favorite pieces- ones that I’ve saved for, stand apart, or have sentimental value; and first up: this divine Gucci bag.

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We know I am a Gucci girl- their current lines are just perfection, and this bag is the epitome of that! The detail, color, iconic logo- when I found this, and it fit into my budget, I absolutely couldn’t resist!

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From the snake to the bee and the flowers, every time I carry this bag it just makes me happy!

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I’d love to know – what’s one of your favorite pieces?

Happy Tuesday! XO RA

 

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