What’s the best thing you’ve ever bought?
It’s a question that I am asked with some frequency. My knee jerk reaction is to say either the vintage Chanel dress picked up for a song in a Montana thrift shop or the Chanel necklace that was once owned by a Elizabeth Taylor. But last Thursday, as I was getting dressed for work, I realized it was neither of those things because there is one item of clothing that I have been wearing with regularity for months, and it deserves its due.
Back in November, I bought a three-seasons-ago J.CREW tweed suit on eBay. It’s black, has a collarless jacket and subtle embellishments, and I am.in.love.with.it.
I wear the jacket with a black pencil and an ivory, mandarin collar blouse. I wear it with a black striped tee and leopard flats. I wear it over a white, pleated chiffon dress to cocktail parties. And I wear it with black trousers and a tie neck blouse.
Like I said, it’s being worn a lot.
The jacket above is the closest thing that I could find to my beloved. Not a bad price either. But I also liked this Maison Scotch jacket (similar cut, on sale), this Vince Cropped Jacket is pretty basic, this Rebecca Taylor is a little more detailed with eyelash trim and this IRO jacket is a total splurge. And if you need something inexpensive, this Target tweed jacket comes in a wide range of colors.
If you’re not comfortable with basic tweed and want a bit more edge, this tweed and leather jacket from Rag & Bone rocks (here’s it’s cheaper equivalent). I also like this notch jacket and this studded jacket, both from Aqua for $118. And this Target jacket can be had for less than $50.
A black tweed jacket is my new wardrobe staple. Maybe it’ll be yours.