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Fashion fades, only style remains the same.

Coco Chanel, French fashion designer and businesswoman (1883-1971)

Ever since I was little, I always wanted to own a Burberry trench coat.  I know other brands make their own versions of it, but there isn’t anything more iconic than having a Burberry trench coat with your initials monogrammed on the inside.  When I was younger, my mother promised me that once I graduated college that she would buy me one.  As I have only one more year of school left, hopefully it’ll be a dream come true in May 2018 🖤!

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I always dreamt of being an adult, tall and able to wear the form-flattering trench coat featured in the Burberry ads, or during a fashion week collection, paired with a blanket-like poncho.  I would jealousy stare at pictures of models, celebs, and fashion bloggers who wore this consistently trend piece, and would turn green with envy whenever someone wore their trench coat on the streets of NYC.

To me, everything about the trench coat was appealing, from the history of the material to its waist slimming design.  The trench coat is extremely versatile: it can be worn as a jacket dress or simply as a fashionable yet practical piece during a rainy day.  For its two-grand price tag, it’s certainly an investment that every fashion inclined woman should make.

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The trench coat has a unique story – Thomas Burberry, the creator of the gabardine material used for trench coats, never intended to make these coats for the fashion industry.  Trench coats were originally made to serve as the standard Army uniform and apparel for the United Kingdom due to its fabric being waterproof and sturdy.

However, as we know about army inspired clothing, they almost always end up in the mainstream fashion scene.  Even today, the army green color and camouflage pattern are used as fashion statements by many designers, and are eagerly worn by customers who want to flaunt off their knowledge of the ever-changing trends.

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Even if Burberry didn’t intend to make this for fashion, it’s amazing how he created something that transcended time.  Very few fashion pieces have managed this feat, capturing the hearts of fashion people and regular folk alike, like Chanel’s No. 5 perfume and Hermès Birkin bag.

Hopefully I’ll be a new owner of a trench coat as I make my own journey to find an accidental mistake that spurs the success of my own fashion house.

xoxo,

the girl who dreams of making an iconic fashion piece

IMAGE CREDIT: Burberry
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“It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable.” – L. M. Montgomery (via goodreads)

I love, but also hate shopping.  I love buying new clothes and shoes, but everything that I want to buy is always out of my price range.  To make matters worse, everyone always tells me to get “the next best thing,” but the feeling of regret is worse than not buying the actual product.  And obviously, knock-offs aren’t even an option, as I would rather wallow in self-pity for not having something, than having a fake version of it.

Consequently, when it comes to shopping, my philosophy is: if you can’t afford it, wait until you can.  At first, this was disheartening to tell myself because by the time I could buy it, I would either lose interest in it, or it would no longer be in stock.  For anyone who has ever wondered why my closet was so sparse, now you have an explanation: quality over quantity, and quality is quite expensive.

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It’s not all doom and gloom because SALES EXIST.  Sales, especially good ones, make faux-luxury living possible for a broke girl like myself, where full prices items become possible purchases.  They also make shopping smart; they encourage a mature usage of credit cards and paychecks, something that Rebecca Bloomwood didn’t understand for the longest time.  At this age, many of us have student loans, and quite frankly, I don’t want to be adding credit card debt to that in my early twenties just because I couldn’t handle my money properly.

While it is my money, and what I’m going to have to wear (unless I return or sell it), it’s best to be conscientious when adulting.  Personally, I’m an overally cautious spender, and it will take me at least three days to decide whether or not I will purchase something.  I heavily research what I want to buy, listing the pros and cons, reading reviews, and seeing it in person if I want to buy it cheaper online. 8 out of 10 times have all failed to make the cut, and I’m left resigned without a purchase.  However, the two times that I do purchase something are the best, as they are things I won’t regret having.

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A little while back, I bought a few things that I just had to review: Jeffrey Campbell boots and Calvin Klein baseball caps.  When you think of Jeffry Campbell’s, you automatically think of the $200 chunky platform sandals from Nasty Gal (r.i.p.), but these Chelsea boots were only a fraction of the price.  During the time of purchase, I was pretty desperate to find pretty fall/winter shoes to wear that weren’t my Bean Boots, as well as something I could wear out in the streets of New York without looking confused.  These shoes are perfect for all types of weather and always look on point, though with my huge feet, I don’t know how well the latter happened.

The second were two Calvin Klein baseball caps from Urban Outfitters in black and white (#trendy).  These chic hats are perfect when your hair isn’t being agreeable with you, or if you’re running low on time to look presentable, you can just throw one of these on.  When I bought them, they were on sale, which made them even more covetable.  I also had originally planned on only buying one, but given the price, I bought both of them.

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I would post #ootd/#ootn pictures with my new purchases, but that’ll be revealed in an upcoming post, as I bought more basic essentials to make a semi-chic/coherent look.  Stay tuned!

xoxo,

the girl who likes to wear solid colors

p.s. Listed below are links to the shoes and hats, along with amateur photos that I took.

Jeffrey Campbell Stormy Rain Boot: Jeffrey Campbell, Nordstrom

fullsizeoutput_f9a.jpegCalvin Klein Canvas Baseball Hat: Urban Outfitters