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I should have bought this hat the moment it hit the store. I should have done what Ursula did. Buy it, put it aside and then take it out a few seasons later. There are a couple different reasons for that :

The first is that I find that beautiful things get better with time.

The second is that at the moment they are released, these very strong items (the Jil Sander by Raf Simmons hat, the Balenciaga sweater, the Prada brogues, etc…) get people so excited and curious that they kind of steal your thunder – people don’t see you, they see your hat.

Sometimes, let’s say you’re at fashion week and you wear one, you can find yourself to become a detail model without even knowing it. It happened to me one day when I was wearing some Fendi shoes as soon as they came out. I became a foot model for a day (and nobody cared about the rest of me. Funny AND embarrassing at the same time).

Buy and put it to the side…
It demands high styling skills, I have to say.
Because if you do that, you kind of never know if you’ll ever wear it. Some pieces really don’t live more than one season. Or they get seen so much that they lose all their power real fast.

I haven’t found the magic trick to know which piece I will still want in one or two seasons.
How do you do that ?


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  • Savannah February, 20 2013, 9:07 / Reply

    That would take having a hue insight on ones own style, buying a piece knowing it will come in handy one day(or rather one year or two!) the second shot is y favorite. The colour palette of her outfit is just beautiful and yet so simple. All in the minor details.
    http://lordashbury.com

  • CORY SCOTT February, 20 2013, 9:07

    Beautiful things do get better with time, especially when it’s leather!
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  • cristi (hipshops.com) February, 20 2013, 9:07

    Agree, totally agree! You can’t love her outfits.

    Hi! I’m an editor @ hipshops.com

  • Clou February, 20 2013, 9:07 / Reply

    Ah oui c’est vrai qu’il est craquant ce bonnet à voilette !

    Sinon, pour l’aptitude à repérer les bonnes pièces, à mon avis c’est comme la bosse des maths : ya des gens qui l’ont, et les autres, beeeeeen….. Ils peuvent y arriver aussi mais en galérant à mort.
    (je fais CLAIREMENT partie des nuls en maths, moi!)

    Bises
    C.

  • claudia February, 20 2013, 9:15 / Reply

    I never bought something and put it to the side, I would forget about it and some day I would throw it away. When I buy something I want to wear it immediately and as long as I like it, sometimes one season, sometimes two or more seasons – as long as I feel comfortable in it.
    C.

    http://www.cforstyle.com

  • Nomadic D. February, 20 2013, 9:22 / Reply

    This hat is awesome. A beanie, all dolled up!

    http://www.nomadicd.com

  • Zoe February, 20 2013, 9:23 / Reply

    …Ou on fait comme Emanuelle Alt et on s’habille juste en noir, toujours avec des heels malade, un veston et des skinnys et on a toujours l’air d’être nous-mêmes surtout! Voila pourquoi tant de gens la trouve si cool et la trouve ‘style icon’. She is just being herself. Point. Et elle n’a pas l’air de trop se casser la tete quel sac sera le prochain IT-bag… Donc soyez nous-même! C’est ce qu’il nous fait toujours mieux =)

  • Rachelle February, 20 2013, 9:25 / Reply

    While I love fashion I only adopt trends that I see myself wearing forever. I also only buy and wear things that I think fit my body type. As much as I love J.Crew, when they have a new collection many bloggers are all wearing the same pieces. So I usually buy mine when the season is over at a discounted price and I wear differently then most people would expect. There’s such a buzz about Black & White, but really that’s a classic combo that one can rock whenever and forever. So basically just things that you love and see yourself wearing forever.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

  • jett February, 20 2013, 9:26 / Reply

    I’ve actually done that but not with anything as cool as this hat. Its a mix of Sister Bertrille, an elf and a veiled hat from the 40s. Its theperfecthat.

  • L'Oliphant February, 20 2013, 9:27 / Reply

    hé oui, tu aurais du! il est magnifique, le genre de pièce qui change tout!

  • Cecilia February, 20 2013, 9:29 / Reply

    Parfois je vois quelque chose que je aime a la folie. Et la je confie en moi. En général je me trompe pas si je suis mon instinct. Quand je écoute trop ou je regarde les magazines je achète des que ne sont pas vraiment dans mon style et même si je les aime, je réussie pas a les porter.
    http://modeskinen.blogspot.com

  • L'épingle February, 20 2013, 9:31 / Reply

    Les dépôts-ventes ?
    On récupère (pour pas cher) les achats faits trop vite par d’autres et qui sont à moi, maintenant :
    -ma veste Burberrys,
    -mon ensemble blouson/pantalon Gaultier (il y avait même un billet de banque dans la poche du blouson !),
    -mon top Galliano,
    -mes pulls d’homme Bompart,
    -ma jupe Chloë,
    -mon pull Paul Smith,
    et plein d’autres merveilles. C’est une bonne action, j’en suis convaincue : je les recueille…

  • Despina February, 20 2013, 9:34 / Reply

    Hey Garance! I totally get you. Having in mind that this item is now sold-out, I have a solution in case you really want to wear this! You can easily make a beautiful DIY Raf Simmons-inspired beanie! There is a big selection of good quality beanies in stores and you can do in in interesting colors too!

  • THE STEL STYLE February, 20 2013, 9:35 / Reply

    I really love this hat and her style too!!!

    http://www.thestelstyle.com

  • Mel February, 20 2013, 9:37 / Reply

    Ben en fait je me dit toujours que je n’achète plus que des sublimes classiques qui vont traverser les ages en alternant avec des pièces phares et pointues, le shopping idéal quoi.
    Résultat j’achète 80% de conneries que je ne met pas….mais sur les 20% qui restent, parfois,; miracle y’a la bonne pièce, l’introuvable, l’unique, celle qu’on nous jalouse à tous les coups et pour laquelle on réponds d’un air innocent et étonné “ça? ah oui c’est pas grand chose je l’ai acheté y’a hyper longtemps…je l’ai resorti, comme ça.” (l’air de rien) !!
    Résultat faut faire du volume! Pas très économique tout ça,je sais… autant dire que je n’ai pas encore trouvé la solution parfaite. Ca viendra j’en suis sure!!On apprends de ses erreurs, non? Enfin un jour viendra…
    Bisous!
    xxxx

  • Ema February, 20 2013, 9:48 / Reply

    (On fait pas).
    Je crois plutôt que si on AIIIME tellement le truc, acheté au moment même où il sort, si on l’attendait depuis toujours, alors il faut pas tellement mode. pas tellement nouveau sur nous.
    Mais c’est rare. Ça voudrait dire qu’on est styliste, si ça arrivait.
    Par exemple, E. Nalin avait sûrement envie d’un bonnet à pierres depuis des milliards d’années.

    Mais même dans ce cas, on peut être dépassé par l’engouement : cet horrible tigre de Kenzo par exemple, magique et si Tati aujourd’hui.

    Je crois plutôt qu’il faut acheter plus tard, quand on a apprivoisé. En ce moment, j’ai apprivoisé l’over-side. Je serai en retard. Mais ça m’ira.

  • Camilla February, 20 2013, 9:52 / Reply

    I know what you mean… but some pieces, like I think this Hat you can make it it your own and style it differently or perhaps reconstruct it.. when it’s totally out of fashion .. just use the cotton piece and take of the mesh part??!

    What you think?

    xo
    Cam

    @somekindofstyle
    http://some-kind-of-style.blogspot.de

  • madeline February, 20 2013, 9:57 / Reply

    i think storing a piece to wear in later seasons also just highlights the timeless quality of the design. So many pieces are much more amazing when they’re not trendy, but rather truly stylish.

    http://geography541.com

  • Sunny Side February, 20 2013, 10:01 / Reply

    Rien de plus facile tu chipes le beanie de l’anesthésiste quand tu sors du bloc opératoire ou celui de ton chirurgien, une petite voilette, une cape de l’armée du salut et te voilà la nouvelle infirmière de la mode !!!

  • Hotmama February, 20 2013, 10:12 / Reply

    J’achète souvent des belles robes que je stocke pour d’éventuels futurs mariages, afin de ne pas me retrouver avec ma voisine de table portant la même super robe prada de la collection actuelle!!!

  • Doublev February, 20 2013, 10:18 / Reply

    Pour ma part, je ne craque que sur des basiques niveau vêtements ou avec des découpes originales (asymétrie, transparence, etc…) et pour ce qui est des accessoires, chaussures ou sacs, je n’achète que des intemporels. J’évite l’excentricité et ainsi j’ai pas de soucis à me faire :).

  • Manuela Simões February, 20 2013, 10:25 / Reply

    Totally unexpected! Love it!

    http://modanosapatinho.blogspot.pt/

  • Lilena February, 20 2013, 10:32 / Reply

    En meme temps : certes, il est beau, mais il est aussi tout simple, ce bonnet. Ca ferait un super sujet pour “Pardon My French: DIY”, non ? :)

  • biancamaria February, 20 2013, 10:35 / Reply

    I love this hat! Usually I wear timeless pieces and the only extravagance is in accessory…

    http://whiteindoor.blogspot.com

  • Emma February, 20 2013, 10:38 / Reply

    loooove Ursula!

  • Gabrielle February, 20 2013, 10:38 / Reply

    I bought some classic pieces that were not season appropriate and put them asside. I think with trendy things it’s real hard to do, never done it. If there is a hype about something, I somehow almost always loose interest in the item, and if not, then maybe this would be the item to buy and put aside…. ? xxx

  • Sevan February, 20 2013, 11:04 / Reply

    Je ne sais discerner que les pieces classiques qui ne se demodent pas et j’envie les femmes qui prennent des risques en achetant des trucs pointus. (Sigh.)

  • Liten February, 20 2013, 11:09 / Reply

    I got the advise once (regarding interior design), think; what did I like 10 years ago….is this an item like this? Perhaps we can use the same sort of thinking when it comes to the fashion pieces that we imagine us hanging on to and incorporating in to our “personal style”. But perhaps the time frame in the question should be shorter…;-) Or perhaps most of us change to fast to use this kind of thinking when it comes to fashion….but it would be nice though…to have some sort of trick ;-)

  • Charlotte February, 20 2013, 11:12 / Reply

    Well, I would have loved a close-up of those amazingly styled feet!

  • Nathalie, lheuredete February, 20 2013, 11:27 / Reply

    Mais quel joli bonnet !
    Après avoir tenté de garder quelques belles pièces de côté, je ne le fais plus jamais. Je prends trop l’habitude de ne pas les mettre. Alors je profite de l’instant présent et je porte mes coups de cœur sans attendre…
    De toute façon, la patience et moi…

  • Sit February, 20 2013, 11:28 / Reply

    Très belles photos, Garance, et j’aime beaucoup les associations de couleurs, surtout avec le vert. Magnifique ! Pour répondre à ta question, je pense que c’est très difficile d’identifier d’emblée les objets qui passent et ceux qui ne passeront pas parce qu’ils nous ouvrent un nouvel horizon sur nous-mêmes (ouais, la position est digne d’un équilibriste, c’est pour dire !). On est tellement sollicité de toutes parts, c’est difficile de prendre du recul entre l’accessoire et “LE truc” qu’on se laissera le temps de digérer pour porter à notre guise, à notre tempo. Je dirai qu’il faut oser prendre le temps d’essayer et de discerner : si ça nous va vraiment très bien, alors il n’y a pas à hésiter. Et puis si c’est un objet qui nous dit quelque chose de nous, qui nous parle et qui nous raconte une histoire, une hisoire qu’on se sait capable de broder 20 fois autour… en osant des associations inédites, alors ça vaut le coup de tenter sa chance… Et puis au pire tu feras peut-être le bonheur de quelqu’un d’autre sur Ebay si vraiment c’était une fausse alerte.

  • Jenny February, 20 2013, 11:29 / Reply

    I like Ursula, used to work with her at Wallpaper*. Very stylish woman.

    xxx

  • J February, 20 2013, 11:39 / Reply

    perso je ne réponds pas à cette question, c’est toi la prêtresse du style dans ces pages

    sinon ce beanie à voilette si tu y tiens absolument, tu le diy et puis voilà
    tu ne trouves pas la couleur ? –> tu bombes tu teins tu peins tu fais tricoter
    et à la place de la voilette tu peux mettre des fleurs en tissu aussi ou bien des plumes, un gros noeud, des fruits..

    le beanie deviendrait il la version moderne du chapeau mou années 40 ? je me demande…

  • Marta February, 20 2013, 11:47 / Reply

    Lovely, that’s exactly what I call style, please give us more !!
    ps. what is the brand of that amazing blue coat?

    Thanks and regards !
    http://fashionsoulmates.com/fashion/the-quest-of-the-holy-graal-that-is-once-again-about-style/

  • Topographie beni mellal February, 20 2013, 11:53 / Reply

    Ce bonnet est très magnifique.Il est comme les accessoires du mariage.Il sera connu dans les jours suivants.Mais, nous devons le porter des vêtements appropriés et des chaussures parce que il y a certains pièces ne passent pas du tout avec ce bonnet.

  • Helena Ding February, 20 2013, 11:55 / Reply

    I love this hat!!!

    I am a “fashion stocker” as well – and I have the same problem for special pieces that shine a few seasons later…

    I used to give garments away if I haven’t wore them once in two seasons, but now I’ve found a new way. I will fold them and keep them in the stacks of A/W, S/S somewhere deep in the closet. When it is time do a closet clean-up for the new season, I will pull them out and really give a good thought. However, I prefer to keep accessories handy – not a good idea for limited closet, but I just love the idea of seeing them everywhere…

  • Nini Piccola February, 20 2013, 11:55 / Reply

    This a key question! As Madeline previously mentioned – putting the “strong” item away for a time and then resurfacing it successfully proves it’s timeless quality. Wearing it when everybody else is makes you look more like a fashion victim who needs to be seen with the latest item. “Trending” baaahhhh!!!! Bringing out the item at a later date makes it seem more interesting. No matter how “strong” or eccentric the piece, is it has to comfortable, so that you will want to wear it with everything! How to choose??? That is instinctual and also related to how much $$$ you have…

  • Ambyr February, 20 2013, 12:08 / Reply

    I’m loving the sky blue hat with the navy, cocooning jacket. So modern and cozy.

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

  • january February, 20 2013, 12:15 / Reply

    very interesting point of view!!

    january, x
    jessicajanuary.com

  • Lee Ann February, 20 2013, 12:21 / Reply

    Ah, Garance! This post immediately brought to mind Edith Wharton and “The Age of Innocence,” especially the film. I can hear Joanne Woodward’s voice explaining how gauche it was to buy Worth gowns and actually wear them (horrors!) the same season. How the well-heeled society woman would put back her new gowns for a couple of seasons before she brought them out. (I doubt Edith Wharton would ever imagine a woman wearing a beanie, even with a veil!)

  • Carole February, 20 2013, 12:27 / Reply

    there is mystery with a veil….i love when a women plays with her eyes behind a veil….lovely color…but it doesn’t work..it fact it’s a little ridiculous

  • Carole February, 20 2013, 12:27

    Anna Karenina……the film KK the most beautiful face under a veil….i love Dior….please don’t denimish a veil

  • Guro February, 20 2013, 12:36 / Reply

    I have done that, but not intentionally… I bought a great parka with a fake fur hood some 5 years ago, and this winter I have worn it more than ever, it suddenly became fashionable again! The reason I hung onto it so long is that it has a great fit, a classic colour, and it’s comfortable and practical. I have almost thrown it away a few times, but I’m very glad I didn’t. I have actually gotten rid of a couple of things that I have regretted later, but that’s a different story…

  • Virginie/Mode9 February, 20 2013, 12:47 / Reply

    Sortir ses radars et dénicher avant tout le monde le truc insolite. Il faut surtout faire comme on le sent, non? Ne pas chercher à être la fille à suivre à tout prix….Mais je ne suis pas non plus pour garder le it truc du moment au fond du placard pour le ressortir plus tard car il aura été galvaudé, copié, recopié et in fine tu passes pour la suiveuse pas cool.
    http://www.mode9.fr

  • Monsieur J February, 20 2013, 12:56 / Reply

    Les vrais belle pièces sont celle qui nous font vibrer.
    Pas celle qui nous font WOUHA!!! non, non, non!
    Ce sont celles qui me disent c’est tout moi ça, et on va faire un bon bout de chemin ensemble.
    J’ai un super exemple, il y a (p*****) bientôt 20ans je me suis acheter un bonnet JPG, un noir, puis un bleu, un brun et un quatrième celui qui restait à la fin de la saison, je l’ai pris.
    J’ai perdu le noir et le bleu, il me reste le brun que j’aime d’amour et le quatrième que je ne met pas. Il a pourtant la même coupe que les trois autres mais non, son toucher sa couleur ce n’est pas moi.
    Tout ça pour dire que ce bonnet c’est devenu une de mes signatures.

    PS: j’ai l’impression de radoter… j’ai pas déjà raconté cette histoire?

  • ines February, 20 2013, 1:14 / Reply

    ah ca… ll n’y a pas de recette miracle, les gens de la mode le sentent ;)

    c’est un feeling

  • Stephanie February, 20 2013, 1:14 / Reply

    I’m not sure how I can resist wearing something I desperately wanted to wear!!

    -Stephanie
    @LaminLouboutins.com

  • Ana February, 20 2013, 1:43 / Reply

    It’ s always risky to make these decisions: to buy or not to buy a very strong item…

  • Laura February, 20 2013, 1:43 / Reply

    Ce bonnet est trop beau! Mais je ne pense pas que ce soit nécessaire de le mettre tout de suite de côté. Même si tu attires beaucoup les photographes, peu importe, c’est bien de profiter des nouvelles choses, et bien sur de les garder! Et après même si c’est pas le plus trendy des accessoires, si ça te plait, et que ça correspond à ton style, pourquoi se gêner?

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  • Juli February, 20 2013, 1:45 / Reply

    I almost always buy things and put them away…but for a different reason…because I’ll see them around on some fabulous girl and I won’t feel secure enough. But, happily these same excellent items, as you suggest, are 2x as wonderful a couple of seasons later. And, mixed with other things (usually vintage) they are 2x more interesting. Case in point…this hat which I prefer with the blue coat…what a color!

  • Gigi February, 20 2013, 2:05 / Reply

    The hat is sublime but I’m also loving the sneakers in pic2. Any info on those??

  • liz February, 20 2013, 2:05 / Reply

    I swear I wear beanies every single day now!!

    http://lavieenliz.com

  • Eva February, 20 2013, 2:25 / Reply

    When I buy something I have to wear it, but I do keep some items I’m attached to for when they turn into fashionable again ;) xx

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

  • Christine February, 20 2013, 2:43 / Reply

    Great photos!! She has a beautiful and natural style and looks gorgeous with that hat! I love it!
    http://heelsandpeplum.wordpress.com/

  • Lovers of Mint February, 20 2013, 3:01 / Reply

    Je marche à l’instinct, le mien et au coup de foudre.
    Ce bonnet voilette, je l’ai vu sur une photo pinterest et j’ai de suite adoré /
    Il est Canon.
    Le sweat Balenciaga, j’ai pas aimé et je n’aime toujours pas, surtout après l’avoir vu porter par tout la fashion people /

  • sandra February, 20 2013, 3:09 / Reply

    Plus que le bonnet, j’aime surtout le manteau bleu d’Ursula, il a l’air ultra confortable et la couleur est magnifique…D’où vient-il ?

  • Miles February, 20 2013, 3:22 / Reply

    To me it is all a matter of being true to your own style rather than being a fashion slave. I have a list of about 20 essentials that I always know I will love to wear and if it goes with one of these I know I Will wear it season after season / in a couple of seasons.

  • DanishA February, 20 2013, 3:29 / Reply

    Au coup de cœur je dirais

  • JC February, 20 2013, 3:54 / Reply

    I’m not a big fashionista/clothes-horse person. So when I buy something I try to wear it within a week to ensure that I have an outfit or two in mind.

    That said, sometimes things languish and when I do the seasonal changeover in clothing – I do try to find time to figure out how to wear something that I didn’t wear much the year prior. If I can find a fun way to wear something – I’m more likely to wear it. Sometimes a rainy Saturday afternoon is a perfect time to shop my own closet and figure out new ways to wear old things.

  • Passant February, 20 2013, 4:08 / Reply

    Well… Of course your new 10cm black pointed Prada pupms will last for ever! Duh! I envy you by the way cuz I wanted soo baadddddd! :D

  • Maddy Marcel February, 20 2013, 6:19 / Reply

    Is that a knit cap with a little veil on it!!???!?! Wow. Wow. I have always wanted to wear a little hat with a veil, but I’m afraid I would feel like Halloween dress-up. This is pretty brilliant.

    I have done the buy-and-put-away thing a few times, but only with pieces that were super-recognizable, that I knew I would love forever. Pop them in the closet for 2 or 3 years, bring them out, everybody’s forgotten and they think you’re brilliant. ;)

    (It’s not really brilliance, just internal consistency ….)

  • sev February, 20 2013, 6:54 / Reply

    Ben en vrai je ne sais pas trop ce que c’est que des belles pièces, à part des vêtements qu’on adooooore portés sur soi et regarder dans sa penderie (genre : “qu’elle est belle cette chemise sur son cintre”, hop je la prends en photo parce que ca fait un beau dégradé de couleurs dans ma penderie et que je trouve ca joli, “je l’adoore, j’ai vraiment bien fait de l’acheter” tout en regrettant de l’user en la portant régulièrement et de ne pas l’avoir achetée en plusieurs exemplaires alors que dans 3 ans j’en aurai surement marre de la porter).

    Et les belles pièces dont tu parles, c’est du martien pour moi, vraiment un langage d’une autre planète dont je n’ai pas les codes, et qui parce qu’elle a des codes et qui en plus sont fermés, ne m’attire pas.
    J’aime les vêtements, les assemblages de vêtements, les allures, mais pas cette secte de course aux pièces pointues que seuls les initiés qui ne veulent pas que les autres sachent tout en voulant qu’ils le sachent pour pouvoir parader quand même car c’est bien le but, donc que les initiés connaissent, tu vois genre clan avec rite initiatiques pour pouvoir en être membre et qui excluent les autres qui sont donc des ploucs par conséquent. (ca me fait penser aux francs-macons ou groupes similaires). Je ne comprends pas du tout en fait, ca me laisse très interrogative (tu sais comme quand un chien penche la tête sur le coté quand il ne comprend pas) Ce ne sont que des vêtements… Oo

  • lucie coquette February, 20 2013, 6:54

    Complètement d’accord!!

  • andria February, 20 2013, 7:18 / Reply

    If i do buy an of the moment item, I always put it aside, to see if it will merge into my wardrobe & mesh with my personal style. Sometimes I end up returning it. But if I love it and I do keep it, sometimes it takes awhile, maybe a few seasons, to bring it out. By then, it becomes a part of me, and not “oh look, there’s that shoe/hat/bag that everyone is wearing”. I just bought the Comme des Garcons platform oxfords and I am definitely keeping them, but they are resting in my closet, waiting for me to take them out. I don’t want people to gawk at my shoes, but to look and say “that woman looks great”. I totally agree with your premise of waiting a couple of seasons.

    I have to admit that I do have a knack for picking the items that outlast their trendiness. I have stuff going back to the 1970s that I just could not part with because I knew that they were special. Of course, I was a bit tinier then and my feet got bigger with pregnancy (something for you to look forward to- you get to buy a whole new shoe wardrobe!) but I saved a lot of it. I have a sweater by Marc and Barbara for Charivari, which was Marc Jacobs’ graduation project from Parsons. He worked there as a stock boy and the owner of the store put it into production. I knew it was special, but had no idea of what he would become. Pretty cool!

  • Ai-Ch'ng February, 20 2013, 11:52 / Reply

    Such beautiful shots of a stylish lady!

    I always, always put things aside to wear at a much late date… just take cut the price tag off, wash/dry clean it, and put it away in the right place in the cupboard*.

    My mother always told me, “save new things for later – don’t wear something you just bought right away. If you really love the item, you will get a second buzz of happiness when you take it out again a few months – or a year – later, to wear with your old things”.

    She was right!

    The only things I ever wear the next day (if it is temperature appropriate) are new shoes/boots/sandals/sneakers/leather jackets and handbags. Oh, and “smalls” – because I only ever buy that when I need to… I apologise, that is perhaps too much information.

    And then, if I really love the item (not whether the rest of the world likes the item on me), I will simply keep wearing it over and over again, year after year, until I no longer love it (usually not the case) or it falls apart (nothing has as yet fallen apart from me – I am more likely to change body shape and not be able to fit into it properly before anything else!).

    Love – for people, for clothes – really is forever… or until one of you falls apart at the seams.

    * put the new jeans amongst the old jeans, new sweater with old sweaters etc

  • Margo February, 21 2013, 1:57 / Reply

    Buying black, blue and beige clothes is the trick for me. This way there is a POSSIBILITY that I might still like it next season :) So it’s about your own color scheme.

  • Ellynn February, 21 2013, 2:57 / Reply

    J’ai toujours trouvé le bonnet voilette très attirant, si féminin et doux. Un accessoire parfait ;)

  • libby February, 21 2013, 2:57 / Reply

    I agree with Maddy Marcel: “It’s not really brilliance, just internal consistency.” The real trick is knowing one’s own style. Then–hopefully at the end of a season and at a reasonable price–when you see the treasured item, you recognize it as your own. Buy it, love it, wear it now or wear or wear it later. It will always look wonderful on you because it is your own. But it’s a trick that takes a life time of learning, and isn’t the best style always evolving? How do you see into your own style future?

  • Brenda February, 21 2013, 3:32 / Reply

    Basic pieces are they key! and of course you should always buy things you trully like and are your stile, not buy pieces just coz its fashionable one season, especially if you are talking about expensive and exclusive pieces..

  • Jessica February, 21 2013, 4:14 / Reply

    Il est vraiment joli ce bonnet :)

    xx.

  • florence February, 21 2013, 5:14 / Reply

    Plus que le bonnet, ce que je trouve très beau ce sont ses deux silhouettes! L’ensemble est risqué mais ça marche et ça donne envie de connaître la fille…ce qui me semble t-il est le principal. Des fringues qui donnent envie de connaître quelqu’un.

    Après garder des pièces ou pas d’une saison à une autre, ça dépend du tempérament de chacun. Il y a ceux qui les collectionnent mais ne les mettent pas, ceux qui ont les mêmes trucs en 50 versions ( les intemporels), ceux qui n’y pensent pas tout simplement. Personnellement cela me bloque de porter un vêtement “icône” d’une collection en cours. ça me met mal à l’aise mais en même temps ça ne m’arrive presque jamais. J’ai l’impression qu’on regarde ce manteau, qu’on veut me l’arracher et ça me donne envie de disparaître sous terre :)

  • Elizabeth February, 21 2013, 5:36 / Reply

    I find that some pieces take a while to come into their own. I have a beautiful raspberry pink YSL dress with a very architectural construction. I had some alterations for my body shape, but still only wore it a couple of times; it seemed to need a belt, but none of my belts worked. About 4 years later I bought a Maison Martin Margiela silver belt which is a solid curve of metal (elasticated at the back). It sits on the to of my hips rather than on the waist and suddenly several thing I already had made sense, including the pink dress. Great items which suit you will always have their moment, often more than once with different styling

  • LIA February, 21 2013, 6:08 / Reply

    I have always been one to buy and then immediately wear it until a few seasons ago… Recently I have come to the conclusion that sometimes it is better to buy something and let in marinate a little bit in your closet before wearing it… I agree that these super trendy items get better with age!!! When worn during their season one really does just become a model for that piece… and all anyone sees is that season’s IT item! LOVE THIS POST GARANCE! love when you make us readers rethink how we wear things. kisses from italy

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  • Lindsay February, 21 2013, 6:20 / Reply

    I know exactly how you feel! I feel very slightly comforted knowing that I’m not the only person who doesn’t know how people decide whether or not to buy that amazing thing that just astounds you and you want to invite it into your life but what if you break up with it shortly?! This whole new popular concept of “investment pieces” is really rather confusing to me sometimes. I recently read an article in Vogue UK talking about how people’s wardrobe shopping habits have changed and that people are re-evaluating by spending more on less items. However, it seems that this has made the majority of people dress more or less the same (or is it just me that’s delusional about this?!). I feel like the people who do follow this investment clothing concept play fashion very safely: they dress like the ever classy Emmanuelle Alt. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but now it feels like more women are wearing only classic button ups and sleek tailored trousers with blazers or masculine coats. It’s hard to deny that it looks good (probably why it’s such a go-to outfit), but I personally think that this doesn’t allow for enough of the creativity and personality that fashion allows people on a daily basis. I think I went way off topic there, but I just had to get that out ;P

  • luna February, 21 2013, 7:41 / Reply

    Cette fille est géniale!
    Moi j’ai fait cela aussi parce qu’on aime la piece pour ce qu’elle est ors du temps et parce qu’elle est à nous. Une chose qui va être démodé dans une seconde n’a aucun valeur et n’appartient même pas à notre style sinon à celui dicté par les fades.

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  • absolutelymrsk February, 21 2013, 2:35 / Reply

    well, i am not a huge DIY fan, but this particular hat made me do it. I have a hat that was designed by christophe coppens, an amazing talented belgian accessory designer. and i altered it. well actually my mum did. She created a piece of lace (yes there are still lace makers on this earth) to put in front of the hat! the hat got featured in our national fashion magazine, knack weekend http://absolutelymrsk.blogspot.be/2012/10/feature.html

  • Mathé February, 21 2013, 6:25 / Reply

    that hat is everything! oh the beautiful outfits I can already imagine! what a treat!

  • cherie February, 21 2013, 6:47 / Reply

    I actually ought this hat on blue, white and black and I will probably not wear any of them for even a couple seasons more. I do this ALL the time! I feel it makes the important pieces seem more individual and like they are now a bit of a reflection on the near past. Vintage is my business and I think pieces this strong get better in time. I usually wait until well after the “peak” and then bring them out. Then they feel like a treasured friend! It is also funny to hear how many people comment that they “should have bought it” :)

    No formula – just the things I love and that feel like they are me. Really is there any other way to buy fashion – new or vintage?

    xxcherie

  • Aurore February, 21 2013, 6:47 / Reply

    J’essaie à chaque fois que je fais un achat de me questionner à quel point je le fait par lavage de cerveau et à quel point parce que c’est vraiment moi. Dans la première catégorie, j’évite, parce que je ne veux pas être juste un mouton qui suit les modes, au contraire. Ainsi j’évite les pièces à trop grandes connotations pour rester moi-même. Et je préfère de loin acheter/récupérer des vieilles fringues que personne d’autre n’aura… alors ce que je te conseille, c’est vraiment de t’imaginer seule avec cette pièce, est-ce que tu l’aurais mise il y a deux ans, est-ce que tu la mettras dans deux ans, est-ce que vous avez vraiment une connexion spéciale qui te donne envie de l’appeler par son petit nom et lui faire des déclarations d’amour et le mettre dans ton lit pour dormir avec… je dérive du sujet, mais bref, dans tout les cas, il reste e-bay en cas d’erreur grave !

  • Newborn Fanatic February, 21 2013, 10:46 / Reply

    *sigh* love the veiled beanies! really wish i can purchase one…but have no idea when i would wear it. i usually decide if i would still want a piece two, three, four, seasons later by staring at it for a long time and debating if i would get sick of it. or imagine EVERYONE wearing it all the time and see if its practical. :P

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  • C2G2 February, 22 2013, 3:19 / Reply

    Comme L’Epingle : les dépots-ventes !

    Je m’habille de la frénésie modeuse des autres, qui sitôt acheté déjà se débarrassent.

    J’achète des grands classiques et des coups de coeur que mon salaire ne me permettent pas d’acheter neufs.

    Achetez, achetez, achetez compulsivement mesdames pour que nous puissions continuer à en profiter :)

  • C2G2 February, 22 2013, 3:25 / Reply

    Et puis apprendre à coudre ! Investir dans quelques bons cours de couture vaut toutes les razzias shopping du monde. L’investissement est très rentable.

    Le “bonnet à voilette” qui doit couter un bras on peut le faire pour une demi-phalange soi même :)

    Même les tissus on les trouve, si, si ! les mêmes ;)

    Et puis faire soi-même permet de ne pas être déguisée exactement comme les autres, on change un détail et on se démarque :)

    Pourquoi vouloir faire partie du troupeau quand on peut gambader toute seule dans la verte prairie ?

  • Denise @ Alala February, 22 2013, 11:05 / Reply

    Garance!
    My approach is not to buy the super IT piece but the “sister” items to it because usually designers will do a more toned down or commercial version of the piece. It usually satisfies my craving but has some longevity, and doesn’t make you look like a fashion victim (gasp!). Works most of the time!

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  • Maud February, 23 2013, 6:16 / Reply

    Perso je trouve ce chapeau un peu casse-gueule à porter. Une pièce osée qui ne va pas à tout le monde.

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