Monthly Archives: March 2016
A.P.C. Barbara Beige Trenchcoat
I have been eyeing this A.P.C. Barbara trenchcoat for quite a few months and as you have seen in the previous post I am now finally able to tick it off my wishlist. Hurray! I did not compromise and went for the classic beige colour, knowing that my other A.P.C. Madame coat is navy. The colour is a little darker than expected, but definitely the perfect shade for a trenchcoat (light beige does not suit my complexion at all). The A.P.C. Barbara trenchcoat has a slight A-line shape and tan leather details on the sleeves, but otherwise is completely simple and fuzz-free. It combines best with an all black outfit – as I am wearing here. It also looks simply elegant with a burgundy scarf and sophisticated with my black ACNE scarf and black boots. The dreadful weather is not making it very easy to combine the trenchcoat with lighter colours, but I am hoping on wearing it in a more casual way soon.
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The Perfect Little Black Dress
As mentioned in my previous post, one of the garments on my wish list for the Five Piece French Wardrobe challenge is a simple black dress, also known as the LBD (Little Black Dress, as for the history of the garment click here). Considering the fact that I am not a dress-type of gal (I hardly even wear a skirt and feel unfortunately slightly awkward when showing some leg, which has to change) I want the dress to be as simple and ‘clean’ as possible, perhaps with one little detail that stands out. It would be great if I would feel comfortable wearing the garment so I will consider it a basic and wear it on a regular basis.
The black dress that I am looking for would ideally be made out of silk or a sturdy cotton, and would have to consist of the most simple shape, since I am not a fan of weird layers or too many frumpy details. A black wrap dress would perhaps be nice, but a simple black A-line cami dress even better. I want it to be my go-to dress, as I will only allow myself to own one little black dress as it would be a shame to overbuy on pieces that in the end I hardly wear. So, quite a tough choice really! The dress Marine Vacth is wearing is simply elegant (this one looks slightly similar), but I would pass on showing that amount of cleavage.
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Five Piece French Wardrobe – Three Month Review
We are currently at the end of March, which means that I have completed the first three months of the Five Piece French Wardrobe challenge of 2016. Since I have been busy most of February and March it has not been that much of a challenge to limit my purchases; I simply could not find the time to browse and shop since I was preoccupied with other stuff such as old Greek oratory and the world of Chaucer – the bliss. But I would not be me if I had not compiled a restricted wishlist for 2016, and I am beginning to slowly tick off boxes. How refreshing it is to just little by little work towards a new wardrobe instead of rushing into new buys. So far my Five Piece French Wardrobe challenge has proven to be effective – and here are the results:
As a lover of stripes and basic garments I immediately had my eyes set on this T-shirt by A.P.C… I think the original price was almost 100 euros, and thus I waited for the sales to scoop this one up at more reasonable price (at 70 percent off). I am tired of buying poor quality shirts, and the cotton and linen mix of this A.P.C. T-shirt is sturdy enough to last me a couple of seasons. I already have a lighter striped Breton top by Saint James, but I cannot wait to wear this short-sleeved A.P.C. top with black tapered trousers and my K. Jacques sandals. A.P.C. is known for bringing out this T-shirt in a very similar style each season, current version here.
Over a year ago I started writing about my search for the perfect trench coat. I would not be me if it had not taken me ages to set my mind on the perfect garment. At the time my ideal version of the beige gabardine coat would have been a Burberry Kensington coat; the classic straight model with the notorious patterned lining. Since my budget was limited (at 1500 euros they definitely come with a hefty price tag for a student with limited funding), it was necessary to move on and find a suitable alternative. Obviously I turned towards my favourite go-to brand: A.P.C., and here it is: the Barbara trench coat, as simple yet qualitative as it gets. Outfit pictures once I get my mind to it.
Current Five Piece French Wardrobe Wishlist:
A.P.C. Beige trench coat
A.P.C. Short sleeved breton T-shirt
– The perfect dark blue denim jeans
– A simple little black dress
– Black leather sandals
All Black And Simple
I am currently caught up between exams, guest lectures and some teaching lessons. When things get a little hectic and the weather does not give in I like to retreat to an all-black ensemble, which is simple but still chic. In this case a black cashmere jumper combined with my black A.P.C. Etroit Court jeans (outfit with the blue ones here) and my Salvatore Ferragamo Vara pumps suffice in any situation I find myself in. It also reminds me how pale I get, unfortunately! The black colours of this outfit work well with my first real purchase of 2016, a beige A.P.C. Trenchcoat I will tell you more about later this week. I am just trying to remind myself that when spring comes around I will start wearing some more colours.
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