I had a lot of great buys this year, and happily, very few mistakes. I think the more I focus on buying things that complete other outfits, or that work well with many other different things in my wardrobe, the more I win. Even so, I'm often derailed from my master list. You will notice that another year has passed without me getting a pair of leather leggings! Will 2013 be the year?
Rick Owens mohair blend sweater dress [MyHabit]
This has been surprisingly versatile, and quickly becoming one of my favourite winter pieces. It is a great length to wear over jeans, my over-knee LD Tuttle boots, and drop crotch shorts. Being sleeveless, it layers perfectly under tight-armed Rick jackets (I wear it with a long sleeved Rick tee for some arm warmth) and is super cozy to boot.
Rick Owens "Pillbox" wool and leather jacket [yoox]
This was one of those things I purchased in the spring or summer and squirreled away in my closet until fall. It's a tight shouldered jacket and really promotes good posture (no slouching in this one) and integrates really well with my wardrobe. I have such a weakness for outerwear that I would love to add the padded knee-length version to my closet as well, but I'm not holding my breath.
Rick Owens cashmere cape with leather trim [ebay]
I never thought I would find such a great deal on one of these capes, and in black nonetheless. Ebay France came through for me and this exquisite cape is a welcome outerwear choice for bulkier underpinnings and such a nice change from all my other options.
Rick Owens silk crepe twisted dress [Barney's New York in Beverly Hills]
This was a bit of an impulse purchase, as a white dress wasn't on my master list, but to have a dressy option that isn't black was something I couldn't resist. It is also something that can be worn all year round. I wore it Christmas day with a black drapey cardigan, black stockings and Rick wedge boots.
Ann Demeulemeester viscose twisted skirt [MyHabit]
I have worn this skirt a lot this year, as it is another season-less item. Works great in the summer with flat sandals and a tank, and equally in autumn or winter with tights and boots.
Rick Owens check skirt [net-a-porter]
This was one of the only things I wanted to pick up from Rick's AW12 collection, so when it hit 50% off at Net-a-porter, I pounced. It is a manageable below-knee length: has a hobble skirt appearance but one can still walk without much restriction. You can also wear it front-to-back or back-to-front. Wearing it the way it was made (with the slit in the front) makes it a bit more difficult to walk, so I prefer the slit in the back. I appreciate that the pattern matches up at three converging points, as it should in expensive garments.
Ann Demeulemeester talon heeled knee-high boots [ebay]
Finally I have these babies! And not only these, but the ankle-length triple lace stiletto too. Hoarder? Perhaps. I did buy many shoes this year, as it's really hard for me to resist deeply discounted shoes that I've been pining over for ages- can you blame me? These Ann boots were more than I wanted to spend, but considering that I already had a black triple lace version, I thought that the single-lace eggplant (darker in person) iteration would be justifiable (maybe?) At any rate, they were one of the purchases that I was most giddy about (smelling, hugging, wearing around the house in sweatpants, etc.)
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Now that the year is almost up, and I have a weakness for making lists, I thought I would jot down a few things I wouldn't mind picking up next year:
- Rick Sneakers: I've wanted these for years and I think it's time
- Leather leggings (Rick or Ann): see above
- Guidi boots: heeled or ankle (can't decide), back zip
- non-jersey cardigan
- flat sandals
- knee-length jersey skirt
- lightweight leather Rick jacket for spring