Monday, October 15, 2012

My style: Toned down neons

Dress: Asos, Coat: Custom made, Shoes: Dorothy Perkins, Bag: Dorothy Perkins, Chevron rings: Asos, Rose drop earrings: Asos, Belt: Vintage, Nail polish: Essie "French Affair"

Recently I've been thinking a lot about my personal style and my shopping habits. I've always had a soft spot for beautiful things, dreamy and feminine dresses, sharp blazers and classy coats. But over the years, I've also indulged in one too many fast fashion pieces: tops that loose their shape after second washing (fortunately, they are great for house cleaning afterwards - talk about recycling), skirts that are way shorter than they appeared on models (I'm talking about you, Topshop, and your skater dresses that hardly cover the backside), and sweaters that gets lumpy even before the first wear. I really think it's time for me to make a conscious decision to avoid this kind of expendable pieces, and focus instead on classic wardrobe basics in the best quality I can afford. As I'm getting older (and hopefully wiser, too), I find myself drawn to those legendary basic pieces that have withstood the test of time and that will be forever classy.

I've had this coat for longer than I dare to admit, and it's most definitely the item I've worn most over the years. It's custom made and despite the fact that I've worn it really everywhere, from my college classes in Paris, through smoky pubs, to a dinner with the vice-president of the European Commission (for whom I was working); it still retained the same shape and there is not a single damage to the fabric. And believe me when I say that I stuffed it into the washing machine more than once (the poor thing has never seen a dry cleaner in its life!).

I find myself reaching out for it over and over again, when I need a classic cover up for a date night, cocktails with girlfriends or a quick shopping trip. It's the epitome of timeless, and it inspires me daily to seek out quality over quantity, and to prefer considerate purchases over impulsive buys. I'm pretty sure I'll still be wearing it in five (maybe even ten) years, and it will never look cheap or out of place.

Now tell me, what is the one item in your closet that gets the most of your attention?


46 comments:

  1. Great coat and earrings!! You look so pretty and chic :) Love this!

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  2. I think it's impossible to tell because I have plenty of pieces that are at least 8 years old and I still can't let go (don't have to actually). jeans, coats, boots, bags, tops.. gosh, pretty much everything!
    I loved that post by the way, it was interesting to find out about your (new) views. and the outfit is gorgeous! that bold neon dress, classy timeless coat, beautiful accessories - everything looks fabulous together!

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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  3. You look stunning, love the coat and the bright colours peeping out, so pretty. Happy Monday doll x

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  4. Amazing style. The dress us really beautiful. I always love neon color special neo pink. You can see that also on my latest Outfit Post. Also love your shoes with goldt toes and the bag with the cute bow.
    Have a great start in the new week
    xo, Petra

    http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com

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  5. This is exactly what I'm doing in my own closet right now---great minds, right? I love hot pink on you and the belt is very nice! Your coat is gorgeous and is definitely a classic! Hope you had a nice weekend!

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  6. Coat, bag and shoes - gorgeous :)

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  7. There are just some pieces one needs to keep forever... ;) xoxo

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  8. I totally agree. Why spend on lots of cheap junk? We all do it! We need to save for "forever" pieces.

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  9. This look is so pretty on you. I agree that classics are the way to go and never look out of place!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  10. you look nice dear, I like the bag and the shoes!:) xoxo

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  11. You're so right! I too have to be weary of fast fashion pieces but it's tough when you're on a budget and just want the latest thing. I love your outfit!

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  12. I like your dress and the shoes. So cool that your coat has this history. I regularly get rid of clothes (some only last one season) but perhaps one of the best investments was a classic black DVF wrap dress that I bought in NYC in 2004. To my surprise I'm still wearing it today and it's still 'in fashion'. It doesn't get most attention but it has been getting it for the longest time.

    LUXESSED

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  13. I use to do the same thing Ivana. The result was constantly throwing out or giving away clothes. I really go for classic (basic) pieces and things that will withstand the test of time. I wasted too much money on buy-on-the-whim-and-fad-stuff! hahaha
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  14. I love your philosophy on clothes. So true!
    This outfit is so pretty! I'm in love with the shoes especially!
    xoxo

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  15. I can see why that coat has stood the test of time. Its a classic piece and it fits you so well. I have this old black pencil skirt that still gets me through those dreaded "I have nothing to wear" days.

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  16. quality over quantity anyday. I totally agree with you. I also have a coat that has never left me from the day I bought it...but now that I moved to a warmer state, it might hide in my closet for awhile :(
    thank you for your sweet comment on my blog dear :)

    xo
    osmiuminlove.blogspot.com

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  17. Always quality hun! Love the shoes x

    http://styleofalondontallgirl.blogspot.com

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  18. Beautiful dress and great shoes!(:
    xo,
    http://loadsofashion.blogspot.com/

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  19. So pretty! I'm following you on GFC :)
    xo
    www.domesticsweetheart.com

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  20. So pretty! Those heels are perfection<3

    ox from NYC!
    davie+erica

    LPFashionPhilosophy

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  21. I see why you would wear this jacket over and over again! The color is great and its perfect for this time of year! Love the brights.

    -V
    http://stylishlyme.com/

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  22. That coat is awesome - and what a quality investment! Since I started blogging, I've definitely stopped buying so many 'fast fashion' pieces and started spending money more wisely on investment items. You look great in this outfit. Greetings from Atlanta! ;-)

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  23. It's still the classic pieces that gets the most attention.....you did a great job at combining colors & patterns here Ivana!!!

    REBECCA
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  24. Love your style and love your blog! Please check out mine when you get a chance as I love to connect. I'm currently writing about my Europe trip and a couple of fab Hollywood red carpet events.

    www.goodbadandfab.com
    personal style and fashion musings of a LA fashion lawyer living life in the fab lane!

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  25. Wonderful Post!
    Good week....Kisses

    http://www.facebook.com/couturetrend1

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  26. Love everything about this look, the dress is a beautiful and vibrant piece, looks amazing on you. I love the shoes with it!

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  27. love this look. kindaaaaaa obsessed actually. not to be creepy but i just found your blog and i love it! i am so excited to continue to read more! xox

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  28. Thank you for your sweet comment today! I am your newest follower back!! I LOVE neons for fall! That dress is so unique, and the over sized coat is perfect! Great look!

    XO http://shesaidhesaid-fashion.blogspot.com

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  29. You look lovely dear, and what gorgeous details. I like the neon and grey pairing. xx

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  30. Vyzeras vyborne. Krasne foto, pekna farba siat a uzas lodicky. Pekny den.

    http://fashiondenis.blogspot.sk/

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  31. Thank you very much for your lovely comments :) In really appreciate that! Thanks!
    I really like your outfit, especially your shoes. Love them!

    xoxo

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  32. Love your outfit! And Love pink with grey together!!!
    Thank you for your kind comment to my creations!)
    Im your new follower!
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  33. Gorgeous cap toe pumps! And very cute dress! Thanks for your lovely comment and following. You have a new follower as well. ;)

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  34. geezz,,, Very cute earrings there!!beautiful you, loves your smile ;)

    saphira-t


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  35. Lovely dress!
    Thanks for your sweet comment.
    I'm following you back.
    Kisses

    http://insofiashoes.blogspot.pt

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  36. I know what you mean, I'm trying to buy more classic wardrobe basics, instead of fast fashion, quality over quantity!
    Thank you for your lovely comment, I see we have similar taste, I'm following back for sure!

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  37. Adorable outfit! Following you back dear!

    xo Rach
    rachiecakes-rachael.blogspot.com

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  38. Your dress is gorgeous, love the colour!

    www.fashioncontainer.com

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  39. Hi pretty girl:)! Thank you so much for visiting/following my blog! Really loved reading your comment! I'm following you back:)! Btw love the gorgeous cap toe pumps!

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  40. Great outfit! Love these shoes!!

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  41. Great look! Shoes are wonderful!
    Thanks for comment, follow you too :)

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  42. Nice dress!

    http://initialed.blogspot.com

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  43. Hi!
    new follower -
    How well do those Dorothy Perkins shoes fit? I love browsing their site but have never actually gotten shoes off of there before...curious!
    xx
    The Fashionable ESQ
    http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

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  44. Incredibly gorgeous outfit, as always! I cannot believe that beautiful coat has been through so much- you really cannot tell! It looks like it is in wonderful condition. I have found my purchases are SO hit and miss. I once randomly bought a gray sweater dress from Urban Outfitters for $50, and it is still in PERFECT condition FIVE YEARS later. After many washes and all sorts of situations!

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