I’ve learned so much these past four years with Make it last, and feel like I’ve sort of figured out ‘the art of building a wardrobe that lasts over time’ by now. For me, this means to only invest in things I truly feel comfortable in. I rarely buy newly-produced but when I do, high quality and timeless design are musts, and every addition I bring home must fit in with the rest of my wardrobe. I have actually fewer garments now than ever, yet getting dressed has never felt more easy or fun.
Another thing I have in mind when I shop these days is to only search for garments that I think I would still like to wear when I’m eighty – things that I’m unlikely to get tired of. And speaking of: I bought my first pre-owned Céline coat (which in fashion would now be an ‘Old Céline’ coat) last winter. It was this beautiful double-breasted version in ecru sheepskin that made me think of an ice-skating scene out of Anna Karenina. It’s romantic yet contemporary – which is always the case when Phoebe Philo holds the pen.
I think it’s hard to find this kind of design elsewhere, and so when another Céline coat poped up on Vestiaire Collective last April – this one a salt-and-pepper in different shades of beige and brown – I didn’t think twice. It’s perfect from autumn, mid winter and early spring. And I got another one just a month ago: a cropped navy peacoat-inspired jacket with a minimalist silk peplum that looks like a ducktail from the back (in a good way!).
What these three coats have in common is that they are timeless and work with literary everything in my wardrobe. I can’t wait to be eighty and wear them even then. And if I would ever grow tired of them, I can always sell them and get some of the money back – that’s why they’re such great investments.
Which one’s your favorite?
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