Since my weight has fluctuated so much over the past decade (size 22 to a size 8/10,) I’ve had my fair share of frustration with trying to find a wardrobe that consistently wins. Or, so I did before I realized the magical power of a few key items, like this amazing one from Y-3. People ask me frequently what wardrobe item to invest in while you’re losing weight. I have two: a wrap dress, and a whole closet full of great jackets
Jackets, for me, turn any schlub look into instant polished gold. You can put a pair of white jeans and a white men’s undershirt (which is exactly what I’m wearing here) underneath a structured jacket, add a necklace and you’re good to go. I’ve gone to meetings in a look like this, I’ve also gone on a date in a look like this. I’ve also pulled off wearing this jacket with black sweatpants and a T-shirt with combat boots. That look got photographed by a street style photographer. Super easy, and the next time you’re racing around running weekend errands or dashing between picking the kids up from school, remember that little trick. Jackets, gals: invest in ’em.
You know the other magical benefit of a great jacket? You somehow feel safe in them. It’s like urban armor, an outer shell that says you mean business. In a world where we can feel like we need that extra something to handle it all, a jacket creates a polished front. It’s a boost of confidence, kind of like wearing good underwear (which, you know, you should be if you’re not) — you just sit a little taller and exude that extra ounce of awesome.
The necklace? It’s just amazing. I found this company, Yellowsmith, at an event before the holidays. It appears they’ve since closed, but I believe they started as an Etsy collective. Please, please go to Etsy to look for jewelry; support your indie designers. They’re the Next Big Thing in your wardrobe.
Jackets on, gals. We’ve got to go run things.
What I’m Wearing: Y-3 Felt Wool Sailor Jacket, J. Brand white jeans, DV by Dolce Vita boots, Hanes white men’s undershirt, Ray-Ban Wayfarers, Yellowsmith necklace (no longer available.) Lipstick: Hourglass Cosmetics Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven.