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I was looking for everyday wear that meant being taken seriously, accessibility to move around in harsher weather, natural fibres, and something smart enough for work. Most of what I do daily is work after all. Professional dress is the most casual of all the formalwear. But even more so considering I am more of a sweater person. Blazers and coats are only donned as an overcoat, because I am always a Hollywood Hills woman stuck in Los Angeles weather in my mind haha.
The need for trousers that sparked this haul
I purchased two solid trousers recently in this post. One from H&M, the other from Bershka by way of Asos. Returning the Bershka trousers is on my mind, because the fit is overwhelming, and material is depressingly petroleum. I rather save for a better pair that fits properly, feels good, and is made by someone I can personally acknowledge at this point. Trousers are so difficult to find when you are thin and petite with a shapely bum.
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Originally, the navy pair were for my everyday casual smart and workwear. However, the burgundy ended up becoming my personality signature. I love the make, the light cotton almost linen material, and fit is fabulous cinching me in my favourite places.
From Al Capone to the Chicago Cubs, Victorian banks were the origin story of the pinstripe. The distance between the lines of the stripes indicated which position one held in a bank. Now, it is a sign of power in the professional and dressing world.
I wanted a piece of the classic pattern for myself to be taken seriously as a part of my office wardrobe. Looking back, I had no idea Ralph Lauren even had a pinstripe design in trouser form, until I saw them scrolling deep into the various collection on their website.
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The High Quality Base Layer
Before this haul, I always thought a fitted top was supposed to be tight and uncomfortable no matter what you do. In addition, not being a fan of blends that include nothing with naturally grown hair fibres as wool (sheeps get infections if they are not sheared), I would immediately dismiss the idea of wearing anything synthetic.
The stretchiness of these tencel — plant based — materials is second to none. I wondered what does a $148 ribbed top have to offer? The cut is so comfortable yet fitted. This rib knit top has exceeded my expectations in the level of restriction this enforces: none. Now I know what it is like to wear a high quality base layer. It is athleisure in its most luxurious format. Why? Because it’s not athleisure. *wink* I trust Ralph Lauren with my lie in these tops.
Already having been a fan of Ralph Lauren’s stripe shirts of every colour, I needed one in black too. Trousers were not to be excluded from my list of the American’s brand’s striped garments.
I have the green, yellow, blue, and now black. Several with the easy-care cotton make, and one vintage with a banker Peter Pan collar, which was a pleasant surprise to find on Vestiaire Collective in this luxury haul.
These classic cut shirts are something I wear entirely casually with tons of colour, or completely neutral in all seriousness to cut throats in a negotiation. You can roll heads in these shirts, run in the sun with loved ones, and lounge elegantly around the house with a good book. It is the shirt that can do absolutely everything.
The white cable knit cardigan
Spring and summer is coming, and I wanted something eternal. I already have all of the cashmere cardigans, crew necks, and a wool and cashmere blend in every colour. View my whole cashmere collection here, and my only other cable knit Ralph Lauren cardigan here.
This time, I needed something lightweight, well-fitted, and something versatile with all the colours and floral patterns I plan to don in the warmer seasons. Even if I do not plan to wear it, I want to be prepared for April showers, and the inconsistent weather of my travels to Korea and Thailand in March (literally freezing to tropical).
My life has enough blazers in thick wools, tweeds, and mohair. For the unpredictable climates, I needed something useful and stylish. Classic and elegant. Updated, and will still be in style in another 100 years. This is why I went with the white cable knit by Ralph Lauren in the splendiferous cotton. I never seek cotton, but this was a lifesaver.
Since this haul started as a search for trousers, and I found my perfect pair of trousers, I am going to sell all my trousers. Because I love these so much.
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