The following outfit with a past belongs to a blogger whom I've long admired. Ill Seen, Ill Said is an insightful blog that doesn't shy away from topics other design bloggers sometimes chose to avoid. Jane's musings about design and home, along with her love to poetry and amazing skills as a curator are what draws me to her blog again and again, and I love having her here today. -Chedva
Hi there! Jane here from Ill Seen, Ill Said. When Chedva asked me to participate in this series, I was super excited. I love when bloggers come up with original series and this one is such a brilliant idea. That initial excitement was followed by a wave of nerves - did I actually have something worth contributing?!
You see, I'm one of those people who wears a uniform and maintains a capsule wardrobe, from which I seldom deviate. And although I like to dress up, I usually opt for simple tailoring and choose accessories over showcase items of clothing. As well, I purge routinely. I love the clothes I own and usually wear them to death and then replace them.
But, I looked through my closet and found this black dress. It's the oldest piece of clothing I own by a mile and I suppose that's because I love the day I first wore it; my graduation day from my undergrad at Trinity in my hometown of Dublin (that's my classmate and friend Fergal in the picture with me). The dress itself is a ridiculously simple pinafore-style and was purchased at Jigsaw. And I suppose the other reason I still love it is because 12 years later it's still consistent with my uniform style.
I recall when I first wore it, I was feeling particularly fat (studying for finals had not been kind to my waistline). But now when I wear it I consider it a "skinny day". Sigh... I suppose that's what 12 years will do to a girl! Last time I wore it was with my Lanvin shoes (a true indulgence) and cashmere accessories from friend, fellow blogger and amazing Irish designer Eilis Boyle. The necklace in the last image is by my friend and jeweler Linda Penwarden and rounded it off.
Thanks Chedva for asking me to participate in this fun series!