You could argue that I wan’t doing my clearest thinking when I laid down my credit card for a Zero+Maria Cornejo shearling coat a few years back, or that I’d descended into a dissociative state (or something like it). But I do wear this thing endlessly once winter hits, and it’s warmer even than the fluffiest down. It’s not available anymore so I couldn’t link to it, but here instead you have a rare (for GOACA) picture of me wearing it—and looking slightly disheveled and cranky, even though I’m only one of those things currently. Meanwhile, a couple of friends have chimed in here with their picks, and I hope you do too, in the comments.
I also arguably wasn’t dealing with an entirely full deck when I bought this jacket (in army green) from Nili Lotan, but a little voice inside of me said that I would get endless wear out of it, and so I have. It’s relaxed like an army jacket, but it’s sort of got the shape of a (relaxed) blazer, which makes it all the more spiff.
I bought this Ten Thousand Things ring over a decade ago when I was editing Lucky, and never took it off. And now that I’m a lot less skinny than I was then, I literally couldn’t get it off my fat little finger if I had to, so I think this hands-down wins the cost-per-wear sweepstakes.
These Levi’s haven’t been in my wardrobe for long, but I wear them so frequently it’s a little gross. They’ve got a high-but-not-too-high waist, aren’t too skinny-tight, and have the best black wash. Plus, I am reliably informed that they make my butt look good, and one can’t put a price tag on that.
And here’s my friend Andrea: “I find myself reaching for my favorite chambray shirt on the regular (here’s a close approximation from J. Crew) and here’s why: It’s as soft as pajamas, yet has a classic Kris Kristofferson cowboy edge, it looks chic under a simple black cashmere sweater or with a blazer and my favorite high-waisted A.P.C. jeans, and perfectly dresses anything down to a level of cool that not many pieces can. I roll up the sleeves and feel happy, chic and comfortable all day long.”
My pal Michelle weighs in: “A couple of years ago, while visiting my boyfriend who was working abroad in Paris, I tried on a very similar coat at APC on rue Madame. I loved it immediately– the fit and the fabric, but most of all how I looked wearing it– but needed the next size down. I was told that the next size down was sold out at every store in Paris. Crestfallen, I flew home. Usually the pangs to own something fade quickly for me. Out of sight, out of mind. But I had this coat stuck on my mind. I looked online a couple of weeks after I returned only to find that, stateside, it cost $100 more than it had in Paris. I am not in the habit of buying $700 anything. After much consternation, I pulled the trigger. Turns out my anxiety about the price was for nought, as this is the coat I reach for most often (with the exception of my winter parka, which I put on out of necessity rather than choice). The subtle pattern makes it more visually interesting than just a plain black or gray coat, yet does not detract from anything else I’m wearing. The menswear style never gets old. I can and do layer everything and anything under it and it always results in a polished look. It’s saved me money, because whenever a classic or “borrowed from the boys” style coat piques my interest, I measure it up against this coat I already own (and am probably wearing) and inevitably find the interloper wanting. Also, there are a number of random items I own that I don’t like, as they don’t feel very “me” (e.g., a long, open front white cardigan, a boxy half-zip patterned sweater with a very wide lapel), which have found new life as layers under this coat.
Michelle again: “Everyone was wearing white sneakers. Then everyone was wearing Stan Smiths. And I resisted, even though I thought the white sneaker look was so fresh and so clean clean (shoutout to Outkast). Everyone was also, for a while there, wearing Supergas. I always thought Supergas were cool given they are Italian, have been around forever, and were worn by people like Princess Diana, but I was never going to pay $100 for a pair of canvas ones. Then I bought these white leather Superga sneakers. They were immediately comfortable and have been my go to sneakers for years (I have never had to touch the laces I can just SLIP THEM ON). Now everyone has moved onto ugly sneakers, which I think look neither fresh nor clean, and I’m still rocking these Supergas.”