‘Fashion fades, only style remains the same.’ Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel’s famous words resonate with me today more than ever. As my style has evolved, I’ve increasingly favoured style classics over the whims and fads of fast fashion. Chanel’s famous Little Black Jacket is one such piece: first pioneered in the 1950s, the boxy cut jacket went against the popular post-war New Look style; its square cut and functional pockets flew in the face of fashionable femininity. Fast forward nearly seventy years and the timeless box-cut jacket still looks fresh: rendered in chic navy tweed, Boden’s Elise pocket jacket is a contemporary take on the classic style. The smart cut and defined shoulders instantly make you walk taller, while wee details such as the fringing around the neck and sleeves, gorgeous red contrast stitching and large covered buttons add elegant appeal. I’m smitten.
Woven from the finest Italian threads, the jacket is lightweight enough for tricky trans-seasonal dressing but still keeps the chill at bay. It is the perfect versatile wardrobe addition too: it looks just as good with a tailored dress as it does with jeans and a tee. For its first outing I opted to go matchy-matchy, co-ordinating the stitching details with the camellia-hued Iris Ottoman dress. I’ve been watching back Mad Men recently and every time I slip this dress on I feel like I’m channeling Joan Holloway: another absolutely timeless piece, the ‘sixties-inspired frock has a beautifully fitted shape with nipped-in waist and dart detailing. I adore the roll collar, midi length and three-quarter-length sleeves – ideal for this time of year. It’s a piece that has been taking me from the working day to after-work meet-ups. And if I can channel just an ounce of Joan’s no-nonsense attitude all the while, I’ll be happy.
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Dress, jacket and boots c/o Boden; bag c/o The Cambridge Satchel Co; vintage accessories.