(Dress from Zara, Rain Boots from Ilse Jacobsen, Bucket bag from Clare V.)
What do you think about when you think about classics?
The little black dress? The worn out denim jacket? Or maybe, the perfect pair of white sneakers? I respect those classics, I would never feel entitled enough to interfere with them for one second. After all, they are classics for a reason.
But I also can’t help finding them a tiny bit too predictable for my own personal liking. I always look for the unpredictable details in a, presumably, predictable look…the twist of the classic look. And if you wear a little black dress, and that’s all you wear: as elegant and as sophisticated as our non-Parisian-definition-of-what-a-Parisian-girl-looks-like, as it may be, it will never really stick to the cluttered bulletin board that is my mind.
No instead, to my mind, the most everlasting classic is a recipe containing just TWO simple ingredients (almost guaranteed to be found in your closet):
- One pair of tall rain boots
- One item you would normally NEVER wear with a pair of tall rain boots (such as a summery & romantic dress, a short skirt, a pair of oversized shorts, hell even your little black dress).
This is not only a tried-out and trusted recipe* (*see photo evidence below) on how to make your most predictable classic into something unpredictable and twisted in the best way possible; after all, I love a good twist, in plots and in fashion.
But it’s also HIGHLY achievable and practical when you’re running late and the MTA isn’t running, and/or you’re stuck in a water-filled tunnel for 1 hour on said MTA subway, and/or a random rainstorm attacks you when you’re walking down 8th avenue without an umbrella (am I even a New Yorker?!) on a, supposedly, sunny summer day. Disclaimer:
these exact things have ALL happened to me in the past 6 months.
So, the solution? You keep your cute (optimistic) dress on, and you wear your rain boots, allowing you to jump through puddles instead of drowning your miserable canvas flats in dirty gas water. And you look perfectly done-un-done in your best, “I am a gorgeous celebrity who is, casually, strolling the streets of Chelsea, drinking my Juice Press $10 worth of *kale (*presumably known as juice) and I just happen to look low-key stunning in a pair of tall rain boots and a LOVELY summer dress” (this is the shameless description of my "outfit goals" aspirations on most days, frankly).
(Sources left to right: Glamour '14, Vogue UK '14 , Vogue Paris , Glamour '16, ELLE Germany '14)
SO, where do you find yourself these gorgeous boots then? Well, you can really buy any brand, any pair. I am wearing a pair of lace-up Ilse Jacobsen boots in these shots, because I like that sort of grunge-y vibe they give off…but I also adore my Hunter boots (truth be told, it doesn’t get more classic than Hunter if you’re looking for “countryside & arrogantly bratty chic”).
You have nothing to lose, except maybe an extra run to your local dry cleaner’s to beg them to (once again) clean off your white canvas flats from mud.