Trading endless events for evenings at home, and the office for – in many cases – our kitchen tables, has released many women from the need to put together a proper look each day. Given the decidedly slow pace of this ‘new normal’, even the most ardent fashion fans have succumbed to the allure of luxe loungewear – for every day of the week. However, after 12 long months, many women are rediscovering the joy of dressing up – regardless of ongoing lockdown restrictions. Chief among them is NET-A-PORTER’s own senior market editor, Libby Page. Which is why, when Jacquemus’s suitably singular take on the classic black blazer dropped on site this week, she was quick to snap it up.
“Honestly, I’ve been the tracksuit’s number-one cheerleader over the past year, with cashmere sets and cozy hoodies on constant rotation. However, over the past month or so, my desire to dress up and really make an effort has returned. Each morning, I’ve been waking up and craving my many beloved suits and the ready-for-business mindset they bring. Not only am I in love with this oversized jacket by Jacquemus, but I also think the relaxed fit makes it the perfect piece to ease me gently back into precision-cut tailoring. I’ve been consuming far more consciously of late, only buying pieces that have versatility, and this trophy piece ticks every box on that front. The open-back detail, complete with the delicate white tie, also make this blazer perfect for a dinner date. After dark, I’ll be styling it with leggings and a pair of heels.”
If you’re also hoping to kick your loungewear habit, start with baby steps, such as phasing in jeans, which you may have lived in once upon a time but which have probably fallen by the wayside over the past year. Citizens of Humanity’s classic straight-leg ‘Emerson’ jeans have a hint of stretch, meaning they’ll make you feel infinitely more polished than a pair of track pants ever could, but without sacrificing on comfort. Pair with cult label Khaite’s ruffled cotton blouse and finish with timeless accessories – Gucci’s butter-soft leather loafers and Bottega Veneta’s clutch bag are nothing short of iconic – for an effortless yet elegant look that will never date.
Of course, when it comes to raising the sartorial bar, nothing can elevate a look quite as quickly as a liberal helping of gold and diamond-embellished jewelry. Whether you gravitate towards contemporary styles by emerging labels such as Mateo or prefer to invest in collectible pieces by storied houses such as Cartier, beautifully crafted jewelry makes the perfect accompaniment to literally any ensemble. So, if you’re not quite ready to pack your loungewear away just yet, consider styling it up with precious jewels or a fine timepiece – a failsafe way to give your look extra mileage.
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