Thursday, March 1, 2012
How I Wear My: Most Cherished Wardrobe Item
Since Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget) and I have been on a spending freeze for February (a break from all that buying and shopping and the mentality of more, more, more), it was a great time to look in our closets and find one thing we love above all others for this month’s “How I Wear My” post.
I have a lot of accessories I love, accessories I am wild about (hello growing Hermès scarf collection and baby Chanel handbag), accessories I hope someday to leave to my daughter (maybe even a fashion-addled granddaughter?), and that’s before I even get started on jewelry, but my most cherished wardrobe item?
My father’s U.S. Navy peacoat, circa 1964.
I love this thing. My father wore it as a young enlisted man, and his name and service number are written inside the jacket in his own hand. The patch on the sleeve designates that he was a petty officer first class when he last wore it (and he retired as an officer) and the crossed cannons signify he was a Gunner’s Mate. Technically I am not supposed to wear the peacoat with the patch on it, as I did not earn this rank myself, but between you and me, I am never taking the patch off, and I wear it exactly as my father (and mother) gave it to me one year for Christmas. Thank you Mom and Dad!
Adrienne and I hope you’ll join us on April 4 for “How I Wear My: Colorblocking.” It’s everywhere, those bright colors put right next to each other in solid blocks, and we are giving it a go as a way to welcome spring. Won’t it be so nice to have a break from all that navy blue and gray and brown and black?
Of course, if colorblocking doesn’t look good on me, I’m coming right back to the color and comfort of this fabulous peacoat!
Please do stop by The Rich Life (on a budget) to see everyone’s most cherished wardrobe item!