During the late Seventies I had my first full-time job. I was still living at home and as a result I had a small disposable income. I bought my first car. It was second-hand, but in pristine condition. I also had funds left over to build the foundation of a decent wardrobe. I discovered the Chic Boutique in a small corner of a nearby shopping mall. It specialized in clothing from Paris and Milan. It also had a lay-away plan. At that time, credit cards were on the near horizon and laptop computers, cell phones, and the internet over a decade away.
The Chic Boutique had a small collection of clothing by designers that I had never heard of before: Cacharel, Armani, Christian Aujard and a line of summer dresses from Bridget Bardot. I perused the small collections on my days off from work trying to narrow down my choices. I tried on different pieces and considered the pros and cons, carefully. I did not have much, but I had a vision.
I had to select carefully as the pieces were very expensive and would take months of payments before I could truly call it my own. The process helped me to learn the value of money and the importance of a plan.
The teal blue Persian lamb jacket designed by Christian Aujard was my first purchase. I am wearing it in these pictures. It has held up over time and still fits me fairly well. It is a little tight across the chest as that part of my body has added some fullness…not when I most wanted it, but when I least needed it. Such is life. The jacket does not pull or pucker at the front, but I feel a little “compressed” across the chest when the jacket is buttoned all the way up. I have styled it with the top buttons open. It is easy and most comfortable styled this way. The jacket is in perfect shape and shows very little sign of wear. I loved it then and love it now.
I am wearing my little blue Persian lamb jacket with a pair of silk high-waist black pants from Elizabeth & James. I have a perforated black leather belt from Marni around my waist and on my head I am wearing a modern version of a Victorian Riding hat. The black leather origami clutch is artisan made from Turtle Ridge Gallery in Door County, Wisconsin. I have featured these accessories frequently on my blog.
The black and turquoise earrings were found at the Vestaire Collective and were being offered by a seller from Paris. Jamie, from the blog More than Turquoise, featured them on her blog as they were similar to a pair she was wearing on her post….so I knew they were pretty fantastic! I was not disappointed!