So I may or may not have had a little (read: big) parcel arrive in the mail from eBay (USA) yesterday and the top I am wearing in today’s post was inside. I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the two Oscar de la Renta pieces I mentioned here and, of course, I was smitten with everything I purchased but it was this unassuming top that I thought “I cannot wait to wear this”. It is a piece by Diane von Furstenberg, a silk top featuring a blurred black (leaf? rose? apple?) print on a white background. It has a lovely unexpected feature with a trapeze-shaped open back. It is caught shut at the nape of the neck and though it is not weighted in the hem, it falls beautifully. It is supremely easy to wear – I threw it on over a black Jac + Jack singlet (purchased from eBay several years for about $5, it has not lost its shape or faded and is one of the hardest wearing basics I own!) and black tapered tux-style Jason Wu wool pants (also purchased from eBay for US$49 – they retail upwards of $800 as seen here and here).
The shoes are a current obsession – they were also purchased from eBay and are by Veronique Branquinho, a fabulously cool Belgian designer in the vein of Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester. The shoes are all leather, slip on, are made in Italy and have the most respectable wedge (i.e. I can walk easily in them and would actually last several hours standing in them). They are edgy and cool and comfortable – this essentially makes them the holy grail of shoes. I will do a feature on them later because they are just my absolute go-to’s for Spring (I may have also purchased them in nude because, miraculously, the same seller was also selling that pair in my size).
I don’t normally dress in monochrome but this top, in my opinion, is made for monochrome. I would also wear it with a black pencil skirt (and if not the same shoes featured here, a black pump or for a pop of colour, a canary yellow or turquoise blue shoe) for work. This top would work easily for a casual look, paired with a white tank and light coloured jeans – they would dress up distressed boyfriend-style jeans beautifully, especially with a black block-heeled pump.
So I’m pretty much in love with this top. But there is little that I haven’t loved from Diane von Furstenberg. A working woman, a lady-who-lunches, a soccer mum – they could ALL literally furnish their entire wardrobes with her pieces.
And you know how much this beauty cost me? US$27. Not bad for such a hard-working piece. Now, as my husband surveys the pile of clothing that accompanied it, I must convince him…