For me, those items have always been sweaters and dresses. Dresses, however, I usually have to pass on, simply because Japanese women and therefore Japanese labels favor a billowy, tent-like cut, while I definitely prefer a more solid, form-fitting (at least at the waist), and architectural style. So for me, the purchase that opened Pandora's box was a sweater.
Not just any sweater...it was the sweater, the sweater of my dreams. It's a soft true grey, fitted in the torso but with voluminous dramatic sleeves. And the pièce de résistance? The lovely satin faux-collar at the neck, bordered and dotted with delicate little pearls. It's by my favorite Japanese label, anatelier (no real website, but this page has a decent sampling of items). The price points usually hover around $100-150 for sweaters and $200-300 for dresses so I don't torture myself by going there too often, and I usually only buy something when they're having a sale.
But of course, for my first, I paid full price. And it was worth every penny, or yen, in my case. The only downside is that the super soft wool pills like crazy under the arms, but it's nothing a sweater shaver or deft fingers can't take care of. It's super warm so I only wear it when the weather turns frosty, and with snow on the horizon, yesterday was the perfect opportunity.
|Wool sweater (anatelier Japan), grey turtleneck top (Lowry's Farm Japan), faux-tiered skirt (Soup Japan), accessories (Tiffany&Co. and anemone Japan)|
It is, however, a little challenging to squeeze the sweater's billowy sleeves into those of a coat, so I've been on the hunt for a warm grey capelet with swing sleeves. And I just happened to see one on sale at anatelier a few weeks ago...fate, perhaps?