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Finding those ‘holy grail’ items


I recently ordered this American Apparel sweatshirt online and I’ve been wearing it to death since I got it-even fresh out of the package it looks a bit worn in (the poly makes it less stiff) and it’s so lightweight that it’s perfect for summer. I only bought it in heather grey (and have since bought duplicates of it) because it’s my ‘staple’ color-more basic then even black! The perfect grey sweatshirt is as basic to me as a crisp white button down. It dresses down more ‘serious’ pieces and for someone my age, it can transform something thats on the austere side into a more age approriate laid back look. Take for instance, the pleated navy floor length durndle skirt from one of Dries van Noten’s earliest collections that my mom handed down to me: it’s one of my most cherished pieces of clothing but it can make me a lot older than sixteen! A sloppy sweatshirt brings it down to earth.


I’m crazy about my new sweatshirts! What are your ‘holy grail’ pieces in your wardrobe?

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19 Comments

  1. i want to see that skirt! it sounds amazing.
    my holy grail items: slouchy tees, black blazers, and dior homme jeans.

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  2. Sammy wrote:

    Great buy! Where are those black boots from in your collage?

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  3. jane wrote:

    the black boots are jil sander, from browns fashion!

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  4. v. wrote:

    It looks pretty comfy, I’m really loving that colour too right now!
    Well, my holy grail items would just be singlets and white tees!

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  5. One of my staples is my black, pointed toe flats. I can’t remember the brand, but I wear them to school almost every day. I love them!

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  6. One of my staples is my black, pointed toe flats. I can’t remember the brand, but I wear them to school almost every day. I love them!

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  7. Ammu wrote:

    My black patent Chloe Gaucho flats; Marc Jacobs mustard wedges; wool dresses by a whole host of labels – DvF, Bi La Li, Development; wool tights by Falke; a great pair of flat boots for winter (those Jil Sander ones look amazing). At the moment, I am desperately looking for a pair of dark blue, slim leg jeans to wear with all my tops….

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  8. carlos wrote:

    I agree on the Heathered grey, it just exudes this feeling of comfort. and it is so easy to dress up and pulling things down.
    as a guy my staples are my Keanan Duffty Tuxedo Vest, my Marc Jacobs Vans, and my brand new spectator shoes that have been all over the mens wear runways for next spring. :)

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  9. I have an extra long charcoal gray (like you, grays are my goto) racerback tanktop that I wear all the time–it’s perfect for layering and making midriff-drifting tops wearable.

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  10. Nanny wrote:

    A vintage black turtle neck once owned by my mom. She gave it to me when I was 15 and I’m weearing it ever since. It must be more than 40 years now and is still in perfe shape. Well, that’s because it’s made of some weird 70’s fiber, that also makes it smell bad after one day, but you can’t have it all, I guess.. ;o)

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  11. GlamaRuth wrote:

    Did you get your multiples in different sizes? I love the tri-blend, and have the sweatshirt in indigo small, but a large would give an extra slouchiness..

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  12. Mia wrote:

    oooh, who is that white skirt by? I love it!

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  13. I totally agree, i have it for a few months, and I’m crazy about it! it goes with everything …. cool style

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  14. Amelia wrote:

    i seem to have no basics so i want:
    cashmere gray cardigan
    pencil skirt
    fabulous and classic winter coat to wear for the rest of my life…

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  15. jamiefish wrote:

    I love that sweatshirt, too, as well as the lapin jacket and gladiator shoe booties. Were the aforementioned jacket and shoes to make it into my closet, they would most definitely be HGs! Although I don’t wear my AA sweatshirt that often, I guess I would consider it an HG item, along with anything and everything I own by Rick Owens and Tom Binns, J Brand skinnies, and my S.W.O.R.D. leather moto jacket. Also, all of my various sunglasses are HGs – I don’t know what I’d do without them (squint, I guess…)!

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  16. Alice wrote:

    What size did you get in the AA sweatshirt??

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  17. samantha wrote:

    i bought that same gray sweatshirt a year ago. still wear it to death. its been lost found spilled on and worn over over. still keeps it wear and looks like a i just bought it. its one of those items you get burried with. kudos for posting my lover.

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