1 | Madewell sheer silk oxford: This to me is one of my most perfect and versatile of pieces. The colors of it are my own personal rainbow of wardrobe colors and the plaid pattern just adds to its perfection. Because of the silk material and the sheerness of it, it adds the right amount of femininity to whatever I’m wearing, and the lightness of it makes it ideal for layering as a woman because it doesn’t add bulk under sweaters. Plus wearing a silk shirt under a cashmere sweater is like being hugged by a cloud - dreamy. I would wear it everyday if I could - in fact I wore it today which explains the wrinkles. Pardon me!
2 | A Black Bandage Skirt: In fashion and in architecture there is a need for proportion and balance. So as much as I love to layer, jackets over sweaters under vests over oxfords, I always find a need to balance the layers and any bulkiness with something simple - ie this black bandage skirt. It, in a way, allows me to pull of menswear with my own feminine flair. Plus I can dress it up or down, and layer it under other things as well.
3 | AllSaints Damisi Boot: These are one of the nicest pairs of shoes I own, and I own a LOT of shoes. It was constructed after a 1952 Vietnam Tropical Combat boot and being from Vietnam myself, it is interesting to see how something, like war, can eventually inspire something like this. I feel like I am walking in my fathers footsteps, literally, when I am wearing them. Not to mention they have some pretty solid construction and I can wear them sleek and buckled or wayward and careless basically the way they are pictured here. They go with everything, from rolled up jeans, to tweed sweatpants, and even with tutus. And yes I said tutus, probably the only time you will see that word in this project.
4 | A Wide Brim Wool Fedora: Finally got one this year because I was tired of being cold with nothing but a beanie and a scarf to keep me warm. THE most versatile of my accessories, I wear it when it is cold and when it is drizzling, leaving my snowboard beanies and broken umbrellas to dust. It’s like the cherry on top of my outfits, it completes everything and adds just a touch of oomph to whatever I’m wearing. Sure I get weird looks when I wear it - I have been called “the hamburgler” many a times, but hey, it’s me, and I do like myself a burger or two.
5 | My Rings and Jewelry: But mainly my rings, if I am known for one thing it might be them. I’m an architect and my hands are my life- I work with them everyday, so why not project my personality onto them? I always love the unexpected, and I generally only wear things that have meaning to me. Tigers are my Lunar zodiac, and sharks are fun to swim with (the whale kind, not the real ones yet) so a lot of my rings are shaped like that. One ring I got from a gypsy in Greece, another from a dealer in Thailand, and some things are just plain awesome - ie a double finger sword ring. Every piece has a story and I have a lot of stories to tell. My jewelry allows me to reflects the bit of whimsy I have to the world without being too unprofessional.
5.5 | RRL Beacon Weekender: Sorry I’m cheating here, but I consider it a 5.5 submission because I don’t get to carry it that often, but whenever travel calls me, you will see me with this weekender. This bag was the genesis of my appreciation of fine work in clothing and accessories. I got it at a steal since my cousin worked for Ralph. There was basically only 20 made ever, weaved after an old Indian blanket, and the leather and hardware constructed using vintage tools and techniques. It is truly a work of art and this picture does not do it justice. Its construction and attention to detail are the very essence of the RRL combined in one piece , so that should be explanation enough to why it’s on here.
So that’s that and thanks a bunch! Keep up the great work guys :)
-xoxx- Steph of helloSteph and co-author of wearingArchitecture
Ed. Note: Steph kindly also sent us a version with only five items, but this is America, who are we to deny you if you have six. This is only an exception though. Please try to stick to five when possible.