Ariel is a dear friend who lives in London. We love the way she always looks sharp, but comfortable. We asked her to tell us about her look.
“When I was in college in upstate New York in the late 1980s, my uniform was a pair of Tony Lama cowboy boots, Levi’s, a white long-sleeve tee shirt, and a blazer. This look has evolved slightly over the years: I traded my cowboy boots for riding boots; cashmere sweaters have replaced the white tee-shirt; but the blazer has endured.
A good blazer is a friend for life. I have cropped blazers to wear over dresses, longer ones for work, tweed ones, linen ones and my all-time favorite, a chalk striped blue blazer that I have had for 14 years. I bought this blazer (as seen in the photo) on sale at a small London boutique. At the time, I didn’t know who designed it because there was no name on the white label. I learned soon after that it was by Martin Margiela and have been a fan of his clothes, especially the jackets, ever since. I have replaced the buttons twice with completely different ones (The Button Queen in Marylebone has a great selection), so the blazer has had three incarnations so far. I once had to take it to The Invisible Mending Company (also in Marylebone) and paid a princely sum of £100 to have a moth-hole repaired. I send many items of clothing to charity or to be stored for my daughter when I get tired of them, but I don’t every foresee parting with this staple.
This outfit is my staple weekend look. Perfect for the vagaries of London weather—cold and rainy one minute and then warm and sunny the next—whether we are on foot or on bikes. We often take our 6 year old daughter to the playground, to a gallery visit and often lunch or early supper out, so one needs to look presentable and the blazer cuts a sharper look even if you are completely casual underneath.”