This is the second part of our Dress the Ed Covetique special, in which I style Rebecca in pieces from the pre-owned designer fashion site. As I said in Part I, I think a site like Covetique serves two purposes; as a place to find something special for a fancy event and as somewhere that you can pick up a hard-working ‘investment’ piece which you’ll wear for years and which is therefore worth spending as much as you can on.
Both Rebecca and I feel that we don’t make much of an effort when dressing for work and this lazy, slipshod attitude needs to change. So I decided to stick our dear Editor in some proper New York-style ‘power dressing’ (21st Century-style of course – you’ll have to wait for our next Transformation for the shoulderpads…) This DKNY silk dress is ridiculously versatile; you could wear it in winter with tights (I’d go for a jewel colour like plum, deep red or emerald green) and ankle boots, or in summer with heels if you can be bothered or flat black sandals (I’m a big fan of wearing black in summer, but for the love of God and your fellow commuters avoid manmade fibres.)
Rebecca wearing the DKNY silk dress with Bottega Veneta sandals (first pic) and her own Russell & Bromley shoes and Luly Guinness lips clutch from Covetique (second pic)
We tried it with Rebecca’s trusty Russell & Bromley snakeskin pumps and a brilliantly shiny Lulu Guinness red lips clutch and it looked smart and fierce (can’t you just see her striding down Fifth Avenue, with 9 to 5 playing in the background?) Then we swapped the pumps for brown leather Bottega Veneta sandals from the site - reduced from a quite frankly ridiculous £495 to £145.
Putting on the Bottega Veneta sandals (knee plaster, model's own)
It’s the little details on this dress that make it extra special; the bracelet-length sleeves that finish at exactly the right point (a simple gold bangle would look great with this), the drawstring that allows the fabric to sit in an slouchy, elegant way and keeps it on the relaxed side of dressy. It originally retailed for £250 and is currently selling for £84 on Covetique – an absolute bargain. I like the seller’s story too: “Got lost in the wardrobe and being ruthless with a house move.”
Finally, I added a wool coat by Paul & Joe which Rebecca had been dubious about when I first unboxed it. And lo and behold, she fell for its swingy, funnel-necked charms and bought the blighter! Camel and black is a classic combo, but it’ll also look great with navy (imagine it with jeans and a cosy jumper) and at £170 down from £525 it was a smart purchase.
The Paul & Joe coat which Rebecca liked so much she ended up buying
Do you believe in 'investment shopping' and if so, what has been your most satisfying purchase? Or are you the impulsive type who buys things regardless of whether they're 'sensible' or not? Talk to me!