“Dear Miu Miu,
Thank you for making the perfect London jacket – slightly padded with a nipped-in waist, a sumptuous grey flannel and sharply tailored. I've worn you over the eight years I've had you and you define 'timeless classic', that throwaway term we fashion editors love to proclaim but seem to do less and less of these days. You are still treasured and I look forward to the next eight years together and beyond.
How often do we stop to appreciate the clothes that really work hard for us, those pieces in our wardrobes that we know we can always rely on like a loyal friend? For Caroline, it’s her Miu Miu jacket that has become a trusted friend. No matter how many clothes we have in our wardrobe, there are certain items that we gravitate towards more than others, that will never let you down.
Well, now’s our chance to pay tribute to the best serving clothes in our lives. They deserve a little pat on the back – a love letter in fact. That’s why Fashion Revolution, the global campaign movement which encourages us to ask #whomademyclothes in remembrance of the 1130 people who died when the Rana Plaza factory collapsed in Bangladesh in 2013, is urging us to reflect on the clothes that we can’t live without.
Fast fashion has a lot to answer for in terms of its overuse of human and environmental resources. The idea of a love letter is to acknowledge that the best pieces of clothing are the ones that become a long-term relationship. The average British woman has £285 worth of clothes that never see the light of day, left unworn at the back of the wardrobe. If we stop and reflect on the things we wear most it should help us make more informed – and longer term – choices about how we shop in the future.
With Caroline’s eight-years-and-counting Miu Miu jacket in mind, we have selected some of the best jackets that you can expect to give a similar long-term return.
Hillier Bartley’s tuxedo-style wool jacket with a taupe-coloured velvet lapel
Lemaire’s mannish, relaxed-fit, double-breasted virgin-wool jacket
The Row’s beige, stretch-cotton jacket with cocoon-shaped sleeves and nipped-in waist
Saint Laurent’s navy blue, slim fit blazer from its ‘Permanent Collection’
Joseph’s biker jacket with minimal detailing in the softest of leather
For more information on Fashion Revolution, visit fashionrevolution.org.