If you have followed me for a while, you know I am a big fan of designer Sisi Li’s line, Nells Nelson. Her designs are the kind of impeccably tailored, luxurious feeling, forever pieces that I wear often. I am always drawn to the idea of a uniform that you can rely on, and Sisi gives a lot of thought about how and where her clients will wear her designs. My favorite pieces from her new Fall collection form a cohesive uniform. You could easily pack up these 6 items in a carry-on, along with a pair of jeans and a couple of t-shirts, and spend a week in Paris and feel your best every day. Sisi has a small run of these pieces (and others) now available on her site. If you purchase something, please check “Yes” in the box at checkout that says “Friend of The Flair Index“, that way we can better understand what you like. If you have ?s, comment below, or DM one of us in IG (Nells/me) and we can help you out. I am wearing a size 40 in everything.
I would start with this new Etienne Satin Wool blazer, which comes in this deep black green shade (more black with the slightest hint of green) and in black in a wool cashmere blend. I paired it with my favorite pants Sisi makes, the Nicolette pin tuck pant. They are the best pair of black pants I’ve bought since my 20-year-old pair I can’t squeeze into anymore from Balenciaga Nicolas Ghesquiere days. Plus, they are a lightweight wool, so a three-season pant.
When you want a heavier layer under a jacket, this Corrine cashmere cowl neck top, is so versatile. Because you can wear it like this….
Like this on its own. Or….
Like this….draped over your blazer. Something I would have never thought of and love. (Another wear-with-everything layering piece–also at a good price point, is the mock neck Ina rib knit top. I bought one last year and live in it.)
Then, this Louise cashmere knit shirt, which I am wearing in Midnight. (It also comes in black and steel blue.) This is my idea of shirt heaven. Last year, I missed out on getting one of Sisi’s cashmere shirts and I regret it. To wear with everything. Note: The collar can be buttoned up high like a turtleneck, but I prefer it worn open, at least until it’s freezing cold.
One thing Sisi has made for a while, which I now obsessed with, and also missed out on last fall, is her gilets. They are great over a t-shirt or on their own under a jacket. This Juliette cable knit version is fitted but because it’s knit, it feels cozy and comfortable. Sisi asked me to try on her new Gisele wide-leg pants which have been selling really well and I can see why.
The final item is this Adele cashmere silk coat, which is more like a long belted cardigan. Honestly, I passed over this when I originally saw the collection, because I’ve never been a long cardigan person. But in Sisi’s hands, it feels different and cool. I think it’s the notched blazer style collar that makes it work for me. I could imagine myself walking around the Marais in this outfit. Now, if someone would surprise me with tickets to Paris!
It’s a beautiful and cohesive collection, and fantastic for a certain lifestyle. Your jewelry looks fabulous and I particularly love the South Sea pearl drop earrings.
It’s not very Ojai. Thank you about the pearls, I admit I am in love.