An Unexpected Wardrobe Staple

I didn't know I needed this long silk blazer.

Wavy Hair and Black Blazer

Being someone who is always cold, I’m carrying around jackets even in the summer because the AC always tends to be freezing! Because I need sleeves year-round, I’m constantly looking for the right types of jackets to add to my wardrobe.

Bauble Bar necklace & Ray-Ban sunglasses

I had never been into a COS store until one opened in Georgetown a few months ago. Two things are notable about my first visit to COS.

First is that I wasn’t expecting to love it. I don’t know why I went in with low expectations but I can tell you that I was completely blown away. I tried on probably around 20 items (mostly black and a few blush and olive pieces). Honestly, I wanted almost all of them.

COS Silk Black Blazer

All of their items fit me really well and I loved the minimal vibe. No, I didn’t buy all of them, I ended up going with this long silk blazer. I thought I’d get the most use out of it and I know I was right considering I’ve already worn it multiple times.

Don’t you feel like you tend to always reach for the same jackets? For me it’s this blazer, my leather jacket, and this olive jacket (similar).

Matine Clutch with Black Silk Blazer

The second reason my COS experience was worth mentioning is because the website does NOT do the clothes or the store justice. I know they are going for the minimal thing, but honestly, the clothes look so much better on you when you go try them on, so don’t rely on the photos online.

Meg Biram walking in silk black blazer.

COS describes themselves as: A fashion brand for women and men who want modern, functional, considered design. Offering reinvented classics and wardrobe essentials, we create pieces that are made to last beyond the season. Traditional methods and new techniques merge to form timeless, understated collections.

Walking in Black Silk Jacket

No, this is NOT a sponsored post (but they did give me a discount on the jacket), I was just surprised at how much I loved everything in the store and wanted to tell you about it. I think this is a lesson learned with a lot of different brands — go into stores you wouldn’t think you’d like and start trying things on. You might be pleasantly surprised!

COS Silk Black Jacket

Let’s also have a quick chat about these strappy pearl flats. They were one of my spring trends to try. Pearls are huge this year and I can tell you I’m really picky about them. DC is so preppy pearl that when I moved here I swore off pearls, but when I saw these flats I just thought they were the edgy form of pearls and I went for it. I wear them all the time now. I wear flats a lot but a lot of the times I want them to feel dressy and these are perfect.

Ray Ban Sunglasses

Another quick story — I lost my Illesteva sunglasses (RIP) within the first few hours of being in Miami with my mom back in March, and I had only brought one pair of sunglasses on the trip. I had to replace them immediately of course because well, it’s sunny in Miami. I tried to find a cheap pair for the trip but to no avail and went with these rose gold aviators that I’ve pretty much worn ever since I got them.

I’m still mourning my Illestevas…

Matine Clutch

Me and the creator of this clutch go way back to the early days of blogging and Etsy. Carolyn of Matine used to own a really popular Etsy shop that I featured back when this site was called MIMI+MEG. We reconnected (and met in person) now that we both live in DC. This is her knot clutch.

Silk Black Jacket

Shop my look:


Walking in Silk Black Blazer

You’ve seen my gold ring before. The white, black, and gold stackable ring is vintage and I bought it from Coveted Home in Kansas City. My necklace is thanks to Bauble Bar, and this cami is another staple I recently purchased.

Matine clutch and silk black blazer

Last thing — this is the first shoot that I’ve worn my hair down (in 2 years) that I’ve actually liked it!

Silk Black Blazer

Photos by Emma Weiss