+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

special guest/ CHIU-TI JANSEN talks about her 8th OUTFIT: 8 in 15 acts






What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
-Chanel b/w tweed jacket with white petal flake trims worn as a mini dress
-Black/silver crystal chandelier earrings
-GIANMARCO LORENZI suede and fox fur boots
-Ann Taylor wide patent leather belt
-1950s Dorset Rex metal basket weave lucite box handbag (procured when I raided my Mother’s closet)


How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
Are dress codes still relevant in the contemporary society where everything goes and calendar and occasion have lost their traditional gravitas?   I was brought up with a great respect for decorum. But I think I turned out to be a good lawyer because I intuitively knew that law is as much about the rules as about the exceptions. Sometimes I’d like to dress very classically, but with some irreverence that breaks the polite dress code.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time? 
When I bought this jacket, I had the Chanel in-house tailor sew additional hooks so that I could wear it as a dress.

On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit? 


What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
This Chanel jacket in amazing one-of-the-kind tweeds; benefits from the flattering white petal rims that help frame the face and neckline.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I may wear it to a business meeting, with pants.

There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to the what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit? 
This is a practical joke on the “day-to-night” look championed by many fashion magazines.

When I was a Wall Street lawyer, I used to wear this jacket with a pair of flare pants during the daytime when I was, literally and figuratively, “wearing pants” in order to wrestle with the big boys on Wall Street. At evenings, to turn the “day-to-night” look on its head, I would, literally, take off my pants and walk out in this jacket-turned-dress with a pair of over-the-knee boots.
After I retired from practicing law, I no longer feel the need to camouflage my legs even during the daytime. Off the pants!



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One Response to special guest/ CHIU-TI JANSEN talks about her 8th OUTFIT: 8 in 15 acts

  1. Penny says:

    Excellent fashion tribute to the duality of professional women’s roles. Indeed, I can relate and bravo for articulating this so well.

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