I know you’re probably thinking, Why bother? Sure, you can shop willy-nilly all over the place and wind up with a closet full of fantastic one-offs that conveniently fit every fashion trend of the season. But investing in trends can end up creating a contradictory wardrobe. Plus wouldn’t you rather be known for a singular style than for “that” bag and “that” runway dress? I love women with thoughtful style, women like Gaia Repossi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Kate Moss. Women who knows what works for them and aren’t afraid to be somewhat repetitive about their look while still updating and refreshing it in unexpected and inventive ways. Of course, we could all use a little help now and then. Here are some tips on how to create an anything but ordinary wardrobe.
For ideas to live and build your closet by, I suggest using these tools to scrutinize every major fashion purchase. If the items fits all three categories, then it’s a green light to splurge.
- BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR LIFESTYLE, AND BUY ONLY WHAT YOU LOVE
What you wear should be in sync with how you live. A diet of dresses and four-inch heels may be okay in an office environment but not if you’re someone who works from home or spends the day running in 20 different directions. Luckily, there are so many clothing choices out there that no matter what your needs, you should be able to find pieces that you love and that complement how you live. “Wear what you love and what makes you feel good”. Don’t buy something because your friend is wearing it. Buy clothes that feel like your best friend when you put them on. Also, be sure that what you purchase has cohesive aesthetic.
2. STICK TO A COLOR STORY
There’s always room in one’s closet for a bright-yellow dress or a crimson blouse (please indulge!), but the majority of what you wear should be in a neutral color palette. (this includes black and white). Find four complementary shades and work with them. This allows for optimal mixing and matching, which in turn keeps your wardrobe feeling new.
3. QUALITY OVER QUANTITY AND FIT
You’ve heard it before, but i’m going to say it again. Buy less but buy the best, whatever your “best” may be. This is probably the most important mantra when it comes to thoughtful dressing. But if you find something fabulous that fits you superbly, buy it in bulk and in several colors. Know that ill-fitting, expensive clothing is a waste. (Fit is everything!). A quality seamstress or alterations person can make anything look like a million bucks.
I say to each her own where personal style is concerned, but there are some core pieces that no stylish woman’s closet should ever be without-your sort of go-to reliables. As far as some kind of golden ratio of tops versus bottoms, there’s no steadfast rule. I like to have at least three top options (a casual-sporty, a dressier day, and a night) for every skirt and pants.
Here are some pieces that should definitely make the cut.
- A PENCIL SKIRT – Always sexy.
- TWO PAIRS OF PANTS – One black (my vote this season is for the skinny version). It should be a tuxedo pants, since it’s a perfect day-to-night, go with any item. One pair of jeans.
- TWO DRESSES – One LBD (Little Black Dress). And a second that is either more festive (in a print) or easy, such as a shirtdress.
- A WEAR-WITH EVERYTHING BLAZER – A jacket tailored with a menswear attitude is new and on every designer’s mind. I love a tuxedo jacket, again because of its versatility.
- THREE TO FIVE TOPS – A couple of silk blouses, a few cotton button-downs and a cashmere pullover.