Foundations of a Classic Wardrobe
People always ask (and I’m always willing to share) how I built my wardrobe. They ask how am I still wearing things I bought years ago. Or they ask how I decide what will be good for the long haul. Well, it’s a little bit luck and a little bit strategic. Also, I know I’ve shared this before, but before I purchase something, I make sure I figure out what else it’ll go with in my current wardrobe first. That helps me build, what I believe is, a pretty cohesive wardrobe made up of classic, foundational pieces.
Denim That Fits You Like a Glove
Classic mid-high rise slim/straight leg jeans will go the farthest in your wardrobe. I prefer a variety of washes but if you’re looking to invest in a single pair, I’d go for a medium to dark blue.
Classic Neutral Blazers
It’s probably no secret that I love jackets and blazers (hello, One/Third) and that’s because I know the power of the third piece. A neutral blazer takes a simple white tee and gives you power and pizazz (did I just say pizazz? Let’s go with it). It can take a seemingly basic look up a few notches. I prefer slightly oversized and double-breasted although a fitted, single-breasted does the trick, too–it’s all about persona preference.
Flats are made for walking and they’ll take you far. Some of my favorite shoes are flats (I have a penchant for Chanel flats and yes, I think they’re worth the investment but that’s a post for a different day). Also try shops like Everlane and M Gemi where you can get designer quality for a fraction of the price.
Sam Edelman loafers (a great Gucci dupe)
Salvatore Ferragamo patent flats (this was one of my first big purchases when I was a young consultant)
So there, you have it–the trusty steeds of my closet. What are yours?