on a related note, i was inspired by Garderoben's recent post about her 10 wardrobe elements that define her style. i'm very creative and visual but also a major fan of all things list-based and organizational. so here are my classic 10.
what are your classic 10? i'm tagging you guys: Nanashi, jennifer, lin, Olivia, fleurette, pret a porter P, joyce, S, grechen, Asha, and son!
1. jackets - leather and le smoking. i just can't seem to get into knits or justify really spending a lot on them. they're delicate and rather high-maintenance and i hate having to tend to pilling, so my investment items tend to be my small collection of jackets instead. instead of piling on sweaters in fall or winter i tend to either top off with a leather jacket, or wear them underneath a coat in lieu of knits. add a sharp tailored fit and i'm good to go.
rag & bone tux jacket, yaya (more in my essentials)2. black bags. i tend to gravitate towards matte black in this department. i don't like most brown bags- not sure why, but 'earthy' was never my thing and i always liked the pared-down elegance of a black or neutral leather bag (though i love red as well). for me, black bags are easiest to maintain and always go with everything.
vintage Chanel, mulberry, Dunlin NY - aka my Paris * London * NYC trio3. buttondowns - silk and cotton. i'm a fabric purist, so cotton and silk are my favorites for every day. i also live in my stash of cotton t-shirts, but the foundation of my wardrobe are my steven alan reverse seam shirts and my equipment silk blouses. something about the haberdashery detailing - buttons, collars, pockets, hems, french seams, etc just makes me happy when i put one on or pack a bunch into my suitcase for a trip.
steven alan, equipment, vintage, alexa chung x madewell, j.crew, vintage5. mid-heel ankle boots. as i've mentioned before, i do have a little bit of a boot obsession. ankle boots in particular are very versatile workhorses in my wardrobe. shoes should add confidence to your stride, not cause you to hobble along for fear of breaking an ankle on a subway grate. when i wear these, i forget that i'm wearing them - i think that's the best sign that you're really wearing a worthy pair of shoes!
vintage 1950s fox fur collar, vintage 1950s mink jacket7. bright lipstick/lipgloss. i don't wear make-up, know next to nothing about make-up application techniques, and am easily overwhelmed when i think of how much $$ and time and effort goes into regularly having cosmetics in your daily routine. so i take the easy way out and have a few bright lip colors. a dash of it and i'm out the door. am going to try to wear the NARS hot pink lipstick a lot this spring and summer!
rag & bone, saint james, vintage9. utilitarian trench/jacket/parka. practical and comfortable. enough said!
uniqlo, mm6 martin margiela, 7 for all mankind, current/elliott