Did I scare you? No, my 10 picks for fall aren't comprised solely of leopard, but I did round up all things animal print for BagPoor's new magazine that will be launching later today. Shopping details from my picks above are in this issue, so be sure and check it out!
Television makes styling seem like an exotic adventure, but the reality is that it's mostly about hunting down very nice basics that are extremely flattering on your client and work for their lifestyle. Because I don't have as much time these days, whenever I can, I encourage my clients to educate themselves on the basics, and then work with them to fill in the gaps. This week a client who recently lost some weight called me for advice about wardrobe staples she should add to revamp her wardrobe. I refered her to Tim Gunn's 10 Essential Elements: Must-Have Basic Wardrobe Pieces for Any Woman. I think the list is a practical starting point for everyone and it made me start thinking about my own wardrobe.
Stocking up on the basics is sort of like buying a great case of wine. It's kind of expensive and takes a little extra thought, but it's so nice to have for important interviews, dates, and impromptu parties and events.
1. Basic Black Dress
The LBD is is a classic and for years I probably had too many simple lbds and not enough fun in my closet. It was the inspiration for the knot dress in my line; I wanted something classic with a twist and sexy without being hoochy moma. The model is exaggerating her pose to show off the keyhole slit at the bust, but straight on it only shows a hint of skin--I don't know about you, but I love that kind of subtle allure.
2. Trench Coat
I bought a swingy little Armani macintosh years ago. I love the A-line cut and it's great to wear the one or two days when you actually need a raincoat here in California. But I'm thinking this might be the year that I break down and buy a proper trench.
3. Dress Pants
Luckily I have this one covered. I only designed one pair of pants for the line because I wanted to do them right and I have to say, the fit is amazing! I'm thinking I'm going to offer them in black as well.
4. Classic Shirt
According to Mr. Gunn this should be white, but rules are made to be broken. I can't bring myself to buy a white shirt, it just feels too corporate. This week I finally picked up the denim shirt I was meaning to add to my wardrobe all summer. For me it will be a classic!
Another one I'm skipping. For whatever reason I'm over jeans at the moment. I just got a pair of skinny leg cargos and will probably add a few more to my wardrobe before winter is over.
6. Any Occasion Top.
I'm kind of a top freak--it's all I ever seem to buy. I fell in love with this peasant blouse in classic blue and have been wearing it non-stop the past couple of weeks.
Ugh, I have the terrible ocd habit of buying duplicates when I like something. Do you ever do this? I have 3 gray sweaters and this is the second army green skirt I've bought in the past few months.
8. Day Dress. For someone who works in
I LOVE jackets! Probably because it's never cold enough to wear a coat here. Besides my sick penchant for velvet ones, (it pained me to put my favorite Marc Jacobs one to rest last season) I've been eyeing this army green jacket. It's more of a trend purchase but I'm really liking it.
10. Sweatsuit Alternative. Hmmm. I don't wear sweatsuits, do you? I guess this means see #5.
Bonus: One Indulgent Trendy Item.
Since I skipped #10, I gave myself license to scoop up two indulgent trendy items--thigh highs because girls just want to have fun and leopard, just because.
So please tell me, what are your classics and trendy pieces this season?
1. Basic Black Dress: Mary Jo Matsumoto Fall '11 collection available via custom order
2. Trench: Burberry
3. Dress Pant: MJM Fall '11 collection available via custom order
4. Classic Shirt: J Crew
5. Cargo: Current-Elliot
6. Any Occasion Top: Zara
7. Skirt: Zara
9: Jacket: Zara
Bonus: Thigh highs and Leopard belt J. Crew