Whether you go to the office everyday or work from home, there are essential clothing items that every woman’s closet should contain—most of which are usually made up of neutral colors like black, tan, white and navy blue. In fact, style guru Tim Gunn, believes that you only need ten essential items to build an entire wardrobe.
In days gone by, I have to admit to falling prey to trends. Partly because I adore fashion and when you love clothes, it is hard not to fall in love with the new fangled “it” items. So yes, I have made some bad fashion decisions especially in my twenties. I jumped on the Asian meets geisha girl bandwagon of the mid-nineties, falling madly in lust with a flaming red kimono “style” very mini dress. When leopard prints came back a couple years later, I bought a pair of skintight hip hugging leopard pether pants that Billie Ocean would call “painted on jeans” and in the late nineties, I even fell prey to the Jennifer Anniston “Rachel” haircut even though I admittedly hated the show Friends. Admitting that one out loud is a bit painful but much to my chagrin, there are pictures to prove it.
This is the thing—I still have trendy pieces in my closet. Just last year, when the skinny jean-meets-plaid-shirt-trend was all the rage—I bought more than a few flannels. And I own a couple kimono tops but they are black, drapey and classic. I have some animal print items as well—a beautiful mid-length vintage trench and a classic button cardigan. And I admit, I do own leather—a beautiful black leather jacket that goes with absolutely everything. And that’s what this years fall fashion is about—a return to the classics. Some have called it the season of Madman—a classic wool coat, the perfect pair of denim, a comfy wool pullover sweater and classic boots in colors that you can mix and match with everything.
One of my favorite sweater designers is Vince. Vince makes timeless yet fashionable, luxuriously made sweaters in fall rich colors of grey, chocolate brown, black and classic navy. Vince’s pieces are not cheap and may be an investment piece for your wardrobe. But I share Tim Gunn’s philosophy that under ten pieces is what you need to build a wardrobe—the rest is only fillers. A impeccably made classic sweater will last years in your closet—sadly (and gladly) the geisha dress went away the following season when I became a sucker for the sparkled dress trend replacing my Asian mini for a dazzling, glittery little polyester number. Some days, I wish I could throw my whole closet away and start over as Mr. Gunn does on Guide to Style. For now, my wardrobe (not unlike life) is evolving, one classic piece at a time with a little help from designers like Vince. Details: www.vince.com/women/sweaters/icat/wsweaters/
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