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How To Be Enduringly Chic

ChicJackie O. Catherine Deneuve. Kate Moss. Iman – they all have that certain je ne sais quois. No matter the moment, dressed up or dressed down, these women are all enduringly chic. What is it about them? Essentially, they’re all classic dressers who can make a white t-shirt and jeans look like a million bucks. What do they know that you don’t? They know that when building a wardrobe, it’s important to invest in quality pieces that will be long lasting. Shopping for the thrill of the deal can be intoxicating, but the high wears off when January’s steal of the month still has the tags on it in September. Additionally, deciding that you will never spend more than a certain dollar amount on one item, may mean that you limit yourself from buying some truly great pieces that will stand the test of time and take your wardrobe from good to great. Focus on fit and quality over price. 

To create an enduringly chic wardrobe, you need to:

(i) Build a great foundation with classics;

(ii) Invest in an array of shoes and boots to help to dress up or dress down an outfit; and

(iii) Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!

Before you go to the store, do a little shopping in your closet to help you figure out what you really need versus what you’ve decided you would like to have. Shoe shopping is a great way to illustrate my point. How many times have you found a great pair of shoes, worn them to death and wished you’d bought a second pair? If you find a pair you like, let me repeat this, if you find a pair you like (unless it’s a classic for the maker and you know they’re going to issue it next year), buy 2 pairs. It may seem like a lot up front, but I promise you this will save you a lot of headache on the backend. Shoes are an accessory and accessories can make or break your outfit!

Shoes, Glorious Shoes!

 

YSL Tribute Pump

YSL Tribute Pump

I’m like most women, I love shoes.  The higher the heel, the more I like ‘em … Unfortunately, I do much more walking as a stylist than I did as a lawyer sitting at a desk all day long and my feet can tell the difference.  Oh I succumbed to the new heel heights; I got a pair of the YSL Tribute heels to add 5.5 inches to 5’2″ self.  They’re absolutely beautiful, I mean they really are.  They take my breath away everytime I look at them, but wearing them is a whole ‘nother story!  I should own stock in Insolia because at this point I cant wear a pair of heels (low or high without them) – they force the weight from the ball of your foot to shift to your heel, so you’re not standing on your tip-toes all of the time, www.insolia.com.  However, I really need some everyday low heels that look good and feel even better.  I’ve looked high and low and am just coming up dry, dry as the Saharah.  I found some great platform Gladiator-type sandals by Kate Spade this Summer.  Were they comfortable you ask?  I bought 3 pair, what do you think?  I wish KS had decided to use the same base and make a similar shoe for the Fall.  I’m a girl with hips and not a lot of height, I need big hair and heels to balance my hips out a bit.  Wearing flats does wonders for my feet, but I dont love the overall effect.  So, I’ve been on a mission to find a comfortable, attractive wedge or platform heel to wear day-in and day-out.   For a cool downtown, jeans and fur vest look try the Kelly Clog by Kork-Ease.  If you’re a true hipster, the No. 6 clog boot might be for you, although your wallet may beg to differ at the starting price point of $340 – we are in a recession … but I love the blue patent leather ones.  I’m still thinking about those.  If money is no problemo, go for the Clergerie’s – they’re beautiful, well-made and COMFORTABLE.   I’ve found a few, but I’m still looking …  and better yet, I’m just starting to road-test ‘em, so I’ll keep you posted.