I recently returned from a trip to Europe, and I cannot help but drool over all those well-heeled women abroad: the je ne sais quoi of ladies in the Marais, the vintage-clad club kids on Brick Lane, and the edgy Dover St. Market dwellers all upped the style ante. And perhaps I am a bit wide-eyed, but I think the gals in Paris and London have got the fashion thing down. But what is it that makes their shoes so shiny, their outfits so effortless, and how can I be so chic?! The most important style note I picked up from abroad is the need for classic, timeless investment pieces: Women always seemed to dawn one high-quality itemâ€”be it incredible black pumps, a designer handbag, or the perfect white oxford shirtâ€”that made the rest of their outfit shine a bit brighter. Now, I am also cleaning out my closet at the moment, and am astonished by the amount of trendy, cheap garb Iâ€™ve picked up over the yearsâ€”so appealing at the time given the price and timelinessâ€”but that I no longer wear, or ever wish to see again. (Did I actually weeear that leopard print muscle-tee? Eww, embarrassing.) So, Iâ€™m putting two and two together, and re-thinking how I shop and how I spend my money. Hey, not a bad idea given these times and my minimal closet space! The result? I am prohibited from impulse buying. Instead of that $15 shirt here and this $30 sweater there, Iâ€™ll hold back and, ideally, buy something that I wonâ€™t look at in shame in a few years. I know itâ€™s nothing new, quality over quantity, but my recent trip served as a well-to-do reminder! Furthermore, taking notes from the babes on Brick Lane who mixed wacky 80s fashion with classic pieces, Iâ€™ll head to the thrift store if Iâ€™m craving a closet addition for more funky and eco-friendly fashion at that. So, here I am, giving it a try. I tried to keep my outfit simpleâ€”khaki trousers, a simple blouse, and a black cardiganâ€”to let my shoes do the talking. Wish me luck!
steven alan for uniqlo blouse, marc by marc sweater, h&m trousers, anhropologie shoes.