The list: Classic wardrobe staples

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It’s almost redundant to put classic and staple together. Being a staple – an important thing, feature, or element of something, in this case your wardrobe – means, by default that it would be a classic, no? Not exactly. Jeans are a wardrobe staple but having them in mom-jeans and acid wash style may not exactly count as a classic.

Over the past year, I have been looking to really simplify my dressing routine and tried to adhere to what I preach about sustainable and clutter-less fashion. I think I have been largely successful, though the amount of stuff I have returned by mail is not necessarily a small carbon footprint (I buy almost everything online). Here’s a list of items that should be mainstays in any wardrobe and in what style they should come in.

The list: Classic wardrobe staples
  1. Jacket/Coat/Trench in camel. I have been touting this for awhile but you have to admit, camel-colored jackets and outerwear have been around for a long time. Chances are, they’ll stick around.
  2. Striped top. There seems to have been an explosion of stripes from shirts all the way to shoes. But a striped t-shirt that you can throw in the wash and hopefully come out not too wrinkled is something you can rely on for years to come.
  3. Black skinny jeans. Leggings/tights would be more comfortable but jeans have a little more structure to them. Keep them in black, whether ripped or unripped, to bring an outfit from day to night.
  4. Understated bag. I prefer the crossbody style for this. I never get the top handle bag that gets slung on the crook of one’s arm even though it looks fantastic. It just looks so unnatural and uncomfortable to me. I used to prefer the good old shoulder bag but with a baby in my arms, a crossbody is a better option.
  5. Pointed toe shoes. As a pair of flats, the pointed toe shoes can be a great runaround pair of shoes without looking sloppy. If you can add some details like studs, leopard print or straps, not only can they be runaround shoes but can also work for date night.
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Guide to winter trends

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Compared to my guide to fall trends, I have to admit, I was a little lost with winter trends. For one thing, being in Miami means that winter is the furthest from my mind. Plus, do we still care about fashion when it’s freezing cold outside? I remember when I used to live in Montreal and Boston, I only had one good Burberry coat (a Black Friday find at the outlet mall – the ONLY time I shopped on Black Friday), black boots, thermal sweaters, a leopard print beanie and that was all I could be bothered with. I have to admit though that I wish I had some of the items below just to break up the monotony that winter frequently brings.

Side-note: if you want to stay stylish *and* warm, invest in a Burberry coat that can carry you through several years (mine is 5 years old). I always get compliments on it and I was toasty; no other coat came close.

1. Statement sweater. There is a fine line between an ugly sweater and a statement sweater so tread carefully. Because your top half already grabs all the attention, keep the rest minimal and slim to counteract the inevitable volume of any statement-making elements on the sweater.

Statement sweater

2. Camel topcoat. Not only is this a very hot item right now, it’s also a classic so there’s no need to overthink it. If I have to get another coat, I would get this color.

The camel coat

3. The embellished boots. This has been around since 2008 – at least for designers Chloé (Suzanna) and Balenciaga (cutout boots). But, it has taken several seasons for mall brands and indie designers to follow suit with their own versions. These days, embellished booties abound and you can finally take part in a more wallet-friendly fashion. Styling this is about contrast – a floaty dress (mini, midi, maxi) and delicate jewelry balance the toughness of the boots.

Embellished booties

4. Winter florals. Who doesn’t love florals? This winter, look for darker tones and pair it with a moto leather jacket and oxfords. Or, if you want to keep florals on your feet, keep the rest simple.

Winter florals

5. Feathers. Okay, this one is *not* a classic but who can resist the glamor of feathers, especially for those holiday parties? And style icon, Jenna Lyons, once again shows how this trend is done.

Feathers