The list: Classic wardrobe staples


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.

The hottest handbag brands and confirmation bias

Fashion, News and commentaries, Trends

There are times when reports from respected institutions and backed by numbers confirm my gut feel for certain trends whether it’s a down or uptrend. But then, there is the Credit Suisse report abut the hottest handbag brands which goes against so many of my perceptions that I just had to share.

First I have to ask, have you ever heard of anyone waxing poetic about their Ralph Lauren bag? In all of my readings/observations – from blogs, newspaper lifestyle sections, fashion insiders at Instagram and Polyvore – I have *never* encountered a Ralph Lauren bag. But apparently, it is *the* hottest handbag at the moment. Vanessa Friedman (formerly of Financial Times, who I mentioned in this post before) of The New York Times reports that the hottest handbag brands are Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Michael Kors. Furthermore, “Calvin Klein is up 129% since January 2014 and up 166% year over year.” Meanwhile, Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade and Hermes are on the downtrend.

The report is a result of a partnership between Credit Suisse and social-media analytics platform NetBase. The study was conducted over a period of 27 months and analyzing over 200-million Internet pages.  According to Friedman, the report not only looked at mentions but also intensity of feeling – “love”, “like” – and also for negative comments.

I would be very interested to see how the report looked at context. For example, tagging a picture or a post can be optimized for search engine results rather than a representation of the message. For example, a picture on Instagram can be tagged several ways: #ootd (outfit of the day), #badass, #KateSpade, #shoes, #handbag. Would an analytics platform then classify this as negative and consider it as a mention of a Kate Spade handbag? I would love to see the original report and better yet, the raw data. More importantly, as Friedman points out, do these mentions translate into actual purchases?

In any case, the numbers are very interesting especially if I’m to embrace confirmation bias such as my belief that Coach is on the up-trend with the appointment of Stuart Vevers as new creative director. Incidentally, Coach stock is up since its earnings call yesterday, if only because the battering of Coach sales is not as bad as analysts have feared.

“Coach’s overall index score for June is below average at 4.36, but the brand has seen rapid growth in recent months, up 21% since January and up 69% year-over-year.” (Credit Suisse)