The List: 2015’s hottest fashion items and brands

Fashion, Trends, Wishlist

I tend to like the same things over and over, which is probably good to know because it means that most of my stuff stay awhile in my closet. And when I zero in on an item, I also check that item all the time just to see if I can get a deal. Unfortunately, there are just some things that simply don’t go (or hardly ever) on sale because they’re always sold out.

Such as when a particular item/silhouette from a brand gets so coveted that it’s almost always on pre-order and a few seasons later, it gets copied by fast fashion brands. And you simply can’t get these on sale, at least for now. These are this year’s forerunners:

The List: 2015's hottest fashion items and brands
And if you’re not ready to take an expensive plunge, thankfully, there’s a list for that, too:
The List: 2015's Hottest Items for less

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 List: Party dresses

Fashion, Trends

It’s the holidays and Black Friday is just around the corner – need I say more?

The List: Holiday Dresses

P.S. A note on the links: I tend to stick to certain websites (heavy on Mango, Topshop, Net-a-Porter, Zara) because I prefer the items to be by themselves and not worn by a model. For this particular list though, I found quite a lot of great party dresses on and great Aussie labels on

The List: White Sneakers

Fashion, Trends, Wishlist

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted The List and I know that for a lot of people experiencing the beginning of winter, this particular list might belong way in the future. Because, really, can you imagine wearing white sneakers in the winter sludge? I can’t and I suggest that you don’t even try. After all, the idea of the white sneaker is to be comfortable *and* polished. So scuff marks are not allowed and certainly, neither are dirt marks. For a guide on how to keep them that way, head over to Fashionista here.

But for some of us living in perpetual summertime, the white sneaker is a tempting trend to try – it’s classic and it looks so effortless. The inspiration for pairing it with a tulle skirt is pure whimsy on my part. I tried on this tulle skirt yesterday and immediately thought of white sneakers. I also happened to be wearing a white button down and it just seemed to work. Splurge or save on this trend, it’s entirely up to you.

By the way, check out my published post on Seeking Alpha here about fast fashion retailer H&M.

The List: White Sneakers

The List: Button downs

Fashion, Trends, Wishlist

As we sail into mid-August (already?), I’m starting to look more into transitional dressing and button down shirts are perfect for this. This classic can add polish to this summer’s (and beyond) denim trend and can also dress down an outfit. Need proof? Recall Sharon Stone pairing a Gap white shirt from her husband’s closet with a Vera Wang evening skirt during the 1998 Oscar’s – that look is unforgettable and has been replicated more than a few times. The button down – it’s your new closet hero.

The List: Button downs

DKNY sleeveless top

Rails shirts top

Pleated top

Zara red top

Topshop short sleeve shirt
$60 –

Madewell clothing

The List: Little White Dresses

Fashion, Wishlist

If you happen to live in a place where you had an infinitesimal period of spring and suddenly found yourself in the blazing heat of summer, then this list is for you. Nothing says summer than an effortless white dress, paired with sandals and statement shades. And if you’re brave enough, wear these beyond Labor day because a great little white dress can do triple duty: beach, city and office.

The List: White Dresses

Mango summer dress

TIBI mini dress

SUNO cotton dress

Topshop x Kate Moss dress

The List: Sneakers

Fashion, Trends, Wishlist

I like comfortable shoes and sneakers would rank at the top of comfort. But fashionable sneakers were hard to find. I had a Puma Black Label (they were just the right kind of pointy) that I used for 5 years before finally giving it up. It got me through New York rain, apple picking walks, gym time and even playing squash. As you can see, I like mixing fashion with function. This normcore trend brought all kinds of fashionable sneakers so pardon me for putting up a list of 15 items instead of just 10.

The List: Sneakers

Sam Edelman

Comme des Garçons

Tretorn T56

Rebecca Minkoff

NIKE Court Majestic

Vince Preston



Jimmy Choo


The List: Lace

Fashion, Trends, Wishlist

For some of us in Miami, the passing of seasons barely register: it’s either skimpy clothes weather or put a leather jacket on it weather (which means it’s a cool 70 degrees). But for the rest of the US, spring is kind of a big deal. What better way to welcome spring than incorporating lace into your wardrobe?


The List: Lace

Topshop lace top

House of Holland t-shirt
$295 –

Topshop top

Christopher Kane skirt

Candela lace skirt

Zara shorts

Givenchy slip-ons

Christopher Kane pouch

The List: Pointed toe flats

Fashion, Wishlist

This style may have come, gone and come back again but I have always had this in my wardrobe since 2002. I find them to be a lot more elegant and dressy than round toe ballet flats. Plus, as a petite girl who stopped wearing heels 5 (!) years ago, the pointed toe flats give me an illusion of height especially in neutral colors. Thankfully, the style is back and there are plenty of options to choose from. Happy Monday!


Pointed toe flats

Belgravia Flat

Sam Edelman black flat

Loeffler Randall flat shoes

Jimmy Choo flat

Sophia Webster black flat

Gianvito Rossi black flat

Ella – WOMEN

The List: Silver

Fashion, Wishlist

Gold jewelry has been quite popular lately. But in order to achieve a chic-ness with a bit of an edge, still nothing beats silver. Here’s a list of silver accents to add to your outfit for that bit of “je ne sais quoi” attitude.


Silver accents
  1. Vita Fede Mini Titan bracelet
  2. Charles & Keith lace up flats
  3. Maria Black Double Harper two-finger ring
  4. Pamela Love Silver Feather ear cuff
  5. Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac in silver
  6. Michael Kors Stainless Steel Camille
  7. Jennifer Zeuner Diamond Cross necklace
  8. Loeffler Randall Lillit
  9. Samkas Timeless Spirit bracelet
  10. Maria Black Snow earrings
  11. Alexander Wang Silver Rocco handbag
  12. Eddie Borgo pyramid stud earrings