You look the part, consider yourself well versed in the latest trends and know who’s who on the runway. But there’s more to being truly fashion savvy. These are the things that maximize our style IQ, while capitalizing on our closets. And as luck would have it, I have collected a list of 5 things every fashion savvy person should possess. What can I say- I am just that good 😉
The 5 Necessities:
A Tailor. Very few (if any) people truly fit clothing off the rack. Sure there are the few pieces that work, but everything? I think not. For instance, I have to get my jeans altered (always too long!). And if you shop vintage, tailoring is even more essential. This is because fit has changed over the years and in order to translate a vintage piece into contemporary living, modern tailoring is required.
Good Basics. You know what I am talking about- a white t-shirt, jeans, black pants, etc. Yes, we all have our own take on the basics (I prefer a dark washed skinny jean) that make them personal, but they are still the fundamentals of any wardrobe. These are pieces worth investing a little more money in, because they are long term pieces that will be used time and time again.
Accessories. These are what take a look from generic to fantastic (particularly important if you are wearing basics!). I could wear I white t-shirt and jeans and my styling of them would be completely different than any of yours simply because of the accessories I chose. This is especially great when you begin to develop signature pieces that are part of your fashion persona.
Shoe Repair Shop. I am so serious about this. I love my shoes (and have amassed quite a collection) and frankly I can wear them hard. As in soles have been ruined, toes have been scuffed and heels broken (this is rare and the likelihood increases exponentially the longer I stay out at night). Something tells me I am not alone. So a great shoe repair shop is key. They can polish, clean, resole, repair… basically they are foot saviors. I mean, they do give your shoes a second life! (Oh and if you are in LA you’ve got to check out WilliesShoeService.com)
A Sense of Humor. It is not life and death- it is fashion. And while I LOVE it I know not to take it too seriously. Take risks, have fun and enjoy the process. This is all about creating your personal style. You don’t have to dress the same as everyone else. Instead find what works for you and don’t be scared to laugh at yourself when something doesn’t work.