I based February’s ttF Fashion Staples Series outfit on Fashion Week. I’ll be attending the shows in New York so I wanted sleek staples that would make it easy for packing and walking in the city. Since this is a short month, I’ll have to combine many of the staples into various outfits. Here’s the breakdown of the 6 Fashion Staples I’ll be wearing at least 6 Different times for the next 28 days:
1. Gray Shift Dress (Forever 21)
A LBD is, of course, an essential that every woman should own. But when you don’t feel like wearing black, gray is an equally sophisticated neutral. I chose a shorter shift with subtle shoulder pads and draping at the waist. The rayon/spandex mix doesn’t wrinkle, perfect for a week of travel.
2. Crystal Brooch (Flea market find)
Long before I heard of Michelle Obama, I bedazzled cardigan with sparkly brooches. A basic crystal one goes with anything. I found this one in a London flea market.
3. Wide Waist Belt (Bebe)
A simple thick patent belt will always be in style as long as women want an hourglass shape. A stretch version is ideal if, like me, your weight fluctuates.
4. Cashmere Boyfriend Cardigan (Vince)
The boyfriend cardigan remains in fashion year after year.
5. Black Opaque Tights (Target)
As fun as color and texture can be, solid black will always be a classic.
6. Over the Knee Boots ( Steve Madden Shakiraa Over the Knee Boots, $99.95)
For the past two years, I’ve been against thigh high boots. Last night, I had actually photographed this outfit with knee high boots. But after a conversation with my friend in New York I realized a) I don’t want to ruin my Robert Clergerie splurge while walking in the city and b) the more shoe that covers my legs, the warmer I’ll be. So after work today, I rushed to Steve Madden, picked up these microfiber and re-shot the outfit. For $100, I won’t cry if they get a little messed up.
And for the record, a dog is not a fashion staple. But Bunny, my chic canine blogger (she co-founded The Dogorialist), refused to let me have the spotlight and positioned herself in every self-timed photo. So she wins and gets another ThinkThruFashion appearance.