As warm weather, fresh blossoms and earthy fragrant air signals the arrival of Spring in all its glory, an urge to clean out and clean up starts to loom in our house. Being pressed for time with the kids and prioritizing time to the most important I’ve decided to start with my wardrobe, logically ;). That being said I have always been a believer in the less is more approach.
“Accessible luxury” is the buzzword when it comes to fashion buying these days. It’s all about buying more high-quality vs quantity. This is the same approach I follow when buying for my boutique, Jeanni Champagne Boutique in Newport Coast, CA. We are paying attention to the trend and catering to customers looking to upgrade their closets with better quality staples.
This does not mean you have to break the bank but our inventory and buying strategy focuses on finding the better cut and fit versus lines that focus on churning out mass production. I’ve always liked to look at it in the form of stocking up on “investment pieces” those items that are trend proof and lasts a lifetime, it’s a spending more but having less trend_a return to luxury if you will.
A good ratio when planning your wardrobe is 80 percent staples and 20 percent trendy, that way its an easy and cost-effective way to switch up your wardrobe when a new season or trend hits. Also most often the problem people have is not that they have “nothing to wear,” it’s that they actually have too much.
SPLURGE v.s BASIC
So what items are the investment pieces to splurge on?
1. A badass leather jacket. You should go for the real-real on this one! It’ll last a lifetime!
2. The wear-it-for-most-occasions LBD. (Little Black Dress)
3. The trench. Made famous by Burberry (So get a Burberry :))
5. Cozy cashmere. Make sure there is no pulling, it’s easy to see the difference in a quality cashmere.
6. A sophisticated satin blouse. So fem fatale! For work or play.
7. Some key jewelry pieces. Something not too extravagant that you can still wear daily but definitely worth the splurge to get some pieces in gold and silver. I love David Yurman and anything Tiffany’s little luxuries.
8. Suit Up. A svelte black suit, the pants can double as work attire and the blazer can jazz up most casual outfits paired with denim.
9. The Wrap Dress. Heard of a little lady named Dianne von Furstenberg? Get on that!
10. Designer handbag. I love my LV but there are endless options here from a Chanel clutch, Burberry satchel or Tory Burch anything really.
Back to Basics; What every woman needs as a “platform” to build on.
1. Plain White Tee. (Add Grey, Black and Nude)
2. A White Blazer.
3. Crew Neck.
4. White button down.
5. Flats in Nude & Black.
6. Striped 3/4 Boatneck Tee. – Coco Chanel was built on this!
7. One strap stiletto.
8. A quality oatmeal colored jersey.
9. Sailing/Boat Shoes.
10. Denim Denim! (Straight leg, Skinny, Ankle, Stiletto, High Waisted, Boyfriend, Cropped.) Just do it, get it all & get on with it!
Having these investment pieces and basics gives the perfect 80% _ the rest is the fun bit. Where you get to express your individual style and give life to your outfits. Experiment with colors and patterns without running the risk of the next season or trend hitting and you thinking “I have nothing to wear”
Happy Spring Cleaning! x