August 21st, 2010

The Simple Wardrobe

An article from the Vogue November 2007 issue  written by Mark Holgate

I did a bit of browsing yesterday at Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Jeffrey. The big question for me re. fall clothes is, do I actually need anything? No, not really. Just one look in my fashion diary and I can quickly confirm that I need very little (grey wool trousers and black leggings are on my list).

Wanting something new is a different matter that I am wrestling with, especially after I watched Six Items or Less on The New York Times .com and read in WWD about the new frugality and consumers wanting less. The adage that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time definitely applies to me and gives me pause when I consider adding to my wardrobe. Would I restrict myself to 6 pieces of clothing for a month? Not intentionally. But there is something about the concept that strikes a chord. The take-away is that I want to create a simple wardrobe consisting of my go-to favorites and plan to shop accordingly.

The above story from the November 2007 issue of Vogue was written by Mark Holgate who must have been prescient since it ran moments before the downturn. The ironic timing aside, I love that the stylist Aleksandra Woroniecka above wears just a few pieces- but the few pieces are great and timeless. Here we are 3 years later and I would love to own everything on her rack; the perfect simple wardrobe!

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What's New


Laser-engraved logo belt


Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress


Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt


Braided leather bangle


Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress


Gate knotted leather slippers


Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat

  • Great post, and so cool that you mentioned Six Items or Less! I had so much fun following that experiment. It really comes down to being a smart consumer. It was interesting how many of the Six Items or Less participants realized at the end of the experiment that, as long as you look put together, no one cares what you are wearing and quality is most important. If we spend money on quality items, we’ll value them so much more. So my shopping mantra has become “buy little and only of the best or the cheapest” 🙂

    JennAugust 26th, 2010  1:33 PM

  • […] of us that means buying better but buying less. A lot like what Preston talked about earlier in her post. Perfection like this might come at a price, but it’s one I’m willing to pay for. Once […]

    The Real Made Well | Keep It ChicAugust 29th, 2010  1:12 PM

  • Is it possible to read this article written in Vogue by Mark Holgate. It would also help women like me that don’t enjoy shopping and so when we do, we know nothing about what we are doing.

    Thank you. Davida Levin

    DavidaMay 11th, 2012  11:41 AM

  • I keep coming back to this post. I think I have read this post about 100 times and stared at the photo another 1000 times.
    Such a timeless closet, the original aricle is from 2007, soon it will be called vintage! yet, it’s everything the cool girl of 2012 wants to wear.

    ameeJune 12th, 2012  9:44 AM

  • So true! I have found, since I’ve reached my 30s, I don’t ‘trend’ shop anymore. I want items that will last. I also found my natural drawn-to style is classic, effortless, and timeless comfort. And for the most part, since I no longer party every weekend, I don’t wear as many outfits. I go to work and sit behind a desk, where I just want to be comfortable and warm. Its a concrete construction business so there’s no need for fancy duds or heels for that matter. I do miss shopping though. Still working on that one.

    DanielleJanuary 3rd, 2013  11:28 AM

  • A diet of six, ay? Interesting. I wonder why that 80% unworn exists so prevalently. Do we really not know what we are doing handing over our funds for something we feel will never see any daylight unless our homes are hit by some horrible disaster? Tis time to take control of my closet. This was inspiring.

    meJanuary 16th, 2014  8:24 PM

  • It is indeed an interesting concept…what I have been battling for years! What is the criteria for eliminating items from your wardrobe. I’ve dumped the clothes i don’t like, those that don’t fit and wrong colors. What else? How to pare it all down?

    EWRossJanuary 29th, 2014  3:23 PM


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