November 15th, 2014
In The Wall Street Journal

‘How To Dress Like A Fashion Insider’


This story in today’s Wall Street Journal could also be titled ‘How To Build Upon The Perfect Uniform’.  Like many of those interviewed for the article, each season I too add a few new pieces to my existing wardrobe of primarily staples; I liken it to hitting the refresh button without drastically altering my personal style — but the new pieces are key to keeping my uniform from looking stale and dated.


what's new


Belted denim shirt


Jean canvas espadrilles


Bow-detailed crepe midi dress


Nude leatter sandals


Camilla one-shoulder textured-organic cotton maxi dress


Knotted sleeve-waist wool sweater


Paradise high-rise jeans


Nude leather sandals


Pearl ribbed-knit wool sweater


Cropped leather trousers


Ryder leather shoulder bag


Square sunglasses

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  • I just tried on every pair of my jeans for my all-knowing teenage daughter, and four pairs hit the donation pile. I may not need new basics every season, but after a couple of years, it’s amazing how dated things look. Refresh indeed!

    ToriNovember 15th, 2014  9:20 PM

  • I am J of anyone who can pull off a crisp white shirt. I just cant. White is not my color !

    ArchanaNovember 15th, 2014  10:17 PM

  • This is one of the ironies I adore about fashion. The runways show the often astonishing, the RTW often a more risqué or compelling version of what ends up on store racks – buyers know they must be realistic so often designers make tweaks for women who aren’t on the catwalk. Still, when I think of some of the designers themselves – Calvin, Michael, Donna, Ralph, even the truly immaculate Tom Ford – more the original crew than the newer, their bows always displayed a uniform – often a shirt and pants or jeans – maybe a sport coat, maybe a simple black dress. The Editors do the same thing – they want and need uniforms – they are inundated with color and variety and “cutting edge” daily – Tonne Goodman’s famous white J Brand jeans and a black top with flats made me yearn desperately for a uniform that fit my life and made me feel good. For me, the secret to creating a pleasing signature look , is It does take time, thought – to figure out WHICH flat, WHICH heel, which t-shirts, which jeans, dressier pieces, styles and colors comprise that uniform. Like many, mine is black and white, denim, a touch of pale grey, from the same few lines year after year. I, too, love the look of ivory, deep navy and the perfect camel. No earth tones, no color, no patterns, no prints. Adore white Charvet shirts; feel like a shirt collar is always wrong on me – so I stick to t’s. Perhaps a little boring for some, but the concept of a uniform is so divine. I love what The Line is doing – asking what is quintessential and providing ideas and suggesting answers.

    tabithaNovember 16th, 2014  11:13 AM

  • I am no fashion insider, but this is how I dress too… Would love to get a copy of that WSJ, it sounds very informative !
    Love how you always have the best fashion news 🙂

    carolineNovember 16th, 2014  1:24 PM

  • Does anybody know who makes the White shirt on the picture? Thanks

    MariaNovember 16th, 2014  4:34 PM

  • To Tabitha!
    I like your message and i`m totally with you.To Preston:
    But white shirt..I never know what Jewellery should i put on and that a real problem for me with a crisp white shirt,it`s so boring without something extra(diamonds?=D) on top.

    MargaretNovember 16th, 2014  5:12 PM

  • Maria:

    White shirt: Charvet Poplin Shirt with Buttoned Cuffs, $515, Saks Fifth Avenue (per the WSJ site)

    LilyNovember 17th, 2014  12:52 AM

  • I would add a plug for Anne Fontaine blouses and shirts. She still has them made in France, a rarity in itself, and her basics are perfect. Carolina Herrera wears the perfect uniform of a lovely skirt, a beautifully cut blouse, pumps, and always wears a little jewelry. I adore her look. I would love to know what she wears in off-hours.

    PaulaNovember 17th, 2014  1:07 AM

  • Over the past year I have fully embraced the uniform into my wardrobe. It’s a no brainer. I’m 51 and I want to look timeless, elegant, cool and hip…all at the same time. I may not always succeed, but a girl can try. I was a student at FIT in 1982 and I will never forget the photo major, a handsome young man, who only wore levi’s, a white button down shirt or a white t-shirt, and converse sneakers. I think back now at how chic he was.

    Jill AnthonyNovember 17th, 2014  11:21 AM


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