When I was in my teens, I’d go into a shopping mall and stock up on fast fashion. I thought that spending $100 and getting multiple items was absolutely amazing. After years of wearing my new purchases once or twice and having them rip or shrink, I began to rethink my approach to shopping. In my early 20s, I transitioned away from fast fashion and into good quality clothing and accessories that would last a long time. For basic or trendy items that will be out of style the following season, I still shop at places like Zara and H&M because I value their quality. When I’m looking to invest in wardrobe statement pieces that I’m planning on wearing for years to come, I’m a lot more particular. Here’s a look at some of my favorites along with style suggestions and where you can purchase similar pieces.
A bold statement jacket can elevate a simple outfit. I look for details that make the piece standout, like beading, embellishments, texture, and, of course, a flattering silhouette. Before I make a purchase, I envision the various ways in which I can incorporate it into my wardrobe (with denim, out for cocktails, over a dress, with athleisure, etc). I try to be sure that I’ll get enough wear out of it (especially if it’s on the pricier side).
2) Topshop moto jacket, (similar version).
3) Blank NYC white moto jacket, (same designer).
4) Chaser embellished crop jacket, (same designer).
5) Vintage Calvin Klein silk jacket, (similar version).
During the fall of 2019, I was looking for a shoe I could wear with my dresses in Las Vegas. I wanted something in between a sandal and a boot, so I chose these Gucci mules. At first they weren’t too comfortable (it’s definitely not a good idea to break in shoes while on vacay)! Now, after plenty of walking in them, they’re my go-to when I want to slip on a pair of flats and look polished. From cropped dress pants and denim to skirts and dresses, I don’t own a pair of shoes that can conform to so many different styles.
Retro Bell Bottoms
Most people have a favorite type of pants style that flatters their body shape. For me, it’s a perfectly fitting pair of bell bottoms. It doesn’t matter if they’re printed, velvet, floral, embellished, or a basic denim wash—when I slip them on, I envision life in the 1960s and 1970s. My style inspiration from Dazed and Confused and Boogie Nights, films that are known for their costume design just as much as their plot. I love wearing bell bottoms with retro t-shirts, sweaters, bodysuits, and platforms.
In my early 20’s I purchased my first designer handbag (the Louis Vuittion Speedy). Although it’s been years since I’ve used it, I’ve held onto it because it was the first expensive purse I bought on my own. I try to take good care of my handbags and I’ve even sold a few on the resale market. I regard them as investment pieces that I can profit off of later on. Aside from the color, print, fabric, and size, the main thing I consider before I splurge is how multifunctional will it be? If I’m going to pay a lot of money, I want to know that I’m going to get plenty of use out of it.
I tend to go for styles that stand out while also matching the majority of my wardrobe. For designer sneakers, I gravitate towards neutral shades with my favorite being my Golden Goose Super-Star sneakers. The monochrome tones are subtle enough to incorporate into almost all of my outfits (denim, midi skirts, joggers, etc), but the glitter gives them a little something extra. With more affordable brands like Nike, Converse, and Vans, I’ll choose bright and fun colors to liven up my outfits (especially my gym gear).
1) Nike Air Max 90, (similar version).
During the colder months I love pairing denim with a cozy sweater or distinctive blouse. I tuck it in just enough to display my belt which ties the outfit together and gives it a finished look. I opt for timeless over trendy and usually go for black leather with gold or silver hardware. Right now, my favorite is the Gucci belt my parents got me for Christmas. Although it’s expensive, it’s a wardrobe staple that I’ll be wearing for years to come.
1) Gucci belt.
2) Rebecca Minkoff studded belt, (same designer).
Loungewear + Athleisure
I love dressing up, but my everyday style is a lot more laid back. Loungewear and athleisure have been a part of my wardrobe since before the pandemic. I can never have enough comfy pairs of statement joggers that I can wear around the city. They’re versatile in the sense they can be worn with combat boots, sneakers, and even stilettos. Some of my favorite athleisure labels are P.E. Nation, Wildfox, Nike, I Am Gia, Adam Selman, AllSaints, and Departure.
1) Departure First Class sweatshirt, (similar version).
This fall, I searched for a pair of combat boots and decided on Doc Martens. I tried them on with different pant styles (denim, sweats, and leggings) to make sure I liked how they look. (They added an edgy 90s vibe to just about everything.) Throughout the fall and winter, they’ve been my most worn shoe and I’ve received a ton of compliments on them.
1) Doc Martens.
I love a classic pant silhouette that can transform from day to night. I pay attention to the material, the length (I prefer a slight crop), color and print. In general, I love colorful shades, however, for pants I gravitate more towards neutrals, blacks, and darker hues because they go with more.
2) Pam & Gela silk cargo pants, (similar and a more affordable option).
My favorite jewelry pieces can be broken down into a few different categories. There are the ones that have a sentimental value, like the promise ring Billy gave me from my favorite jewelry designer, The Last Line. There are the unique costume pieces I’ve acquired over the years. They’re too bold to wear every day, so I save them for special occasions. Then, I have my everyday jewelry that I’d be lost without.
1) Henri Bendel gold and silver stud earrings.
2) House of Harlow 1960 ring, (same designer).
4) 8 Other Reasons hoop earrings, (same designer).
6) Miss Wax “To Live and Die in LA” necklace.
7) Tarina Tarantino necklace, (same designer).
8) The M Jewelers Cuban link ID bracelet, (same designer).
9) VidaKush bracelet, (same designer).
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