Little Black Smythe Jacket

Little Black Smythe Jacket

0294C0309Not everyone knows about Smythe. But trust me when I tell you that Smythe jackets are like a perfect red-soled Louboutin high heel, an Hermes scarf, a Cartier watch: timeless. They run small, so if you’re bigger on top, consider ordering one size up. And get ready for the compliments!

Photo courtesy of James Christianson.

The Amortization of Style

The Amortization of Style

The Amortization of StyleI remember the first time I spent over $100 on a pair of pants. They were black stretch from Barneys and made my butt look great! I remember being so hesitant to pull the trigger, to cross that symbolic spending threshold of ‘you spent WHAT on WHAT??!!’

However, those pants became the go-to for every occasion in which I needed to look good. I finally retired them after many years of wear, dry-cleaning, repairs, folding and unfolding, and the natural neglect a 20 year old assigns to her stuff. They were worth every penny and taught me an invaluable style lesson: when you pay more, you get more.

Very often, spending more money will garner a bigger return in the form of longevity. Since the clothing is made of higher quality materials, constructed with more time and attention spent to detail, it will stay a part of your wardrobe for years, not months, amortizing its cost.

Additional returns on your investment come in the way of better silhouettes, a wider variety of colors, enhanced detailing (buttons, clasps, trims, etc) and more originality. So consider upgrading appropriately. Three $20 Target tops equal one from J.Crew and on up the spectrum until you end with a closet full of beautiful items that although cost in the short run, saved in the long.

Novelty Shoppers

Novelty Shoppers

Liz-215Are you someone who, in a given store, gets sucked in, tractor beam style, to the most novel item? The shoes with flowers, the bag in an outrageous color, the top with so much going on… Only to get home and never seem to find anything to wear it with?

Statement pieces that look amazing and unique in the store are notoriously hard to incorporate into your daily outfits because they are often just.too.much. The success of an outfit depends, not on one item, but on how everything works together, both in collaboration and contrast. When you introduce something loud into that mix, it throws off the balance; It’s no longer about the outfit, it’s about that particular item.

To avoid this predicament, promise that you’ll only buy it if you can mentally pair it with at least 3 different outfits.