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As our warm Indian summer turned into crisp fall in a matter of a few days, I pulled out a wool jacket and sweater to wear to a meeting yesterday. My first thought was--I need a new blue blazer and new pumps. My lightweight wool blazer is by Ralph Lauren from 2008 and my beautiful leather-soled made-in-Spain black pumps, also by Ralph Lauren, from 2006! I tied my 10 year-old silk scarf around my neck, put on my 15-year-old TAG watch, and shoved my phone and lipstick in my vintage LV bag. I glanced once more in the mirror on the way out and realized-- I don't need anything new! I look exactly as I want: professional and elegant in pieces that I've had in my wardrobe for ages. By any current fashion standard, everything would be deemed vintage and yet, I looked very current and my clothing new.
I don't expect my clients to hold on to pieces as long as I do, but the philosophy I try to impart is "buy quality, treat it well, wear it for many seasons". You must buy the highest quality you can afford and sometimes invest in some luxury pieces. There are certain items that can be worn and enjoyed for many years as long as they are treated well and you don't experience significant size change. These are what we call timeless pieces and are the staples of an executive wardrobe. You can wear them to work or on the weekend; dress them up or dress them down and wear them for a long time.
But for how many seasons can you wear an article of clothing before it looks dated? Obvious physical wear is the first thing that makes clothing look dated. Worn or soiled collars and cuffs, frayed hems or seams, stains and discoloration on any part of the garment makes it unwearable, no matter the brand or how much it originally cost. The second aspect to consider is the style, silhouette and design of the garment. To have longevity, a garment must have classic lines and elegant tailoring that supersede yearly trends.
Clean your clothing per label instructions, store them properly off season, and hang them and keep them on the appropriate hangers. If your closet has a window, make sure it is covered by a solid drape or shade and store your suits in cloth garment bags to protect against dust. I have seen many beautiful pieces that have been made unwearable because of fading by sunlight in windowed closets.
I made a list of classic investment clothing and accessory pieces that truly will last for many years in your wardrobe if you treat them well.
Beautifully tailored, light-weight navy wool suit with pencil skirt.
Cashmere pullover in a neutral color.
White quality cotton or silk button down shirt.
Camel colored wool slacks.
Elegant leather black pumps.
Luxury black leather purse.
Burberry trench coat.
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