The 17 Basic Clothing Items Every Closet Should Have

Fashion is always a microcosm of culture—economically, politically, and otherwise. At any moment in time, what’s in fashion speaks to overarching societal trends.

For many, the pandemic heightened the public’s sense of appreciation for basic clothing and wardrobe essentials that put utility and comfort above all. For many, sporting hyper fashion-forward accessories or shopping the latest It bag seemed somewhat out of sync with the state of the world.

Now, while the world is in different states of reopening depending on where you reside, prioritizing utilitarian wardrobe-essentials remains a throughline. We’ve understood the value in fashion staples and why forget

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12 Items That Say You’re a Fashion Girl Without Saying You’re a Fashion Girl

Sometimes I’m particularly excited to write certain stories, and this is one of them. I think I’m pretty good at knowing a fashion girl when I see one. One of the reasons for this is that they wear things that are dead giveaways that they know and love fashion, and I’m an expert at spotting those things, if I do say so myself. In some cases, it’s a certain brand, and in others, it’s a specific It item or micro-trend that you’d only know about if you study the runways and perhaps read Who What Wear on a regular basis.

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10 Cult Fashion Items That Stand the Test of Time

WHAT DEFINES a cult fashion item? A degree of collective fascination, obviously, and—often—a curiosity about what inspires that magnetic pull. The “why” matters as much as the “what,” and a big part of the cult-status equation these days is the scarcity model: Unavailability drives desirability. So does a certain insider awareness that gradually spreads until the sweater or shoe in question has amassed a community of believers who mutually reinforce each other’s good taste. “The creep factor is key,” said Jessica Glasscock, a fashion historian and professor at New York’s Parsons School of Design. “One of the consistent elements of … Read More

The Fashion Items Women Over 50 Invest In

Diana Vreeland once quipped that “age is totally boring” — I hate to deviate from the legendary editor whom I invariably turn to for inspiration, but I happen to think age is pretty fascinating. More specifically, the experience of aging and how it relates to self-expression. As children, there are no rules when it comes to fashion. As we grow up, our purchases become influenced by what others are wearing and the general zeitgeist. Once you reach a certain degree of adulthood, your tastes are a byproduct of life experience. Fashion items that women over 50 invest in can reflect

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