You buy into the season’s must have trends.
You buy more clothes to make the outfits complete.
But soon your trendy clothes go out of fashion.
So you buy into the new and improved must have trends.
You buy even more clothes to make the new outfits complete.
And wouldn’t you know...your trendy clothes go out of fashion.
Dolls, you have entered the Trend Cycle of Doom, (T.C.D.) and it ain't pretty. Symptoms of those afflicted with T.C.D. include: shopping on lunch break, using a minimum of three credit cards per purchase, getting drunk off of free Trunk Show Proscecco, and bragging about stashing Manolos in the kitchen cupboards. Someone hand me a bon-bon, I’m getting stressed out just thinking about it.
Everyday Glamour Chicks, (E.G.C.’s), have a kinder, gentler, more cost-effective and space saving method to looking fresh, modern, and sexy. They wisely bypass T.C.D. completely and instead update their wardrobes bit by bit, focusing on finding extraordinary basics, otherwise known as classics with a twist. That way they can keep it fresh until their clothes are in tatters. Basics may be boring but extraordinary basics have personality and zing.
Everyday Glamour Guide to Finding Extraordinary Basics, A.K.A. Classics With a Twist:
- Start with your foundation—The Core Wardrobe. Go ahead and click on the link for a refresher on this one. Figure out how you would like to restyle your core wardrobe.
- Edit, Edit, Edit! The mantra is: “Less is more”, so get rid of all that stuff that is no longer fitting your image. Let it go, release it, to let in the new. Anyway, editing your wardrobe every 6 months is the best way to learn what shapes, colors, patterns, and styles work beautifully on YOU, not Barbie, but YOU. And you will also be reminded of what works for your REAL life, not that fantasy life in which you are the lead actress in the film, The Secretary.
- When shopping designer, don’t go for what is shown in all the magazines. Do shop the “bread and butter” basics built into the collection. These are the extraordinary basics.
And with that, I leave you with some E.G.C. favorites:
L’Agence: Basic with a young, downtown vibe.
Kal Rieman: Sharp and tailored.
3.1 Philip Lim: Clean lines, luxurious fabrics, staples with personality.
Equipment: Blouses that don’t stop.
Jo No Fui: Relaxed and pretty.
Theyskens’ Theory: Unexpected design elements that work into the wardrobe with grace.