It’s Saturday morning and you’re window shopping before late brunch. As you hop from boutique to boutique with no real intent to make a purchase, you see it. There it is, glimmering in an imaginary celestial spotlight: the perfect staple piece. It’s from a brand you know and love, and you can picture yourself wearing it a dozen different ways over the next decade. You know you’re going to buy it as soon as it slips over your shoulders in the dressing room, and you mentally start making space in your closet.
It’s that time of year when the world falls in love with snow, evergreen trees, wrapping paper and holiday lattes. While these are arguably the best highlights of chilly winter months, I’ve come into my own Christmas-time tradition…traveling to somewhere a bit warmer. It’s a gift to myself that I know I’ll enjoy, and something to look forward to when my gray New York winter becomes too much to handle. It’s also a once-a-year opportunity to mix wintery holiday pieces with glam, hot weather ensembles for an unexpected (but always stylish) juxtaposition. I get to play dress up, spend time with my love, and work on my tan. And these are a few of my favorite things.
With holiday parties soon approaching, I’m focused on curating a small capsule wardrobe for these upcoming festive occasions. It seems that every day I mark a new event on my December calendar, which has spurred a small collection of outfit ideas and a mental list of 5th Ave sales I need to hit. I already own the staples – velvet dresses, sequined skirts, and cashmere sweaters. So as I shop for holiday party steals, I’m not necessarily looking for the trendiest items. I’m looking for something a bit different. More romantic pieces with hints of whimsy, garments that spark conversation and interest, and most of all, I’m looking for pieces that stand out in a sea of black, silver and gold.
Whether you love it or hate it, the concept of a dress code has become less relevant with every passing year. As time marches on and the retail industry changes, shoppers are prioritizing versatility and longevity more now than ever when it comes to purchasing clothes. Personally, when I shop, I won’t buy something unless I can imagine wearing it three different ways. I want to make sure that the piece will stand the test of time (and rinse cycles) as well as flatter my shape and work for my lifestyle. One investment piece that I oftentimes gravitate towards is the jacket – in particular, the blazer.
The blazer is a universal layer that, when fitted properly, is flattering and sophisticated. It can be the cherry on top to a business-professional ensemble. It can be the last layer that you throw on before heading out the door to meet your friends for happy hour. It can be the stylish flair that elevates your afternoon-at-the-mall outfit. Even though diamonds are nice, I could make a case for the blazer being a girl’s best friend.