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The 10 Piece Wardrobe
Clockwise from top left: Topshop blazer | Isabel Marant shirt | Issa dress | Isabel Marant boots | Proenza Schouler bag | Asos belt | Ray-Ban sunglasses | Asos heels | Equipment blouse | J Brand jeans
The other day a friend of mine put me up to a challenge; she asked me what items I would choose if I was limited to a 10 piece wardrobe. Naturally, my first thought was, “Joseph’s beard! I can’t even limit myself to packing 10 pieces when going on a weekend getaway!” But I was into this challenge.
Before giving her my answer which, mind you, took about 30 minutes to put together, I made sure that I could leave items like underwear and socks off my list. Obviously those are “essentials” but that just seems too obvious to me. Once I got the go ahead to exclude the under-pieces, I began reciting my 10-piece wardrobe list, which I kind of want to turn into a song to the tune of Beyonce’s “Count Down”, but that’s for another time.
Now let’s break this ultimate wardrobe down.
1. The Black Blazer — Boring? Yes. Necessary? Abso-freakin-lutely. I cannot list the amount of times I’ve reached for my hip-length black blazer to add some polish to a look. The fact that it works with dresses, basic blue jeans, and even sweatpants is enough justification for me to own at least five of these, but we’re dealing with a 10-piece wardrobe so let’s just say I own one.
2. The White T-Shirt — Another basic necessity. Much like the blazer, I’ve found that the white tee can be dressed up and dressed down, and functions as one of the more comfortable pieces in my closet. Suffice it to say, I wear my plain white tees as pajamas too.
3. The Day-to-Night Dress — Everyone believes the LBD (Little Black Dress) to be the ultimate wardrobe staple. I used to be one of those people, but I’ve changed my ways. I think that every woman should own a dress that transitions from day to night seamlessly. You want a dress that you can wear to brunch with the ladies before meeting up with Jack from Friday night for drinks. If this is a black dress for you, that’s fine, but don’t feel the need to limit yourself; hence my choice of a bright red Issa number.
4. The Ankle Boot — I never thought of boots as a year-round staple, but ones that let your ankles catch a breeze are comfortable and extreme climate friendly. I tend to opt for ones in a neutral color with a modest heel so that they go with everything and are easy to walk in.
5. The Shoulder Bag — Ok, this Proenza PS11 has been at the top of my must buy list for easily three years. When I first set eyes on it I knew it was the ultimate everyday bag. It’s a reasonable size, sits perfectly at the hip, and literally goes with everything. I know it’s on the pricier side, but for something that’s going to be worn on a daily basis is worth a splurge (though I have yet to pull the trigger). For a more reasonable option, I suggest trying this Rebecca Minkoff cross-body that’s just as versatile and chic.
6. The Neutral Belt — Belts are one of those accessories that add dimension and breaks up silhouettes. An outfit consisting of jeans, a white t-shirt, and some ankle boots (all members of the 10-piece wardrobe) looks far more stylish when the tee is tucked into the jeans allowing the neutral belt to show. At least in my opinion, which is why you’re here. OK…moving forward…
7. Aviator Sunglasses — I’ve never met a person who doesn’t look good in aviators. Their tapered shape and slim frames are flattering on every face shape and aren’t the kind of shades that steal the spotlight like cat eye sunglasses or giant round ones as favored by Paris Hilton.
8. The Simple Heel — It’s up to you whether you prefer the pump or the sandal, but a straightforward heel is as necessary in a woman’s wardrobe as underwear. Just make sure that they go with everything and are one of the more comfortable footwear options in your closet — no one wants to wear shoes that make them walk like a drunk camel.
9. The Classic Button Down — I wear a button down almost every day, but reach for the one with blue and white stripes more often than not. The vertical stripes are flattering, it can be dressed up or down, and if you’re lucky, your boyfriend already owns a few so you can just borrow right from his closet. Whoa! Did I just narrow this down a nine-piece wardrobe!?
10. The Skinny Jean — As much as I love the Mom Jeans, there is nothing I wear more often than skinny jeans. Once you find a brand and cut that fits you like a second set of skin, I guarantee you will wear them until the butt rips. This just happened to me with my favorite pair of Hudson jeans, though I am also a huge fan of J Brand, Rag & Bone, and Paige Denim.
Do you think I’m missing anything? I’d love to know what you think is the ultimate 10-piece wardrobe! TELL ME PLEASE!
Remember those girls in high school who played volleyball and walked around all day wearing basketball shorts, running shoes, and some kind of oversize hoodie while still managing to look cute? I was not one of those girls. In fact, one time I tried wearing a similarly “athletic outfit” and a friend of mine told me I’d never looked so “butch”. As you can imagine, that was the end of that.
But there are ways to dress “sporty” without looking like you’re trying to avoid being caught doing the “walk of shame” by wearing last night’s hook-up’s gym clothes (we’ve all been there).
For me, this begins with accessories. I’ve now fully embraced the wedged sneaker trend, and picked up this pair of Nike’s with the full intention of testing sportier looks that didn’t scream tomboy-wearing-her-brother’s-hand-me-downs (though, I’m not opposed to that).
The next step in completing my look was this pair of mirrored sunglasses that either resemble a ski mask or something Kenny Powers would wear — I can’t decide. But the combination of the reflector sunnies with a slouchy beanie definitely added to my “cool athletic girl who was picked first for teams at recess” look.
After that I figured a jersey might be a bit overboard, so I opted for a neutral all black outfit t0pped with a red puffer. Not an outfit I would wear regularly, mainly because I just don’t have enough pieces like this in my closet to make it work, but definitely a statement look that added a little extra strut to my step.
// photos by Emily Malan
Boots For Me, Boots For You (Giveaway)
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
Congratulations Katy! You won the giveaway!
Thank you all for entering and making me seriously hungry with all your festive feast favorites!
Don’t forget that you can still get 30% off any pair of Alberto Fermani boots today using the code runwayboots.
I’m one of the few people in the world who seriously loves the holidays. Give me some Christmas tunes, turkey, cozy sweaters, and festive lights and I’m beaming from ear to ear.
The one issue with the holidays however, and I know I’m not alone here, is the inevitable tightening of pants. Between the cheese, the stuffing, the sweets, and copious amounts of butter, I may as well surrender myself now to a personal trainer.
But while pants get tighter and bras loosen a notch, shoes continue to fit and since it’s cold outside there are even more options! Pumps. Boots. Sneakers. Heeled boots. Wedged sneakers. I could go on.
In honor of the button bursting holidays, I bring you a very special boots promotion with Alberto Fermani! Starting today through Monday, November 26th, you can enter to win a pair of Alberto Fermani boots of your choosing (though I can attest that the one’s I’m wearing in this post are comfortable, flattering, and a new found must-have in my wardrobe).
Should you not be the lucky winner of this kickass giveaway, fear not, I’ve got something else in my boot for you. Starting Saturday November 24 through Cyber Monday the 26th, Alberto Fermani is giving all Runway Hippie readers an extra 30% off. Just use the code runwayboots to get your discount!
Now come the rules on entering the giveaway:
2. Leave a comment in the comment section below telling me your favorite holiday dish.
3. I will announce the winner on Monday! Good luck!
* Unfortunately, this giveaway is for US residents only.
So I know you all are used to Friday posts being “A Week in Review,” but I gotta tell ya, I have nothing worth reviewing this week. For the first time in what seems like forever, I pretty much got to go straight home after work every day this week and it felt awesome. So instead of boring you with stories of how I spent one night building two Ikea night stands and another night eating too many martini olives – hold the martini – I thought I’d kick off the long weekend with a colorful outfit post!
Behold the first summer shorts debut on le blog. It’s always a bit daunting the first time you put on a pair of shorts because your legs are nowhere near as tan as you want them to be and you curse all those times you decided to sit on the couch with
olives potato chips instead of going on a run. But these Low-Rise Cut Off Shorts in Tangerine by J Brand are too good to leave sitting on the shelf, regardless of the fact that it’s been pouring rain in New York this entire week.
And that is where I leave you. Have a fantastic long weekend!
// photos by Sevan Kalayjian
This is essentially just a spring rendition of my go-to uniform consisting of a tailored blazer, comfy t-shirt, skinny jeans and a pair of ankle boots; simple, easy, and effortless both in mind and silhouette. Ever since I brought white jeans back into my life, I can’t get enough of them! While I can only really wear them once before having to put them in the wash – such is the life of a New Yorker with a cuddly dog – I’ve found that I reach for them almost as often as I reach for my black skinny jeans, and we all know how much I love those.
As I continue to pack for my big move and am forced to divide my wardrobe into pieces that I’ll wear to pieces that can be put away in a box, these white jeans will most certainly stay on the top of my suitcase. But the point of buying clothes is to love them and wear them, so I have no shame in knowing I’ll be victim to some outfit repeats in the next two weeks.