some of my faves:
(my favorite skirt, Laura Whitcomb of Label)
(honeycomb laser-cut dress by IAN RN)
(one of many silk cami's from Jean Yu)
(my version of a sweatshirt by Dries Van Noten)
I don't have a suggested list of 'must have pieces'. I believe you should figure out how you want to look and find pieces that support that look. The reality is not everyone has the same needs for their lifestyle, desired style, body-type, and not to mention weather!
For my lifestyle, body-type, and location, my personal must have pieces are:
- jeans; this year they're all skinny black jeans (the 4 pairs I have)
- nice pants; not worn too often, I have 3 pairs; 2 wool, 1 silk
- tanks; both loose and fitted (I prefer them instead of T-shirts)
- cardigans; all weights, all lengths, multiples in same colors
- trench coats; all weights and lengths, even ones not for the rain
- flats (though not ballet flats)
- tall boots; to the knee looks best on me
- I do not own:
- rubber flip flops
- running /yoga pants
- sweatshirts or hoodies
- cotton-ribbed anything (universally unflattering and doesn't wash well)
- When I first went through the process, I had too many fancy clothes and shoes I had no occasion to wear, no matter how dressed down I styled them. Rule #1: don't buy super fancy clothes I won't wear...
- Considering the change in seasons, it took me about 3 years to get to the point I really loved my wardrobe, though I didn't consider it 'complete'.
- I live with what I have to see if I need more of a particular thing like cardigans which I wear everyday (I have about 8 black cardigans). I tend to wear the same thing over and over.
- I love J Crew, Alexander Wang, and Rick Owens for simple tanks, J Crew for cardigans,Barneys CO-OP for their selection of jeans, Sigerson Morrison and Loeffler Randall for shoes and boots.
- I don't like online shopping looking for 'bargains'. A bargain for me is something I love and wear time and again, not something that was on super sale. If I do go online, I stick to jcrew.com, net-a-porter.com, and barneys.com.
- I like designer consignment stores as the pieces are carefully edited and many things look like they've never been worn. My two favorite shops are in Bklyn, and Soho.