Every now and then, when I think I have my closet essentials under control, I take a look and they’re just not right. It’s the tiniest tweaks that add a fresh element and keep the classics I lean towards from looking boring. This season, to bring my wardrobe up to speed, I’ll want to inject a few pieces that at first glance don’t seem super special, but with subtle details look modern. A clean trench, interesting black pants, a short scarf, white cotton shirt, a reinvented tote and low heeled pumps with color, texture or both are my focus for October shopping.
Trench: single breasted, clean and simple, i.e. no contrasting buttons, epaulettes, flaps or sleeve straps.
Shirt: cotton poplin, slightly oversized in the sleeves but trim in the body
Scarf: short, solid, worn at the neck with a single knot or loose tie. A key piece for fall.
Black pants: high-waisted, flowing fabric for movement, and a detailed hem is a must (ruffled, split, buttons, etc.)
Bag: reinventing the classic market tote in leather, minimalist but with artisan detail…such as a tightly braided strap.
Shoe: updating a classic with pattern, print or embroidery. The herringbone tweed snakeskin here is a year round winner.