As we look toward fall, our thoughts turn to what do we need to update our fall wardrobe. It is interesting to see the similar wardrobe habits of some Vogue executives.
Anna Wintour, executive in chief of American Vogue, is in a class by herself. In her position, she is in constant contact with designers and everyone in the fashion industry and has some responsibility to represent the industry showcased by her magazine. Her annual clothing budget is somewhere over six figures according to reliable sources. This may be why she keeps her hairstyle and sunglasses as her real signature. Certainly, her beautiful clothes do not always represent her style.
A quick look at two other Vogue executives, gives a completely different side of how
fashion executives define their own looks. Emmanuella Alt, Editor in Chief of Vogue Paris has a simple style of her own as does Tonne Goodman, Vogue fashion director. These ladies echo others who work in fashion all the time. After working with the collections for months, then watching these styles being snatched up by the public, most of these women avoid anything that resembles the latest new trend. They each have a basic “uniform” made up of approximately 10 pieces of neutral colored items that can be easily interchanged, and updated from season to season. Add a new favorite blazer, moving to an updated style of pant leg or adding a fun shoe may be all that is needed to freshen the look. Frequent travel is simple with such a basic, versatile wardrobe. This is similar to my basic wardrobe plan of 8 items from which you can make 27 outfits.
Emmanuella is six feet tall and Tonne is only slightly shorter. Both ladies can wear slender cut jeans thus making these items a staple in their wardrobes. To quote a stylist who works with celebrities, “..the key to making a signature look work year after year is to be consistent but not fall entirely into a rut. It’s funny, but you have to keep updating your uniform.” Figuring out your uniform is perhaps the most difficult part. Most of these ladies work around a neutral palette – black, white, gray and navy. The challenge is to know who you
are, which styles work best for you and to know if you need more color accents.
I love the simplicity of having fewer basic pieces that can be worn in many combinations. Understanding yourself and how to best project your individual style is key. I could never work with a completely neutral palette. There has to be color! Since most of us don’t work around fashion all of the time, we probably need some pieces with more style and creativity. Model and author Caroline de Maigret, recommends that you take time to evaluate your physical assets and weaknesses to help choose what are your favorites. Parisians are known for their “effortless look” but it takes a lot of effort to figure out who you are and what 10 items you want as the key components of your wardrobe! It is worth it!