Anything But Basic

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As New York Magazine stated last week, To dress “normal” is the height of chic, yet to call someone “basic” is the chicest put-down. Even major stores are telling us to dress “normal,” but there seems to be a fine line between normal and basic when it comes to wardrobe.

The word “basic” equates to a woman who fails to surprise us, according to New York Magazine. I’ve always cringed at the thought of looking “basic” in that case. Yes, I too was once guilty of wearing a North Face fleece like everyone else in my college sorority days because that’s what you wore in Syracuse. Even then I rebelled and bought mine in a beautiful creme color to stand out from the sea of basic black fleeces on my campus. It was—and still is—my mission to not have a style that’s the norm and do my own thing.

Yet, I found myself recently wanting to blend in while prepping at a suburban mall for an advertising job I styled, especially when the cashier asked if my assistant and I were from New York City because we “just look like we’re not” from around there. Was I over-doing it with my fashion, or are they just all blending in? Even my assistant remarked we should wear sweatpants next time around.

After years of possibly over-styling myself, I’ve paired back my wardrobe this past year to more chic and easy basics that can be interchangeable and chic without adding too much. This classic and simple Ann Taylor turtleneck dress speaks for itself and when paired with a classic red lip, booties and some clean lines like this Sorial backpack, it doesn’t look like a score from a suburban mall (with a coupon I might add).

I don’t mind wearing things that everyone else may own or do” basic” things that all other females around me are doing. I’m just going to keep on doing it my way so I don’t look like everyone else. Sorry Jezebel, this Brooklyn girl is still going to enjoy her Brooklyn Flea reclaimed wood coffee table and weekends of roaming vintage stores.

This season, I challenge you to be more than just “basic” with your wardrobe. Find ways to stand out from all of the other “basic b*tches” out there. Most importantly do what you enjoy, not because everyone else is doing it, even if that is the norm.

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Ann Taylor turtleneck sweater dress // Tibi boots (sample via Shopbop store in Madison) // Sorial backpack (c/o) // Karen Walker sunglasses (similar style)  // Nissa ring (c/o) // all other jewelry, vintage and from Vietnam

Coats To Covet

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One of the most frequent questions that I’ve been receiving lately is what’s a good style coat I should get for this season? I’m going to settle it once and for all here.

The biggest coat trends this season are:

over-sized/cocoon shaped

shearling

faux fur (or fur if you dare)

color

camel

patterned/plaid

Of course whatever suits you and your lifestyle is fine, but I found some of the coolest coats to be coveted right now (below), including this cozy over-sized one that was my favorite splurge for fall and some good classic styles that you definitely won’t regret.

Just remember a coat is one of the few items in your wardrobe I always think you should splurge on. It’s something you wear daily and not only is it the first thing people see when they greet you in the cooler months, but you want good quality to keep you warm and last for years to come.

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Rag & Bone coat // vintage hat (similar here) // Vagamundo pants (c/o)  // Plenty by Tracey Reese heels // E.Kammeyer tassel bracelet (c/o) // Colette Malouf earrings // Mansur Gavriel bag (sold out for now)

Even better, I’m showing you all items from SHOPBOP and because you’re my friend (or family) here’s their friends + family discount too. Enter FAMILY25 at checkout before the sale ends today at 11:59 PST.

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