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New Closet: The Accessory Edition—Shoes

Now that you’ve edited your clothes thoroughouly, you might think your closet’s palette has gone from wildly colorful to stark bland. Fear not! There’s a solution to splash a little color to your classic blacks, whites and neutrals.

They’re called accessories and they can be tricky.

You can either use accessories to punctuate an outfit with the right colored shoes or a bold piece of jewelry, or  you can build an entire ensemble around an interesting shawl. It all depends on what you’re aiming for…and your mood, of course.

So, let’s start of with something simple: A Basic Pair of Black Pumps and Flats

Preferably a pair—and this applies to both the heels and the flats—that you can dress up for eveningwear if need be. A pair that is simple in design and timeless in style. Something you can wear to work but also kinky enough to walk about town.

Every fashionista’s closet needs to have one pair of basic black heels and one pair of black flats. Both pairs of shoes need to be comfortable to wear. Be whatever style, heel height or design, as long as you can walk in the m. And again invest in a quality pair. Classic pieces such as these never go out of style. Take good care of them and they will be good to your wardrobe and your dainty feet.

Ace’s Note: Ladies, you’ve seen women who walk in heels and are in p ain, all for the sake of style. It’s hard to watch and it’s just not pretty. Being graceful and confident is way more sexy and fashionable.

"I have my mantra about silhouette, proportion, and fit. I believe that when they are in harmony and balance, you’ll look great in anything. It’s not about a particular item of clothing or particular accessory; it’s about the whole head-to-toe look! Think of yourself as a series of thirds from your shoulders to your toes, and dress observing those demarcations. The underlying message being, don’t cut yourself in half with your apparel."

— Tim Gunn

New Year, New Closet: The Essentials Part I

As far as fresh starts go, there’s nothing wrong with a little closet editing in the first few weeks of the shiny, brand new year. You don’t need pockets full of cash to completely overhaul your wardrobe. Coco Chanel was said to have only 3 suits in her armoire: black, navy blue and a taupe or neutral color.

For those who want to have a new style or new direction in their fashion aesthetics, I direct you to get back to the basics as listed by the Tim “The Godfather of Fashion” Gunn. Every closet must have:

1) Basic Black Dress

Ace’s Note: Not to be confused by the infamous “little black dress,” but a dress you can accessorize and transition from day to evening wear.

2) Basic Black Slacks and Skit

Ace’s Note: If budgets allow, I would also advise to buy a one neutral color slacks and skirt as well. Be it gray or taupe, your choice. However, put in the extra few $$ and buy a pair of quality slacks. For those who are thin at heart, buy pants that fit well. Don’t try to squeeze in pants that are a size too small and that pull at the hips. Buy pants that suit your silhouette and highlight your figure. Coco would be horrified if you do otherwise.

3) A Pair of Jeans

Ace’s Note: If you can splurge a little, buy one light and one dark washed pair. However, just like the slacks, make sure they fit your frame nicely: not too tight, not to loose, and age appropriate. Under no circumstances are you to waste money on a denim skirt. You might scoff at this now, but remember it was a fad at one point. And fads, like pimples, have a tendency to surface now and again.

4) Basic (Black & White) Buttoned Down Shirt

Ace’s Note: I prefer the three-quarter sleeves to the full length ones. But that’s the beauty of these kinds of limitations, you can purchase the style or cut of the shirt that suits your individual personality.

It’s also ok to stray slightly from these basics. But don’t venture too far off. There’s a reason why these items are classics, because you see them reoccur in fashion in form or another. They are timeless.

Stay tuned for Part II (!)

walking on fire

pink: done right, darling…

alice in techno-pink

I have two pink dresses. They’re both special in their own way, but one of them has a name: Alice.

When I saw her hanging in the boutique, by it self-away from the other garments- mounted like a piece of art on a white wall as its backdrop, she looked like an Alice.

It’s bold paisley patterns arabesque all over the fabric. While the shades of pink bounced off like beams of sunlight. It had a subtle touch of ruffles at the hem, at the end of its sleeves and outlined the scoop collar.

"It’s brilliant, isn’t it?" asked the boutique sales associate. She was English.

"It is," I said. I was sixteen and in Brittan.

I looked at it for a long time. I thought about what I’d wear with it? The shoes I’d pair it with? How I would do my hair? The occasions I’d wear it to…

By the time my friends who were roaming around the store were thrown, I decided to try her on. Alice, fit my budding figure perfectly. The inner lining - a nice surprise-hugged close and created a flattering silhouette. The hem hit mid thigh and ruffles on the three quarter sleeves reached just at the elbow. I looked in the mirror and saw myself then and 10 years from now. It was one of those dresses.

It reminded me of those Austin powers movies but less cheesy. More stylish. I could see my self-wearing it out the store and in and about Piccadilly square. As well as see it worn to some cocktail party in a few years. It was a dress that wouldn’t age inappropriately, but rather gain a retro quality.

I <3-ed it instantly.

The price I did not <3.

It was overwhelmingly expensive, for me at the time. And with sad eyes I put it back on display for someone else to enjoy.

I left the boutique heavy hearted, all the while thinking about Alice…

"Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest."

— Dior