With magazine editors gearing up to tell us what we need this season, you need to be prepared with some way of critiquing fashion essentials.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Ms Blaelock’s Book of Signature Wardrobe Planning argues, “fashion magazines shouldn’t be the sole arbiter of what you buy; you need to be critiquing fashion “essentials” with an eye to what works for your lifestyle.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for critiquing fashion essentials:
- Is it really essential: spacesuits are essential. Aqualungs are essential. Fashion is not essential. One pair of pants serves the same function as any other pair of pants.
- Does it offer a complete wardrobe: a selection of mix and match separates that can be combined into a variety of functional outfits, suitable for your lifestyle, that you could wear for a season. Is the ratio of tops to bottoms adequate for your needs? Inner and outer layers. Clothes and accessories.
- Is the balance between “good” and “street” right: does the collection lean more towards night or day? Dates or work? Dinner or lunch?
- Is it appropriate for the places you go: could you wear them to work, casual lunches, and the supermarket?
- Good value for money: Will you get the most wear from the most expensive items, (as implied by the higher price)? Or are the cheapest (lowest quality) items the ones you’ll wear the most often?
These five tips for critiquing fashion essentials help you assess the adequacy for your lifestyle.
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