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FAVORITES…FRIEND OR FRENEMY?

By | February 19th, 2014 | Confessions, Style TRUTHS

Alexandra in her beloved green Moth sweater coat.
Alexandra in her beloved green Moth sweater coat.

Do you suffer from favorite-itis?

Well, you’re not alone. I know I do and from what I’ve experienced, it’s running rampant…I know I do!

Personally, I have my favorites in my wardrobe and then I wear them to death. I couldn’t live without them.

But I never think to buy multiples until it’s too late. Until NOW!

You never realize how important a garment is until it starts dying.

…Like with my perfect gold+bronze Gucci purse… it goes with everything!

…and my ¾ length scoop neck, brown, thin, cotton top, with perfect rolled edges from Old Navy!

…then there’s my perfect red DKNY knee length coat!

…and I can’t forget my Deletta thin, cotton brown fitted and cropped cardigan which goes with everything!

…or what about my green, ruffle sweater coat which makes plane rides chic and cozy by Moth?

How can I let them go? Part of me wants perfect exact replicates, but why? Well because they are so perfect for me, that’s why!

But I do have three simple solutions to follow with your must have wardrobe “go to” pieces; just don’t wait until it’s too late!

BUY MULTIPLES

I have some clients who like to buy multiples of their favorite items. The only issue I’ve seen with this is that it can start to feel like a uniform and when that happens, your favorite piece, becomes boring and mundane,  For others though, wearing a ‘uniform’ of some type is very relaxing and easy. For example, I’ve heard that Obama doesn’t want to make banal decisions so he stocks the same blue  or gray suits to wear every day. He credits this wardrobe cheat with productivity. I say, whatever floats your boat! If it works for you, that’s what is important.

MATCH THE FEELING

Find pieces that share the same similar feeling for you. Keep a running list of things to look out for when browsing and window shopping. For example, I recently found a sweatshirt dress in brown which can fill the gap of the green sweater coat. It’s feminine and cozy, and is now a new favorite.

LET IT GO

Thank your beloved pieces as you give, donate, or toss away. If you want a memento then take a photograph of yourself in the piece to refer back to it later. It’s much better than wearing something until it’s falling apart and you’ll have a priceless memory to look back on and cherish.

What about you? What have you never been able to replace in your wardrobe that you are forever missing?

I’d love to hear about your beloved pieces in the comment section below.

Comment (5)

Lena
February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM
I have two faves I haven't been able to replace. One is a classic crisp button-down that fit perfectly and was the perfect cross between dressy and casual. I have other white shirts, but none them quite replace that one. The other was a gray A-line sleeveless dress with pockets from Anthropologie. It was cute, original, incredibly flattering, easy to wear and could be styled a million different ways. I miss that dress.
Julia Santiago
February 19, 2014 at 1:59 PM
Hey Alexandra! So my go to favorite pieces are my black three quarter length blazer that goes with anything and everything from Forever 21, my navy blue tulle skirt from Macy's that gives me a feminine, yet girly look, and my denim long sleeved shirt from Kohl's that i can make it look like I dressed up without really doing so. I'm a total fashionista! Alexandra, I actually have a question. I'm studying Fashion in school right now and I was wondering if you had any advice on how to become a stylist. I'm 19 years old and in my second year of college. I want to style for tv shows or magazines, so if you would give me some feedback, that'd be amazing! Thanks so much!-Julia Santiago
Lena
February 19, 2014 at 9:42 AM
I don't remember anything that I haven't been able to replace, but I do have multiples of some pieces, usually my favourite jeans or leggings, or a sweater in many different colours. It really helps to put together outfits quicker ;) xo
kiara holt
February 19, 2014 at 9:40 AM
OMG! As I'm reading this I look down at my favorite h&m jeans that are slowly fading from multiple washes! They fit amazing , you know I once spoke with someone an they told me once they fall love with an item they always buy 2! At the time I found it funny but after reading your post this is so true! Thanks I will indeed do this!P.S. I look forward to your emails, you always hit the right points. I am also looking into becoming and image consultant myself do you have any advice on wear to find clientele? So far I've been luck to gain one through craigslist and just hoping to gain more.Best,Kiara
Lena
February 26, 2014 at 12:52 AM
You should try freezing your jeans overnight which kills odor causing bacteria instead of washing them. It extends the life of your jeans and they won't fade.

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