I don’t believe in trends. But you knew that already.
- the Cropped Shearling Jacket (by MICHAEL Michael Kors): Nothing says luxurious better than a faux/vintage fur coat. I’ll be honest here, in the interest of full disclosure — I’m not particularly opposed to fur coats so long as they were obtained in an ethical manner/vintage/etc. In any case, shearling is luxe sans the pretension. Throw it over anything and everything. I get the heebie-jeebies at the thought of just how good it can make anything look.
- the Tortoise Shell Aviators (Shiny Havana ‘Cats 5000’ by Ray-Ban): Self-explanatory. Classic, timeless, seventies. Need I say more?
- the Black Ribbed Turtleneck (by Gucci): Turtlenecks and polo necks. I live in them as soon as the temperatures hit the fifties; a cashmere one would be the ideal investment piece, but any wool-silk blend is just as good.
- the Emerald Nail Polish (‘Verushcka’ by Zoya): Green is the new black, according to Wicked. It’s a bit more cool than your usual aubergines and burgundies. Plus, it’s named after the seventies supermodel. Let’s not deny it: we buy nail polishes for the names 100% of the time. … Right? (I need affirmation that I’m not the only one who subjects myself to such material superficiality.)
- the Red Lipstick (‘Moulin Rouge’ Rouge Artist Intense by Make Up Forever): It’s the ultimate proof that (most) women dress for other women — totally unkissable and vaguely unapproachable, but undeniably sexy. It has a salacious history. I usually don’t get too product specific, but when trust me when I say that if you want a good red lipstick, go straight to Make Up Forever. There’s a myriad of options for every skin tone for starters, and the quality and finish are second to none. I’ve tried enough red lipsticks from brands — drugstore and high-end — where I feel like I’m entitled to tell you that it’s imperative you buy yourself a tube. It’s well worth every pretty penny.
- the Cropped Black Skinny (Paris mid-rise by MiH Jeans): The Audrey Hepburn pant. Nothing implies a bit of vintage charm and femininity than a pair of ankle-length pants, denim or tailored. It’s kind of endearing and demure at once.
- the Nude Knit Henley (by Topshop): Perfect for those lazy days where even a wardrobe malfunction where you forget to switch from your black to nude bra is permitted. It just looks good. And sexy. Forget the white tee-shirt mes chéries. Just ’cause the books say the white tee is classic doesn’t mean I agree.
- the Leather Pencil Skirt (by Topshop): Nice gone naughty. Rock-chic never fails to make a woman look good. Simply shimmying into leather does wonders — she adopts this air of effortless edge that exudes sex appeal.
- the Leopard Pump (‘Harrison’ leopard-print pumps by Brian Atwood): Sex on heels. Period.
- the Denim Jacket (Coquelicot stretch-denim jacket by Notify): I’m a nineties baby, so including it in the list of essentials was a given from the start (but ironically enough, I never owned one). Throw it over a little black dress to make it wearable for day. Pair it with an all black ensemble with a turtleneck, cropped skinny pant and pump (with a finishing touch of classic gold-rimmed aviators, of course). There’s something cool about the denim jacket. Denim just has that innate quality that never fails in the field of versatility and je ne sais quoi.
- the Black Leather Satchel (‘GG Running Tote’ by Gucci): Gucci’s classic black leather tote. Totally. Essential. Not to mention, Gucci makes some of the best bags ever.
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