Q1. you obviously appreciate quality over quantity. Is this something that applies to all aspects of your life?
The premise of living simply luxuriously is being savvy to the fact that having less really is more. Choosing wisely and purchasing quality products actually is the best decision for long-lasting appreciation and value. I use this approach most certainly when I add garments, shoes and accessories to my closet, but also with the food I enjoy, the people I surround myself with and the experiences I look forward to. While there are always amazing experiences and discoveries that cost next to nothing, if there is a choice between cheap (and often not memorable) versus ‘worth your savings’ and valuable beyond compare for memories and fulfillment, I always will choose the latter.
Q2. are we moving away from the ‘cheap fast fashion’ ideal towards one that focuses more on quality?
I think there will always be two options for fashion – instantaneous and trendy, as well as classically chic and timeless. The key is knowing how to mix and match these two approaches. Trends are fine if the woman wearing the clothes knows how to pair them with classic elements and doesn’t invest an arm and a leg to acquire them because they will no doubt be moved to the back of her closet, never to be worn again the next season. A forever stylish women knows what items are worth the investment and what will forever keep her looking chic, no matter what year or season.
Q3. as a keen consignment buyer what has been your best find ever?
There are so many. In fact, I always find myself grinning and giddy upon walking out of my favorite consignment stores with an unexpected gem in my bag. Most recently, I discovered a beautiful pink and black print wrap dress from Diane von Furstenberg for less than $100 that was in fantastic condition. It was worth the search and frequent visits because you never know what you will find.
Q4. any tips for our readers on buying second hand fashion?
Whilst you want to search the racks that contain your size, always look one size above and below what you wear because each brand cuts their sizes differently, and you don’t want to miss out on a fabulously fitting garment. – check for stains, rips or loose buttons. While the staff should have done this prior to hanging the clothing for re-sale, if you do find a small hiccup and still want the garment, you can usually negotiate a lower price. Lastly, when you find something that you know is a steal, it fits you superbly and you need it for your essential closet items, don’t leave without it! Why? Because most likely someone else is looking for that one-of-a-kind item as well, and it will find a new home in no time. I learned that lesson the hard way with a black Dolce & Gabbana blazer.
Q5. who are your three essential designers (and why)
Diane von Furstenberg because she makes clothes for women that want to feel beautiful, yet comfortable; Michael Kors for his classic, simple approach that is not frivolous, but always chic; and Tory Burch for my go-to ballet flats – ‘Eddie’ in nude or a pop of color (I live in these).
Q6. do you have a crazy wardrobe or a capsule wardrobe?
I must admit, I am organized to a fault, but that doesn’t mean I am not occasional influenced by something beautiful that catches my eye unexpectedly. With that said, I have a capsule wardrobe (which I recently shared with my readers), that helps me stick to my clothing budget and also ensures I have quality, classic items that are capable of being mixed and matched for many seasons to come.
Q7. is there any one piece of fashion you would pay serious money to own?
While there are many amazing pieces of fashion I covet, style is about conveying who you are, and no piece of clothing, in my opinion, is worth breaking the bank for (or at least I haven’t found such an item yet). A stylish, self-confident woman is one who knows how to dress well while living below her means.
Our huge thanks to Shannon for her time and her insights.