Best Fashion Advice From Grandmother
Posted: Aug 15, 2019
The best shopping advice I've ever received came from my grandmother. Her legacy, for me, was her infinite wisdom. And nowhere was she savvier than in her sense of style. Not only could she rock a hat like nobody's business but she liked her classic designers. I grew up hearing the names Cartier, Dior, and Chanel and for the longest time, I thought they were friends of my grandparents. I still have one of my grandmother's classic Chanel suits, lovingly preserved, in the back of my closet.
I learned early on that it's important to have your classic, well-made staples – those articles in your wardrobe that you can always turn to, no matter what. Comfortable and eternally in-fashion, they always fit and always flatter. We refer to this concept of being eternally-chic as remaining evergreen.Designer Shopping, Discount Style
Finding designer garments is not difficult, but finding a good sale always makes it better. Here in New York, I constantly check out Loehmann's for the most amazing discounted designer clothing finds. I've unearthed several of my all-time favorite staples there.
These are also the pieces that have received the most compliments as well, I might add, making them guaranteed confidence-boosters:A two or three-button jacket
Every woman needs that perfectly-tailored jacket that cinches in at the waist and accentuates the smallest part of your frame. This will be a must-have for everything from business meetings to a casual meal out.The little black dress
Practically an essential. I have a Nicole Miller dress I'd purchased from Bluefly(dot)com. It's simple, elegant and can be dressed up or down with the accessories. It's the classic length of just to the knee and knots at the waist, giving me automatic slimness where I want it most.Charcoal or black dress trousers
Look for a flat front (no pleats, please!) and they should be hemmed to hit about a half-inch from the ground. Try to find materials that will work in all seasons, such as lightweight wool. Many companies, like Moschino, feature blends that have that extra little bit of stretch to them. Theory does fabulous pants for women as well and Loehmann's often has special Samples sales of Theory clothes twice a year for even greater discounts! Sign up for their Insider Club so you don't miss that!Classic Hats
Look for classic hats – they are timeless. You can have custom hats designed according to your needs. Hats will never disappoint you. If you're into modern fashion, you can go with 5-panel hats. Here I've found some amazing hats: https://delusionmfg.com/collections/blank-5-panel-hats. You will never run out of options. And trust me, hats do look good. So, you should pick the one you like.Jeans
But not just any jeans. I'm talking the pair that fit you like a glove. This is probably going to require that you try on about twenty pairs to get something that fits you in the waist, tush, hips, and thighs. The rule is to make sure they fit the biggest part of you and have the other areas tailored to fit properly. And yes, you can (and should) have jeans tailored.Classic overcoat
Find one that's either mid-thigh in length (car coat) or mid-calf (my preference...it works for dresses/evenings). Make sure it fits you well in the shoulders and should cinch in at the waist.
We're looking for an A-line look for a streamlined effect.
Work slowly to build up your classic wardrobe and remember that you can supplement these staple pieces with the fashion that's trending, so you'll always look chic and stylish.
Akash is a fashion designer and a travel fanatic. He loves keeping up with the latest trends and stay on top of fashion. He works at Delusion Mfg