I met Roxy thru The Mothership. I will always have her to thank for selling her J Crew twisted crystal necklace to me. And Anthropologie will have Roxy to thank each time I purchase from Anthro. As someone has pointed out, the retailer activates or exacerbates Adult ADD. Roxy does a fantastic job of breaking down the brand in all ways — PR releases, OOTDs, new arrivals, revisiting past items and reworking them with new pieces. As a result, I have upped my purchases there — now that I know what I’m doing, more or less — and
1) Roxy, how would you describe your personal style?
Transitional. Because I am an adult (sigh) holding down a full-time executive job I choose to wear mostly business casual items. I think I dress to play the part if that makes any sense. When I was a kid I attempted to dress like a cool kid, so wide legs when those were cool, plaid when grunge was in, preppy when academic chic was in, etc. When I was in college I dressed like a college kid (hoodies, jeans all the time, etc.). Now I dress like a worker bee during the week and express myself on the weekends. I don’t think I’ve ever been a trendsetter but I do think I give looks a personal spin.
Not quite. I have spent the last couple of years building my closet with fun pieces and some basics. Now I am focusing on investing in more classic items made from high-quality materials so that I’m not constantly churning. It’s shameful how many clothes I was getting rid of each season because I no longer liked them or because they were no longer in good condition. I think we’ve all had those “GAH! I own 1,000,000 items but I have nothing to wear!” moments. It’s a phase I’m eager to grow out of.
If I had to nail down the style I’m aiming for, I would say classically tailored. I think that’s why I like winter clothing more; I can buy stuff that fits closely and layer lots of textiles into one look. Come summer I’m constantly uncomfortable in the more revealing clothing and most summer tailoring doesn’t suit my body.
Hmm, I deliberated on this question for a really long time! I think every great closet has four elements: a foundation piece, a confidence piece, a flexible piece and a dramatic piece. The foundation piece sets the tone for the rest of your closet. It answers the question: what is my personal style and it sets the tone for all the other items you buy. So for me right now it’s a denim pencil skirt — my beloved Many Moods Skirt from Anthropologie shown above. It says that my style is classically tailored (the style I’m aspiring to). Great for work, useful on the weekends, nice enough to go on a casual date. Everything else I buy should be a cohesive statement with that skirt.
The confidence piece is an item that you put on and feel amazing every time. I am fortunate enough to have a few of these in my closet at the moment. My favorite is an A-line dress from Anthropologie. Every time I wear it a countdown begins until the next time I can wear it. If an opportunity to wear it sooner in front of a different crowd emerges I jump at it! It feels nice to look good.
The flexible piece is something you can wear in a number of different outfits, dressed up or down. I have the rosette tee shirt from J.Crew pictured above that’s filling that role best for me right now. It’s nice enough to wear to work over a pencil skirt (a la the photo above) but casual enough to throw on over shorts, jeans or a casual skirt on the weekends. It’s neutral in color so it’s never the star but I get tons of wear out of it.
The dramatic piece doesn’t get worn much. It’s a piece that lands between noticeable and unforgettable. (An unforgettable piece only gets worn once whereas this piece gets worn once or twice a year.) Usually for me this is an accessory. A bold statement necklace. A big bracelet. A ridiculous belt. But it could also be something like a sparkly tank or dress, a vividly patterned frock or a crazy pair of pants. You need confidence in yourself to wear this piece. A lot of times people make the mistake of buying something outside their comfort zone for this piece because they correlate shock with dramatic. That item will never get worn. The trick is to buy something that still fits within your personal style so you can be confident in it. Clothingwise mine is a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress. The pattern is bold but the cut is…wait for it…classically tailored.
One time I was at JFK airport in what I thought was an innocuous outfit — indigo jeans, a white cami, a green henley, a nice pair of brown boots and sunglasses. I also had my bass guitar with me too. People kept looking at me. So much so that I thought my fly was open, or that I had a big stain on my shirt or something like that. Finally this guy comes up to me and asks me, “So, who are you?” After a few seconds I realized he was asking if I was a big-time musician. Ha! Then a couple of teens came up to me and asked for my autograph…the whole experience was surreal! I’d be lying if I said I didn’t continue to fly in that outfit for the next couple of years. 😉
Well it can bankrupt me for one! But on the plus side it’s a way for me to be creative. It’s a diversion from the daily doldrums of life and a way for me to bond with other women (and some stylish fellas as well). It’s helped me sell myself as a job candidate, express myself as a musician and present myself as a girlfriend. Fashion isn’t the most important thing in my life but it’s one of the most enjoyable things.
Thanks to Gigi for inviting me to respond for this series! It took me awhile to answer these questions, and gave me some thoughts on my own wardrobe to chew on. Introspective to say the least.
Roxy, you’re the bomb! Thanks again 🙂
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