STUNNING STAPLES

Here is a look that we are all capable of achieving- a look totally comprised of wardrobe builders that happen to layer well.

To refresh your memory, here are the staples we are talking about:

1. The fitted leather jacket

2. The black gladiator

3. The moto bag:  Balenciaga, Proenza or Wang

You have probably seen the Alice + Olivia Gabby Embellished Dress on the red carpet- Hills star Roxy Olin and celebutante Nicky Hilton are among the fans. It is no coincidence that Hollywood stylists are pulling this dress for their clients- the beaded strands at the elastic banded waist are flattering and the deep draped back is seductive without looking sleazy.

I found my Kate Moss for Topshop beaded flapper on SALE at Barneys a few years back, so if the Alice + Olivia exceeds your current budget, get yourself to the mall and shop the end of season sales. Deep discounts await you.

Warning to my frugal fashionistas: high quality, well-fitting leather jackets are pricey. Yes, they go on SALE, but they are still pricey. Please, don’t buy a pleather one. It will make your entire look go from $3000 to $30 in a hurry.

Here are the things to look for when purchasing an investment piece like this: tightly fitting, long sleeves and a shape that hugs your torso.

AllSaints, a British company that has just entered the US market, has the BEST closet staples for a reasonable price- the leather jacket below fits the bill.

These are definitely my favorite pair of black gladiators. When I was interning for Thakoon in ’08, all of the fashion PR girls would dash in and out of the showroom in these Givenchy glads and I had to have a pair to bring back to Dallas. Since these are a few seasons old, I suggest the Hailley sandals from Steve Madden. The micro grommets are chic, the platform is not overdone (which will eventually date some shoes) and they are on SALE and you get them shipped for free with code: SMFREESHIP!