Last summer I posted the list below of my summer essentials. I wanted to see if my ideas have changed since then; if there was something that I put down that didn’t get a lot of use (definitely it was the white blazer since there was no where to go last summer), and what I would add now going forward. I love lists because if you are on board with the buy better, buy less strategy, one way to do this is to be deliberative about what you bring into your wardrobe and to be sure that you first have your basics right first. (There should and can always be room for those amazing one-off pieces, but you need fewer of those, too many and they lose their specialness.) Finding the perfect “fill-in-the-blank” can be a quest, but when you do, it is so satisfying. Plus, now that travel is on the table again (amen), the best feeling is pulling together a tight edit of perfect pieces that make you feel chic as hell, but also work in multiple ways.
What would I add or subtract from the list below? There are really no subtractions. I added a longer skirt in day-to-evening fabrics (and bought one from Toteme and splurged on a Valentino), a khaki button down for color variation from A Shirt Story, a tank dress from Frances de Lourdes, and a caftan from Two New York. I also updated my sandals with a few black pairs–the AERA Raffealla’s, ankle-ties from The Row and Gabriela Hearst. Some seasons I hardly buy anything, others get more serious updates. But because I buy things that tend to be long-lasting, I wear them for years; today, for example, I’m wearing 10-year-old ankle lace-up Manolo Blahnik sandals. Good should be good, for a very long time.