Freelance fashion stylist Barbara Martelo, pictured here (these are photos from her Instagram), is my current style crush. I always admire women who have a very succinct, singular style. It seems ideal to have a closet full of clothes that have a similar point of view and work together instead of veering off into multiple personalities. But, at least for me, it’s easier said than done. Having distinctive style takes discipline. You have to be able to say no, to avoid the romance of a that ruffled hippie dress that looks good on, or those cute heels so-and-so was wearing, because neither fits in with anything else you own.
In my last post I talked about how editing your life can help bring it into focus—and I think this idea applies to everything, including your wardrobe. Plus, it goes along with my belief in buying less and buying the best. Marry that idea with choosing pieces that follow a singular style and you end up with a wardrobe of perhaps fewer pieces, but more depth because they all work together.
My taste is very similar to Barbara’s and I have all the elements, I just need to put them into heavier rotation. Except for the Manolo Blahnik mules she has (top right)—they are top of my wish list, but hard to justify right now since it’s January and I live in New York.