There are certain stories from my years in magazines that stick in my head, and this one, an interview of stylist Aleksandra Woronieka by Mark Holgate for Vogue in 2007 is one of them. I wish I could find the second page of the it but the first is enough as it describes how Aleksandra is like other women who got off the “shopping merry go round of Always Something New and prefer to live with what they have unless something truly extraordinary and/or useful comes along their path”.
Her core wardrobe? 1. Six navy jackets. 2. Ten pairs of long jeans, dark and plain. 3. Four (classic) bags–Hermes, Balenciaga and two Chanel. 4. A pile of ballet flats. 4. Two pendants and a ring that belonged to her mother.
So that certainly doesn’t include the extraneous things (wintery and summery things) and tops etc., but it speaks to her signature style at that time and one that still looks fresh 12 years later.
As I try to buy less and buy better, and continue to transform my closet to reflect my core favorites, it is women like Aleksandra who make me realize how smart one looks (in many variations of the definition) when you start to hone in on your personal style story. (And sadly how much money I’ve wasted veering off course.)