After more than 20 years of working in the fashion industry, I’ve learned to edit through all of the endless of-the-moment trends and clean out my tiny New York City closet to keep only the things that I really need in my wardrobe—outfits that take me from the boardroom to the bar. Here, what every Fashion Editor has in her closet.
The Tailored Black BlazerA tailored black blazer is a timeless piece that makes any outfit look more polished. Toss it over all of your summer dresses to make them more office appropriate, or wear with your skinny jeans to dress them up. Styling tip: Push the sleeves up and add a stack of bangles—an easy way to instantly look a bit more stylish.Vince Camuto One-Button Blazer, $150
The Silky Button DownA button down in a vibrant shade transitions seamlessly from season to season. Be sure to invest in quality material—trust me, you’ll end up wearing it everywhere. My favorite button down is by Equipment. It’s a great item to wear as is or under your tailored black blazer. Equipment Signature blouse, $208
The Statement NecklaceA little sparkle goes a long way—a chunky bib or long lariat style necklace works wonders, adding the fashion editor touch to any outfit. Swarovski by Shourouk necklace, $850(Too much of a splurge? You can find loads of affordable statement necklaces online, such as this one and this other one from Etsy.)
The Printed PumpDitch your boring basic pumps and go for a pair with an animal print. It’s the new neutral that truly goes with everything. A closed-toe style will always look office appropriate and a chunky heel means you can comfortably last from morning coffee to after-hours cocktails. Via Spiga Carmen Pump, $160
The Colorful Carry-All HandbagIpad, WWD, wallet, makeup, snacks, gloves? No problem! Toss everything in a large-enough-to-carry-it-all tote in a vibrant shade. A bright, bold color—crimson was on practically every New York Fashion Week runway—makes any outfit really pop. Look for one with multiple strap styles so you can comfortably choose which way to carry throughout the day. Rebecca Minkoff Mini Perry Tote, $325