a few months ago, i started talking about how to approach shopping for basics.
there's nothing sexy about shopping for wardrobe staples like black flats, but looking for something with a special detail makes it a little better.
i mentioned the other day that i've never owned a black coat, but there's a difference between a plain black peacoat and a black coat with some attitude.
i'd wear a black coat with attitude any day.
the key is to look for teeny details that make the basics stand out in the land of boring.
here's a visual example of what i mean:
|asymmetrical hem | all-over leather detail|
|scalloped edges | leather trim|
|sequins | studs|
my philosophy is that if you go with a black coat, try to find one with some style.
if you need help thinking of places to actually find said stylish/unique clothing, you can check out my posts about online shopping: part I and part II.
do i do this for all of my clothes?
nope. i own regular no-fuss jeans. and with something like a camisole, there's no real need for it to be special or detailed if you're just gonna wear it as an undershirt.
but when i'm looking for something like a black dress or a black coat -- something that lots of people will also own -- i try to think differently.