Luxe Basics

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{jacket: DVF (old)} {tank: Mango (old)} {jeans: Paige, similar here and here} {boots: Choies (on sale!)} {clutch: Baggu x Urban Outfitters} {lipstick: NARS Heatwave}

Photos by Claudia Mara Aguirre

I recently went to see costume designer Igor Star speak at an event here in Monterrey, and I left feeling so inspired. One of the anecdotes that Igor shared with us that really resonated with me was when he said, “Luxury has nothing to do with ego. Creating a luxe piece is about working with something really simple and making it a masterpiece.”

I may not be a fashion designer, much less someone who creates elaborate and jaw-dropping pieces, but I could not agree more with Igor. I feel like many of us can apply this virtue in our daily lives by searching for simple things that make us feel luxe.

In my case, I related with what Igor said regarding how I put my wardrobe together. Not even close to what Igor does with textiles, but I try to invest in basics, the simplest pieces I own, that are luxe. They are soft, comfortable and cut well so all I have to do is add special statement piece, whether it be a coat or vintage accessories, to elevate the look. For example, take these army green pants made of soft and sturdy denim. Because they are so simple, I can easily pair them with just about anything, and because they are well-made, I feel good about how they fit. So, it is their simplicity that truly makes these pants luxe.

Many of us are probably stocking up on spring pieces, and if you don´t have them by now, you would think about adding a pair of army green jeans or cargo pants to your list. I recommend a skinny or slim boyfriend fit so you can show off a sexy heel or a cool bootie. I am not exaggerating when I say that I wear these with everything during the spring and summer, so much that this pair I am wearing is now the 3rd pair of army green pants that I own. They are neutral enough to go with anything and boyish enough to dress up and still look effortlessly casual and pulled together.

Below I have included the links to a few pairs that I would love to have:

Crave: Paige Edgemont Ultra Skinny Jeans (one of the best-fitting styles to ever exist in denim)

Crave: AG Cargo Ankle Jean

Save: Blank NYC Skinny Cargo Pant

Save: Forever 21 Skinny Cargo Pant

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Esta semana fui a ver el diseñador de disfraces de cine Igor Star en una charla aquí en Monterrey, y salí muy inspirada. Una de las anécdotas que Igor compartió con nosotros que me impresionó fue cuando dijo, “El concepto de lujo no tiene nada que ver con el ego. Crear una pieza lujosa se trata de trabajar con la sencillez y hacerle una obra de arte.”

No soy diseñadora de moda, y mucho menos alguien que crea piezas elaboradas, pero estoy totalmente de acuerdo con Igor. Siento que podemos aplicar este virtud en nuestras vidas diaras buscando las cosas sencillas que nos hace sentir lujosos.

En mi caso, yo me identifico con lo que dijo Igor en la manera que junto piezas para mi guardarropa. Nada que ver con lo que hace Igor con los textiles, pero intento invertir en mis piezas básicas, las piezas más sencillas que tengo, que son lujosas. Son suavecitas, cómodas y bien cortadas para que sólo necesito agregar una pieza especial, tal vez un abrigo bonito o unos accesorios vintage, para elevar el look. Por ejemplo, estos pantalones de verde militar están hechos de mezclilla suave y duro. Porque son tan sencillos, los puedo combinar fácilmente con lo que sea y por ser bien hechos, me gustan como te quedan. Asi que su sencillez es realmente lo que les hacen lujosas.

Seguro mucho de ustedes están haciendo sus compras para la primavera, y si no tienes, yo te recomiendo que compras unos pantalones o jeans de verde militar. No estoy exagerando cuando digo que me los pongo con todo durante la primavera y el verano, tanto que estos que traigo son mis terceros pantalones de verde militar. Son suficiente neutral para combinar con lo que sea y suficiente masculino para vestirlos y todavía verte casual sin embargo arreglada.

Abajo les comparto unas opciones:

Inversión: Paige Edgemont Ultra Skinny Jeans (one of the best-fitting styles to ever exist in denim)

Inversión: AG Cargo Ankle Jean

Ahorro: Blank NYC Skinny Cargo Pant

Ahorro: Forever 21 Skinny Cargo Pant

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Copycat

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A few years ago when I was somewhat of little SMU brat, I would have never, ever, bought a knock-off anything. I used to think it was “unethical” because I was not supporting the original artist; however times have changed and so has my income. I have chosen experience of living in a foreign country over a big paycheck, so buying the high-end designers that I admire (Isabel Marant, Miu Miu, Balenciaga, Missoni) is no longer an option, not to mention the ridiculousness of a pair of shoes or a bag being equivalent to a down payment for a car or a trip to Europe.

Since becoming a more savvy shopper, I have learned the beauty of good consigning, the importance of doing your research and also that fashion is all over the map. Through the growth of fast fashion retailers, the obvious explosion of social media and blogs, globalization, and other factors, fashion is extremely different than it was 10 years ago. While still superficial at times, fashion is much more grounded and accessible than it used to be.

Steve Madden was thrown in jail years ago for knocking off the hottest heels, but the tables have turned and “copy-catt-ing” now goes both ways. Isabel Marant and Saint Laurent both have sneakers that are identical to the classic Adidas Superstar sneaker (seriously, who pays $600+ for a pair of tennis shoes when you can get the real thing for $80?). Isabel Marant also has a pair of sandals in her Spring/Summer ´15 collection that look exactly like the ones I bought at a random market in Mexico for less than $10. High-end designers are now sourcing their inspiration from street style and vice versa, blurring the lines between high and low. There really is no reason to be a snob anymore about having the “real” thing, which brings be to these boots.

As I mentioned in this previous post, I wanted to buy myself something special for my birthday without breaking the bank. My heart was set on the Chloé “Susanna” boots because they make such a statement, they pair well with anything and are extremely comfortable. I toyed with the idea of splurging on them since it was my 30th birthday, but I just could not justify spending $1,500 on a pair of shoes, plus a size 38 in the black leather was nowhere to be found online. I then combed through E-bay, with very little luck. There was ONE pair in my size and the color/material I wanted for half the price, which for me was still too steep (I am so thankful I lost the bid!).

So after a few Google searches for “Chloe Susanna inspired boot” and “Chloe Susanna knock-off boot”, I landed on the Choies website. I had heard of the site before through various blogs, which made it reputable enough to give it a shot. Besides being affordable, my only other requirement was that they were made of real leather because I am so hard on shoes, and I wanted these to last.

I have tried on the Chloé Susanna boot when playing around at Neiman´s, and while this pair does not compare in quality, they certainly make up for it with the price. The leather isn´t as buttery soft as the Chloé boot, and the metal embellishments are made of a cheaper, more lightweight material, but they are still decent quality and receiving them in the mail brought me just as much excitement as the originals.

What about ya´ll? What are your thoughts on buying copycat pieces inspired by your favorite designers?

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Draped

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{top: Hard Tail, similar here} {skirt: Hard Tail, similar here} {booties: Rag&Bone via Neiman Marcus Last Call, similar here, here and here} {bag: Rebecca Minkoff} } {jacket: Velvet x Lily Aldrige, similar here}

 

My grandma has great taste, and if you ever have the privilege of meeting her, you would see that she has good taste at first impression. She gave me the outfit I am wearing for my birthday, and I love each piece individually as much as I do both the skirt and the sweatshirt together.

The sweatshirt, an oatmeal-grey color, is the ideal neutral for pairing with anything: leather pants, shorts, workout clothes, ripped jeans, you name it. The draping of the skirt is ultra-flattering, not to mention the jersey and cotton material the hugs the body. What is best about both of these pieces is they are comfortable enough to sleep in, which made them the perfect pieces to wear for a day of being a tourist in Mexico City. While I love and appreciate style and design, there is nothing more important to me when it comes to clothes than being comfortable.

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Mi abuela tiene excelente gusto, y si un día tienes el privilegio de conocerla, te darías cuenta de su gusto a primera impresión. Me regaló este outfit para mi cumpleaños, y me encanta cada pieza individual como la falda y la sudadera puestas junto.

La sudadera, un color avena-gris, es el neutral ideal para combinar con cualquier cosa: pantalones de piel, shorts, ropa de ejercicio, para nombrar algunos. La forma de al falda te favorece, además el material algodón-jersey que abraza el cuerpo. Lo outfit que me gusta más de este outfit es que es tan cómodo que puedo dormir en él, cuales las hacen como piezas perfecta para poner cuando andas de turista en la Ciudad de México. Aunque me encanta y aprecia el estilo y diseño , no hay nada más importante para mí con la ropa que ser cómoda.

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The Perfect {Black Jeans}

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{jeans: Rag&Bone/JEAN} {tee: Tildon} {jacket: old school Bebe, similar here} {booties: Rag&Bone via Neiman Marcus Last Call, similar here, here and here} {bag: Rebecca Minkoff} {necklace: gift}

Last month I wrote about my dilemma over buying expensive jeans that are distressed. I did not understand the concept behind paying $150+ on a pair of jeans that had holes in them, so I decided to distress a pair of jeans that I have had since college. I ended up loving how they turned out since they added some sass to an ordinary pair of jeans.

Anyways, when my birthday rolled around, I wanted to gift myself with a little something. I really wanted to buy myself a trip to Paris, but since I am trying hard to save, that option was immediately discarded. I almost went crazy and bought a pair of Chloé boots, but instead came down to earth and decided to buy myself something I have always wanted for my wardrobe: a pair of Rag&Bone jeans, which for me is the next best thing to a new pair of shoes. I love jeans and stand by the importance of investing in good denim.

Although I was not necessarily looking for a pair of distressed denim, it is what I ended up buying. I scoured the internet and read several reviews for different pairs, and after reading the rave comments about this pair I am wearing, I decided these were THE pair that I would gift myself for my 30th birthday.

The reviews were true. These jeans do not disappoint. They are made of great quality denim material, achieving the perfect balance of thick and sturdy denim with a little stretch. The mid -rise is also extremely flattering and because of the good quality denim, they just bring everything in nicely and fit the body how jeans should. I also loved the faded black, almost gray, color which I thought would be nice for spring, but really a color that I could wear year around.

Here I paired them with easy basics and some southwestern-inspired accessories. I got this suede jacket from Bebe when I was in high school, and I still love it just as much as I did in 2002; and this fringe Rebecca Minkoff bag is just the icing on the cake for this outfit!

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El mes pasado escribí sobre mi dilema de comprar pantalones de mezclilla que son rotos. No entendí el concepto de pagar $150 por mezclilla que ya tenía hoyitos, entonces decidí romper unos pantalones viejos que he tenido desde la carrera. Me encantó como salieron porque agregaron bastante actitud a unos pantalones de mezclilla ordinarios.

Entonces, cuando llegó mi cumpleaños, quería regalarme algo. Lo que realmente quería fue un viaje a París, pero como estoy ahorrando, descarté esa opción. Casi me compré unos botines de Chloé, pero me regresé a la tierra y decidí comprarme algo que siempre he querido para mi guardarropa: mezclilla de Rag & Bone, cual para mi es lo mejor que me pudiera comprar después de unos zapatos nuevos. Amo los pantalones de mezclilla y creo firmamente en invertir en buenos jeans.

Aunque no estaba buscando jeans rotos,  terminé comprándolos sin querer. Busqué por todos lados en el internet y leí varios comentarios, y después de leer tantos comentarios positivos sobre estos que traigo puesto, decidí que eran LOS pantalones de mezclilla que me iba a regalar para mi cumpleaños 30.

Los comentarios eran verdaderos. Estos pantalones no te decepcionan. Están hechos con material de excelente calidad, logrando el balance ideal entre mezclilla gruesa y firme con poquita flexibilidad. La subida mediana te favorece y por la buena calidad de la mezclilla, te encajan todo y te quedan como deben de quedar unos jeans. También me encanta el negro descolorido, casi gris, cual pensé que iba a ser bueno para la primavera, pero realmente es un color que me puedo poner durante todo el año.

Aquí los combine con unos básicos sencillos y unos accesorios inspirados por el sur oeste. Compré esta chamarra de Bebe cuando estaba en la prepa, y aun lo quiero tanto como lo quería en 2002; y la bolsa con tirantes de Rebecca Minkoff es el vetún del pastel para este outfit!

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