Wardrobe Builders

These closet staples are worth making room for.

We are all stylists of our own wardrobe, and the best of us know when to toss a has-been trend and when to hold on to items bound to make a comeback. The result: a well-equipped closet of quality pieces and styles that endure season after season. These picks from The Six: Wardrobe-Building Women’s Labels – in burgundy, leather, velvet, and gold – are surefire trends, but in timeless shapes that last.

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Red Dress
This little number has the same versatility as an LBD, but with added have-to-have details. (If you love the cutout look, this is up your alley.) Throw this frock on for any can’t-get-out-of-bed Friday and transition (sans bathroom change) from desk to drinks.

Leather Mini
The leather skirt may be a then-and-again trend, but this straight shape is a classic, making this buttery number a long-term investment.

Velvet
It’s just one of those things that can either go so right – or so wrong. If you’ve been holding off on this 80s throwback – just waiting for the perfect blend of sheen that’s not too gaudy, not too grade school – now’s your chance.

Belt
As memorable as Carrie’s leather studded belt and just as versatile. Cinch this stunner around a polished frock (ahem, like the little red dress), print dress, or even a winter puffer.

The Six: Wardrobe-Building Women’s Labels Boutique opens Friday, January 4, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 4, 2013

Rue How-To: Accent with Oxblood

 

As predicted by Peter Som, Rodarte, and YSL (and many others) on the Fall 2012 runways, this dark chocolate-dipped cherry hue has won its way into our hearts and wardrobes. While it works well in full skirt suit form, as sported recently by a certain British Princess, I prefer to let this mystery-meets-chic shade add subtle accents to fall outfits.

Chianti, burgundy, or black cherry – oxblood by any other name still adds a little brass to jewel tones, leather jackets, and jeans.

Cherry On Top
Replace summer’s straw fedora with this cherry-brick wool one. Pair it with a vintage dress and ankle boots, and express a little 1920s flair.

Reveal Your Dark Side
Flattering on every skin tone, oxblood lipstick is a darker and richer alternative to the classic red lip color. One coat with a touch of mascara and you’re out the door.

Dress It Down
There’s nothing cozier in a chilly office than a puffer vest. Pair an oxblood vest or scarf with an oversized sweater and jeans for an on-trend and casual ensemble.

The Saturated Skinny
Shelve mint skinnies until next season in exchange for these saturated blue-red jeans. Make it a biker-chic morning in a leather jacket or do post-work drinks with the simple addition of heels.

Beet Red
Give your nail technician the week off from Pinterest-inspired patterns and opt for something simple, striking, and in season.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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October 18, 2012