5 October 2020

The starting piece of every outfit

Madewell denim jacket | Mother denim | Clare V. clutch, similar | Gucci sunnies | Madewell white shirt – love this one too! | J.Crew earrings | Alexandre Bierman sandals



The starting piece of every outfit!

After helping thousands of women in the dressing room over the last two decades, I’ve found that the right bottom is the starting piece of every outfit. If you’ve been in “Room 3” with me, you know that we can’t even get started until we find the best fitting jean, or trouser, or bottom half. Once we do, adding a simple, neutral shoe allows us to proceed with everything else! If I ever do a style training of sorts for future stylists, this will be the #1 tip. But for now, I’m sharing it with all of you 😊

Today, I’m talking about black bottoms. I know it sounds boring, but trust me, owning the right pieces will make all your outfits work! And besides, I don’t know about you, but I wear black bottoms (jeans and joggers mostly) 3-4 days/week, especially this time of year. Below are the top sellers — I own them all, and am pretty sure you’ll love them too! Keep reading for the 5 top selling bottoms everyone loves.

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Left: J.Crew jacket | Spanx leggings | Golden Goose sneakers | Right: Madewell denim jacket | Everlane cashmere tee | Veja sneakers | Vuori Jogger


#1 Coated denim

Coated denim is a great alternative to the popular trend of faux leather anything.  This pair is my personal favorite, and I just noticed they’re fully in stock — and they added two new colors! Style them with a cozy sweater, a brightly colored blazer, and either a sneaker or bootie, and you will be ready for any occasion. They basically work with everything in your closet!

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#2 Spanx faux leather leggings

This is the number one selling item at Nordstrom – and based on 3.1k almost five-star reviews, it’s reason enough to race out and buy them! They are versatile, and look super stylish with everything from sneakers to booties to denim jackets to cozy sweaters. And they’re comfy too! I recently branched out and added these new Paige faux leather leggings to my collection. They aren’t quite as slim fitting (which justified the new purchase) but are equally as versatile. This is a must-have piece right now!


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#3 Black pant

I’m talking cool-girl, slim fitting, go-with-everything pants. In my humble opinion, there are two to consider, and both are a cotton stretchy blend, very similar, and super comfy for hanging close to home.  The Vince pair (they’re called crop leggings and are a top seller in store) have double seaming down the front and back for an extra stylish detail. These are the ones I recently purchased, and they are SO comfy and slimming! The Rag & Bone ones (also a top seller) have a slightly higher rise. This style of pant works all year round with sandals or booties, depending on the season.


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#4 Vuori jogger pant

The only jogger to try in my opinion. I’ve gone on and on about this pant, so sorry if I’m sounding like a broken record! Check this post to learn more, and don’t forget your guy, because he will love them too!


#5 Black denim

The year-round staple in all our wardrobes. My absolute favorite for the past year has been the slim, straight leg by Mother Brand denim. I own them and wear them several times a week. These look amazing on EVERY SINGLE PERSON I’ve seen them on, I’m not kidding! If you’re looking for another version, this style by Levi’s is a favorite. Super slimming, and sometimes we all need a denim refresh!


#6 Grey-black denim

I had to create a new category, because although these aren’t black, they’re really close and they’re super versatile too! I’ve worn these Madewell skinnies for the past year, and I’m convinced they’re the most flattering skinny you could buy. This pair by Mother add several inches in height – I swear! Leg lengthening and slimming, grab any wash in this style, available here and here. Lastly, the newest addition is the Paige “Cindy” – a slim straight leg that is perfect for fall and winter.

Vince silk blouse | Paige ‘Cindy’ denim | Prada shoes | Gucci sunnies | YSL bag – other colors here | Monica Vinader bracelet


Thank you for reading! xo