My friend Clare recommended The One Hundred when I commented on her awesomely huge LL Bean tote in Costa Rica. I ordered the book two days after we got home. Now that I’m coming out of my fashion hibernation, I thought it an essential addition to my nightstand.
Now I have a guide to tell me what necessities I should fill my closet with! It enforces my general (though not always followed) philosophy on shopping: buy quality, classic things that fit perfectly, last forever, and that I will wear for a long time. Even, wait no… especially, if they cost double what knock-off versions that don’t fit as well might. Quality is always worth it, if you ask me.
And they’re not all classic as in Jackie O. or Miss Hepburn. I doubt either of them would have rocked a vintage concert tee or pair of Havianas, but that’s what’s so brilliant about this book. Some things are a bit unattainable (but perhaps worth saving up for?) and others you can pick up for a song. And you’ll be surprised how many items you already have in your closet. Which is v. v. encouraging, if you ask me.
Motorcycle jacket. Check! I think mine would be considered a Bomber jacket, but it is fabulous and I love it.
Perfume. Check. Though it’s not a super fancy one. I’m partial to Jo Malone Orange Blossom.
A statement necklace. Hmm. I definitely need to work on that one. I have necklaces I love and wear often, but I do not think Nina would approve of any as my “statement”.
Stilettos. Yes yes yes yes. And I totally agree they are worth the investment. I spent more than necessary on my wedding shoes, but they are gorgeous black heels that I wear any time occasion calls.
Valid passport. Sighhh. You never know when you’ll need to jet away, I suppose. But I love that this is an essential for a stylish woman.
Diamond studs. Which are “best when large, real, and received as a gift. But large, fake, and self-purchased do the job, too.” Love the little explanations! I’d settle for medium, real, and gifted? Just saying.
Plus there’s animal print, aviators, cowboy boots, investment bag (with tips on how to spot a fake), jewelry pouches, the men’s white shirt, a one piece swimsuit… the list goes on.
Buy it. Now. You deserve.