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The case for simple, luxe clothes

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In the May issue of Elle magazine (with the incomparable Miley Cyrus on the cover), writer Alice Gregory discusses the beauty of simple dresses in accordance to the inhabits of her Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. While the overall look is non-descript, it also says moneyed. In an age where so many people aspire to look like the four digit handbag on their arm is in tune with their lifestyle (and salary), Gregory points out that in many high income areas, less is more when it comes to fashion.

The focus is on bags and shoes for these sets, but not the glitzy monogrammed satchel or sky high heels that channel Carrie Bradshaw. Instead we're talking solid leather bucket bags and Tod's loafers. Low key luxe you could call it and it's worn with dark or light solids. A wardrobe of black, navy, chocolate and gray fit the the bill when they're accompanied by pebbled Italian leather for accessories.

For women who want to think less about clothing, but still want to look pulled-together. This less-is-more way of dressing may just be the ticket to long term wardrobe solace. The colors are basic, but that doesn't mean you lack style. A black turtleneck with black cropped pants and driving loafers with a low tight bun and bold red lip looks chic. During warm weather, make your uniform sheath dresses, boatneck tops and cropped pants, along with neutral leather flat sandals. Throw in a little nautical inspiration if you're feeling frisky and add tons of style with tortoise sunglasses in the style that best suits your face.

After reading Gregory's article we're invigorated to go after solid classics in comfortable, breathable fabrics this season. Forget the runway. This is style you'll turn back to every time you realize the midi skirt and flatforms aren't what you want to wear.

Do you have a wardrobe of staples?

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