Too busy for fly-by-night trends–and too confident to care–SYSTEM SEEKERS prefer compact, efficient wardrobes, with a limited, pre-set color palette.
Welcome to part four of our wardrobe-basics series, WHAT DO (SLATER ZORN) WOMEN WANT?
In the first part of this series, we revealed the three types of women who shop SLATER ZORN: SPORTING TYPES, COLOR CONNOISSEURS, and SYSTEM SEEKERS. If you don’t know your style personality yet, you may want to go back and find out.
If you’re a SYSTEM SEEKER, you want to look and feel your very best, but you’re busy–and you don’t have time to shop. You don’t have time for trends either; but that’s alright, because you don’t really care about them anyway.
What you do have is confidence–and that’s why you embrace the concept of a system; an elevated sort of uniform; a compact collection of seven to twelve pieces that you can mix, match, and make your own in a different way, every single day.
But not just any apparel will do. You have your standards! Based upon the conversations we’ve been having with so many of you at trunk shows and pop-up-shops, this is what you’ve been seeking:
By sticking to classic, well-made separates (a white Oxford and blue jeans) plus statement pieces in a signature palette (in her case, red and blue), founder BETH WITTIG was able to pull this ensemble
together in a snap. This approach also makes packing for vacations, business trips, and weekend
getaways much easier. Items pictured: a LONG SHADED RESIN LINK NECKLACE and a REF VEST.
FIRST, you don’t just want to minimize the number of items you own. You also want to minimize the number of sources from which you acquire them. This is partially for convenience. But it also improves the likelihood of consistent sizing and coloration. SLATER ZORN knows this, and we’ve taken great care to ensure satisfaction in these key areas. If you fit into one of our medium-sized shirts, you’ll fit into all of them. When you purchase a red scarf, a red blouse, and a red dress from us, they’re going to be very similar–if not identical–reds.
SECOND, if your wardrobe is going to consist of fewer components, then each component needs to be a classic: heritage-inspired, made from the finest quality materials, and constructed for years and years of wear. Remember when clothes were passed down, from one generation to the next? You want a return to that. Here at SLATER ZORN, we’re in the business of “forever fashion”–not the cheap, high-volume “fast fashion” currently dominating the marketplace.
THIRD, you’re not selfish. Part of the reason you’re so busy is that you’re concerned about the welfare of others: your parents, your children, your friends and colleagues. Similarly, when it comes to clothing, you want to know that the people making yours are treated kindly and paid a decent wage. At SLATER ZORN, we’re on the same page. We work with local artisans in New York City as well as small, family-run factories in Peru, Wales, Italy, Scotland, and New Zealand. When we require textiles from another country, we seek out the best–such as our cotton Oxford, loomed in Japan.
Wardrobe systems aren’t new. Claire McCardell invented them; Susie Faux popularized them; and Donna Karan, with her “seven easy pieces” concept, turned them into a pop-culture phenomenon. But how to build your own?
CHOOSE A SIGNATURE COLOR COMBINATION
Here at SLATER ZORN, we’ve made it easy, with an assortment of color combinations that appear over and over again, across multiple categories.
IF YOU’RE LOYAL TO A PARTICULAR TEAM OR SCHOOL, or if you have a connection to a particular country, select the color combination representative of that.
IF YOU HAVE A FAVORITE COLOR, a hue that makes you happy just to look at or think of it, go with that.
IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO CHOOSE, be strategic in your selection, opting for something that flatters both your skintone and haircolor.
Because you’ll be pairing your signature colors with neutrals, it may be in your best interest to select a color combination consisting of two brights. For example: red and blue. By contrast, a combination consisting of a bright and a neutral, or two neutrals, may not work quite as well.
With the COURT DRESS, classic and contemporary come together. It’s better than basic; it’s essential.
GROUND YOUR VIVIDS WITH NEUTRALS
Let’s say you’ve chosen red and blue as your signature color combination. What will your go-to neutral be? You could go with black for winter, white for summer, and grey for both spring and autumn–and these would probably be your safest bets. But other options abound. For example: camel, olive, beige, and brown.
Of course, you’re not required to be strict and systematic when it comes to neutrals–but, if you’re in a rush and want every single article of clothing in your closet to coordinate with every other item, then it certainly helps.
INVEST IN CLASSICS THAT COUNT
If you browse through our website, you’ll find a variety of items that will serve you well over the long haul. Here are our top ten selections for anyone wanting to build their own capsule collection from scratch:
What do you think? Need any more SYSTEM SEEKER styling advice? Have any ideas of your own you’d like to share? Send your messages to INFO@SLATERZORN.COM. We may not be able to answer each one personally, but we can reply to your frequently asked questions–and share your best advice–in a future column.