Photo Nan Kempner: American Chic
Erin Skyrpek’s Five Point Plan for 2007 one of the best little articles I’ve read about how to exist in a world of textiles, colors and controversies that are literally changing moment-by-moment. Neither a how-to fashion guide for the two percent of the population who haven’t read at least one of the billions of "clean out the closet" articles published since the Gutenberg made its appearance, nor some lame "get a basic black dress haiku," it actually suggests that you engage in and with different visions of the world and with an industry that might know more than you do. (Who knew?)
The best advice she gives: learn (yeah, you have to do something that involves acquiring knowledge and a tolerance for things other than what you know already) to become your own editor (and yeah, this means learning how to say NO to the cheap and tactless thrills that come with the afflictions of our tabloid sensibility). Look at it this way, improving your aesthetic aptitude will make sure everyone around you has a happy new year too.
1. See "Nan Kempner: American Chic" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or buy the exhibition catalogue.
2. Look to non-traditional fashion sources for valid information.
3. Acknowledge trends, don’t become the trends.
4. Shop online
5. Follow the shows
(right here at Second City Style)
— Joanne Molina of Second City Style MagazineSee the Top Ten Summer 2016 Trends for Women Over 40