Once upon a time women shopped in a department store or local boutiques where salesmen and women truly knew their customers, what they needed and were likely to buy. Prior to the 1990s, clothing was relatively expensive — people bought around 25 garments a year and spent close to 10% of their annual income. Wardrobes […]
It’s easy to find lots of advice on building a minimalist wardrobe. It’s usually summed up as: throw out everything you currently own and only purchase solid-colored wardrobe basics, such as a white button down shirt and black slacks, in black, white and beige. Wardrobe basics mean different things to different people. Jersey separates and […]
Buy once and buy well. Quality clothing is all about the details. Here’s how we make better garments at Senza Tempo.
When it comes to shopping for wardrobe essentials, you can dress for the season, or try to build a more versatile closet filled with as many seasonless items as possible. It’s whats inside that counts. What makes a garment seasonless? The outer fabric, of course, but in lined garments, the lining itself is the most […]
In this age of excess and overconsumption, there’s no shortage of advice on how to clean and organize your closet. Asking whether an item sparks joy or if you’ve worn in the past year will help you clean out your closet, but are ex-post ways to deal with an overflowing closet full of nothing to […]
“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” — Lauren Hutton The size of a lapel on a jacket, the width and cut of a pair of trousers, even the look of a print can give away when you bought an item. One of the most […]
In 1947 Christian Dior changed fashion history with his “New Look” collection. It was in this collection he introduced the Corolle line, a new silhouette that celebrated the feminine form, what we now know as the fit-and-flare. Some fashion historians argue that part of its widespread appeal was related to pent up demand for feminine […]
There is no better symbol of American clothing overconsumption than our ever-expanding closets.
Known as the “queen of gems” pearls have a long and varied reverence throughout history from the Chinese to the ancient Egyptians. During the Dark Ages, knights wore them into battle believing they would protect them from harm. In 1916, French jeweler Jacques Cartier bought his landmark store on New York’s Fifth Avenue — by […]
For most people, New Year’s resolutions are all about eliminating bad habits and creating healthier ones. It’s easy to look at our monthly budgets and see if we are spending too much on takeout or drinks with friends. It’s often less obvious how much we are wasting on clothing each year as purchases build up […]