THE COVID ERA has significantly altered the way some women shop—rendering trendy fashion out and timeless clothing in. In its Spring 2021 press presen
THE COVID ERA has significantly altered the way some women shop—rendering trendy fashion out and timeless clothing in. In its Spring 2021 press presentation last November, retail site Net-a-Porter reported that, based on its sales data, customers were drifting away from faddish seasonal pieces and toward luxury classics, like eternally chic Saint Laurent blazers and sleek-but-relaxed pants from the Row. Key factors: All the time we’re spending at home (there’s no point trying to impress a cat with zeitgeisty trendiness) and a heightened awareness of how “in one season, out the next” clothing creates waste.
All this is driving women to invest in heirloom-quality clothing that will last not just for a few years, but for the next generation. Below, three forward-looking style insiders share recent purchases that they hope to wear again and again—and then pass down to their children.
55, Writer and philanthropist, Austin
The Investment: A blooming Christopher John Rogers dress, approx. $2,675
The Long-Term Plan: I’m originally from Kingston, Jamaica, so I’m used to lots of color. I love that when I put this dress on I feel like a flower. I also like to shop from emerging designers and Black designers when I can. This has a silhouette that I feel I could wear 10 or 20 years from now. And I have two daughters, 23 and 19; they’re always raiding my closet and it’s nice that we can share a love of fashion. I think everyone wants to see the next generation doing something with what was there before.