I'm a Stylist and Always Wear These 5 Items on Repeat

Kristen Nichols
·4 min read

There are a number of people I look to on the regular to find outfit inspiration from and London-based stylist, Anna Vitiello, is at the top of that list. With a wardrobe that looks like it’s been plucked from the ‘80s in the best possible way, she has a knack for dressing in sculptural silhouettes, bold colors, and eye-catching accessories, and has a strong personal sense of style that isn’t swayed by what everyone else is wearing.

Perhaps my favorite thing about her take on fashion, though, is her stance on normalizing the idea of rewearing pieces in your wardrobe. In a recent Instagram post pictured in a signature pair of geometric Loewe sunglasses that have been a mainstay in her wardrobe, she spoke about the importance of investing in pieces to wear again and again, rather than putting something on to wear for a single photo.

Curious to hear more, I spoke with Vitiello. "As we all know, social media has normalized having a new outfit for every post—it feels like consumption is at an all-time high, and what we need is directly the opposite,” she explained. “Slower consumption will not only benefit our pockets but the planet and our wellbeing, too—the pressure of wearing something new or ‘hot’ all the time is one that no one needs.”

What she recommends instead is a tight edit of fashion items you really love and plan to wear again and again. "Reaching for a few pieces that you know make an outfit come together is a more enjoyable way to get dressed," she explained, "and also gives us the opportunity to refine our own personal style." Here, she’s sharing the top 5 items from her curated wardrobe and why she wears each of them on repeat.

The item: reinvented leggings

Why it's a wardrobe essential: "The perfect legging—that doesn’t look like a legging—is the hardest working piece in my wardrobe. I like to be comfortable but I’m not a jeans girl, so these are my go-to, and I adore these by Self Portrait (I also have them from Saint Laurent and Toteme!)." —Anna Vitiello

Shop Anna's pick:

Self-Portrait Belted Stirrup-Cuff Jersey Leggings ($335)

Shop more reinvented leggings:

H&M Leggings With High Waist ($18)

Wardrobe.NYC Leggings ($400)

Low Classic High-Waist Stirrup Leggings ($124)

The item: one-stop shop piece

Why it's a wardrobe essential: "The one-stop shop piece, as I like to call it, applies to a very few key pieces in my wardrobe that I can pick up in a rush and no matter what I wear with them, I feel like I’ve made an effort. We all have busy lives, and honing in on what works for you on the go really helps make your wardrobe work harder. This Elzinga blazer is something I bought earlier this summer and I’ll often pull the colors from the blazer itself to make the outfit come together." —Vitiello

Shop Anna's pick:

Elzinga Exaggerated-Shoulder Striped Blazer Mini Dress ($354)

Shop more one-stop shop pieces:

Rotate Birger Christensen Ghita Ruffled Duchesse-Satin Mini Dress ($159)

The Attico Fil Coupé Silk-Blend Mini Dress ($450)

The item: investment bag

Why it's a wardrobe essential: "The ultimate investment bag, because no wardrobe is complete without one. This isn’t about how much you spend or what brand it is, it’s about what works hardest for you, what brings versatility to your accessories repertoire. This Prada Cleo is that for me—subtly retro yet modern and clean, it pulls together all the different aspects of my style." —Vitiello

Shop Anna's pick:

Prada Cleo Brushed Leather Shoulder Bag ($1990)

Shop more investment bags:

By Far Amber Baby Glossed-Leather Tote ($565)

Bottega Veneta The Clip ($3100)

Wandler Georgia Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag ($910)

The item: tailored coat

Why it's a wardrobe essential: "It almost sounds cliche, but a really incredible, well-cut coat is a real necessity, come rain or shine. It’s the key to a polished wardrobe and the best-kept secret for those gym-to-work to dinner days. I love this one by Philosophy in this beautiful army green wool. I wear it with neutral colors and often to cover up a legging and sweater ensemble!" —Vitiello

Shop Anna's pick:

Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini Double Breasted Coat ($866)

Shop more tailored coats:

Violeta Woolen Coat With Belt ($250)

Totême Belted Brushed-Alpaca Coat ($1450)

Good American Runway Packable Trench Coat ($249)

The item: high-impact belt

Why it's a wardrobe essential: "The perfect belt is something I’ve searched for forever. Gold is such a mainstay of my wardrobe, and the buckle on this is such a winner for me. It’s a vintage Judith Lieber piece teamed with my favorite necklace from my friend Doina x Monica Vinader’s collectionn to bring it all together (and lots of other gold, of course.)" —Vitiello

Shop Anna's pick:

Black & Brown Georgie Gold-Tone Belt ($135)

Shop more high-impact belts:

Bottega Veneta Ruched Leather Belt ($360)

B-Low the Belt Audrey Mini Belt ($111)

Mango Hook Fastening Belt ($30)

Next, read about why this will be the next biggest It-bag.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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