By Buffalo Exchange Portland (Hawthorne)
Buffalo Exchange Hawthorne associate manager Jessica takes us on a tour of her closet and gives us her take on personal style. Jessica has worked for Buffalo Exchange for three and a half years and loves the company’s ethos of constant growth and personal responsibility. Over the past few years, her wardrobe has evolved as much as she has!
How would you describe your personal style?
I tend to completely change my look and redo my closet once per season. Last winter I did tomboy and this summer I did very 60s/70s bohemian. This fall I redid my wardrobe in all black after a trip to New York. Now I’m really into well-tailored, quality pieces. I’ve hopped on board the minimalism train and bought into the concept of the capsule wardrobe. I’d rather invest in one quality piece than 10 versions that are just okay. I’m editing down, cutting out the stuff that doesn’t work for me and having an honest dialogue with my closet. I think if you truly love fashion, then your personal style never stays the same.
How has your style changed over the years?
I used to care more about using my fashion to make me stand out. I only wore bright colors and wild prints and I couldn’t stand to buy basics. Now, my personal style is more honest and more relaxed. I stopped trying so hard and, as a result, I look better than ever. Looking back, though, I don’t regret any of my fashion phases—each one totally reflected where I was in my life at the time.
Where do you get your style inspiration?
I used to get a lot of inspiration from magazines and then blogs. Although more and more, I find that by the time something is trending in a magazine or on the Internet, I’m already over it. I tend to get most of my inspiration from people I meet. I see something I like and I copy it.
What’s the most important thing to you in an outfit?
Fit is everything, because that’s what makes you feel comfortable and confident. I have to be able to move around at work, so it’s important that my clothes work for me, not the other way around. I’m also realizing how important color is. Greens and blues really bring out my eyes and skin tone.
What are the closet basics you couldn’t live without?
This is always changing, but right now: vintage Levi 501s, mid-rise skinnies in black and dark wash denim, my J.Crew hooded peacoat (essential for Portland rain), well-tailored tees in white, black, and green, and classic sneakers like my black Vans and white Converse.
What’s the most treasured item in your closet?
Honestly, whatever’s the newest. Two years ago, it was a 70s Diane Von Furstenberg dress I scored at Buffalo. Today it’s a Madewell turtleneck sweater, tomorrow, who knows?
What’s your favorite place to shop?
I’m a shopper, so put me in pretty much any store and I’ll find something to buy. I go through phases with my shopping, but right now, my favorite places are Banana Republic, Madewell, and REI. And Buffalo, of course!
What are you looking to add to your wardrobe right now?
My next step is a designer bag. It elevates any outfit. I’m searching for the perfect one, but I love the chic, athletic look of the Alexander Wang “Rockie” bag in pebbled leather.
What do you love about shopping at Buffalo Exchange?
I love that style isn’t just prepackaged for you. The diversity of Buffalo’s inventory gives you the opportunity to experiment with a lot of different styles and brands to figure out what works for you. Buffalo gives me the tools and inspiration to change my style at the drop of a hat.