Today I was hanging out at one of my favorite spots- Glover Park Ace Hardware- and while waiting to have some glass cut and chit chatting with Mos Charlotte on the phone I perused the isles. I LOVE hardware stores. It is most certainly genetic...my dad's weekends are never complete without at least one trip to Home Depot. Not only to I love DIY projects, but I really think you can happen upon some truly stylish accesories at hardware stores that are so basic, they're brilliant.
Case in point...I came upon the "clip" isle. I don't really even know the proper names for these things, but these heavy, industrial-chic brass clips had me going totally gaga. People pay big money for stylish keychains but none of these were over $8. I snapped one up and am excited to use it.
My new keychain got me thinking about other "basic" no-frills items that are still considered quintessentially stylish. Not everything has to be designer-this and high-end-that to win in the style stakes. Most of the time when I shop at Neiman's, or even at J Crew, I feel like I'm paying a huge markup for a product that I probably won't even have a year or two from now. Often, turning to established American brands is a statement in and of itself...one that is economical and will never go out of style. A few ideas...
The LL Bean Hunter's Tote Bag - $19-30
Sperry Northstar Boots - $166. These just rock.
Patagonia Retro-X Jacket - $199
Pendleton Motor Robe with Leather Carrier Blanket in Buchanan Tartan
Frye Harness Boots
Any American style staples in your closet?