When I met up with Corina Madilian, the owner of transcendent boutique Serafina, I wanted a refresher on how a wardrobe of classics can carry me through seasonal style swings. Since Serafina is known for effortlessly blending the timeless with the trendy, it seemed like the perfect place to start. Well, our conversation was so fun that it simply couldn’t be squeezed into a single post! If you missed the first installment, definitely check it out for Corina’s thoughts on style icons, closet staples, and even mom jeans. And here’s part deux:
TFH: So speaking of things busy moms don’t feel like they have time for: makeup. Carla Bruni famously said that after 30, women shouldn’t even wear it. What do you think?
CM: It’s not about wearing no makeup but doing less. By the time we’re in our thirties, we’ve learned how to work with our so-called flaws, so you don’t have to worry as much about covering things or altering things.
TFH: You’ve said a lot about value, doing more with less, holding onto items across several seasons. But what’s one fashion splurge that’s always worth it?
CM: Definitely a handbag. Something timeless, not trendy, in a classic color like black, caramel, red, or navy. Forego the “it bag” of the season, and get something you can carry for a very long time.
TFH: And now some fun ones! Do you like heels or flats?
TFH: Pearls or diamonds?
CM: Always diamonds.
TFH: Gold or platinum?
CM: Right now, gold.
TFH: Patterns or solids?
Many thanks to Corina for such a refreshing talk, and for more inspiration, be sure to check out Serafina:
Plus, feel free to share your thoughts about fashion classics in the comments. What’s your one splurge that’s always worth it?
Photos by Lucie Amberg.