The subject of our Basic Essentials lookbook, LA-based stylist Jessica de Ruiter, gave us a few minutes of her time to talk style. Read on to glean a little fashion insight from an industry pro.
SHOPBOP: Describe your style in three words.
JESSICA DE RUITER: Thoughtful. Refined. Simple.
SB: Who taught you what you know about style?
JDR: Ultimately, my mother.
SB: What are the rules, if any, in the way you dress?
1. Less is always more.
2. Dress beyond the urgency of fashion.
3. Incorporate a little imperfection or an element of undone.
4. Include a subtle masculine/feminine component.
SB: A garment or accessory that you can never have enough of?
JDR: Men’s shirts, pencil skirts, and narrow, cropped black pants. And classic belts.
SB: A woman should always look like…
JDR: Herself. Effortless.
SB: How often do you edit your closet?
JDR: As often as I can! For me, it’s not about having a lot, but about having what you need and what you love. I really enjoy having only key pieces that I will wear and treasure for many years to come. We need much less than we often think we do.