Style Essentials Laura Reilly Can’t Do Without

When discussing our own wardrobe and style essentials, Coveteur staff members found that their feelings could often be summed up in the phrase, “this is literally the best… white t-shirt, pair jeans, pharmacy find, etc.” So in our new series, aptly titled Literally the bestwe’re asking industry insiders to reveal the style essentials they turn to time and time again and just can’t live without.

Laura Reilly is one of those New Yorkers whose profession you would find difficult to explain to your mother. A writer and editor by trade, she works freelance but is currently best known for her Magazine newsletter. There, she keeps her readers up to date with all things shopping and style – new sales to browse, interesting sets people are wearing and all the emerging brands they shouldn’t miss. Essentially, Reilly is the ultimate source of knowledge on all aspects of curating your wardrobe.

This accelerated pace of visual consumption ensures an ever-evolving sense of personal style. “What photo have I seen that has blown me away recently? What conversation did I have? What do you think is most relevant? She explains, noting all the factors at play. Perhaps it involves photos from the Prada show, a conversation with publicist Juliana Goldman, or even an email exchange with a reader discussing a pair of shoes. All of this can shape his style trajectory. Luckily for us, this sartorial stream of consciousness is available to everyone in a weekly newsletter format. Keep reading to find out all the essentials Reilly can’t live without – trust us, this is a well-researched list.

Paint us a picture of your personal style. What kind of outfits do you wear on a daily basis?

“I have a hard time identifying my personal style just because it changes and evolves. It’s so tied to my mood and whatever confidence level or media I consume, so it’s very life changing. time. What photo have I seen that has blown me away recently? What conversation have I had? What seems most relevant? If it’s matchy-matchy, predictable, seems too stylish, sometimes you want to wreak havoc on it a little. Sometimes you want to be the only person who understands what you’re doing.

“I think I have a pretty good range of basics that I rely on most of the time when dressing. Especially in winter, I feel maybe not uninspired but much more dependent on those essential pieces. The white and black oversized jeans, the slacks, the oversized shirt, the white t-shirt. In terms of expressiveness, I think it tends to come out more in the summer months. That’s a time when I I feel a little more comfortable. I do more things. There are more daylight hours for people to see what I’m wearing, so it has more impact.

When shopping for a new piece of clothing or an accessory, what boxes do you look to check?

“I do a lot of online shopping, so it’s definitely a bit of a gamble. I feel like I try and try again in certain categories. Like with the oversized jeans, I have the white and black really nailed it, but I don’t have blue jeans that I like. I’m going to buy it online, it won’t quite work, so I’m going to resell it. It happens quite often. I want everything to be super organic and fits really well into my wardrobe. With my basics, I don’t like something that looks brand new. I want it to feel like it has an instant story. It’s like half of my wardrobe. The other half is more assertive things – the things that I have fun with or that allow me to go for different personas. Those need to have that kind of “aha” moment. for them. I need to obsess over a bit.

Shop her style essentials:

Margaretha Ley 1990s Wool Trousers

“I have bought these Escada pleated pants so many times before, and I think I will continue to do so because I am surprised every time. Basically, I’ll go to eBay. I won’t necessarily look at the sizes, I’ll just order a pair that speaks to me. Maybe it’s the way the fabric is shown or the specific color. They are all slightly different even though they are technically the same cut. Depending on the size I ordered, they will either have a really nice high waisted fit or a much more relaxed waistline. I ordered sizes quite high, and it gives them this super oversized trouser suit effect, which is also very interesting. I wear them a lot in navy blue brushed wool. I have an oversized version of a very sleek black suit that I like. Then I have the creamy lightweight wool summer version with a very high and fitted waist that is cropped. This is one of those saved searches that I’m going to hang on to for a really long time because it gave me so many great pants.

vintage escada

Leather Link Shoulder Bag

“There are two bags that I carry often. They are opposite sides of the same coin, my two personalities in a way. One of them is the SC103 Leather Link Bag. One is the very left brain and the other is the very right brain. The 103 is chaos and organic matter and distorts everything and creative freedom.

CS 103


“The other is the Ratio and Motus holster bag. It’s this tidy, tidy, type-A, everything-has-a-specific-place, my-life-is-together bag. These two bags respond to whatever my brain may be feeling at any given time. They are very much like sisters in this regard. One of them will usually be with me when I go out.

Ratio And Motus

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trench coat

“I wear this Uniqlo U by Lemaire padded trench coat all the time. I feel like I’m browsing stuff, but this coat has been my most worn piece every winter since I’ve had it. I have similar coats, but I only want to wear this specific beige coat. Everything from the Uniqlo U collection is as worn as ever. This puffer trench coat, then this unlined men’s trench coat that I wear all the time. They were just such good results. Not adding to your eBay listing, but I always keep an eye out for Uniqlo U stuff from past seasons.


Made in USA 501 Original Shrink-to-Fit Jeans

“I think, like a lot of people, the pandemic has changed my relationship with pants. After walking out of The Row’s Spring/Summer 21 show with these low-rise, wide-leg white pants, I thought to myself, ‘Why do I always wear high-waisted jeans?’ I never want to see them again in my life. I got the perfect oversized vintage white 501s, like four sizes too big and custom made them to have the right length and fit in the waist and butt. When I want to feel the most laid back, effortless yet still chic and trendy, these are my go-tos.

Used Levi’s

501 boyfriend fit jeans

“Then in the winter I pretty much did the same with this faded black Levi’s 501 – that vintage grey-black – in the same size. I thought how oversized I had to buy for the perfect fit: four sizes more larger than what I would typically get in vintage Levi’s. I feel like it has really made my wardrobe a lot more comfortable and a lot more vibrant. There are tomes written about vintage 501s. It can be such a journey to find your fit and style I had a time when I loved Levi’s 550s, wearing a size smaller than usual Boy size – super ripped, just towers neck. I couldn’t take it anymore. I want fabric. I want tons of it around me. I want them to barely touch my body.

Vintage Levi’s Clothing


“The next thing I have on my list is a belt made by a friend of mine Michelle Del Rio. She makes these really nice double-wrapped cord belts that have little ceramic figures looping through them. They are very beautiful. She’s just an extremely talented person. I knew her belts before I really knew her as a person. I found her through Instagram, and we hooked up, had dinner together, and been friends ever since she was moved to New York. So when I finally got a belt from her, it was this beautiful accomplishment of a beautiful moment. There’s this kind of spiritual quality about it, a very mystical feeling. Wearing it always seems to elevate or add intrigue to any type of outfit i wear i will wear it with a black silk slip and let the belt do the talking for the whole outfit, or it can be a layer over something a little more complex, as under a waistcoat or over a leather jacket.

Michelle Del Rio

Cobra Agatha Sandals

“I have these Maryam Nassir Zadeh wedges that I’ve owned for years. I keep them by the mirror. When I want to see if an outfit is working, they always make it for me. They look like some kind of iridescent multicolored scaled wedge sandal. of fish so they don’t really go with a lot of things. They are a bit of a statement piece but I feel so comfortable in them and I love them so much. When I get dressed I will want to see at what an outfit looks like with an inch and a half heel and then I’ll swap them out before I go. I like their chaos sometimes. They’re a little off. I refuse to stop wearing them, even during the time that I would need to resole them. I know I would miss them. I have a closet full of MNZ shoes because I love their approach, their eye, their pieces. They are the ones that get the most attention .

Maryam Nassir Zadeh

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