Nothing gets our closets in tip-top shape like Fashion Month, capital F, capitol M. Yep, it’s an entire month of taking in the new collections via a range of events spanning from New York to Paris. While some might freeze in panic at the sheer thought of what to wear for four weeks spent living out of suitcases, we thrive.

To prove it, we challenged four women from the Barneys Fashion Office to narrow down their wardrobe into seven key items they could mix and match into five distinct looks to be worn during their respective fashion week trips. With some careful planning and a smart balance of basics and statement pieces—not to mention some super-standout accessories—you’d be surprised how far their micro wardrobe took them. Take a page from their style playbooks and arm yourself with the essentials that will work for you.

New York Fashion Week
Fashion Director, Marina Larroudé

Each season, I like to invest in a few new pieces to get me excited to jump out of bed and into the shows.

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BARNEYS NEW YORK Military Long Coat / PROENZA SCHOULER Lily-Print Silk Midi-Dress / Similar CVC STONES Necklace / BARNEYS NEW YORK Velvet Chain Wallet / FABRIZIO VITI Round ‘N’ Round Sandals

Marina’s 7 Essentials

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BARNEYS NEW YORK Military Long Coat / PROENZA SCHOULER Lily-Print Silk Midi-Dress / OFF-WHITE C/O VIRGIL ABLOH Striped Appliquéd Robe Coat / ACNE STUDIOS Belted “Mock” Moto Jacket / MARC JACOBS Mickey Mouse® Patchwork Sweatshirt / BARNEYS NEW YORK Cashmere-Silk Turtleneck Sweater / STELLA MCCARTNEY ’70s Flare Jeans

“Mixing new pieces like this Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh robe coat with trusty staples like a luxuriously soft Barneys New York cashmere turtleneck creates my go-to Fashion Month style.”

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ANA KHOURI Earrings / THIERRY LASRY Orgasmy Sunglasses / OFF-WHITE C/O VIRGIL ABLOH Striped Appliquéd Robe Coat / BARNEYS NEW YORK Cashmere-Silk Turtleneck Sweater / STELLA MCCARTNEY ’70s Flare Jeans / PROENZA SCHOULER Large Lunch Bag / MAISON MARGIELA Asymmetric-Heel Leather Mules

“The first day of NYFW can feel like the first day back at school—in a good way. I love seeing my fashion friends and having that mini-reunion feeling, but the best part is discovering new design talents. Here, I’ve paired a dress from one of New York’s brightest design duos [Proenza Schouler] with a new shoe collection that’s exclusive to Barneys, Alchimia di Ballin.”

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MOUNSER Solar Hoop Purposely Mismatched Earrings / KAREN WALKER Sunglasses / ACNE STUDIOS Belted “Mock” Moto Jacket / PROENZA SCHOULER Lily-Print Silk Midi-Dress / BARNEYS NEW YORK Cashmere-Silk Turtleneck Sweater / Similar SAINT LAURENT Cuff / ALEXANDER WANG Roxy Mini-Bucket Bag / ALCHIMIA DI BALLIN Yipsilo Suede Ankle Boots

“The Loewe Hammock bag is a nice size, has a cool shape, and it goes with any outfit. Paired with a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt and a color-blocked fur scarf, I’ve doubled down on playful styling.”

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FINLAY & CO. Draycott Sunglasses / KULE “The Lars” Striped Rabbit Fur Pull-Through Scarf / MARC JACOBS Mickey Mouse® Patchwork Sweatshirt / STELLA MCCARTNEY ’70s Flare Jeans / RAPHAELE CANOT Skinny Deco Hinged Bangle / RAPHAELE CANOT Skinny Deco Bangle / RAPHAELE CANOT OMG! Hinged Bangle / RAPHAELE CANOT OMG! Hinged Bangle / LOEWE Hammock Small Bag / PACO RABANNE Leather Slingback Pumps

“The robe coat is a versatile silhouette that definitely deserves to leave the house. It can be worn as a jacket or dress and has a surprisingly dramatic fluidity.”

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BARNEYS NEW YORK Military Long Coat / OFF-WHITE C/O VIRGIL ABLOH Striped Appliquéd Robe Coat / ANA KHOURI Lynn Earrings / KAREN WALKER Marguerite Sunglasses / LOEWE Cuff / CHLOÉ Drew Mini-Crossbody / DRIES VAN NOTEN Sculpted-Heel Floral Jacquard Ankle Boots

London Fashion Week
Assistant Fashion Director, Hannah Bibb
I love the sounds of fashion week: When the clothing, the mood of the collection, and the model’s walk is in sync with the music, it’s truly spectacular.

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REGULATION YOHJI YAMAMOTO Worsted Wool Cutaway-Back Vest / R13 Kim Gordon “Boy” Cotton-Cashmere T-Shirt / GRLFRND Karolina Skinny Jeans / BALENCIAGA Oversized Drop Earrings / BARNEYS NEW YORK Shibori-Style Tie-Dyed Clutch / Similar MAISON MARGIELA Asymmetric-Heel Leather Mules

Hannah’s 7 Essentials

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ALICE ARCHER Embroidered Crushed Velvet Kimono Robe / R13 Kim Gordon “Boy” Cotton-Cashmere T-Shirt / REGULATION YOHJI YAMAMOTO Worsted Wool Cutaway-Back Vest / FAITH CONNEXION Military-Style Off-The-Shoulder Jacket / MARC JACOBS Studded Wrap Skirt / BARNEYS NEW YORK Cashmere-Silk Turtleneck Sweater / GRLFRND Karolina Skinny Jeans

“One of the sneaky things about getting dressed for fashion week during the winter is that you can be a bit “lazy” with your look, since a coat or jacket will cover a majority of your outfit anyway. This time of year, it’s all about a great topper and a statement shoe. Exhibit A: a simple black turtleneck, my favorite jeans, and boom—outfit elevated with this jacket from Faith Connexion.”

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THIERRY LASRY Mondanity Sunglasses / FAITH CONNEXION Military-Style Off-The-Shoulder Jacket / BARNEYS NEW YORK Cashmere-Silk Turtleneck Sweater / GRLFRND Karolina Skinny Jeans / Similar SAINT LAURENT Cuff / TABITHA SIMMONS Heels

“I’m in black jeans about 85% of the time—currently favoring this pair from GRLFRND—so a major jacket is a must to effortlessly complete a denim and T-shirt look. This crimson, hand-embroidered velvet kimono robe from Alice Archer is stunning, not to mention incredibly versatile from day to night.”

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ACNE STUDIOS Sunglasses / ALICE ARCHER Embroidered Crushed Velvet Kimono Robe / R13 Kim Gordon “Boy” Cotton-Cashmere T-Shirt / GRLFRND Karolina Skinny Jeans / BALENCIAGA Bazar Pochette / BARNEYS NEW YORK Chunky-Heel Calf Hair Mules

“I’m also currently obsessed with a white statement shoe, like these Balenciaga kitten heel boots that pop so nicely with my dark-hued wardrobe essentials.”

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DEZSO BY SARA BELTRAN Choker / REGULATION YOHJI YAMAMOTO Worsted Wool Cutaway-Back Vest / R13 Kim Gordon “Boy” Cotton-Cashmere T-Shirt / MARC JACOBS Studded Wrap Skirt / EUGENIA KIM Jill Baby Alpaca Beanie / PACO RABANNE 14#01 Seau Mini-Bucket Bag / BALENCIAGA “Broken Heel” Patent Leather Ankle Boots

If you look at my shoe collection, it may look like a bunch of dark boots, but they each serve a unique purpose. Whether it’s lace-up, flat, stacked heel, or over-the-knee—like the no-pants-needed pair styled here—the right boot completes any outfit.”

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ALICE ARCHER Embroidered Crushed Velvet Kimono Robe / BARNEYS NEW YORK Cashmere-Silk Turtleneck Sweater / MOUNSER Corona Asymmetric Earrings / DRIES VAN NOTEN Belt / PACO RABANNE 14#01 Chain Mail Mini-Crossbody / GIANVITO ROSSI Suede Over-The-Knee Boots

Milan Fashion Week
Fashion Assistant, Jackie Kim
I’m always inspired by the newness that I see in the showrooms and on the runways. And, of course, the parties are a dream as well.

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BARNEYS NEW YORK Wool-Cashmere Melton Car Coat / SAINT LAURENT Daisy-Print Tie-Neck Blouse / BROCK COLLECTION Distressed Straight-Leg Jeans / Similar SAINT LAURENT Gold Vermeil Hand Bracelet / TOMASINI Miss Ross Crossbody Bag / MANOLO BLAHNIK Hangisimu Satin Mules

Jackie’s 7 Essentials

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BARNEYS NEW YORK Wool-Cashmere Melton Car Coat / SAINT LAURENT Daisy-Print Tie-Neck Blouse / BROCK COLLECTION Distressed Straight-Leg Jeans LISA PERRY Scalloped Suede Coat / ALTUZARRA Steele Embellished Luxe Twill Pencil Skirt / SIES MARJAN Stockinette-Stitched Wool-Cashmere Crop Sweater / DEREK High-Waist Flared Trousers
“Wide-leg pants, a feminine blouse, and impactful accessories make for a solid  and reliable outfit lineup when your day includes a multitude of appointments.”
“A run-around ankle boot is imperative for, well, running around! This pair from our own BNY label resembles a sock in a most “fashion” sock-like way. Its casual factor pairs well with ripped jeans, and the whole look is pulled back together with a ladylike blouse from Saint Laurent.”
“I make an effort to preselect outfits, but by the end of the week, I’m so inspired by what people are wearing on the street that I find myself reinventing how I style what I already own in ways I never considered before.”

Paris Fashion Week
Senior Executive Buyer, Morgan Richardson
The artistic works that designers share at fashion week often reflect what is going on in the world.

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LOREN STEWART Ellipse Collar / VICTORIA BECKHAM Daisy Sheath Dress / Similar FENDI Baguette / MARSKINRYYPPY Winona Suede & Mesh Sandals

Morgan’s 7 Essentials

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GIVENCHY Studded-Collar Long Coat / VICTORIA BECKHAM Daisy Sheath Dress / BALMAIN Cotton-Blend Double-Breasted Blazer / CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION Kenhorst Tetra Polka Dot Silk Blouse / A.L.C. Lucy Crop Top / NILI LOTAN Gigi Turtleneck Sweater / BARNEYS NEW YORK Lambskin Straight-Leg Trousers

“Bring a crop top front and center by wearing it over an exaggerated blouse.”

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JENNIFER FISHER XL Smooth Circle Earrings / A.L.C. Lucy Crop Top / CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION Kenhorst Tetra Polka Dot Silk Blouse / PRADA Oversized Sunglasses / MAISON MAYLE Jeanne D’Oro Bangle / FENDI Fur-Pom-Pom Bag Charm / FENDI Dot.Com Satchel / BARNEYS NEW YORK Lambskin Straight-Leg Trousers / NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD Beya Suede Mules / WANT LES ESSENTIELS Mozart Gloves / GIVENCHY Studded-Collar Long Coat

“I try to make the process of getting ready for work in the morning a quick one. One-piece dressing works well on its own by design, but it’s also easy to add takeaway layers like this chunky enveloping Nili Lotan knit.”

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NILI LOTAN Gigi Turtleneck Sweater / VICTORIA BECKHAM Daisy Sheath Dress / LOEWE Fruit Triple-Drop Earring / FONTANA MILANO 1915 Python Tum Tum Lady Tote / GIVENCHY 7029/S Sunglasses / GIANVITO ROSSI Lacquered-Heel Ankle Boots

“A power blazer in a powdery blue makes me feel confident, especially worn with body-hugging leather pants.”

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DITA Heartbreaker Sunglasses / JENNIFER FISHER Knot Choker / BALMAIN Cotton-Blend Double-Breasted Blazer / A.L.C. Lucy Crop Top / BARNEYS NEW YORK Lambskin Straight-Leg Trousers / NINA RICCI Lily Small Bucket Bag / HOORSENBUHS Cuff / ALCHIMIA DI BALLIN Thea Leather Wedge Mules

“This Victoria Beckham sheath dress is one of my favorites! It is a stretch jacquard, detailed with white and yellow daisies in a feminine, fitted silhouette. It is the perfect transitional piece—you can wear it in February with tights and booties and into the warmer spring months with a sandal.”

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GIVENCHY Studded-Collar Long Coat / VICTORIA BECKHAM Daisy Sheath Dress / BARNEYS NEW YORK Leather Driving Gloves / ALTUZARRA Ghianda Flap-Front Shoulder Bag / GIANVITO ROSSI Portofino Ankle-Strap Sandals

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