There’s something about holding a copy of Vogue in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other that makes life feel just about perfect. It’s no surprise then, that Valerie Hite’s blog, Vogue and Coffee, which spotlights everything au courant in style, design, travel, photography, art and music, conjures a similar sense of satisfaction.

We recently asked the always-in-the-know Ms. Hite to share some of the fashion advice she herself obeys. Possible style resolutions for the new year? We think so.


What did you want to be when you were growing up?
My creativity has always outweighed my head for business. I have always been obsessed with fashion, and magazines in particular. The ads are always what I loved most—I would spend hours reviewing the campaigns. I wished that I would end up working in the fashion industry. Perhaps one day, this dream will become a reality.

Who is your fashion icon?
Kate Moss and Emmanuelle Alt. Emmanuelle is quintessential Parisian chic. She has an edge to her that I love; no one wears black jeans and heels as well as her. Kate is just so effortlessly fabulous; she has a casual style that is never trendy. She doesn’t follow trends, she starts them. Jeans, boots, a hat and a leather jacket are all she needs to look fabulous. I also cannot forget Anna Wintour and Carine Roitfeld. These women are fashion to me.

What Barneys designer would you love to lunch with?
I would say Marc Jacobs. I have a true love for Marc. It was love at first sight. I adore everything he does, with both the Marc Jacobs line and Marc by Marc Jacobs, and I am always in awe of what he is doing with other brands.

What is the most valuable fashion advice you have ever received?
My mother told me, “Dress for your body type.”

What are your fashion rules to live by?
1) If you don’t love it, don’t buy it. Doubt means “no” in my book.
2) Never, ever leave home without your sunnies.
3) Be on trend, but not trendy. Build a classic wardrobe that works season to season.
4) Never skimp on bags or shoes. They are worth every penny. This includes never buying a fake bag; there is nothing fashionable about fakes.
5) If you don’t feel confident in it, don’t wear it. If you feel great, you’ll look great.

If you were accidentally locked in Barneys New York overnight, what would we find you wearing in the morning?
What a dream! You would find me in The Row moto pant, a Balmain double breasted jacket, Alexander Wang Edythe boots, the Marc Jacobs Eddie handle bag and Givenchy sunglasses. Oh, and I’m going to have to snatch one of those chic iPad cases

- Alisha Prakash