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My Essentials

My Essentials


What ESTATE Boutique owner Brittany McGinley will be wearing this fall.
Photography by Matthew J. Rhein


As a mother of twin two-year-old boys and the owner of an even younger clothing shop, Brittany McGinley lives by a code: efficiency. She even has a formula for her wardrobe: one part seasonal stuff + one part staples + one part statement pieces. The seasonal component keeps her on point with the trends. The statement component’s treated as an accent, which limits wear and tear on the clothing (and her wallet). And the staples act as the canvas for it all.

Aide from being pragmatic, McGinley also knows her textiles and tailoring. She opened ESTATE Boutique in January in the same Doylestown building where she worked as a teenager at Sew Smart Fabrics, becoming deeply familiar with the minutiae of fashion design. Her inventory reflects an insider’s knowledge of craftsmanship, veering between the icons—Helmut Lang, Diane von Furstenberg, J. Lindeberg—and the emerging talent—Ulla Johnson, Smythe, Spr Wmn, IRO. It’s a rare cross-section. But, then, one-stop shopping is the only kind that works for McGinley.

Here, she shares her fall essentials—because she already had them figured out in July.

Jewelry by kismet by milka + Ilsa
Loves Rick
Like a lot of women, I love to layer my jewelry, like, say, a higher-end necklace from kismet by milka with another by the small-batch, Bucks-based collection Ilsa Loves Rick.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer and Foundation
My ultimate drugstore makeup finds. Built-in
applicators plus sunscreen (with the foundation) for under 20 bucks.

The Crossings 2014 Sauvignon Blanc
I’m actually a New Zealand citizen. My dad’s a Kiwi. We spent three weeks touring the country by RV a few years ago, and The Crossings was one of my favorite vineyards we hit along the way.

botkier Crossbody + Torregrossa Ridge bags
For everyday use, the smaller Torregrossa bag is my go-to. When I need to be more pulled together, I coordinate the larger botkier bag with my outfit and use the Ridge as my wallet. Both are cross-body bags, which is critical when you’re constantly juggling two-year-olds.

Milly Italian Cady Trapunto Tie-Waist Trousers
The high-waist silhouette is going to explode this fall, which is great news because it’s not only flattering, it’s also a very comfortable fit.


Seda France Candles (Malaysian Bamboo and Japanese Quince)
+ Satya Sai Baba Incense (Nag Champa)
I need to be surrounded by candles or incense. Seda France candles burn for days on end.



Burning Torch Flight Jacket
I love anything that’s beautiful and functional, and this reversible jacket is that. The outer shell features this Japanese-inspired embroidery, while the inner shell’s clean olive satin
















The clothing and accessories featured here are available at ESTATE Boutique.

















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