Why the modern woman needs a new 'uniform'

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Harlan + Holden’s new sub-brand, b.c. aims to provide women the definitive wardrobe with non-negotiable clothing essentials for the woman who cares enough about fashion. Photos courtesy of HARLAN + HOLDEN

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — At what point does style become a lifestyle? Years ago, a woman named Matilda Kahl, then an advertising art director in New York decided to wear the same piece of clothing to work every single day, as she sought to relieve herself of the pressures to choose a different outfit daily and consequently dwell on whether it was appropriate. Her experiment proved to be ultimately cathartic: by prescribing to an exact, unchanging set of clothing, Matilda earned back the time she used to spend dressing up and gained more freedom to think, work and ultimately, create.

Harlan + Holden It's fashion going beyond the decorative, melding seamlessly into life, and even going so far as to uncomplicate a person's lifestyle, doing so rather stylishly. Photos courtesy of HARLAN + HOLDEN  

But can one live on one blouse alone? Local brand Harlan + Holden introduces its sub line 4bc, a super-compact collection of 15 basic, versatile mix-and-match pieces meant to be worn anytime, anywhere, and for any occasion. While it goes beyond a solitary experimental practice like Kahl's, the bc line is meant to be treated as someone's entire, definitive wardrobe, producing an infinite well of looks resulting from pairing and layering bc pieces together. In a nutshell, they're non-negotiable clothing essentials for the woman who cares enough about fashion.

4bc takes from its mother brand Harlan + Holden's best trait. The Adora-founded clothing line executes luxe basics to perfection, and further simplifies its already spartan design aesthetic to create pieces that are so versatile, they're functional. A round of selection then drove the bc design team to curate 15 diverse key pieces they felt holistically answered to a woman's clothing needs, round-the-clock, regardless of occasion: trousers, skirts, dresses and tops, all containing Harlan + Holden signature details such as cowl, tunnel and pleats.

Harlan + Holden "I’m a mood dresser so I dress up depending on how I feel and where I’m going," says Joey Mead, 4bc's model. Photos courtesy of HARLAN + HOLDEN  

The line aims for their functional and versatile pieces to save women from time and worry brought about by picking, fitting, and re-adjusting clothes. After all, bc was made for dynamic women who live fast-paced, busy lives, which are aptly imbibed by the face of the line, TV host and model Joey Mead who is not only a professional host and model but also devotes time to her advocacies and her love for animals and cars.

“I favor comfort,” says Mead. “I gravitate towards comfortable statement and feminine styles. I like multi-functioning pieces over trends. I’m a mood dresser so I dress up depending on how I feel and where I’m going. Bright colors when I feel extra [cheerful], subdued or pastel colors for when I feel neutral and bold colors like black or red when I feel really sassy.”

Harlan + Holden Harlan + Holden executes luxe basics to perfection, and further simplifies its already spartan design aesthetic to create pieces that are so versatile, they're functional. Photos courtesy of HARLAN + HOLDEN

It's fashion going beyond the decorative, melding seamlessly into life, and even going so far as to uncomplicate a person's lifestyle, doing so rather stylishly. Realistically speaking, limiting dressing choices within exactly 15 rotational items might be a tall order for any standard fashionista, but bc by Harlan + Holden opens the idea that time-consuming, agonizing fuss shouldn't always be a given when dressing for style. Like all material possessions, whittling down fashion pieces to a few key, repeat-worthy items allows the woman on her grind — the Matilda Kahls of the world — to peacefully cater to the rest of her life.

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For more information visit the Harlan + Holden website.