Key Pieces: How to Build a Chic Capsule Wardrobe You'll Love

Like any great stylist, Stacie Mausbach knows her client — and in Stacie’s case, that’s the fashionable women of Omaha. “My customers are modern women who are on the go, so their style reflects that. But at the same time, they want beautiful, high quality items that will look as fresh several seasons from now as they did when they bought them.”

When Stacie first moved back to Omaha from New York in 2006, there weren’t many options to fill this niche. “There was wedding, holiday and…” she says, trailing off into the void.

But Stacie had a plan. Upon arrival, she opened The Garment District in the then-new Shops at Legacy to cater to the West Omaha shopper who was looking for something a little more sophisticated and unique than the mall offerings. Then, in 2013, she opened Gramercy in Countryside Village (now considered Omaha’s Midtown West), which she describes as a small-town in the city.

Since both stores are locally owned, shopping at them can feel like having a personal stylist. “I love getting to know my customers’ individual style and lifestyle and being able to build off of that,” says Stacie. “It’s about adding those few great pieces every season that you’ll wear over and over again.”

While most of the clothing and accessories at Gramercy and Garment District are from New York designers, Stacie has recently created the private label GCY line of casual separates. “It’s all made in the U.S.A., with vegetable dyes and sustainable materials. We also work with localized manufacturing that supports family farms and fair trade,” she says.

Like all the items in her store, it goes back to Stacie’s fashion philosophy: the most important things in a woman’s wardrobe are the ones that are meaningful, that create a memory and that make her feel good.

Photo courtesy of Stacie Mausbach

Photo courtesy of Stacie Mausbach

Stacie Mausbach’s Top Trends for Right Now

The cooler weather always brings an influx of power pieces — we need that extra little edge to bolster us against Mother Nature’s drama queen ish. Stacie recommends updating your wardrobe with a few of these key trends of the season:

Pants: track pants with racing stripe details; leather pants

Tops: prints and patterns; fall and winter florals, polka-dots

Dresses: prairie dresses and longer styles

Cocktail/evening: metallic and velvet

Jewelry: lucite and feathers

Shoes: sneakers; booties

Handbags: clear bags, backpacks

Holidays: Velvet, metallic, fringe, jumpsuits

Every season staples: Little black dress, leather jacket, denim and a great pair of pants

Stacie’s Lightning Round

Favorite investment piece ever: Handcut antique wedding band — it will last a lifetime

Top pieces no wardrobe should be without: Cami, basic button-down, black and nude shoe

Favorite fragrance: Bond no. 9 Fashion Avenue, it’s forward and fresh

Favorite place to meet up with friends in Omaha: Mode de Vie

Dream vacation: Anywhere with my family

Book/film/piece of art that changed your life: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sex in the City

Candles you burn at home: Paddywax violet and vanilla — they’re a reminder to slow down and set the tone

Playing on your car stereo: Fiona Apple — a fall favorite

Where do you stay in NYC: The Meatpacking District

Favorite fall tradition: Pumpkin patch and apple orchards

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