What's in your closet? This blog's objectives are to share what I have classified as the Nice, No Thanks, Noteworthy, Need and Necessary in our closets in order to be well-dressed. Together we'll discover what women and men are wearing around the world, whether it's fashionable or not. Posts will include choices in different clothing categories and accessories including shoes, handbags, jewelry, scarves and ties and other such accessories.
I like the classic look. . . .Keep it simple. There’s only so
much you can wear.
- C. Z. Guest
in C.Z. the American Thoroughbred
by Jan Tuckwood. The Palm Beach Post, November 12, 2003.
Although I do not
care for sweater sets and pearls in the same way that American fashion icon C.
Z. Guest loved them, I do admire the simple chic that those sweater sets and
pearls represented. The elegance and “aristocratic prep” of C. Z. Guest’s wardrobe
will inspire us forever. Her simple and elegant approach to clothing always put
her on the best-dressed list in her time. We can be as "best-dressed" as C. Z. if we follow some simple guidelines.
The only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the
rest really comes from it.
- Diana Vreeland
No matter the
season, the year or the trend, fashion writers will attempt to include minimalism
in their trend forecasts. This is necessary owing to the perennial simple
and elegant styles of designers
such as Jil Sander, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Max Mara and Carolina
People ask me how can I be stylish, how can I be elegant and
what can I wear? My only answer is study! You have to learn.
- Miuccia Prada
Choose a dark
neutral colour, such as black, navy, grey or a dark camel and then a secondary
complementary colour in the beige to taupe range, pale greys, white or any
other softer paler tone. Know that you can never go wrong with black and white. Just watch the designers come out to take their bows; the majority will be dressed in black and white.
A blazer or
“suit” style jacket.
A pencil skirt or
skirt suited to your body shape in a matching colour to the jacket or a
A sheath dress or
two. One in a contrasting colour to the jacket and one in a print coordinating
with the jacket.
An evening dress,
if you feel you need it. Remember
a sheath dress can be dressed up.
One pair of
trousers in a matching colour and one in a contrasting colour to the jacket. .
For example if you have a dark jacket, choose a camel pair of trousers.
Dark wash jeans.
A crisp white
button down shirt.
Tops and t-shirts
in the chosen colours.
one in white or beige and the other in black or other preferred dark colour.
flats, moccasins or loafers, one dark, one light (beige)
Heels as high as
you can manage. At least one pair of pumps in black or beige and another style
in another basic colour.
One pair of beige
One pair of simple tie-up running shoes in white or beige leather such as Keds (your athletic sport pair is and extra).
This list can also work as your travel list particularly for business travel.
would be considered wasteful by a true minimalist. However, this minimal
wardrobe requires “pops of colour”, which can be added through inexpensive
accessories and jewelry.
I believe that I
am a minimalist when it comes to my style of dress; however, presently I need
to reduce the number of items in my closet and begin living in a more