One of the sections of the book French Chic, by Susan Sommers, which I read repeatedly, was one in which she listed seven items of black clothing, and then set out a little grid of how you could combine these items, and how they would be accessorized.
I could never visualize this.
So I decided to put together her suggestions graphically. Some of the accessories ideas just scream "early '80's", and so I didn't stick to all 12 plans exactly as written...
This is an interesting approach to wardrobe-building, or to packing. The vest is, to me, a difficult garment, and I would probably be tempted to substitute a leather jacket, denim jacket, or second cardigan. And if you're not interested in 2 skirts and a dress, you could easily work with four different styles of pants.
I think there's some potential to this type of plan, and I'm pondering recreating these outfits in other colors.
blazer – Romwe, leather vest – Thakoon, cardigan – Vince, dress – Moschino Cheap & Chic, pants – Chloe, pleated skirt – Isabel Marant, pencil skirt - Coast
Silk blouse – Tibi, pearl belt – Chanel, pearl earrings – Lanvin, flower brooch – Monsoon, pumps – Jimmy Choo, necklace – Marie Chavez, earrings – Jules Smith, ribbed tights – Fogal, belt – Mulberry, pumps - Valentino
Tee shirt – American Vintage, bracelets – H&M, socks – Kate Spade, loafers – Acne, blouse – Equipment, lace tights – Jonathan Aston, stud earrings – Nina Breddal, ankle boots - Acne
Shirt – Organic by John Patrick, velvet tights – Wolford, pearls – Kenneth Jay Lane, boots – Dr. Martens, scarf – Lily and Lionel, socks – Sportmax, loafers – Christian Louboutin
Silk blouse – Alexander Wang, leaf earrings – Blue Nile, clutch – Reiss, ballet flats – Cole Haan, earrings – Herve van der Straeten, belt – Jigsaw, studded flats - Marais