One of the most popular posts I've ever written was asking if Coco Chanel was right when she told us that a woman only needs two suits to be well dressed. (find it here) I'm often asked how this idea translates for those among us who wear mostly casual clothing, and who don't really have any use for a suit. So these are my thoughts:
First off - the equivalent of the black suit - a cardigan, capris, pants, and a dress:
and then a similar approach in beige - another cardigan, linen pants, a pair of shorts and another dress:
|all linen pieces - L.L.Bean|
First add-on is a couple of "twin-sets" in accent colors. But only one cardigan, and a linen shirt to take the place of the 2nd sweater, and relax the feeling:
A few very plain tops:
|all tops - Target|
Some tops that combine the 2 neutral colors:
And some other essential garments that round this capsule up to 24 pieces. A dressy pair of pants, another pair of shorts, a cool shirt and a denim skirt. Of course, if you never wear dresses or shorts, more shirts and shorts will be your choices.
I could get a lot of mileage from this wardrobe for warm weather- everything from very casual to appropriate for an office or a meeting.
A few outfits...