So as lovely as the garments above are, this is certainly not going to be enough clothing to even get you through a week. Most of us would want at least five separate tops and bottoms (or a dress) to get through the week. Even if you wear black pants repeated each week, it’s nice to have more than one pair.
Thus, I decided to take it upon myself to determine what additional garments Vivienne would want in order to consider this a complete wardrobe. Realistically, I think most of us would do this exercise twice – once for cooler weather, and once for the sweltering misery that passes for summer on much of our planet. But for starters, let’s just round out this core wardrobe with a few of the essentials.
- The wardrobe cries out for another dress. Something seasonless and basic – maybe short-sleeved or sleeveless. Certainly, something that would be more practical between April and September (Northern Hemisphere) than a sweater dress.
- A second cardigan or jacket. These second layers finish off many looks to give a more polished appearance, and are often terribly useful with air-conditioning, or cooler weather. In this example I’m introducing navy, which is beautiful with gray, pink and yellow.
- Another short-sleeved tee shirt. These babies need to be laundered often – you want more than one.
- A fun top in a pattern or accent color. All of us in love with stripes – this is our big chance! This one is navy and gray, which has obvious application for this wardrobe.
- A longer-sleeved tee shirt. 3/4 sleeve or long, these are good basics to layer up in the cooler weather.
- Another pair of pants. If you’re a devotee of black, it could be a second pair of black pants, but for most of us, introducing a second neutral into the mix, or a pattern based on our primary neutral, will be more versatile. These pants are navy, to make a nice ensemble with the cardigan, as well as working well with gray, pink and yellow.
- Another blouse or shirt. Silk or cotton, depending on you preference. Solid or patterned, or a new accent color.
- A dressy top. Works wonders with pants, or any of your skirts.
Another informative post, most appreciated.
These clothes are beautiful; I especially love the navy and gray base. I'm trying to move away from black (sniff sniff) and adopt a chocolate and navy base for my clothes. It's hard though; black is so wonderful…
I'm interested to see what accessories you would pair with this foundational wardrobe. With so much color, what scarves will look best? A delightful challenge…