So far, all of the wardrobes I’ve built have been posted under the heading French Chic, and I’m frankly becoming a bit uncomfortable with that. We’ve wandered quite a distance from what the original guidelines of Susan Sommers’ iconic book, and I’m not sure that I should continue to exploit the title which is so indelibly hers.
Thus, I’m just going to call them wardrobes. And with that decision, I thought I should share with you the mantra I use for the building of these little gems.
First: Carefully Curated. Each garment has to make the cut. I’ve heard some fairly harsh criticism recently that “good enough” is really okay for one’s wardrobe, and I have to disagree. Yes, in some circumstances we do have to settle for less than ideal, but that should NEVER be the standard we set for ourselves. We deserve better. People who make clothing deserve better. The planet deserves better.
Secondly: Deliberately Distilled. We don’t need so much stuff. We need nicer things, better quality things, things we will love more, use more, and legitimately wear out. We do this on purpose, not because we’re stingy or snotty, but because we want to focus on truly beautiful and crafted items that are worthy of support.
So there! Got that off my chest. Back to building beautiful wardrobes for my friends!