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.