If you’ve been reading The Vivienne Files for very long, you know pretty well that I am NOT convinced that there is every ANYTHING that you must buy. I believe that the majority of us need to wear shoes, but beyond that, I think that clothing and accessories are pretty much an open field…
That said, most of us want to look as if we are at least somewhat aware of evolving culture and style around us. So when I saw a fairly reasonable five-item “must have” list, I thought I would at least take a look.
First item up was a total reject for me: Little White Dress.
- White is not flattering on many of us.
- White is difficult to wear, from a see-through/lingerie point of view, and
- White gets dirty, and shows the slightest bit of soiling, much faster than anything else.
There is a good case to be made that a new summer dress is a wonderfully useful and cheery purchase, but any of these would be more inclined to get my vote over anything all white:
Next up was another item that I just couldn’t quite see as an essential item – a studded denim jacket. The traditional denim jacket cut isn’t all that flattering on many women, and studs can be too cold and too hard, from an overall impression point of view. (that’s called TCTH in our household)
But a denim jacket in a different style might be something to consider. The changeable weather of spring could see any of these getting quite a few outings.
Third item – something that I can ALWAYS suggest as a way to perk up your face – stud earrings. Because they cover the holes in pierced ears, studs can help us avoid the draggy droopiness that dangly earrings often bring. And a pretty color that compliments your eyes wouldn’t be wrong, would it?
The 4th item on the “must-have” list was so obvious that I was surprised that these would be considered a “fashion” item: neutral wedge sandals. While I’m not at all convinced that most of us need vertiginous fat platforms on our leisure shoes, the idea of a neutral sandal for summer is a thought with which many of us could easily agree.
The fifth and final item – an eye-catching clutch bag – is one that I immediately rejected – I need straps, because I want my hands free! But I’m curious: do you carry a clutch bag? Just for evening, or during the day too? Am I doing something wrong?