First off, remember this bad boy? This was the original Common Wardrobe – garments that I saw day after day on my co-workers from international advertising agencies. These garments and accent items were combined in all sorts of different ways, and accessorized like mad:
I threw my analytic brain at this, and defined each of these garments functionally, i.e., the first is a “dark neutral sweater”, the second is a “light neutral tee” etc.
Of course, if you’re not interested in a denim shirt, don’t buy one! Similarly, if these very neutral tops don’t strike a chord with you, you’re certainly free to omit them from your wardrobe. As much as these additions add versatility to your wardrobe, if you don’t LIKE them, and won’t WEAR them, they’re certainly NOT going to be versatile, are they?
This wardrobe was pretty complete; the navy long-sleeved tee was the only missing item (except the universally overlooked denim shirt). This tee shirt might seem ordinary and quite plain, but under one of your cardigans, it provides a simple, warm base for jewelry or a scarf. Sometimes, accessories look best if they’re against a more plain background that lets them stand out on their own.
Tomorrow, if I can keep my eyes focused, I’m going to show the final final wardrobes, as well as a few combinations that are possible… Then I’m going to work through the steps with a new color scheme that one of your sweeties requested, so that we can get one more good primer on how the steps work.