Right now, I’m reading this:
The second of the 101 “little secrets” tells us that “designers create collections, not simply isolated garments…”
Isolated garments – that’s a pretty thought-provoking phrase! But I think that’s the results from how a lot of us shop – we see something fabulous, we buy it, and we don’t necessarily stop to think about the degree to which said gorgeous object will work with the rest of our wardrobe.
That’s why I’m always hammering home the idea of having a plan; if you shop with a color scheme and an overall aesthetic “goal” in mind, your chances of having closet orphans is much diminished. That’s not to say that you won’t make shopping mistakes – EVERYBODY makes mistakes and buys things that don’t work out, from time to time. But if something appears to fit into your overall plan, the mistakes were be fewer…
It’s easy to see a lot of “top designer” themes and guiding motifs when they show their collections, but you can spot overall trends and ideas in almost any company. For example, I was looking at the Lands’ End website, and saw that they have a clear vision of spring! While I have a lot of clothes from Lands’ End, this year’s prevailing look isn’t really in my “sweet spot.” And that’s okay; they don’t have to design just for my preferences!
So, if you’re a woman who loves yellow and navy and flowers, and you don’t feel like spending your retirement money on a piece of clothing from the current Dolce & Gabbana collection (which is lovely, by the way…), buying a handful of pieces like this might not be a silly move. And these are sufficiently timeless that you won’t look like you’re wearing “Spring 2016” next summer, when you want to wear your navy floral dress again!
Fear not, I’m working on the wardrobes using the Buddhist Kesa color schemes – they’re proving to be a big tricky…