What A Stylist Wears Day in and Day Out
AKA: My Wardrobe Workhorses!
Happy day, reader dear!
A while ago, I was facilitating at a book club meeting with a group of Image Consultants… A stylishly opinionated bunch.
We had read Anna Murphy’s How to Not Wear Black which I enjoyed immensely! (You know how I feel about color…)
Of course, I took umbrage in spots, as one does. One of my sticking points (as always) is her list of wardrobe essentials or as she called them The Doyenne’s Dozen. (She gets points for a cute name!) It was interesting that her Dozen was actually eleven items and then she threw in an “I’d add…” grouping of ten more.
If you’ve been hanging around Closet Play for any time, you know I am no lover of style lists. If you are new, the best way I can explain my horror is You’re-Not-the-Boss-of Me combined with a healthy respect for the widely varied personalities, body shapes and lifestyles of the women I know and serve.
How can someone who doesn’t know me and my life come up with a list of clothes that I need to be stylish?
Short Answer? They can’t.
But YOU can. Come up with your own list, that is!
Which is the purpose of the Working Wardrobe Activity/Challenge. Because when you know what you actually wear, you are able to make better buying choices AND figure out what gaps you have that will make your favorites work together more stylishly.
I took advantage of my irritation to look back at what I’d been wearing most frequently (or wanting to wear–but weather) to create my personalized Dozen.
The Doyenne’s Dozen
For a little context, here are Ms. Murphy’s twelve:
(1) Trench Coat, (2 &3?) Tuxedo Suit, (4) Cashmere Sweater, (5) Loafers or Ballet Flats, (6) Classically Cut Jeans, (7) Breton Top, (8) Little Black Dress, (9) White Sneakers, (10) White or Cream Shirt or Blouse, (11) Olive Utility Jacket, (12) Peacoat
This dozen may be perfect for you! Most of the list is not for me. I’ll skip the LBD and the White Sneakers and the trench if it’s beige. I’d love a tuxedo suit… Maybe someday I’ll find (or have made) one in something not black! What are my twelve?
My Daily Dozen
Quite a few of these pieces reflect back to the Mini-Capsule I pulled together earlier this fall. You could have called it a 10 X 10… Note to Self: Remember this Dozen if you run into another stressful patch this winter! (Like that would ever happen… LOL) Furtunately, everything on this list is also in my Winter Capsule Wardrobe. Hmmm. Wonder if that’s a pattern.
Find Your Balance
Ideal Wardrobe Balance varies from person to person and season to season, but 2 Tops per Bottom is a good place to start!
Can you imagine the sweaters becoming tees or lightweight shells in the warmer seasons?
Is this Dozen doable? I have twice as many Tops (4) as Bottoms (2) and two Toppers, two Shoes and two accessories. I want more accessories, but a good pair of hoops and a nice scarf will take me far. Especially now that I have SO many new ways to tie one… Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Stay tuned for the next installments.
I need a few toppers. Let’s go for leather in the winter or a fabric moto jacket for warmer seasons…
Now for feet! Pointy toe flats work all year long, but I’d swap the boots for sandals once spring arrives.
Do I regulary wear more than these twelve? Of course! These would make one tidy little capsule, though… With more than 50 outfit combinations! Hmmm. I wonder where this is going. Maybe a 12 X 12 would be a good way to start the new year? Let me know what you think!
How About You?
Are you joining me in the Working Wardrobe Activity? Do you know what 12 pieces in your wardobe give you the most bang for your style buck? If you know your twelve, do share! There’s plenty of room on the internet for your dozen…