From replacements of worn-to-death classics to “if I could, I would” purchases, this is what my subjects told me they’ve bought — “so far” — to add depth and daring to their wardrobes.
Katy: Black bottines with a highish heel; a new black V-neck cashmere pullover; a large black pashmina and a smaller one in beige.
“My big purchase for the year which is such an investment I wear it all the time, is a single large (Ed. Note: I’ve seen it; I would call it ‘huge’) pearl pierced in the center and strung on an almost invisible chain.”
Chantal: (No, not the same Chantal from last week who said “absolutely nothing” and then changed her mind a week later.)
Two pullovers: One in gray, the other in black and a navy zip-front cardigan with a hood, all in cashmere.
Danielle: A mid-thigh charcoal gray Armani short-sleeve pull-over, close to the body with a zip closure at the neck, piped in leather; a gray wool sweater with a gray and white striped shirt incorporated into it, in other words it looks like a sweater over a blouse; a black cotton Armani sleeveless, ruffle and pleat-front blouse; a charcoal gray silk/wool A-line skirt and two pairs of jeans, one Levi, the other Lee.
“I would like to explain,” Danielle practically yelped when she realized how long her list was, “I was in Florida and every single thing I bought was on markdown. The Armani sweater was less than $50 and the jeans were six dollars each. I didn’t spend as much as you would think, plus I had the Euro to dollar exchange rate in my favor.”
Françoise: A brown alpaca trapeze coat and a beige cashmere turtleneck.
“I’m not finished, but the weather has been so beautiful I haven’t felt like really thinking about winter. I’ll get back to you.”
Mimi: A long charcoal gray cardigan, heavy knit with huge buttons and a classic red and white striped shirt, cut close to the body, both from Zara. Oh, yes, and an ecru cashmere scarf.
“This year instead of buying new clothes I’m traveling. Now, if you were to ask me what would I buy if I could afford anything I desired (Ed. Note: ‘Which I did, ask her I mean.’) I would find the perfect tuxedo a la Yves Saint Laurent and a pair of honey colored, knee-high suede boots with a medium heel. I’m sick of all my clothes for the evening. They feel old and boring. I would love a beautiful black-tie ensemble. Maybe someday. . .”
(Pictured above is the original YSL “smoking” that changed the world of women’s fashion forever after.)