It’s a wrap: my final five of the 20 interchangeable pieces to play with for any occasion except a formal soirée. We’re ready to get dressed.
To my surprise, the last three items were the most difficult. Decisions, decisions. I wished to break out of my black, black, black (and some gray) formula, but wasn’t 100 percent sure how I wanted to do it. I am required to adhere to the non-stop coordination possibilities of my choices while at the same time respecting the versatility of an item, i.e. a cardigan for example. I need a cardigan or two, one can’t function properly with out them.
I hesitated. Do I want that scrumptious Bordeaux silk velvet jacket Audrey Tautou is wearing? (Oh yes I do, I do, I definitely do.) Is it more intelligent to choose two cardigans? After all, I have my black velvet-trimmed redingote jacket. Or, should I forego the satin blouse I would have made in Klein blue, that would perfectly match my blue redingote jacket and at the same time blend seamlessly with gray and black?
Then, I debated: the pink striped shirt or the blue striped shirt? I like both of them. My little voice: “You cannot have both of them.” Must I compromise? “Yes, you must.” So I did.
After much internal turmoil, here follows my final five:
16.) A black lace camisole. It can be worn under the jackets and the V-neck black cashmere sweater for example. Mine is somewhat similar to the one Diane Von Furstenberg is wearing with her tuxedo. Mine is slightly more demure if you will.
17.) A classic charcoal gray cashmere cardigan. It goes with everything and doubles as a pseudo twin set with a gray T-shirt.
18.) I would (will?) have made a Klein blue satin turtleneck blouse. It will zip in the back — no buttons to ruin the line. It would be sublime with the jacket of the same color, is wonderful with black and stands alone with the skirt and pants — both the gray and the black. I would wear a cummerbund with it or loop a grosgrain ribbon though the belt loops of the trousers.
I’ll have my black satin Ferrè blouse copied. It’s divine.
19.) A bright navy blue V-neck boyfriend sweater. I will apply the Yves Saint Laurent rules, i.e. navy and black look great together, particularly (or solely in my opinion) when the blue is on top, the black on the bottom. Wool or cashmere or a combination of the two.
20.) Finally, and it wasn’t easy, I decided the blue stripe, which I think is crisp and stunning btw, trumps the pink. Too bad for me.
The blue and pink shirts are from The J. Peterman Company.
Bonus Item: A winter coat. I refuse to count this in my top 20. Mine is, once again, a redingote — black cashmere reaching the tops of my ankles.
It is the perfect coat, equally chic for day and absolutely right for evening. If you are not against fur, a collar, scarf or boa adds a sophisticated polish to such a basic piece. A shawl looks just right around the shoulders and of course we all have dozens of scarves we could tuck in the neckline.
A demain for who knows what.