It occurred to me that in yesterday’s post, I may have suggested waaay too many options (as a couple of you pointed out), but I thought I was staying on message with the black and white theme. That black and white foundation could, of course, just as easily be navy and white.
Because I suspect you may be right, today I’ve honed down the choices on the original premise.
This time, because we are approaching early fall next month and that means the back-to-school desire for something new, I added two sweaters in the “must have” Pantone colors for fall/winter 2015: Marsala in the outfit set and the amethyst/orchid at the top. In fact, when you look at the color chart almost any of the hues would work with black and white, depending upon one’s color affinity.
The black skirt in the outfit could very well be a pencil skirt, but the ease of movement in the pleats seems more relaxed for a holiday while at the same time possessing the dress-up or dress down possibilities that one wants when traveling.
When I interviewed several French women for my book, all of them wanted a fuller skirt (or two) in their wardrobes because, they said, it completely changes the mood and attitude offering an entirely different dressing option. They told me they loved “crayon” skirts, but liked the feel of a skirt that is less constricting, more festive in a way.
I would still opt for the black trench for all the reasons I mentioned yesterday and I would throw in a peasant blouse because I find them so soft and feminine and yet not frou–frou. Add one to a pair of jeans, linen trousers or tuxedo pants and voilà(!) off you go to a party or a chic restaurant.
You’ll have to forgive me, I am having an obsessional moment with gypsy inspired blouses. I can’t explain it. I think they’re ageless and beautiful. You’ll have to tell me what you think. It’s true I didn’t curb my enthusiasm for a variety of tops, but they’re the elements, along with accessories, which will make dressing every day just that much more fun.
I hope you think I’ve accomplished a less is more French approach to packing (and dressing).