It always starts out simply enough.
I decide to discuss a riveting subject, in this case the black cashmere sweater. Not too complicated, right? But then I start to think: Which one? How many? How would I rank them, style-by-style, for a wish list? And on it goes. And as anyone who owns as many black sweaters -- of all sorts -- as I do can tell you: It's possible to have an infinite number of different styles and nuances on this pure, simple little "basic".
Let's say for argument's sake, which is the way I pose this proposition to my interlocutors (and myself), you can have but one perfect black cashmere sweater. What would it be? More women lean toward the turtleneck. I personally opt for the crew neck and then throw in a
black cashmere scarf and voila, I have a turtleneck and a cashmere tee. (It's not for nothing I've spent my life orbiting around the fun-filled world of fashion.)
Moving right along. In a collection of black cashmere sweaters, before one veers off into the hundreds of variations on the theme, my version of a perfect top five would be, in order, as follows: crew neck; turtleneck; scoop neck (wait until you hear why. . .); simple V-neck; and if your chest can handle it (you know, no spots, wrinkles, crinkles, etc.), a deep V-neck. (I also think bateau necks can be adorable. . .)
Turtles and crews cohabit as comfortably with jeans as with a ball gown. The crew with a black pencil skirt morphs instantly into a little-black-dress and in my opinion, even better than the turtle. Now, here is something very special: The scoop-neck with that same skirt gives you
a knock-out cocktail, chi-chi restaurant LBD. A belt perhaps?
In all cases one must add the appropriate bright shiny objects, heels, hose and so on. You know the drill.
The scoop can also function as a U, V-neck if you see what I mean. Just layer a shirt or T-shirt under it you've dressed it down.
That about wraps up this subject before I hop over to my "Ultimate Guide for The Mother-of-the-Bride" blog which I've been neglecting of late. However I would be remiss if I didn't repeat something you already know, but I feel I can't leave with out repeating: Always buy the best you can afford, buy less, it will last longer and once again do the math -- number of times worn divided into the price. And if you already have all or part of above mentioned collection, I recommend: Just keep buying more.