This week I said to Edith: "I've got a great idea." Actually, I say that to her every week, so she just sort of rolls her eyes and says, "I'm listening."
I explained that by now you have done your cover to cover fall/winter fashion reconnaissance review in your favorite magazines and are probably wondering why "she" (meaning moi) hasn't said a word about the up-coming season in a futile effort to drag out the last days of summer.
Since I like easing into new situations -- a dabble here, a dabble there -- before plunging in and making an egregious error, I thought perhaps you might like to dabble with me.
Without further ado, here is my GREAT idea: By spending almost no money you can add bits and pieces of "newness," i.e.: "See I know what's hot in the fun-filled world of frivolous fashion at this very second and I'm already on message," and turn what you already own into the latest and the greatest. (I apologize for whatever punctuation or lack thereof makes that sentence difficult to digest, but in my excitement I couldn't stop and worry about commas.)
Assumption: Every woman in the world owns a black skirt. And if she doesn't she better get one tout-de suite because no woman can live without one. It's the basic foundation of everything in our closets. Whatever shape suits your body is the one you should choose. Forget about designer dictates. You're in this game for yourself -- it's all about you, always. That's what French women know instinctively.
These are the budget friendly touches that will up-date and chic-start your fall wardrobes:
1.) Add rounded Velcro shoulder pads to sweaters and some blouses, like the beige one I invented for example. The black turtleneck sweater -- which you already own -- also becomes "this minute" by the addition of light padding.
2.) Belts, belts, belts. I chose the leopard Azzedine Alaia for the turtleneck/skirt combo because it provides a nice break, almost turns the separates into a LBD and as we've discussed waaaaay too many times leopard remains a staple through winter. (Surely there are some belts out there if one is so inclined.)
Belts cinch in or simply mark the waist on sweaters, jackets, blouses, dresses and coats.
The double-wrap which twirls twice around the gray flannel jacket is a biggie.
3.) All you need is a wide, soft ribbon as the one on the shocking pink blouse and voila, another up-date a la Chanel.
4.) See the cord around the waist of the beige blouse? A visit to the curtain department of your favorite store should accomplish this dress-up embellishment. Go for bright color and maybe some gold. It was an important accessory from the Chloe pret-a-porter collection.
5.) If you scroll up to last week's Top 10 on white blouses, look at the velvet ribbon in Carolina Herrera's black trousers.
6.) See all the black opaque hose? Get some. Wolfords are expensive, but worth every centime they're simply the best of the best paying for themselves over and over. You'll buy fewer and wear them longer.