Knowledge is power.
Beyond our insatiable curiosity we must know precisely what they are buying to perk up their wardrobes this season so we can determine what direction we might like to follow -- or not.
This is the first part of another mini-series which will continue until we all get bored with the subject. (I trust you will let me know if you reach ennui before I do.)
A few observations before we plunge into the specifics:
1.) You may think some of these choices are too young for you. Consider the way a French woman would wear them: opaque tights, boots, lacy camisoles under deep Vs -- demure, yet sexy -- and so on.
2.) Their choices often underscore the way they expand the foundations of their wardrobes. Basically basic with a soupçon of frivolity.
3.) Two found or re-found their perfect LBD this season. As we all know, a staple.
4.) We may be returning to some of the women included in today's survey because they haven't finished shopping. They're still on the hunt. Sometimes they don't know for what specifically, but they'll know it when they see it.
Let us begin. . .
1.) Knee-high black leather boots with a low heel. "They're a replacement for the pair I can no longer wear anyplace in public."
2.) A black corset belt.
3.) A simple fine-knit wool cardigan with tiny silver buttons -- "and the reason I bought it, the little detail of buttons on the sleeves."
4.) Lots of opaque tights: black ("well, you know. . ."), red, dark brown and dark gray.
5.) Low boots to wear with jeans in dark brown suede.
6.) A wine colored cardigan flecked with red "I can wear with anything. It has no buttons so I close it with a brooch." (Drawn by her above.)
7.) "I'm still looking for my seasonal coup de foudre (love at first sight) something."
1.) Gray Tod moccasins.
2.) A gray/taupe Zadig & Voltaire deep V-neck cashmere sweater.
3.) A LBD from Irene Van Ryb. "It has short sleeves, a round neck, is quite fitted and then the skirt becomes A-line. It skims just above my knees."
1.) Two pairs of three-inch heel moccasins, one in black, one in gray. Both in suede, trimmed with patent leather.
2.) Chocolate suede knee-high boots with a medium heel.
3.) Black suede cuissards (thigh-high boots). "I wear them with a black envelope skirt so they don't look too risqué."
4.) A long, large cardigan with a one button closure in taupe.
5.) A black fine wool pantsuit with high-waisted straight trousers and a very fitted one-button jacket. "It is perfect for work and can instantly transform into a more formal affair."
6.) A charcoal gray three-quarter wool and cashmere coat with a huge collar. (It's pictured above.)
1.) A navy blue flannel dress by Bensimon (purchased chez Babette btw).
2.) Low boots in navy suede. "I thought I would wear them with the dress, but decided it was too much."
3.) Low boots in camel suede.
4.) A fine wool deep V-neck sweater in camel.
5.) A "patineuse" skirt in black. (Ice skater skirt? She plans to wear it with black tights, not the way it's shown above.)
6.) A camisole in black bordered in lace to be worn under a deep U-neck black sweater.
7.) A cardigan with losange (like cough drops, sort of diamond shaped?) beads in tones of maron glacé, cream and beige.
8.) A LBD "very chic" to wear in Atlanta this December.
9.) A black coat. "Also very chic."
10.) A small, black sequined evening envelope.
11.) Black lace high, high heels. "Oh, I love them."
12.) A shawl in shocking pink.