Since minimalism is the guiding principle of my, "If I Could, I Would" shopping adventure, one blouse or shirt could change separates, a skirted or pantsuit into something entirely new, thus extending its investment with another.
Remember, all the clothes I've chosen last week and this week are for me, they cover my issues, literally, arms, thighs (just to the knee area), and not too, too dippy low in the front, i.e. cleavage is not my thing. I also take into account what I already own, as you would do as well if you were shopping.
Next week I'll show you a few, mostly dresses, I thought were drop-dead gorgeous, but to my great regret, not for me. Perhaps they are precisely what you've been dreaming about these days.
And finally, remember, I'm shopping virtually, scanning the collections with the precision of a scientist looking through a microscope at every stitch and detail. Then, I take my favorites into my "dressing room" and whittle down. Above are my top three favorites and the single one I chose. And, below the rejects. I like all of these blouses and shirts, otherwise I wouldn't have chosen them, but unfortunately I can't have everything I want.
C'est la vie. Even in my make-believe world I must display a modicum of discipline. (I really, really, really want that drape-y Armani Privé blouse in the gorgeous pinky fawn color. Actually, I may "buy" it and not tell you. . .)
And the winners are:
1.) Monique L'Huillier -- herself -- after her collection, wearing, for me the ultimate blouse. And the way she has put it together with the cummerbund and tuxedo pants is absolute perfection. I want it.
2.) Ungaro's peasant blouse -- I know, you're shocked (and yes, it's a print), but imagine it with Monique L'Huillier's trousers and cummerbund, red or violet satin shoes. Sublime.
3.) Chloe -- well, obviously.
And the rejects (I do like all of them, but one must be reasonable):
1.) Dolce et Gabbana
2.) Dolce et Gabbana (are you paying attention, Pseu?)
3.) Isabel Marant -- big mistake.
4.) Dolce et Gabbana
5.) John Galliano -- I know, but strip off the weird accessories and you'll see the possibilities.
6.) Aquascutum -- immaculate with the French cuffs. There should be one of these in every woman's closet.
7.) Chloe -- imagine with black or navy.
8.) Armani Privé -- I may cheat on this one.
9.) Armani -- obviously not with my midriff sticking out. . .
10.) Celine -- with a nude body suit for heaven's sake.