Moving right along. Five more pieces today, taking us to the halfway point in my 20-item wardrobe.
Regarding the color I add to my basic black/gray neutral formula, I consider the add-ons "neutral accents" which is to say they are vibrant and true, and work with 95 percent of the other pieces -- otherwise they wouldn't be included.
They are too strong to be the foundation of a wardrobe. One would tire of them quickly and they are too "look at me" distinctive to morph seamlessly into fresh ensembles on a daily basis.
Today's five easy pieces include:
6.) The T-shirt collection, which counts as one item using my math. My collection includes: gray, black, white and navy blue. All long sleeved.
7. and 8.) Two white shirts: one scrupulously classic like the Agnes b, above, the other with more of a distinctive personality with French cuffs like the Anne Fontaine here.
French cuffs are great for folding up over a sweater or jacket sleeve and, of course, cuff-links are always fun, even a ribbon tying each side together changes the feeling. Again, the white, white, white rule applies. Dingy is unacceptable.
9.) A well-tailored, zippered charcoal gray flannel jacket. You can see mine in Edith's sketch.
10.) A black silk waistcoat with white and gray pinstripes (similar to the one pictured).
More tomorrow. I'll also tell you about the 20/20 wardrobe. It will help explain why my black redingote with the velvet cuffs, collar and buttons is a "basic" for me.