On the (outside, I hope) chance you might think a 20-item wardrobe makes me a garment gourmande let me defend myself.
I feel we have reached an age -- whatever that may be -- where we deserve, no, have earned the right, to have a richer, wider, highly amusing wardrobe that works specifically for our life styles. Dressing is supposed to be a pleasure, not an onus upon us. With 20 pieces it can be, and it can be creative since I'm allowing us full reign with all the accessories we have collected over the decades.
The elements I've chosen give me almost infinite possibilities. If something didn't work in one way or the other with everything, it was instantly rejected.
You may find my choices boring or repetitive, I find them comforting and confidence building. Several years ago my top 20 probably would have included more skirts and something amazing for evening, but my life has changed. If a grand soirée comes my way I'll subtract something from this group and see what I can find in my closet or maybe go shopping.
Here comes a blasphemy for many of you perhaps: I think saying it's a lark to live with a five or 10 piece wardrobe for six months or a year is pure folly unless one has decided to take on a challenge. That's another story entirely. And why not?
Fun must be a fashion adjective. Frankly, I say take and make the good times where we can find them. Carpe diem.
Yes, less, I'm all for it. But life is too short not to have fun.
Here then is the third installment of my edited 20 item collection:
11.) Black gabardine pants suit. Classic trousers with a cuff, blazer jacket, but refined by the hand of a tailor or seamstress to nip in slightly at the waist. No boxy blazers, they are not flattering on anyone. The suit above is from Marc Jacobs, but you can pull one together beautifully from Lands' End, just make sure a professional finishes the jacket properly.
As you probably know, Lands' End does the cuffs to your specified length so make certain you choose the shoes you will most likely be wearing with the pants when you measure.
It's not a bad idea to have two pairs of trousers for the jacket. They are all in the same dye lot and you'll be wearing them more often than the jacket. Also, you can choose a length for heels and a length for ballerinas or moccasins.
12.) Black cashmere V-neck sweater. (My vanilla Chanel evening skirt stays in the closet.)
13.) Black cashmere T-shirt. I can turn it into a turtleneck with a black cashmere scarf or a black cashmere cowl addition, which I have, from Eric Bompard. Long sleeves, of course.
14.) Gray cashmere T-shirt. Long sleeves, but you knew that.
In all cases, as everyone always points out, but I like to be redundant, buy the best cashmere you can afford, they are wardrobe workhorses. I reach for mine so often, I probably owe them money. Talk about cost per wear.
15.) Amethyst silk moiré waistcoat shown in Edith's drawing. You see how it's a vibrant neutral? Tell me a color with which it cannot be worn.