At some point most of us flirt with the twin fashion fads of de-cluttering our wardrobes and adopting a signature uniform. French commentators have been popping up in the media talking about the formula of building the perfect capsule wardrobe. I have put together my list, more than five, but here goes:
1. Cashmere jumpers. You can’t have enough of every shade of neutral, black, navy, grey, mink; they will be worn all year round. Experiment with different shapes.
2. Jeans that won’t date. Best to give a miss to the new fringed short jeans and stick to a couple of really flattering pairs.
3. A quality Breton striped T-shirt. If you are a mum, a Breton top will be part of your daily uniform; for corporate women it’s an off-duty staple.
4. A sharp blazer. The jacket is the lynchpin of the French wardrobe. New this season in soft Jersey.
5. Silk shirts. Black, ivory, navy – they work every time. Most styles will be chic but classic is best.
Over the years I have had several from High Street to designer. From skinny Azzedine in my 20s, to, well, longer and bigger now! If you haven’t been wearing yours recently, time to check out a new one.
A pencil skirt and great black pants. Simple to wear. They work as the basis for all your looks. They can be added to with your classic pieces or spiced up with the current fashion fads. For example, something colourful or printed, a “folky” dress or a Gucci bag, would be right for this summer. With this group of great garments ready and waiting in the wardrobe and regularly updated we are set to go.
By Vanessa de Lisle - www.thefashioncupboard.com