Gorgeous blogger K-Line tagged me to answer the question: “What is a basic wardrobe to you?” I put off writing my reply for a couple of days because I’m (a) a big procrastinator and (b) unhappy with my basic wardrobe.
I am in mourning for my old wardrobe. Since I left the corporate world in 2005 to concentrate on the jewelry business, my day-to-day look has changed a lot. The beautiful suits I collected are languishing in the closet or in storage. I never imagined I would miss wearing suits, but in the last five years of my 9-to-5 (okay, 9:30-to-4:59…okay, 10-to-4:30) life, I got some that I loved. Here are a few of the many that I have. These photos don’t do them justice; it’s all about fit.
Shortly before I started the jewelry business, I swore I was going to drastically reduce the black and denim in my non-work wardrobe. Guess what I wear nearly every day now? Black and denim. There are a few reasons for that. I spend a lot of time walking between appointments with manufacturers and wholesalers. It quickly became clear to me that it wasn’t a good idea to wear beautiful clothes while trudging around on 90 degree summer days, 10 degree winter days or through a rainstorm that was so violent it washed two fancy buttons right off my jacket. Also I do wear my own jewelry and as you might have noticed, some of my pieces are quite bold, so during the day I feel compelled to tone it down with black. And if I’m seeing clients, the best choice is head-to-toe black with as much jewelry as I can pack on. People are always inclined to buy what they see me wearing, so it’s good to give them a lot to choose from while making sure they don’t get distracted by a vibrant skirt or flower feet.
Phew. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. Stay tuned for the next post with photos of my current staples.
Wendy Brandes – J-Dealer at large:) I like the trouser suit very much. I don’t even know what my basics are – jeans I guess.
Oh Lady E says
oh, every girl need some alexander mcqueen in their life! those are total power suits. but still chic and feminine. me wants.
I am exactly the same as you, used to work in the Corporate world (until I had my son 7 years ago) and my power suits long since left my wardrobe via Ebay! Since then I have worked in retail, and now only part time, and spend my life on school or supermarket runs which requires no more than, like you, black tops and denim! I also miss dressing up everyday.
That shaggy do-red necklace-white tank top combo is amazing!
WendyB: I’m in mourning for your gorgeous suits! 🙂 That Alexander McQueen is fantastic. Someday I hope to own something Alexander McQueen…
Can’t wait to see the next installment. Thanks for your fab post. K
Susie Bubble says
Suits you sir…! The Gaultier is especially tremendous…
Ashe Mischief says
Yum! Your suits are so delicious.
It’s saddening, but sensical, that you mostly wear your own jewelry out now. I always sniffle a bit at the pieces I don’t get to wear anymore (for whatever reason) and it’s heartbreaking to see what beautiful pieces you have but wear less now.
Any way that you can mix & match at all? Wear the McQueen coat on a nice day to see clients or the skirt with a black top? Then again, you always risk the chance of wearing one too much and then the fabrics no longer matching…
Seamstress of Thought says
beautiful suits! my favorites of your gifted jewelery are your moonstone drop earrings & coral necklace. your hubby has excellent taste!
Those are great suits, and I love your hair in those photos!
It is a tricky proposition to re-tool one’s style when leaving the corporate world. I hear this refrain over and over from people I know who start their own businesses.
I can’t wait to see what great stuff is in your wardrobe now!
Don’t forget shoes!
Bronwyn, thanks, that one was definitely a favorite.
Oh Lady E, I wish I had a photo of my Alexander McQueen pantsuit! It’s a warm weather suit so maybe I’ll take a picture this summer.
Iwant, the problem is I can’t bear to give any of these up. I’m going to try to find a way to wear them more.
Lynn, I tried so hard to straighten my hair that day and it just sprang back up.
K.line, thanks for the tag.
Susie, why thank you!
Ashe, I actually started doing that more this fall, and I have vowed to make more of an effort going forward.
Seamstress, I don’t even have photos of the best pieces. I probably have about 20 beautiful pieces in the vault.
ENC, I’m so sick of the extreme casualness! I have to put more effort into evenings out. After feeling blah from wearing jeans all day, it’s so easy just to stick with them when going out to dinner especially when I feel fairly dressed up from the jewelry. But it’s getting depressing.
The Seeker says
wow, I love your suits.
I’m also a fan of suits.
Thanks for left such nice comment on my blog.
Have a wonderfull weekend.
Loved your line about going from using to dealing. Nice schtuff!
Blue Floppy Hat says
I love your suits! They must have been a pleasure to wear…and I’m hoping for the day when I’ll be able to get my own (given that lawyers do spend lots of time in suits, I’d like mine to be nice). And even your un-ironed hair is lovely and pixielike!
PS: What are those feather headdresses (?) you’ve got on in the last picture? They’re beautiful!
pistols at dawn says
There’s going to be a day when I’m forced to wear a suit, and I’m going to be mad when it’s to work and not to a funeral.
pre-flatiron and post-flatiron: the hugest division in my entire life.
Shopaholic D says
what gorge suits! i wish i had just one of them…still saving for my first super-fab suit
Christine, seriously. Best!Invention!Ever!
what? you don’t wear your flower feet to work? are you a euro size 39 by any chance? perhaps you’d like to give it a good home and send them over to me instead? hehe
Practically Perfect In Every Way says
i’m now in mourning for all that sits in storage! it’s like it is mary queen of scotts and you elizabeth.
Maryam in Marrakesh says
eeek, you are *so* adorable. I must go see if I can find your jewelery.
i have a theory about the brandes family. I bet when the first child was born to your mother, he/she looked so beautiful…that your mother couldn’t bare to have a child any less attractive.
Therefore she made sure she had one of those procedures were you can design your own babies…and alas the brandes siblings came along..all with perfect smiles and hard to distinguish from picture to picture.