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.