Expanded from this original post referencing Garance Doré, copied below:
The idea is to focus your wardobe into a core of items that may be basic but so carefully chosen, so beautifully timeless and functional, that dressing becomes a complete and effortless joy. My additions and notes to the list are in blue.
• Black cashmere turtlenecks. I still haven’t found the perfect one.
• Grey v-neck cashmere sweaters – Bompard makes the deepest Vs – I just love them
- cardigans – I love my super light cashmere cardigans and in cotton for Spring and Summer
• Silk shirts from Equipment, of course
- cotton shirts – either close fitting or loose men’s
• Church’s flats. Three pairs
- ankle and knee boots – in a cold climate, these get the most wear for me
• One pair of sublime very high heels, black, like the Pigalles by Louboutin – Yeah, only one! If they’re that sublime, they’ll be enough!
• Grey skinny jeans. White skinny jeans. Helmut Lang, the denim is the thinnest I’ve ever felt.
• One pair of boyfriend jeans.
• Two blazers, one black, the other marine blue. Stella [McCartney].
• A straight-cut skirt, Céline
- Safari skirt – practical and chic during Spring and Summer
• A Sarti scarf, light as a cloud. I’ll take a quick picture for you as I’m wearing one right now.
• A dress, Alaïa or Roland Mouret. Never goes out of style
- Shirt or Safari dress – very versatile all year round depending on the material
• A big coat, camel or grey.
• And a military parka – light and long
- Classic trench – more versatile than a coat for most of the year
This is where I am hung up about designer labels, well certain ones that still deliver style and quality for the price. Maybe it’s because I aspire to the timelessness, longevity, luxury and beauty of la haute couture so I do believe in investment dressing and all of these above items qualify.