but have learned scads since I started reading blogs.
Jennifer L. Scott's Madame Chic book introduced me to the concept of a small chic wardrobe.
Her 10 item basic wardrobe guide has helped me to see the benefits of living with less.
Having a small wardrobe means that pieces need to work with each other so select a neutral colour for most of your clothes. I love black and I never tire of it.
It feels like a blank canvas waiting for a pop of colour, a backdrop for a pretty brooch or a colourful scarf.
You are the artist when putting your outfits together so have some fun and be creative with your accessories.
Janice is a creative and fashion savvy genius, she writes The Vivienne Files.
If you have not discovered her blog rush on over and prepare to be amazed.
I've read numerous books and umpteen blogs on how to cultivate a small but efficient wardrobe that functions optimally allowing for panic free dressing...
I have pared down my wardrobe so I can see it all at one glance and things are not crushing each other in the attempt to find their place in the closet.
Remember most of my clothes are BLACK!
You may be thinking how boring or dull, but once you've organized your wardrobe in black or your chosen neutral, I don't think you'll ever regret the loyalty you'll feel to those great clothes horses and their flexibility.
This is a great read if you are looking for some tips on dressing in the French Chic Style.
Dressing well needn't break the bank...
there are lots of thrift and consignment stores that offer quality clothing.
The secret is that you have so shop often and seriously hunt for those gems.
When you find one examine the garment carefully for rips, holes and stains.
A seamstress or tailor can usually alter the piece to fit if it is in good condition.
I love to shop this way but I know it is not for everyone.
I do enjoy purchasing quality basics on occasion but I seriously consider the CPW factor
(cost per wearing)
before I plunk down the cash.
Most of you have heard me rave about the 10 item basic wardrobe that Jennifer L. Scott has written and blogged and V-logged about in her You Tube tutorials...
her book is a great introduction into living well with less.
This vintage book is a classic guide to French Chic dressing.
Coco Chanel loved black.
Her contribution to fashion, with her launch of the LBD, is as popular and alive as it was when she took the fashion world by storm.
I have a lovely LBD in my wardobe by Elie Tahari.
It is THE MOST VERSATILE dress that I have ever had the pleasure of wearing!
Do you like how I have photographed it by the fridge?
What could be a simpler shape and line?
It fits as if it were tailored personally for me.
The fabric has body and a bit of weight to it and the dress is fully lined and top stitched by hand.
The zip is in the side which I like as I am not too good at doing up back zips.
(my husband helps out with back zips when he is at home!)
I wanted to show you a few ways that I style my favourite LBD.
If you have any doubts about buying one I hope that I have shown you the value of owning a great classic.
If you think you look dreadful in black try another neutral shade...navy, tan, white, or grey.
I made this necklace years ago when I took a course and wear it often.
Silver belt with an ethnic vibe at the waist can dress it down when it is worn with a jean jacket and boots.
A armload of bangles...
Gumball sized pearls are a bit more refined.
An interesting bangle worn solo is all you need to add a bit of interest and the silver is a nice shade with black.
Dressier shoes for afternoon and evening.
Flats work too as well as kitten heels.
A vintage small eel skin bag is just the right size for evening and I love that it has a chain strap so that my hands can be free to hold a drink or nibble on canapes.
"Mother approved" outfit for dinner out or an afternoon matinee at the local live theatre.
(maybe a bit Mumsy, I consider it a bit more modern version of a Castlebury Knit!)
If I haven't convinced you of the value of having a LBD perhaps I have not done my job!
Perhaps you prefer a skirt and sweater?
I have those items in my wardrobe too....
A longer skirt to wear with boots and a soft wool blend sweater.
Lisa Campione skirt is made of a firm fabric which gives it staying power and lots of body.
It is a very fun and feminine skirt to wear.
You could wear a white tee and a denim jacket to make this a super casual outfit...perfect for shopping or lunching out with your friends.
I just watched Jennifer L. Scott's Tedx Talk and thought you might like to see it too.
Now it's your turn to chime in with your thoughts about how you approach dressing.
Are you a minimalist or do you go for the maximum amount of garments?
Are your closets organized by colour, by type of clothing, or are they cluttered?
With a jumble of colours, styles and garments do you feel that you have "nothing to wear?"
I hope that you have a fabulous weekend!