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Wednesday, 8 October 2008

The Pocket Stylist Wardrobe Checklist

The Pocket Stylist Wardrobe Checklist

I love all those wardrobe planning books and one of my favourites to return to is the Pocket Stylist by Kendall Farr.
This isn't a book review though, so see those on Amazon is you want one.

I just wanted to share her wardrobes basics list. she calls it
"A Bare Bones Chesklist of the Indispensables You Need in Your Wardrobe
which seems a mighty long title to me but here goes

Two pairs of dark pants
- Simple, skimming cut in a crisp fabric for day
- Fuller leg in a fabric that drapes in black for day and evening

Two pairs of jeans
- One hemmed to wear with heels
- One hemmed to wear with flats, sneakers

Three skirts
- Clean lines like a pencil, trouser or an A-line in black or in a lightweight wool
- A-line, bias or circle in a fabric with drape for day and evening.
- Neutral in a mixable fabric which can include a subtle chalk stripe or tweed.

A white button-front shirt and T-shirts
(of course)

Three sweaters
(seasonless, lightweight merino or cashmere)
- Black must tonally black your black bottoms - see Colours
- Another neutral choice - skin flattering, of course
- Rich colour

Two jackets
- Tailored jacket that matches one pair of your dark pants (read: suit, black is always a good bet)
- Sporty shape in a refined fabric, like a bomber, motorcycle jacket or windbreaker style in leather, suede, corduroy, soft wool. Cotton twill – goes to work and works for play.

Three Coats
- trench coat or any riff on this classic that flatters you both for rain and between seasons in a light neutral or black
- between seasons knee-length coat that works day and night, in leather, suede, tropical weight wool
- Winter coat (a regional consideration, of course) in the very best fabric you can possibly afford.

Dress
Or matching separates that create a dress silhouette. Always have something that serves as a Little Black dress in your closet.