The Basics Of Basics; How To Build A Weekend Wardrobe
Let's look at the weekend, shall we? Given that another one is just around the corner? I live in black tees.
But black tees are a dime a dozen. What makes this basic better than any other black tee, and why has it found its way into my weekend uniform?
A wardrobe based on basics, if you will, has to do a few things absolutely right.
- Define the desired silhouette
- Fit like crazy
- Perfect fabric
- Shine with just a few details
Fit is fit. Nothing too tight, nothing too lose. Perfect fabric is perfect fabric. And details should be seen just at the edge of perception, visible on close inspection, the effect felt at a distance.
I have been known to switch up my black tees with a white shirt. So adventurous like that.
But this really isn't just any white shirt. It has a slightly low neckline, a graceful collar, and little white stripes in the weave. Audrey Talbot, in case you're inspired.
I also wear khakis. I'm very picky. I've been wearing my son's for a year or two now. Because everyone's in denial about one thing or another. So I finally bought a new pair. To create the afore-mentioned silhouette, I need my khakis to fit tight at the hips and then fall straight to the ground without stopping to chat with my thighs. No stretch. It's quite hard to find nowadays. These just-purchased L.L. Beans fulfill the fit criteria, but the fabric is a little too unrefined. Oh well. It's the journey. And I love the little blue striped waist detail, even if no one sees it but me.
As anyone does who tends towards the classics, but lives in Northern California, I wear jeans a lot. A lot. When I go to San Francisco, it's Seven for All Mankind's Ginger version. Tight at the hip, dark wash, wide leg. Elongating short legs and balancing the long torso for all I'm worth. But on the weekends, I pull out my Levi 501s. Those buttons just slay me.
You might be wondering, how does a 53-year old woman wandering around in white or black shirts, khakis, and jeans, lay claim to any style? That's what shoes, belts, and earrings are for.
Have a lovely one. Weekend, I mean. In whatever uniform suits you.