I once met a woman who was wearing a beautiful lavender suit. Some months later when I ran into her at another meeting, she again had on that same suit. She came up to me and said, “Really, I do have other clothes.”
I love color. I can remember the colors of my favorite articles of clothing: a cornflower blue silk dress I wore until it became a rag, a fuchsia flapper-style cocktail dress (oh, baby!), a beaded blue floral scarf, gold evening pants, a red power suit.
But for simplicity and versatility you can’t beat the basics of black and white. With those two “non colors” you can go anywhere or do anything. Dress them up or dress them down. Add color or not. Brown, tan, navy, taupe can be neutrals, but still can’t quite compare to black and white.
If you had nothing else in your closet, I would suggest you have these items:
- Pants. One dressy for evening, one casual for day.
- A black tank.
- A black sweater or jacket.
- Basic pumps.
- Jeans. Yes, in black.
- The quintessential little black dress.
- A high quality T-shirt to be dressed up or down.
- Cropped pants.
What must-have clothing staples would you suggest?