|Via the always wonderful T Magazine|
"I absolutely love fashion. I love doing new things and finding ways to swerve in a different direction. But one of the reasons why I try to use fabrics and cuts that don't go out of fashion is because I like the idea of women buying the clothes and then... I don't know what the word is... cherish sounds over-emotional for a relationship with a piece of clothing... but for a woman to feel proud, satisfied, comfortable and powerful in them, to wear them and get on with their lives." Phoebe Philo
In many ways this is the epitome of how a wardrobe should work. Who doesn't want to feel proud, satisfied, comfortable or powerful in their clothing? Every wardrobe has items that are relied on. The go-to pair of trousers, the timeless blouse, the flawless dress, that special something; that when you wear it, you are ready to take on... anything.
For me these items have purpose. These garments toe the line between being highly functional (almost a bit utilitarian in some ways) and being luxurious in fabric and cut. One example that comes to mind is my beautiful Yves Saint Laurent dress, that is exquisitely cut, but has the deepest pockets. It's about finding garments that strike the perfect balance. Function doesn't have to mean that I sacrifice fabric, cut, or my aesthetic.
This week there is a crispness in the air. It's downright chilly. I find myself reaching for one of my favorite practical garments- the trench coat. I know I mentioned it here, but trenches are one of my favorite transitional pieces. During an unexpected downpour* last week I grabbed a trench and headed off to a lunch meeting. My trench coats are workhorse items. I like that a well tailored trench is timeless. A trench coat that is tailored to perfection allows me to look effortlessly pulled together while embracing the elements.
Do you have items that strike the perfect balance between form and function?
* I must confess I keep more than a few items at the office (wraps, black pumps, flats, blazer, cardigan and trench to name a few) just in case something unexpected is added to my schedule.