26 March 2022
A Well-Curated Wardrobe
Building the foundations for a well-curated wardrobe requires finesse. It calls for diligence and consideration, combined with utility. The key attributes of which consist of pieces that are timeless, functional, and versatile. It’s important to start from the ground up. The basics are your foundational prerequisites. They are the underpinnings of a functional wardrobe, offering the most range and versatility. Investing in quality will serve you well. Reimagine and repurpose as necessary, switching up textures and colour palettes to suit your directive. Singlets are non-negotiable failsafes, as stand-alone, and laying pieces. These offerings from Totême in white and black are prime examples – well-made and minimal.
Moving on to jeans and trousers. Not much needs to be said here. Jeans are the king of the wardrobe jungle. Hardy and robust, utilitarian, yet elevated, they epitomise high-low dressing. When you think you’ve seen them all, new, improved versions surface. With jeans, the devil really is in the details. Slight variations in cut and finish make all the difference. Case in point: Agolde’s 90s rendition. These sit high, pulling in at the waist, with a straight-leg silhouette. The Dark Gray, and Light Denim are both classic washes. Well-cut, classic, comfortable, and flattering. As is happens, these are the very same qualities to look for in trousers. For this, The Row uphold the traditions of fine tailoring, creating classic pieces that are modern, timeless and understated. The Frankie Shop have unfussy and wearable styles in classic cuts that are more accessible. Monochromatic and neutral varietals will hold you in good stead.
But the real crown jewel for any closet with clout, is the blazer. Few garments can match its versatility and timeless appeal. Current favourites include this classic from Anine Bing, made in a wool fabrication with an oversized fit, rendered in a muted Gray-Green. It’s a fresh, neutral alternative to beige. In black, this double-breasted number from Acne Studios strikes the right balance between relaxed and structured. Blazer’s are a true timeless classic, they’re equally understated, sophisticated and casual; the cool, calm and collected chameleon that holds true to its roots. While its versatility is evident in its ability to shift gear depending on the directive. With more relaxed cuts dominating the scene, comfort and class have officially entered into a new relationship. Slipping on a black blazer over a white t-shirt and dark-gray jeans is a uniform-worthy partnership.
Of utmost importance is quality. Opting for fewer pieces of higher quality, as opposed to more items of less quality, is advisable. With this approach, style becomes effortless, and versatile. It’s unnecessary to amass a huge wardrobe. Less is more, are wise words of the discerning. As is prioritising quality over quantity. Investment pieces may take longer to acquire, but they will stand the test of time. A classic bag is at once stylish, timeless and functional while offering purpose and longevity.
After all, classic pieces are made to be repeat staples that form part of a personal uniform. Dressing in this way points to a level of confidence, that shows a developed sense of style. It’s asset. And, beyond sartorial organisation, uniform dressing offers peace of mind. Clarity frees up precious mental real estate by fine-tuning the decision making process. The benefit of this is a harmonious trine between style, dressing and time. In one word, satisfaction.
But, diligence and prioritisation are paramount. Investing in key pieces will result in a well-curated closet that’s not only stylish and functional, but will pay future dividends. After all, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.