Call me crazy, but sometimes I wish I had just a half-dozen — oh, okay, make that a dozen — pieces of clothing in my closet.
In this fantasy, each piece would be a true standout. Not necessarily something expensive, just something I absolutely adore. It would look great on me — suit my lifestyle, body and coloring to a T. Of course, it would GO with everything ELSE in my closet really well, too.
I suspect I’m not completely alone in this fantasy. For starters, this idea is what’s so appealing about the packing articles that appear regularly in fashion magazines — “Looking Chic on Vacation with Just 7 Pieces.”
But there’s also the notion of having a closet that’s tailor-made for your own personal style. It’s the closest thing most women will ever have to their very own boutique: “My Boutique of Me,” where you are the head buyer and most valued client.
Last week I think I found a strong candidate for one of those dozen pieces.
It’s a vest by Eileen Fisher. It’s a really great that fulfills a bunch of key criteria:
- a great, wearable color
- a lightweight, year-’round fabric — woven wool
- a shape that is totally versatile — it can be worn belted or loose and drapey
- a gorgeous weave — again, versatile but intrinsically interesting upon a second look.
Just to see if it was really as versatile as I thought it could be, I challenged myself to see how many uses I could come up with for it. Here they are: as a swimsuit cover-up; as the foundation of a work outfit with a slight rocker edge; loose and easy as part of a boho weekend outfit; and thrown on top of a going-out ensemble to give it a slightly casual panache.
How would YOU wear it? Leave a comment and let me know. (Or go ahead and tell me you’d never get this piece and why!)