You know those articles in fashion magazines that list the clothes every woman is supposed to have? I find them stupid. As if we all live the same life and therefore need the same items in our wardrobes.
Yes, there are clothes I would consider ‘essential‘, or ‘the basics‘. But my ‘basics‘ might not be the same as yours.
What you consider ‘basics’, or ‘essentials’, depends on where you live, your lifestyle, and your personal style. Perhaps you need a more (or less) formal wardrobe for work, or live in a very cold (or very warm) climate.
It’s easy to see how your definition of ‘the basics’ is shaped by geographical location: you need different clothes depending on whether you live a stone’s throw from the polar circle or on a tropical island. But the way I see it, adjusting to your climate is just that: adjusting your personal style and lifestyle to suit the weather.
It’s your lifestyle and personal style that really define what you consider ‘the basics’.
For me, ‘the basics‘ mean simple, good quality clothes I can wear everyday. And I mean every day: I don’t have a separate ‘work wardrobe’, or ‘festive clothes’, or clothes for ‘special occasions’.
And when it comes to personal style, I have a strict no-frills policy. In other words, I hate anything fussy or complicated. I prefer casual, comfortable, low-maintenance clothes with longevity. That’s a fancy way of saying I’m basically a simple trousers (not jeans) and a t-shirt kind of girl. No fuss, no ironing, and certainly no layering.
Obviously, winter complicates things a bit… Or not. I simply swap t-shirts for cashmere sweaters and I’m good to go.
So, how do I cope with the cold weather? Do I add an extra layer under my cashmere sweater and corduroy trousers? Hell no! I can’t handle more than just one layer of clothes. And I never wear tights (or pantyhose, for my American readers) under trousers. For starters, I hate tights /pantyhose, and only wear them with dresses (and only when it’s cold). But with trousers, I only wear ankle socks (or knee-high socks if it’s really cold). Besides, it’s never cold indoors in Finland (quite the opposite), so one layer of clothes is enough. And outdoors… Well, that’s what a big coat is for.
cashmere sweater: Adagio / trousers: Cut & Pret / bag: Lancel (old)
What are your winter basics?
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