It seems incredible to me that fashion articles called things like “The Ten Garments Every Woman Must Own!” or “Your Essential Capsule Wardrobe!” are still doing the rounds in print and online, and it's even more baffling that most persist with dispensing the exact same sartorial dictates they did ten years ago. While it makes perfect sense to build your clothing collection on a foundation of core workhorse basics that play well together and are easy to update, I just can't believe that a perfect white shirt is really a necessary cornerstone of every wardrobe.
I've had exactly one white shirt since I left school, where they were part of the uniform, and it rarely saw the light of day; they're an item of clothing that just does not suit me.
Actually, a good suit was listed as another “essential” on one of the capsule wardrobe lists I read very recently, which struck me as really odd because I don't think I know any women who wear a full-on suit with any regularity anymore.
Now that I think about it, I've never even owned one.
Ok, so I'm currently working in creative fields and I can pretty much live in my skinny jeans if I choose, but even when I was in the office-based world of corporate finance I rarely saw women wearing the matchy matchy two-pieces. It seems to me that suits have fallen into decline, with smart separates or business casual the order of the day now for anyone who doesn't wear a uniform.
And is it just me, or do suits look a bit, well, dated in 2013?
Maybe I'm way off and you rock an awesome suit for work every day, or you don't but still keep one mouldering in the back of the wardrobe, just in case.
I'd love to know what your take on this is!