While on the photographs I wear pieces that were in fashion since the middle of the 20th century, I certainly can not say anything against this statement. The question is, however, whether one can build a wardrobe of items that will remain timeless, updated, and years of wearing them will not reveal the real year of their creation. Again, I can not argue with this because the notorious white button-up, straight blue jeans and black kitten-heel or classic loafer shoes had been, and always will be, those staple garments that look modern despite the age of a person who wears them, despite the current year and trends. While the main question answered positively, and there is hope for those who want once and for all look attractive, effortless, yet keep the wardrobe simple, and efficient, we have only one raising problem; where does one start and what are those pieces.
Drawing inspiration from the past.
In realms of the latest events, we all realized that learning from the past, filled with mistakes of humanity, can be the way to a better future. Alright then, it was a rather obvious lesson, and shame on us we haven’t learned it earlier. However, those pages of the history are not only filled with terrifying, bloody stories that as much as possible we shall avoid in the present and the future, it was also filled with a graceful, mindful approach towards clothing and appearance. Here, a little disclaimer, I do not call all women to put back on corsets, even though designers often find inspiration in the Victorian era. No, in this post, I would rather draw inspiration from the mid-century, where the whole fashion revolution that started with Coco Chanel’s straight, corset-less dresses, continued. See, fashion responds to the current events as much as art or music does. Trends exchange each other, and there is no possible way one can have a timeless wardrobe while pursuing the idea of looking up-to-the-latest-trend. Nevertheless, if one rejects the idea of the blind trends following, and counts on own perception, taste and lessons of the elegance and class from the past decades, one can successfully create such a wardrobe.
I do not wish to accept the fact that sweat pants became staple wear for all occasions, all places. Do not get me wrong - I am the biggest fan of putting on those comfortable pants and reading on the couch when it rains outside. (We have an unusually rainy summer in Alberta, I must say!) However, there is the time and the place for all. And, as much as we appreciate the comfort of modern fashion, as much as we allow ourselves to show up to a theatre in a pair of jeans; as much we can still return to canons of approaching fashion as a form of art. There were many well-dressed men and women whose appearance and the sense of style we can still use as a source of inspiration. The items they wore, such as a tailored suit, slick silhouettes and simple lines of dresses and sweaters are something we now call ‘good old basics’.
Adding a modern twist.
While I am for building wardrobes on pieces that are time proved, on neutral colours and simple patterns that do not have anything too-much and too-extra, I am also standing for unexpected combinations. As I have said, fashion does not stand still, and while a classic suit barely changed its appearance, despite some details, it can be worn in a modern way, in the way mid-century fashion would not allow. I have the list of those timeless pieces that do not change in my wardrobe. They might be different in colours or textures depending on a season or my sudden preference shift, yet they do not change as a whole. The system of a timeless wardrobe that still works perfectly in my style remains the same, year after year. I have a devoted loyalty to trousers, wool coats, simple button-ups, and quality leather boots or shoes. I also include A-line dresses and mini skirts to the list. All those items inspired by the good old classics from the mid-century. Even though the items I own were made from modern, updated fabrics, most of the time they would not reveal whether they belong to designs of ten years ago collections or if they were a current season. I also, to put it as a conclusion, find much amusement in searching for inspiration in black-white photographs, and the ‘50s and ‘60s movies. And, later searching for the pieces that were inspired by those years, pieces that I, later, would wear for years to come and would still look modern, elegant and stay comfortable, because isn't it what we all want from our clothes?