According to your opinion what is a base wardrobe?
There exist a rule that items in a wardrobe should be combined in a proportion of eighty to twenty percent, where the eighty percent represents your essence, your most obvious and steady side. From the point of view of aesthetics it is your foundation wardrobe (most often choices in clothing). Usually your foundation wardrobe consists of clothes of so-called neutral colors as well as of classic cuts. Twenty percent of your wardrobe is your creative edge, which is expressed through accessories.
But what is an accessory? That is the question, which causes tension. Nowadays an accessory can be anything you like – skirts, pants, dresses, jackets etc. Modern fashion is aimed at creating the most bizarre clothes. Many items produced currently are aimed at causing strong emotions, like surprise. They have an unusual geometry, they often represent a fusion of old and new. The whole history of fashion is being currently analyzed, reworked and revived in a new quality. Modern clothes are difficult to define. Fusion is the motto of modernity, it is everywhere even in cooking and in a huge number of international marriages. In one word, everything is being mixed up and everything can be defined as an accessory or a base wardrobe.
It is confusing. Many of us end up with a pile of creative clothes that never leave the house.
What is happening is that fashion changes and breaks the existing stylistic clichés. There are no more rules like “tone-to-tone”. New geometrical rules apply while you compose an outfit. Most likely, a foundation wardrobe is also a dying concept. So, the natural question one might have is “What are the new rules?” The answer is that there are no rules. There is no ideal of beauty to which to aspire, there is no pyramid to climb. Fashion has ceased to be beautiful, it became liberal and provocative. So, the answer might be: “Forget about old rules such as a foundation wardrobe and start creating looks expressing your mood.” Think of how much weight of creativity you can bear. Become interesting monochromatic or provocative achromatic. Combine un-combinable. Difficult? Yes, not always effortless.
I am a woman who usually holds my mobile phone in one hand and types on the screen with one finger of the other hand. This is, according to my daughter, a sure sign that I am above forty. Do you belong to the same category as I? Which stylish clichés drive your style? Are you breaking or idolizing them? Are you stuck in old habits? I notice that I treat new fashion as I treat my mobile phone or any other innovation – I only flirt with new ideas looking at them from the past.