Have you heard of this book called The One Hundred by Nina Garcia (of Project Runway fame)?
The idea behind this little book is that there are about 100 pieces that every stylish woman ought to own, from ballet flats to a trench coat to wide-leg trousers. Nina lists her choices for the top 100, and invites the reader to create her own list.
Now, I have to say, my knee-jerk reaction to anyone telling me what are “must-haves” is to raise my hackles. Why? Because we are so inundated with women’s magazine and television and now blogs telling us what we “must” buy in order to be stylish. But is it stylish to look the same as everyone else? Or to buy things because a style authority tells you to?
Nevertheless, that was just my gut reaction, and it’s really not very fair to this little book. Most of those “must have” columns I’m describing are pushing trendy items, many of which will leave you scratching your head in a season or two.
The concept of The One Hundred is different, because it obviously emphasizes classic styles that last over trendy throw-away items. It doesn’t advocate continually buying more and more. In fact, it’s the opposite: Coming up with a list of useful, classic wardrobe components that you can buy (or make!) over time.
That said, I don’t really understand many of the pieces included in the book. Champagne? Cowboy boots? Havaianas? an iPod? But at the same time, Nina is clear that this is just her list, and that you should feel free to create your own.
I started brainstorming my own list. It’s a bit long to post here, but it really did help me think about what I actually wear and what I should concentrate on buying and making this year. You know, things that I can actually wearing for years and years to come.
Do you think this “100 pieces” concept could work for wardrobe and sewing planning? What would be on your list?
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