I am a firm believer in creating a wardrobe that is filled with everyday sartorial building blocks - a woolen blazer, a chunky ribbed sweater, a classic white shirt, a blue shirt - and it is my hope that over time I will continue to come back to these old faithfuls, like a loyal friend.
A recent discovery is a collectors hand book published in the mid-to-late 70's, Cheap Chic written by Caterine Milinaire and Carol Troy - advising on what its title promises, giving practical tips on how to hunt out the best from army surplus and vintage shops while also featuring black-and-white images of Lauren Hutton looking effortlessly cool in jeans, a knotted sweater and sneakers.
"The basic concept of Cheap Chic for both men and women is to have a few clothes that you really love rather than a closet full of mismatched fashions. Paring down your wardrobe is going to simplify your life and looking good is going to make you feel good. Find the clothes that suit you best, that make you feel comfortable, confident, sexy, attractive and happy... and then hang onto them like old friends".