The Essentials List...
|Patricia Franchini in Breathless|
Patricia Franchini in Jean-Luc Godard's 1960 film Breathless has a certain something, dont you agree? The film itself is, of course, an essential member of the canon of film history. And yes, I enjoyed it. But I enjoyed watching Ms. Franchini much more. Her quintessentially cool looks remain burned in my mind when ever I think of Paris, let alone bohemian chic. But it is also her seemingly perfect travel-go-with-the-flow wardrobe that makes me swoon...just a little.
I want to set forth to create a foundation of perfect pieces of clothing, that mix and match and incorporate all of my own go-with-the-flow ideas of style. Kind of like having a bucket of Legos you can pick from to build whatever you want, except in clothes form, and maybe less primary colors.
|Finn Stone‘s LEG-GO Stilettos|
So here is what I want to make first, the blocks in my Lego bucket of home made and hand made clothes!
Blouses - to wear out and feel pretty, but also for every day wear!
- blouse with fitted waist and scoop neck, hip length (variations include neck ties, collars, boat necks, cowls side zip, back buttons and front buttons)
- long sleeve menswear shirt in a plaid or chambray, hip length, fitted in the waist, with yoke and cuffs
- tunic top, fitted in the shoulders, bust and waist, hits to mid thigh with a little flare and pockets
- length and color are key. Lower scooped neck in fabulous jewel shades
- high waist trouser pants with a wide leg in a stiffer denim
- high waist pedal pushers (vintage style!)
- skinny "tuck-in-boot" jeans with a higher waist and tight leg
- boot cut perfection to wear with flats and one to wear with heels
- black tuxedo pants for special nights out
- high waist pencil skirt (that doesn't ride up) and comes to just below the knee
- full dirndl skirt vintage styling, comes to just below the knee or a little longer
- shirtwaist dress
- fitted sheath
- full skirt party dress
- the hostess dress (with matching apron?)
- winter jumper (maybe in corduroy or flannel to wear with some awesome blouses?!)
- bolero (in double knit, crepe or worsted wool)
- classic denim jacket a la James Dean
- trench coat in a fabulous color
- melton wool winter coat
- weather beater* jacket, in something waterproof and warm, (yay Gore Tex!)
- knee high boots
- oxford heels
- penny loafers
- wooden clogs
- wedge ankle booties
- canvas sneakers (keds or chucks)