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Early on in the life of this blog, I posted about trying to develop a more “Goldilocks” style philosophy, and my desire to pass up indiscriminate acquisition for those items that are “Just Right.” Fine in concept, but more difficult in practice, as it takes some considerable trial and error to suss out what elements work and continue to express who we are and fit our bodies over time. It’s far too easy to be influenced by someone else’s Must Have list, or to succumb to the thrill of the new or an otherwise so-so item marked down 70%.

Our lives change and our attitudes and aesthetics shift, and we often want our outward appearances to reflect that. While the style gurus often caution against getting stuck in a style rut, I think for most of us there are some core items that we return to season after season, in whatever form; these are the foundations of our style, and will feel Just Right for most situations. I’ve done quite a bit of experimentation in the last couple of years, but keep returning to my tried-and-true numbers. For me, those items are:

1. Black trousers. Right now my favorites are Banana Republic lightweight stretch wool in Jackson fit. They dress up, they dress down. When I’m unsure about what to wear, I can always feel good and appropriately dressed if I start with these.>

2. The Jacket. Wear it with above trousers for work or add more bijoux for dressier occasions. Wear it with jeans and a tee shirt to look casual yet pulled together. This Ann Taylor jacket is my addition for this season.

3. Knit tops/tees. As much as I love the classic look of a crisp white blouse, that look doesn’t love me. A white cotton tee, neutral 3/4 sleeve tee or a silk jersey long-sleeved top will get me through almost any situation, layered under a jacket, or on its own with a scarf.

4. Jeans. Classic styling, sans embellishment. I’m loving these NYDJ straight leg jeans this season.

5. An interesting pearl necklace.

6. A pointy-toed flat or low-heeled skimmer. My current fave is leopard haircalf, but black leather would work just as well.

7. Black leather ankle boots. My Stuart Weitzman pair is heading into winter #5, and I’ve added these Fluevogs as a more casual choice.

8. Cardigan. My favorites right now are those with some interesting detail, either from color/pattern or a little bit of ruffle.

9. Gold hoop earrings.

10. Scarves, bien sur!

(At some point in the future, my new pencil skirt may be added to the list.)

Many of you looking at this list might find it a little boring, but that’s OK. If I’ve learned anything from all of the accumulating and culling I’ve done in the last couple of years, it’s that I need to listen to my own style voice, and that I can admire another’s stylish choices without needing to emulate them. Each of us has to find our own Just Right.

What are your J.R. items? Have they changed much over the years?
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Aren’t we glad that work wear has evolved?
For those of you visiting from Corporette, click here for a listing of scarf-related posts. I hope you’ll stick around and join in the discussions. (Une femme is also a corporate type, though our company’s dress code has slid in recent years into the Business Casual abyss.)
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