One of the most important things I’ve learned at uni so far is to do your research. Therefore, before starting a post about must-haves, I went to the library and contacted a bunch of style guides to find all the stuff that a woman apparently can’t live without. The list I came up with is as follows:
The perfect LBD
The perfect jeans
The perfect white shirt
A trench coat (perfection optional)
A navy blazer
A pencil skirt
A trouser suit
A black polo (but pair it with something colourful, so that you don’t look like an existentialist, warns Colin McDowell)
Black Louboutins (although Manolos or Jimmy Choos should work)
And at least one it-bag
…and then I got to Nina Garcia’s book called The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own, and gave up.
What nobody added is that you also need a huuuuuuuuuge closet to fit it all, and a ginormous house to fit such a closet, and a titanic wallet. Which makes all the massive it-bags indeed essential.
And you know what? It’s all bullshit. Trust me, I spent most of my life without a single of these “staples”. (Really – I got my first jeans at 11!) I’m sure most of the world’s womankind lacks at least one of them, and somehow manages to survive. With a bit of creativity, one can even be incredibly stylish, without following the list – when was the last time you saw Anna Dello Russo in a blazer and a trench coat, hmm? And imagine a party,where every girl turned up in an LBD and a “personal touch” in the form of a designer bag. It sounds almost as bad as a high school party in uniforms.
After thinking it over, I arrived at the conclusion that the only truly indispensable piece of clothing is knickers. Everything else is negotiable. Legend has it some people cope without them, but if these creatures exist, they must be either male, or under one year old, or both. Ladies need panties. Briefs. Old school undergarments (and no, thongs won’t do the trick. For further explanation, contact Caitlin Moran’s How to Be a Woman).
Actually, no. There’s another thing that every woman (and man) really must have.
It’s called a brain.
It goes with everything and makes everyone more attractive. Also, it’s useful for sooo many things. Including NOT spending money on a gazillion must-haves and getting yourself a style instead.