The key to dressing and creating a good basic wardrobe is to have fun with, and a sense of adventure about, clothes. He feels this brings out the younger part of all of us. Much of Patrick’s designing influence comes from Southern California, and the mainstays of his line are basics that can be worn with comfort, ease, and in a relaxed but “together” way.
- Start your basic wardrobe with some great basic knits and sweaters to wear as a first layer. Having one great cashmere sweater is a worthwhile investment that will last for years.
- On top of this, add a great jacket – mix it up with a wool or leather blazer, or try a tuxedo jacket.
- It’s important to have a few pairs of well made pants – pleated and flat front pants are in, but select a style that fits you well, and is a good weight.
- Every wardrobe should have several skirts, and when asked about the what the “right” length is, again Patrick defers to one’s personal preference. Both short and long skirts are in, and he suggests you have at least one of each.
- “IN” colors for this season include butter, plum, red and gray. Nothing stark.
- Every wardrobe should have a good coat – this is something you should be willing to spend a little more on. Beyond selecting a coat that is functional and warm, don’t be afraid to select one that is fun – or a bright color.
- To go from a daytime to evening look, pull in some accessories – change your jewelry to something a little bigger or more dramatic – add a scarf to your outfit to dress it up.