In the last couple of days I broke out some fall items--my taupe trench coat (essential) that I bought last year, and my olive boots (statement) from NAS this year. I expect both to be workhorses in coming months.

I'll join in the game and try to identify essentials and non-essentials/statement pieces in this post, as Alaskagirl suggested, and as Angie blogged about and elucidated on the forum.

The outfits:
1-2 (worn for a day off): taupe and white chunky knit cotton sweater (Amy Brill) [statement]; scarf in neutral shades (Asian Eye) [statement]; dark skinny ankle jeans (Lucky, Charlotte Rail) [essential] tucked into tall olive suede boots (Donald J. Pliner, Devi3) [statement]; olive jacket (Laundry by Shelli Segal) [statement]; taupe shoulder bag (Aunts & Uncles) [essential].

3-4 (worn for day off and work in evening): teal corduroys (Kut from the Kloth, Diana skinny) [statement]; teal, green, black marbled print knit peasant tunic (made by me) [statement]; taupe suede booties (Paul Green, Jano) [statement]; taupe trench (Calvin Klein) [essential]; taupe shoulder bag as above.

5-7 (worn to work): water-color-like print silk and cotton voile cowl-neck blouse (made by me) [statement] over navy tank (Tees by Tina) [basic]; navy linen knit drapey vest (made by me) [statement]; espresso skinny ponte pants (NYDJ) [essential]; denim ballet flats with navy cap toe and tan belt detail (AGL) [statement]; taupe trench, as above; navy satchel with tan trim (Dooney & Bourke) [statement]

I really am just stabbing at the pieces that Iabeled "essential." I wonder if they really are statement pieces instead. The ones I labeled statement seem more clearcut. What do you think?

Any comments and suggestions are welcome, on the outfits, categories, or whatever! Thanks for looking.

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