Invest in the Essentials

Nina’s basic #2 is to invest in the bones—the timeless and chic staples of your wardrobe that go with nearly everything. She says these pieces are dependable and possibly unremarkable, but notes that not every piece is supposed to be remarkable. Some are just supposed to be reliable.Nina outlines these ten staples:

1- The little black dress

2- A classic men’s white shirt

3- Cashmere cardigan or turtleneck

4- A trench coat

5- Denim

6- A man’s classic watch

7- Diamonds

8- Ballet flats

9- A classic high-heel pump

10- A great bag

You know where I’m going with this…

1-The little black dress is “the ultimate blank canvas.” It’s mysterious, chic, understated, provocative, simply stylish, sophisticated, elegant, flattering, etc… It allows you to layer and change your hair and accessories for different facets of your personality.

Nina explains how the little black dress “emerged as a product of necessity,” but it was Coco Chanel who made it so popular with its debut in 1926. For nearly 100 years, women have turned to the little black dress for comfortable versatility and practical elegance. Just like Chanel’s little black dress, or when Henry Ford designed the reasonably priced, reliable, and efficient Model T, some things are built to endure and fall back on. Full Scope Services, LLC is a groundbreaking service company with vision like that of Chanel and Ford.

Model T

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The Little Black Dress Barbie Basics Collection

2-Unpretentious as it is, the classic white shirt is similar to the LBD in that it acts as a blank canvas. Nina points out that it can be paired with almost anything (jeans, dress pants, pencil skirt) and still makes you look and feel fabulous. (Try on your husband’s tie loosely around a white dress shirt with dress pants and high-heel pumps and tell me you don’t look impressing……you can’t do it!) The “power tie” isn’t just for him, you know? Did you also know Full Scope Services, LLC is a woman owned business?

3-The cashmere cardigan or turtleneck, like the classic white shirt, can be paired with most everything. Like Nina said, anyone who’s ever owned one can tell you as soon as you try it on; you instantly know what all the fuss is about. Did you know Coco Chanel was chilly on a polo field one day, when she borrowed a player’s jersey, belted it, and discovered the look was quite catchy? The look got its biggest props when Lana Turner sashayed down the street of a Southern town in the 1937 film They Won’t Forget. Her influential walk made her forever known as “the sweater girl”. (Hmm…sounds familiar…)


Well, people may not remember Lana Turner’s name—perhaps they called her Constance—but they remember “the sweater girl”. 😉

4-What can you wear in almost any kind of weather to keep warm? A trench coat! The practical solution of Thomas Burberry to keep British army officers in WWI warm and dry in the trenches has been a “go-to” staple in women’s (and men’s) closets ever since. Practical solutions…isn’t that what Full Scope delivers for people every day?

5-Everyone has that special pair of jeans. Jeans have a way of connecting people…”Really,” you might scoff? Yes, I’m serious!

Denim can take the tensest looking person and make them appear down-to-earth and approachable. Coupling a nice pair of jeans with a silky blouse and suited jacket makes you so much more relaxed and unassuming than if the same pieces were worn with a pencil skirt or pants. It could even mean the difference in whether or not someone does business with you. (And, you know, I’m not too sure I’d want to do business with someone that was afraid to wear jeans to work…)

6-As Nina explains in her book, women’s watches change according to the trend, but a man’s watch is eternal. It’s another great item to borrow from the hubby from time to time. But actually, women were the first to wear wristwatches.

Men used their pocket watches until WWI, when it became more practical to check the time on their wrist than from their pocket while they were shooting a gun and being fired upon. Men’s wristwatches: birthed from destruction and chaos….another thing Full Scope has in common with fashion.

7-“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” The tune sung by Nicole Kidman, Marilyn Monroe, and countless women across the world rings true when you think that at one time women were legally not allowed to wear them. Diamonds were strictly for men, symbolizing power, status, and valor.

The mistress of King Charles VII of France became obsessed with diamonds and defied the law to make them acceptable to wear. Ironically, diamonds are used as a sign of purity and the premier stone of any engagement ring.

Faux stones are still beautiful to the naked eye. You can always spot a phony up close, though….something Full Scope has become very good at doing, as well. This discernment and professional training in our valuation services has made us a credible source for finding the “diamonds in the rough.”

8-In the name of practicality, ballet flats are a useful and comfortable choice when you know you’re going to be on the run. (And they add an instant sense of elegance and charm to your stride—just like a ballerina.) Nina says ballet flats are a staple in every woman’s closet because they help us navigate tricky terrain… If the GCCF isn’t complicated ground, I don’t know what is.

9-I love all the bright, neon-colored stilettos I’m seeing for spring and summer. Nina agrees; noting her red patent leather stilettos. Those are great for a special event or night out on the town, but you can’t depend on that kind of shoe like a classic black high-heel pump. Those others “get a lot more attention, but the black pump will let the other pieces of your outfit speak.” Some companies are like a pair of brightly colored shoes: they shout at clients for attention with nothing really to say other than, “I’m here!” Where’s the substance with that? It’s so coerced! Why not choose the classic black pump that lets its accessories and other pieces of the ensemble talk? Isn’t that the goal; to have all the pieces work together as one?

10-A great bag helps you carry almost everything (tote or shoulder bag) or almost nothing (clutch) with style and presence. Originally, men carried the bag and if a woman wanted something, she had to ask him for it. At the turn of the twentieth century, the handbag became a sign of independence as women began to carry their own belongings. (And men call us the control freaks—I wonder why that is now?)

Today the guys are back to carrying bags, too; as it’s necessary to carry laptops and I-pads around. Ugh, it truly is a man’s world , isn’t it? I mean, we thought we owned fashion, but it seems the basics started and end with a man in one way or another… I guess it is a man’s world, but it would be nothing without a woman…

How are you using what we’re blogging about in your lives?

Is Full Scope Services offering you some great solutions for your home or business?

Are you simply dressing better these days? Have you been inspired to help others? Are you becoming a better leader through character development?

Or, do you just enjoy learning more about Full Scope in each post you read?

We’d like to encourage your comments…


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