According to Michael Kors; ‘70 percent of the clothes you own should be meat and potatoes. 30 percent should be icing and fluff — that’s colour, pattern, shine, accessories. Too many women get the proportions the other way round, then can’t figure out why they can’t get dressed.’
I agree, a well functioning wardrobe needs to have a good balance of both basic and accent pieces. Basic garments are your core pieces; they are classic silhouettes in neutral colours. Accent pieces are garments and accessories in your signature colours that add personality to your outfit and give you the ability create different looks. But it is important to understand that a basic can also be an accent piece depending on how it is worn, which is why Mr Kors suggests you need more in your wardrobe.
Here are two examples,
A striped top can be an accent garment when worn with neutral trousers. It becomes focus and gives the outfit personality.
Or the same striped top becomes a basic when worn as a layer.
A black blazer is an accent garment when worn with jeans and tshirt.
Or the same black blazer becomes a basic piece that pulls an outfit together.