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1. Focal Point

A shirtwaist blouse generally ends at the waist or Focal Point, but all separates necessitate extra simplicity and rhythm for the True Classic.

3. Line

The width of the cuff matches the slightly wide collar. The medium-wide ribbon in the hair and large-scale sunglasses reiterate the Omega theme.

2. Fabric

Since the Fabric is firm, this blouse for the True Classic needs to be somewhat Omega and it is. The smoothness of the blouse is matched in the hairband and gloves.

4. Ornament

The contrasting Colour of the gloves, hairband and sunglasses provides rhythm and intensity. The tiny earring relieves the starkness of the Colour scheme.

1. Focal Point

Gentle tailoring supplies the waist Focal Point here, making a belt superfluous. The waist is also the balance point between the deep V-neckline and the pocket flap.

3. Line

Since part of the True Classic balance is that of the horizontal and the vertical, the pocket flap, the purse and the watch provide the horizontal in this vertical ensemble.

2. Fabric

By their nature suits provide the harmony of matching fabrics, satisfying this need for the True Classic.

4. Ornament

Within a monochromatic Colour scheme the accessories are appropriately low key, but the metallic elements are critical because all-white would lack intensity.

1. Focal Point

Generally, turtlenecks end at the waist, allowing for a natural Focal Point for the True Classic.

3. Line

The circular Line of the ribbings at the neckline and wrists also serve to call attention to the circular Line of the shoulder seam.

2. Fabric

True Classics can wear Shine, Texture, Balanced Weave, Prints and Softness in moderation, but they need medium heavyweight Fabrics to look their best, as you see here.

4. Ornament

Rhythm and intensity are supplied by the orange tones in the lipstick and nail polish, and the deeper orange of the circular hat and sunglasses.

1. Focal Point

The jacket darts supply the Focal Point in this case where the tight top balances the dropped waist of the loose shorts in this casual outfit.

3. Line

The tight Alpha top is in balance with the loose Omega shorts. The padding at the shoulders makes this True Classic outfit dressier than it would be.

2. Fabric

The jacket and shorts are of generally equal medium weights and similarly smooth, balanced weaves. The T-shirt is equally harmonious.

4. Ornament

The print of the jacket is just as much Ornament as the sunglasses and bracelet, all adding great intensity, although one bracelet would be enough here.

1. Focal Point

Slight symmetrical pleating marks the waist Focal Point of the True Classic. The placement of the middle button reinforces it.

3. Line

The pocket details balance each other, but they also supply a necessary horizontal line. With a belt, however, this outfit would be too much for most True Classics.

2. Fabric

Since the fabric is somewhat soft, the jacket needs to be somewhat fitted and it is. The fabric is also medium weight with the critical balanced weave.

4. Ornament

The dark hat and handbag match the buttons establishing rhythm while the contrast in Colour and in scale with the small buttons, large hat and bag, supply intensity.

1. Focal Point

The contrasting belt establishes a firm Focal Point to this True Classic outfit. A slightly wider belt and a silver buckle would be even better.

3. Line

A slightly open Omega Line in the trousers balances the slightly fitted Alpha Line of the top. A medium wide belt would have acted as the point of balance.

2. Fabric

The smoothness of the turtleneck is mirrored in the smooth weave of the wool pants, creating nice Fabric harmony.

4. Ornament

Although the idea that “less is more” is somewhat true for the True Classic, the pearls would not be so perfect without the matching ring.

1. Focal Point

The waist is the obvious Focal Point of this casual coat. Notice how the widths of the horizontal quilting reinforce this by narrowing as they approach the belt.

3. Line

With so many horizontal and vertical Lines, this is a complex outfit for True Classic, so the strong emphasis at the waist resolves and focuses the ensemble.

2. Fabric

Fabric harmony is a key consideration for the True Classic. The change in texture from the coat to the sweater is almost a distraction, although the monochrome Colour helps.

4. Ornament

The matching gold accents of the belt, snaps, zippers and tips of the hood cord establish ornamental rhythm that obviates the need for more Ornament.

1. Focal Point

The Focal Point of the true waist is underscored by the change from ribbing to flat knit on the dress, also demonstrating that every tiny seam is relevant to the True Classic.

3. Line

The exact conformance of this dress to the body is the overall statement. The narrow ribbing is repeated in the narrow contrasting binding at the neck.

2. Fabric

This medium weight, lightly textured knit has a vertical ribbed bodice that establishes the theme for this simple but lovely dress.

4. Ornament

The Sunglasses match the neck binding, establishing rhythm. A purse would also need to match and hopefully have some kind of narrow vertical detailing.

1. Focal Point

The True Classic Style follows the human form. The True Classic Focal Point is the true waist so a belt would be very effective here.

3. Line

The Line can be quite Alpha, or fitted, if the Fabric is soft, as it is here. The Line could be more Omega, or open, if the Fabric were firmer.

2. Fabric

Fabrics should be moderate in shine, texture, print and softness. This lightly textured, slightly shiny, mid-weight dress also has the necessary balanced weave.

4. Ornament

Ornament is the source of intensity for the True Classic. Because the dress is so simple, the contrasting but matching simple gloves and hat supply intensity.

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