Friday, August 22, 2014

A Four by Four Wardrobe in Berry, Beige, Navy and Brown

I was going to save this post for during my Paris vacation (September 18 - 28!!!), but I really like it, and I think it shows two great accent colors that many of us could consider incorporating (at least in small doses) in our wardrobes.  The fact that the berry red is going to be pretty flattering for many people is worth remembering...

The same starting four in brown, with a really brown skirt...
Corduroy pants – Viyella, tee shirt – J. Crew, skirt -  Precis Petitesweater – Dear Cashmere
And navy separates that look familiar too!
Navy tee – Lands’ End, skirt - Uniqlo, silk shirt – Lands’ End, twill trousers – Lands’ End
  And these guys have been around too...

I think the most amazing thing about the clothing from The Row - aside from their prices - is that they're designed by the Olsen twins.  From Full House. I don't see that they have any fashion design, nor textile manufacturing, experience...  
sweater – The Row, asymmetric plaid blouse – Isabel Marant Etoile, cardigan – Uniqlo, turtleneck – Aniye By
Tell me that this berry red sweater wouldn't brighten up virtually any dreary day!
Bright berry sweater – L.L.Bean, beige tee – Uniqlo, flannel shirt – Uniqlo, silk blouse – Stella McCartney
 The plaid scarf is from the men's department.  I don't for the life of me know why - it's not like women can't wear wool, or plaid, but I couldn't find anything comparable in the women's department.  Always remember, some of the most lovely scarves can be found in the men's department - and they will almost certainly be less expensive than a similar scarf made specifically for women.  Especially if you're looking at colors that are common in menswear, break on through to the other side once in a while.
Square silk scarf – Brooks Brothers, smoky quartz earrings – Ippolita, brown suede pumps – Trotters, gold bracelet – Lauren Ralph Laurentote bag – Marni, plaid wool scarf – Brooks Brothers, gold pyramid stud earrings – Lauren Ralph Lauren, riding boots – Enzo Angiolini
This just looks warm and autumn-like...
Square silk scarf – Brooks Brothers, smoky quartz earrings – Ippolita, brown suede pumps – Trotters, gold bracelet – Lauren Ralph Lauren,  tote bag – Marni, plaid wool scarf – Brooks Brothers, gold pyramid stud earrings – Lauren Ralph Lauren, riding boots – Enzo Angiolinibright berry sweater – L.L.Bean, beige tee – Uniqlo, flannel shirt – Uniqlosilk blouse – Stella McCartneysweater – The Row, asymmetric plaid blouse – Isabel Marant Etoile, cardigan – Uniqlo, turtleneck – Aniye ByNavy tee – Lands’ End, skirt - Uniqlo, silk shirt – Lands’ End, twill trousers – Lands’ Endcorduroy pants – Viyella, tee shirt – J. Crew, skirt -  Precis Petitesweater – Dear Cashmere

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Four by Four Wardrobe in Mint Green, Grey, Denim and Brown

I've decided to change up the order of the colors in the titles, so that when we scan through a large number of them, the accent colors will be better emphasized.  They are, theoretically, where the fun it!

So one of you (you know who you are, you scamp!) fell in love with a deeply INAPPROPRIATE scarf:
Hermes Fleur et Papillons de Tissus
I would do hideously inappropriate things for this scarf in grey and pink, so I understand...

So this lovely scamp had pretty much committed to a color scheme with two neutrals of denim blue (not necessarily denim FABRIC, but that blue), and brown.  Her first accent color was planned to be grey, and she had not settled on a 2nd accent.  I proposed this color scheme to her:

Suddenly things start to look MUCH more promising!

We of course started with the brown, and I managed to get an actual BROWN skirt this time...
Corduroy pants – Viyella, tee shirt – J. Crew, skirt -  Precis Petite, sweater – Dear Cashmere
And the blue was pretty simple to find:
turtleneck – Jolie by Edward Spiers, jeans – Acne Studios, trousers – Chloe,  blue tee shirt – Isabel Marant Etoile
The Expansion Four was not terribly hard to find - I looked for a jacket and a cardigan, as well as a couple more tops in blue, which are going to be gorgeous with brown (or grey...)
Tweed jacket – Charlott, chambray shirt – A.P.C., blue sweater – Jardin des Orangers,  cardigan – Missoni
I love this Mileage Four - what gentle colors!
Grey tunic sweater – Uniqlo, mint blouse – Paisie, mint sweater – Closed, grey tee – Bench Keel
And I can't emphasize enough that when you're trying to combine colors that aren't normally seen travelling together, don't forget to keep your eyes open for a Missoni scarf.  A website called The Real Real resells designer garments and accessories, and they often have Missoni.  The turn up on sale at yoox.com, bluefly.com, and of course ebay.com.  (watch ebay though, they don't police for counterfeits, and their assortment shows their laziness)  And please note, I don't get commissions from any of these guys - I just know that they're good places to find marked down designer stuff!

In honor of the beauty of the Hermes scarf, I kept the jewelry in a "leafy" mood...
Square scarf – Hermes Fleur et Papillons de Tissus, pearl dangle earrings – Buana, bracelet – Ngurah Gedesilver leaf dangle earrings – Ngurah Gedebrown suede pumps – Trotters,  ziggy scarf – Missoni, tote – Vanessa Bruno, riding boots – Enzo Angiolini
In this wardrobe, the original Hermes scarf looks very comfortable, no?
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Square scarf – Hermes Fleur et Papillons de Tissus, pearl dangle earrings – Buana, bracelet – Ngurah Gedesilver leaf dangle earrings – Ngurah Gedebrown suede pumps – Trotters ziggy scarf – Missoni, tote – Vanessa Brunoriding boots – Enzo Angiolinigrey tunic sweater – Uniqlo, mint blouse – Paisie, mint sweater – Closed, grey tee – Bench Keel, tweed jacket – Charlott, chambray shirt – A.P.C., blue sweater – Jardin des Orangers,  cardigan – Missoniturtleneck – Jolie by Edward Spiers, jeans – Acne Studios, trousers – Chloe,  blue tee shirt – Isabel Marant Etoilecorduroy pants – Viyella, tee shirt – J. Crew, skirt -  Precis Petitesweater – Dear Cashmere

For those of you who are concerned about the upcoming Pantone Fall 2014 colors, and how they will work with your neutral choices, I've got a new Color Planner available that places each of the 10 "new" colors (ahem....) against all  91 of the "two neutral" combinations.  It's available on The Vivienne Files Document Store, aka that little tab near the top of the blog that takes you to a new page, and lists all of the documents that I've built for you, so far!

love,
Janice


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Four by Four Wardrobe in Navy, Brown, Green and Beige

While these are the same neutral colors that we saw yesterday, these accent colors are much more subdued and much more frequently seen along with the neutrals. Therefore, this wardrobe came together much more quickly and with greater ease.
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Striped scarf – Brooks Brothers, smoky quartz earrings – Ippolita, brown suede pumps – Trotters, gold bracelet – Lauren Ralph Laurentote bag – Marni, zigzag scarf – Missoni, gold pyramid stud earrings – Lauren Ralph Lauren, riding boots – Enzo Angiolinicorduroy pants – Viyella, tee shirt – J. Crew, skirt – Jil Sandersweater – Dear Cashmerenavy tee – Lands’ End, navy skirt - Uniqlo, navy silk shirt – Lands’ End, navy twill trousers – Lands’ End,  colorblock sweater – The Row, asymmetric plaid blouse – Isabel Marant Etoile, blue cardigan – Uniqlo, brown turtleneck – Aniye Bygreen sweater – Uniqlo, beige tee – Uniqlo, cabled sweater – Dash, silk blouse – Stella McCartney
This was my color scheme:

And this is our familiar brown Core of Four:
Corduroy pants – Viyella, tee shirt – J. Crew, skirt – Jil Sandersweater – Dear Cashmere
 I've changed up the jeans for a skirt, since I'm going to swing this wardrobe a little bit more toward a work environment.  If you don't need skirts, you could certainly keep the jeans.
Navy tee – Lands’ End, skirt - Uniqlo, silk shirt – Lands’ End, twill trousers – Lands’ End
 I found ONE more sweater in this color combination - equally blindingly expensive...  And I opted for a more tailored cardigan this round.
sweater – The Row, asymmetric plaid blouse – Isabel Marant Etoile, cardigan – Uniqlo, turtleneck – Aniye By

These tops were easy to track down!
Green sweater – Uniqlo, beige tee – Uniqlo, cabled sweater – Dash, silk blouse – Stella McCartney
And the scarves were also not difficult to locate.  Any time you're looking for interesting color combinations in a scarf, it's worthwhile to look at Missoni scarves.  They're often available secondhand, or on sale.

And this time, I've opted for gold-toned jewelry.  I thought that the warm tones of the beige tops would be more comfortable with gold, and I wanted to show some different options to pull this kind of wardrobe together.
Striped scarf – Brooks Brothers, smoky quartz earrings – Ippolita, brown suede pumps – Trotters, gold bracelet – Lauren Ralph Laurentote bag – Marni, zigzag scarf – Missoni, gold pyramid stud earrings – Lauren Ralph Lauren, riding boots – Enzo Angiolini

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