Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Some things don't change much through time - over the weekend, we saw lots of women accenting solid black outfits with well-chosen metallic accessories. These kinds of outfits always catch my eye!

sleeveless blouse - DKNY (similar here), gold belt - J. Crew, shorts - Marc Jacobs (similar here), sandals - J. Crew (similar here), dress- Karen Millen (similar here), flower earrings and bracelet - Karen Millen (similar here), sandals - Lola Cruz (similar here)

The clothes from this post are absolutely ageless and timeless; if you keep your eyes open for metallic accessories (or an accent color?) that you love, you'll instantly have an outfit that can wear forever, or until it falls apart! And that should be our goal - to use things fully and well, and retire them when they've been worn as much as possible. Anything less doesn't do justice to our time, nor or budget, nor to the planet.

love,
Janice
Timeless Chic Sightings: Black with Metallic Accessories
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Monday, June 26, 2017

Denim and khaki go with everything - I'm convinced! - but some of you wanted to see a capsule wardrobe with a very different feel than the relatively soft and cool pastel version that used mauve pink and dark pastel blue...

How about this for colors?

wardrobe color wheel in denim, khaki, teal and brown

I don't have any really exotic travel vision for this heroine - she's more someone who wears a uniform most of the time, and only needs a relatively small wardrobe to accommodate her "not work" activities outside of her home.

So I'm starting with the six neutral pieces that were in last Monday's wardrobe, and I finally grabbed a pair of dark navy loafers for her. (although with brown in a wardrobe, don't discount the gorgeousness of beautiful brown leather goods...)

6-piece neutral starter wardrobe in khaki and denim
cardigan – L.L.Bean; denim jacket – L.L.Bean; watch – Rebecca Minkoff; denim skirt – J.Crew; beige cropped pants – L.L.Bean; heritage stone pants - L.L.Bean; jeans – L.L.Bean; loafers – Ugg; sandals - Børn; loafers - Vaneli

I'm NOT going to get into a debate about what color "teal" really is - I know that it is named for the duck that has highlights that are the color of the sweater in the lower right. But in the fashion world, it seems to be almost any color from aqua to the "real" teal. Working with a range of shades of a color gives you some variety in your wardrobe, as well as making your shopping a little bit less like the search for the lost city of Atlantis...

How fun are madly mismatched earrings?

teal and aqua additions to a capsule wardrobe

tee – L.L.Bean; earrings – Melissa Joy Manning; scarf – Carte Blanche; feather tee – M&S Collection; sunglasses – Nike; bracelet – Bourbon and Boweties; sweater – Velvet; sneakers - Converse

Here's where it becomes really difficult to find things! Camel is so beautiful - if I was a designer I'd make camel things ALL THE TIME...

camel additions to a khaki and denim capsule wardrobe

tee – Uniqlo; earrings – Dinosaur Designs; shirt – Patagonia; scarf – Leonard; bag – GiGi New York; sweater – L.L.Bean

Here's where the fun really starts - finding things that include 2 or more colors from your palette. I can spend a really LONG time looking at scarves, and bracelets... sigh...

multicolored additions to a capsule wardrobe in denim and khaki

bracelet– Treasure & Bond; bracelet - Chan Luu; scarf – Image Diary; tee - Ojai

I know that when this heroine opens her closet door it's not going to look like she has a giant assortment of pieces (and I know that she'll have more than just this!), but I like to think that she doesn't have to worry a lot about getting dressed, and that she's happy with her choices.

13-piece travel capsule wardrobe in denim, khaki, teal and camel

As always, the accessories really bring these pieces to life, and provide a lot of personalization for clothes that are mostly timeless classics.

travel capsule wardrobe in denim, khaki, teal and camel

She's got possibilities ranging from getting dressed for very casual errands like groceries, to somewhat nice evenings out, wearing trousers and a cashmere sweater. (and a scarf!)

2 ways to style khaki capris from a capsule wardrobe in denim, khaki, teal and camel

2 ways to style a denim skirt from a capsule wardrobe in denim, khaki, teal and camel

2 ways to style khaki pants from a capsule wardrobe in denim, khaki, teal and camel

2 ways to style blue jeans from a capsule wardrobe in denim, khaki, teal and camel

As well as the "Whatever's Clean 13" works for travel, I'm becoming more and more convinced that it can work well as the main wardrobe for a lot of women who wear uniforms, spend a lot of time in workout gear (that would be me...), or who would just prefer to have a very small wardrobe. I'm going to think about this...

love,
Janice

What are Good Accent Colors for Denim and Khaki? How about Teal and Camel?
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Friday, June 23, 2017

My great-niece is a big fan of pink and purple, so this flashback is for her... I was delighted to note that a few of these pieces are still available!

Look closely at the scarf - do you see the horses with the riders on them? You might want to do some enlarging...

Hermes Cheval Surprise Remix
Hermes Cheval Surprise Remix

This was a pretty great wardrobe - chock full of cheerful bright colors and a few really bold prints! It requires a certain woman, but she would certainly stand out in any crowd!

three wardrobe additions chosen to compliment an Hermes scarf

Blouse – MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar here); rainbow bracelet - Astley Clarke; trousers – J. Crew (similar here); white shirt – J. Crew (similar here); scarf - Hermes Cheval Surprise Remix

Sorry to spring 2 "flash backs" on you on 2 consecutive days, but when I was reminded of Kiki's birthday, I could NOT avoid pink and purple. It's a little girl imperative!

love,
Janice

A Birthday Surprise for a Special Girl...
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

This is a really old post - from back in 2012! The nice thing is that none of the garments have dated, and you could easily pull this outfit on and head off for a 2nd honeymoon looking beautiful...

camel cardigan – Organic by John Patrick (similar here), gold heart earrings – Alex and Chloe (similar here), white tee – Michael Stars, Scarf – Brooks Brothers (similar here), Denim coat – Derek Lam (similar here), camel pants – L.K. Bennett (similar here), penny loafers – J. Crew (similar here), camel bag – Vince Camuto (similar here)

In the early days of The Vivienne Files I spent a lot of time looking at camel as a neutral, because a lot of people asked me questions about where to find things, what colors to use as accents, etc. It was good fun, and I'm so happy to see that the posts haven't dated at all!

You can find this lovely flashback here; I hope that you enjoy it.

love,
Janice

Can you Pack with Camel as your Neutral?
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I'm thinking that these kinds of posts could be known as "Wildly-Extravagant Wednesday..."

A Ridiculous Business Trip


She loved the ring from the moment she saw it, and now she wears it every day...

rose quartz, aqua chalcedony and labradorite ring set in gold by Ottoman Hands
Rose Quartz, Aqua Chalcedony & Labradorite Ring - Ottoman Hands

So when they told her that she had to fly to headquarters on Friday JUST TO DELIVER A FOLDER... she decided that she was going to stay through the weekend and go all-out. See an opera, do some serious dining, and people-watch...

Rose Quartz, aqua chalcedony and labradorite ring from Ottoman Hands
Rose Quartz, Aqua Chalcedony & Labradorite Ring - Ottoman Hands

She's got to go straight to the office when she lands, so she's going to fly in "grown-up" clothes. The flight's not all that long, so this will be fine - not a lot different from sitting at her desk for the morning. (except she doesn't have to do anything any more taxing than play Solitare of her phone...)

business travel outfit in navy and pink

earrings – Juith Ripka; cardigan – Acne Studios; scarf – Etro; watch - Rosefield; ring – Ottoman Hands; dress – Polo Ralph Lauren; briefcase – Brooks Brothers; shoulder bag – Catherine &Jean; pumps – Louise et Cie; suitcase – Rimowa

Maybe she's packing more than she needs if she's coming back Sunday evening. She doesn't care. And yes, she's packing a LOT of jewelry. She wants to; it's just that simple! She's going to get dressed UP this weekend...

Six-Pack in navy, aqua chalcedony and labradorite blue

green cardigan – Cruciani; labradorite earrings – Margaret Elizabeth; rose quartz necklace - Meira T; green scarf – Armani Collezioni; green earrings – Mahavir; navy silk tee – Polo Ralph Lauren; navy floral tee – Dorothy Perkins; bracelet – Chanel; ring - Argento Vivo; clutch bag – From St Xavier; navy silk pants – J.Crew; necklace – Alexis Bittar; pleated skirt - Jil Sander Navy; blue sweater – N.Peal; blue & white scarf – Rag &Bone; ballet flats – Me Too; navy loafers – The Row

She loves the elegance of her little travel capsule wardrobe!

8-piece travel capsule wardrobe in navy, aqua chalcedony and labradorite blue

2 outfits from a navy, green, pink and blue business travel capsule wardrobe

2 outfits from a navy, green, pink and blue business travel capsule wardrobe

2 outfits from a navy, green, pink and blue business travel capsule wardrobe

If her employers want to waste money sending someone to a different time zone just to do something that FedEx would do for 5% of the cost, who is she to complain?

love,
Janice

Can You Build a Travel Capsule Wardrobe Around a Piece of Jewelry?
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