Monday, January 23, 2017

On Friday, I expanded the original travel capsule wardrobe into a more complete "Four x Four" capsule wardrobe, but the real fun comes with adding more accessories!

When our heroine originally packed for her winter weekend on the farm, these were her accessories - lots of scarves!

Accessory capsule wardrobe in black beige and denim blue
bracelet – Pamela Love; earrings - Estella Bartlett;  
hat & gloves – The North Face; watch – Leonard and Church;  
infinity scarf – Duffy; poncho – Chico’s;  
beige scarf – Polo Ralph Lauren;  
black & beige scarf - Treasure&Bond;
 beige socks – J. Crew; slippers – UGG; boots – Sorel

Just for reference purposes, and to enjoy this painting one last time, this is her style inspiration:

Winter Scene in Moonlight by Henry Farrer, with style guidelines and color palette

For normal life, constantly wearing boots won't work, so we probably should start by getting her a comfy pair of loafers...

Adding black loafers to a capsule wardrobe

And just because I'm bracelet mad these days, another star bracelet could be a fun addition. It's a good thing that I'm in a shopping moratorium this year, because these ALL are very appealing...

Adding a star bracelet to a capsule wardrobe

And of course, most women want a nice handbag...

Adding a black hobo bag to a capsule wardrobe

Earrings! You might never wear them, but for those of us who do, a 2nd pair is essential:

Adding fun earrings to a capsule wardrobe

Scarves are very important in cold weather, but every now and then it will be warm enough to take OFF your scarf; a necklace is a nice little detail at the neckline of this simple denim dress:

Adding a gold necklace to a capsule wardrobe

Most of us are finding that our ankle boots are pretty frequently worn, so I'm considering them essential, for this heroine.

Adding short black boots to a capsule wardrobe

I don't know why, but we often forget that we can wear more than 1 or 2 rings. They don't have to be lavish, life-long investments, either!

Adding a gold ring to a capsule wardrobe

And if you've got to wear socks, make them fun!

Adding novelty socks to a capsule wardrobe

This is such a great wardrobe now; it could almost make one wish for the prolongation of cold weather. 

a "4 by 4" Travel Capsule Wardrobe in black, khaki, denim and white, with accessories

Almost...

love,
Janice
How to add accessories to a winter travel capsule wardrobe in a blue, black, white, and beige color palette
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Friday, January 20, 2017

This is such a lovely painting, and such a truly simple and straightforward color-scheme:

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

When we first visited this painting, it was to help inspire a cold-weather long weekend in the country. This was the wardrobe (minus the nightgown!) that our heroine packed. Many of you asked me if it would be possible to expand this wardrobe a little bit, into a more complete winter wardrobe; I'm ALWAYS happy to try to oblige!

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

That translates into half of a Four by Four Wardrobe, arrayed this way:

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

As much as that star cardigan could be worn every (cold) day for a decade and not grow old; it only makes sense to have at least a couple of cardigans for the colder weather. A zipped black cashmere sweater is warm and cozy:

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette
cardigan - L.L.Bean

And while we're reinforcing the black segment of this wardrobe, another pair of pants is a smart thought:

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

But it's always fun to break up the solid colors with a nice classic striped tunic...

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

The only real shirt in this wardrobe, so far, is the denim one, so it's time to bring in another. If you absolutely positively can't wear beige near your face, consider substituting a black shirt, or maybe a pink accent...

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

So long as you have tall boots and fleecy tights, there's no reason not to wear dresses or skirts in the winter. (well, maybe not in single-degree weather...) I love a simple denim shirtdress; I wonder why I don't own one?

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

On really cold days, you can legitimately wear a down vest indoors, and on those intermittent mild winter days, it might be all of the outerwear you need:

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette
vest - Uniqlo

That poor white turtleneck is going to get REALLY worn out if we don't find another white top of some sort. I always like a classic button-front shirt (these from Lands' End are very nice - I own FIVE of them...) but if you don't wear button-fronts, you could always get a black cotton turtleneck, or a denim-ish blue one...

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

And since all of our core garment basics are here, it's time to break out one more fun sweater - this time, with gold trim!

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

This is a pretty well-balanced assortment of pieces; you could get dressed through the winter without much trouble here:
How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

Monday, I'll add some accessories!

love,
Janice

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Such an interesting email....

Say you live outside the United States. You're retired. The weather's always reasonably warm and nice. You only shop every year or two, when you visit in the US...

And THIS is your inspiration:


Dragonfly with Red Wings Hunting a Snake by Joan Miro
Dragonfly with Red Wings Hunting a Snake by Joan Miro

I'm really liking these colors, and this WHOLE scenario!

Color Palette inspired by Dragonfly with Red Wings Hunting a Snake by Joan Miro

In the interests of establishing a solid basis upon which we can build, I'm going to assume that our heroine either owns or already plans to purchase these pieces:

Started core capsule wardrobe items in a Whatever's Clean 13 capsule wardrobe

At this point, we've got a solid starting point, and a lot of fun things to find!

Started core capsule wardrobe items in a Whatever's Clean 13 capsule wardrobe

I'm ALWAYS going to recommend that you buy the sweater or tee shirt or top that goes with your cardigan. Even if you aren't the sort to wear a twinset, having pieces in the exact same color means that anything that goes with ONE thing will go perfectly with the other. It's just faster and simpler, in the long run, to take advantage of items manufactured to match, rather than scrambling around trying to match things on your own.

How to Build a Whatever's Clean 13 capsule wardrobe

Living in a warm climate suggests to me a LOT of tops, because they're the pieces that are going to need to be laundered most frequently. They're also the garments that usually cost the least, and make the biggest difference in your appearance, since they're so close to your face. So let's start loading up on those glorious accent colors, eh?

How to Build a Whatever's Clean 13 capsule wardrobe

When it's warm, I want my knees to get some air! You can always wear a special garment under your skirts to make your thighs more comfortable, if that's a concern. This skirt is such a perfect embodiment of the colors of this capsule - I wasn't going to resist...

How to Build a Whatever's Clean 13 capsule wardrobe

Another accent color? Sure! I've chosen a variety of necklines for these tee shirts, but you can stick with just one style if you have a favorite.


How to Build a Whatever's Clean 13 capsule wardrobe

If you don't wear shorts, a pair of capris, or another skirt, would also make a lot of sense here. This is such an excellent neutral color with which to work in warm weather - it's classic, and it's easy to find.

How to Build a Whatever's Clean 13 capsule wardrobe

Okay, here's the point at which the concept of "Whatever's Clean" might fall apart. Some people will absolutely NOT wear a striped tee shirt with a floral skirt, and that's fine. I'm assuming that my heroine is a little bit adventurous, or at least willing to bend the rules...

How to Build a Whatever's Clean 13 capsule wardrobe

I frankly didn't expect to find anything at all in the color - but this tunic is SO perfect. It would make a great short dress, if that's something you do, or a tunic over pants or capris. What a glorious shade of marigold!

How to Build a Whatever's Clean 13 capsule wardrobe

This dress isn't going to really "mix and match" with the rest of this wardrobe - I suppose you could wear the tan cardigan... but a simple dress is such a nice thing to own when you live where the weather's pleasant. If this is completely out of the question, tan capris would be very useful, and might be substituted here.

How to Build a Whatever's Clean 13 capsule wardrobe

More stripes! But these are so subtle, even I would wear them with the floral skirt, just to see if anybody was paying attention...

How to Build a Whatever's Clean 13 capsule wardrobe

Doesn't this put you in the mood for warm weather?


How to Build a Whatever's Clean 13 capsule wardrobe

Just to envision the way in which these pieces can be worn, I've pulled together 6 outfits, with some appropriate accessories. This wouldn't be a bad way to live, would it?


2 outfits in a Whatever's Clean 13 capsule wardrobe

2 outfits in a Whatever's Clean 13 capsule wardrobe

2 outfits in a Whatever's Clean 13 capsule wardrobe

What made this even MORE fun was remembering that, just outside my apartment windows, is a shattering ELEVEN degrees Fahrenheit....

love,
Janice

Build a Whatever's Clean 13 Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Dragonfly by Miro
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Monday, January 16, 2017

This swatch is VERY similar to the one that I used Friday, but there are subtle color differences that I really wanted to explore. The subtle details can make all of the difference!

velvet fabric - Mathevon & Bouvard
velvet fabric - Mathevon & Bouvard

If You're SURE You Want Me To Go Too...


A travel capsule wardrobe in an olive, gold, and purple color palette
earrings - Wild Lilies; scarf - Echo;  
sweater - L.L.Bean; bracelet - Kendra Scott; watch - Kate Spade
 trench – Etoile Isabel Marant; pants – Alexander Wang;  
duffel - Fjällräven; loafers - Hush Puppies

Every year, after the new year, when all the kids are back at school and the house quiets down, her spouse wants to go golfing...

A long weekend at the most talked-about golf resort of the current season. 

A travel capsule wardrobe in an olive, gold, and purple color palette

She hates golf.

A travel capsule wardrobe in an olive, gold, and purple color palette

But she likes to sit in the garden and read. The staff keeps her well-supplied with drinks and tasty snacks...

A travel capsule wardrobe in an olive, gold, and purple color palette

She likes to walk around the neighborhood and take in all of the flowers, and the trees that still have leaves. It's a nice break from winter...

A travel capsule wardrobe in an olive, gold, and purple color palette

And she likes to take a nap every day!

A travel capsule wardrobe in an olive, gold, and purple color palette

"You're such a good sport about these trips..."

Being a golf widow isn't so bad....

love,
Janice

A travel capsule wardrobe in an olive, gold, and purple color palette inspired by a swatch of velvet fabric
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