Tuesday, August 30, 2016

This is a great dress - it appears to be fairly trimly cut until it reaches the hips, and then swish!

Dress – Lands’ End

I took a little bit different approach to this dress - I found simple, classic navy shoes that I've included with all of the pastel colors. And there's a pretty straightforward formula for these - I looked for scarves, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and bags in the accent color, and then chose the pieces that I liked the most! My criteria were pretty much that the accessories should be as close in color to the cardigan as reasonably possible, and that they share a feeling or aesthetic. (that last part is hard to define, but I know what I like when I see it!)

Dress – Lands’ End
earrings – Amour; scarf – Kate Spade
cardigan – Lands’ End; pumps – Sőfft
scarf – Blumarine; earrings – Judith Ripka
cardigan – Lucien Pellat-Finet; flats – Naturalizer

I didn't tell you that Off 5th has a bunch of Bluemarine scarves at about 75% off...

This is an obvious color scheme, if you spend a lot of time studying the color wheel!

Dress – Lands’ End
necklacePuck Wanderlust; cardigan MaxMara Studio
 bracelet – Vera Bradley; pumps – Sőfft
cardigan – L.L.Bean; earrings -  TJMaxx
scarf – Bibi Herron; flats – Naturalizer

If you find a yellow cardigan or jacket that appeals to you, GRAB IT; yellow is terribly difficult to find...

Dress – Lands’ End
earrings – Amour; jacketDamsel in a Dress; 
wrap – Ermanno Scervino; pumps – Sőfft
cardigan – Vintage 55; scarf – Helen Ruth
bracelet – Bourbon and Boweties; flats – Naturalizer

While this first green isn't exactly a pastel, I wasn't going to pass up this combination!

Dress – Lands’ End
earrings – Alexis Bittar; scarf – Hermes Under the Waves
cardigan – Jardin des Orangers; pumps – Sőfft
 necklace – Lionette by Noa Sade; cardigan – Classic
bracelet – Sydney Evans; flats – Naturalizer

I just think this is pretty. Sometimes, pretty is enough.

Dress – Lands’ End
necklace – The Limited; bracelet – Komang Wijayana
cardigan – Eileen Fisher; pumps – Sőfft
cardigan – L.L.Bean; earrings – TJMaxx
scarf – J. McLaughlin; flats – Naturalizer

There are beautiful lavender/lilac garments in the world, if you look long enough! The subtle richness of these colors looks beautiful with navy:

Dress – Lands’ End
cardigan – L.L.Bean; bracelet – Poppy Jewellery
clutch – Menbur; pumps – Sőfft
cardigan – Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti; earrings – Ila
scarf – Chico’s; flats – Naturalizer

Yes, I know that grey isn't technically a pastel color, by some definitions. But it's soft, it looks great with navy, and if I include it here, I get the "14 different ways to wear a dress" that is fast becoming a Vivienne Files tradition!

Dress – Lands’ End
earrings – Arya and Ardi; cardigan – Lands’ End
bracelet – Kenneth Jay Lane; pumps – Sőfft
cardigan – Phase Eight; earrings – Matsu Jewellery;
 scarf – Vince Camuto; flats – Naturalizer


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Monday, August 29, 2016

Durer was, unquestionably, a genius:

Wing of a European Roller by Albrecht Durer
Wing of a European Roller by Albrecht Durer

There are only about a TON of colors here (yes, ton is not a number, but you know what I mean...). I actually went back to the Internet to look at photographs of the actual bird in order to get a sense of what they really look like!

Wing of a European Roller by Albrecht Durer along with a color scheme drawn from the image


She knew that she had some... difficult... preferences.

shirt – Lands’ End; earrings – Aurélie Bidermann; boots – Frye
scarf – Etro; jeans – L.L.Bean; cardigan – J.Crew
watch – Nixon; tote – Allsaints; suitcase – Bric’s

Even though her wardrobe is largely black and white, she prefers brown leather. She doesn't care if anyone else things it's a good idea...

Shirt – Lands’ End; loafers – Cole Haan; bracelet – RED Valentino;  
scarf – Bibi Herron; tee – Lands’ End; cardigan – J. Crew Factory

Her favorite accent colors are two different shades of blue, which don't particularly work together. Her friends tell her that it isn't very efficient to stick so stubbornly to both colors...

Cardigan – L.L.Bean; scarf – Christian Lacroix; sweat skirt – Uniqlo
necklace – Armenta; corduroy pants – L.L.Bean; earrings – Lagos
tee – L.L.Bean

She's been known to wear both silver AND gold jewelry. Sometimes she wears them AT THE SAME TIME. Shocking...

Feather top – Noa Noa; bag – Patricia Nash; bracelet – GAS Bijoux
sleeveless top – J. Crew; sunglasses – Westward Leaning; tee L.L.Bean

Her friends need to realize that the "Fashion Police" don't really exist...


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Friday, August 26, 2016

I could wear this dress a lot...

a perfect dark grey shirtdress
Dress – Humanoid

At its most basic, you can approach this dress with simple metallic silver accessories, or you can combine silver and shades of grey:

how to accessorize a grey shirtdress: silver, or black, white and grey
Dress – Humanoid
earrings – Gianluca Anzani; bag – Ina Kent; flats – Balenciaga
earrings – Madewell; scarf – BP.; quilted flats – Munro

I love the contrast between the deep, cool color of this dress and the equally strong, but warm shades of camel or caramel. Mixing warm and cool colors isn't off-limits, if you balance the strength or intensity of the colors.
How to accessorize a grey dress with camel or caramel
Dress – Humanoid;  
earrings – Shlomit Ofir; bracelet Carlos Munoz;  
cardigan – Dorothy Perkins; loafers – UGG
second cardigan – J. Crew Factory; earrings – Ice.com
amber bracelet – Ice.com; boots – Sam Edelman

Truly, I don't think there's a color in the world that doesn't look good with navy. I particularly like the subtle contrast between these 2 dark colors...
How to accessorize a dark grey dress with navy
Dress – Humanoid
earrings – John Wind; field jacket – L.L.Bean; boots – Aquatalia
scarf – Marks and Spencer; cardigan – L.L.Bean; earringsNarinee
infinity scarf – Dorothy Perkins; pumps – Sőfft

Back in the '80s, there was an approach to dressing that encouraged you to find your best lipstick and blush colors, and the to find clothes that matched those colors. Not bad advice...
How to accessorize a grey dress with bright red or deeper burgundy
necklace – Dorothy Perkins; cardigan – J. Crew
pumps – Sole Society; shoulder bag – Fossil
cardigan Lands’ End; necklace – Vanessa Mooney;  
bag – Kendall + Kylie; flats Isolá

Shades of green are terribly hard to find, so when you get your hands on your "accessory family" in green, make sure to try them out with everything you own. I think this worked well:
How to accessorize a grey dress with shades of olive green
Dress – Humanoid
earrings – New York & Co.; field jacketL.L.Bean
scarf – Idea Plus; flats – Dr. Scholl’s
cardigan – Uniqlo; earrings – Majorica
scarf – Faliero Sarti; flats – Trotters

Sometimes, there's nothing easier than just wearing a simple column of one color. I'm particularly smitten with this print cardigan - it has just enough interest to it, without making the ensemble at all difficult to wear.
How to accessorize a grey dress with shades of grey accessories
Dress – Humanoid
earrings – Judith Ripka; bracelet – Nialaya
cardigan – Uniqlo; flats – Naturalizer; bag – Ina Kent
cardigan – Anrealage; earrings – Givenchy; bracelet – Givenchy
bag – Ina Kent; pumps – Hispanitas

And dark grey is an excellent base upon which to work some magic with really strong secondary colors. I love this mustard yellow... (and yes, this is the SAME cardigan, just in 2 different colors...) Oh, and I feel like BOTH scarves would look good with the mustard cardigan; what do you think?

How to accessorize a grey dress with vivid tones of mustard or teal
Dress – Humanoid
 scarf – Hermès Cavaliers du Caucase; cardigan J. Crew;  
bracelet – Dsquared2; boots – Bella Vita
 cardigan J. Crew; bracelets – Nest
scarf – Mantero; flats – Sam Edelman

I'm also daydreaming about a lighter grey dress, with muted pastel accessories...