Friday, March 16, 2018

I'm so happy to see this post showing up on Pinterest a lot - I think that systematic decluttering of our closets might be one of the most gratifying domestic projects possible...

cleaning out the Magpie Wardrobe

Everybody keep your fingers crossed that (a) I'm actually IN IRELAND, and that (b) it's not snowing...


Thursday, March 15, 2018

This image turns up frequently on Pinterest, and that makes me really happy! This might be the concept of which I am the most proud, of all of the work that I've done on The Vivienne Files. The idea of being able to be well-dressed and fully-prepared for most of what life throws at us with only SIXTEEN pieces of clothing... Simplicity, economic responsibility, and care for the environment, as well as a clearly-defined personal style - they're all here!

A template for a 16-piece Wardrobe organized in 4 sets of 4

But this is NOT the only template that I have suggested for planning a wardrobe - the original post from which this came runs through a variety of planning ideas that might be helpful...

An Oldie, but A Classic...
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

If everything has gone according to plan, I'm in Dublin... (if THIS trip falls through, I'm just going to move to Europe and give up trying to visit there...)

But of course I like to leave you pretty things to enjoy while I'm gone, so I thought that this time, I'd see what people are "pinning" from The Vivienne Files onto Pinterest. (if you've never visited Pinterest, be warned - it's a highly-addictive way to collect images that you love...)

These aren't going to be in any particular order, because this list fluctuates quite a bit... but one of the most popular posts? Accessories in the autumn colors from Pantone, for 2017:

Pantone Fall 2017 colors

As so often happens, I'm delighted to look at this and feel that it's really timeless. One might have difficulty finding the exact items shown, but the overall idea is just as wearable and attractive as it was last summer...


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I have to admit, this might be my favorite color. Most shades and hues of purple are way up on my list... and since my favorite flowers are lilacs, hyacinths, and violets, it all sort of fits together!

These 2 garments work well together or separately, the earrings and scarf blend nicely, and what wouldn't you do for THAT BAG??? What a fresh jolt of spring this brings to the timeless grey and white...

French 5-Piece Wardrobe in Periwinkle
cardigan - Eileen Fisher; scarf - Etro; earrings - Rachel Comey; tee - Eileen Fisher; bag - Brahmin

If you start with some nice, casual piece in grey and white, you're in a good place... (this is the wardrobe from last Tuesday, of course)

A Common Wardrobe for Spring in grey and white
stand-collar jacket - Eileen Fisher; white linen cardigan - Eileen Fisher; hooded cardigan - Eileen Fisher; tank - Eileen Fisher; short-sleeved tee - Lands' End; striped top - Eileen Fisher; long-sleeved tee - Lands' End; white linen capris - Eileen Fisher; grey pants - Eileen Fisher; white denim pants - Eileen Fisher

You've got all sorts of ways to get dressed:

12 outfits from a 10-piece Common Wardrobe in grey and white

Adding that dash of periwinkle gives you more choices, of course, but it also really changes to overall mood of this wardrobe:

8 outfits in grey and white accented with periwinkle

The emotional responses that come from colors, and color combinations, is fascinating, isn't it?

Periwinkle! A French 5-Piece Wardrobe, with Grey and White...
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Monday, March 12, 2018

I don't think I've ever pointed this out specifically - your French 5-Piece Wardrobe doesn't have to be all one color! It probably should all go together, if only to make wearing it easier, but 2 colors that are beautiful together could be a great idea...

French 5-Piece Wardrobe in sage and blush
jacket - Eileen Fisher; earrings - Argento Vivo; scarf - Ted Baker London; loafers - BP.; tote - Sam Edelman

Imagine that you've already pulled together your camel and ivory Common Wardrobe for spring...

A Common Wardrobe in camel and ivory
v-neck cardigan - Uniqlo; v-neck sweater - J.Crew; trench - Burberry; print shirt - Lands' End; short-sleeved tee - Lands' End; long-sleeved tee - Lands' End; tank sweater - Boden; wide pants - Uniqlo; narrow pants - Uniqlo; shorts - L.L.Bean

Yes, this is the same wardrobe from Monday the 5th - and the shirt is NOT (at this very moment) sold out...

 You would already have a good many ways to get dressed in the morning without really even thinking - that's handy when you're in a rush, and distracted!

12 outfits from a 10-piece Common Wardrobe in camel and ivory

When you add just the 5 new items you purchased for spring, your options expand a LOT, and you still don't have to do a lot of "matchy-matchy" work to get dressed and look nice....

8 outfits in camel and ivory with blush and sage accents

Tomorrow I'm looking back to the grey and white Common Wardrobe wardrobe for 1 last Springtime French 5-Piece Wardrobe....

Sage and Blush! A French 5-Piece Wardrobe, with Camel
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