Monday, January 22, 2018

On Friday, I pulled together a wardrobe for one of you who has a fun trip planned with adult children:

4 by 4 Summer Travel Wardrobe in navy and beige with aqua and pink accents
cardigan - J.Crew; tank top – L.L.Bean; skirt – L.L.Bean; pants – L.L.Bean; striped top – Rag & Bone; cardigan – Halogen; shorts – L.L.Bean; cropped pants – L.L.Bean; aqua striped top – L.L.Bean; navy tee - Uniqlo; aqua tee – Lands’ End; pink tee – Lands’ End; sleeveless linen top - Uniqlo; cardigan – Uniqlo; dress –Christopher Esber; dress – Eileen Fisher

This was the color scheme with which I was working:

color palette for a summer wardrobe in navy and beige with cognac, pink and aqua

There are already some accessories in her wardrobe...

Accessory wardrobe for travel in gold, navy and cognac
Earrings – Sarah & Sebastian; earrings – Lily Flo Jewellery; clutch – Nina; bracelet - Vitae Ascendere; watch – Fossil; brown bag – Frye; tote – Longchamp; scarf – Rebecca Minkoff; loafers – Taryn Rose; sandals – Kork-Ease; gold sandals - Söfft; navy sandals - Bionica

So let's start with my new template for accessories, and plug in the pieces that we already have:

Stage 1 for a 6 by 4 Accessory Wardrobe

For me, earrings are VERY important - I'm choosing an accent pair in aqua, and then a really simple pair of gold studs that can be worn for days without thought... Similarly, both an accent striped bracelet and some classic gold bangles are being added to her accessory wardrobe...

adding earrings and bracelets to a 6 by 4 Accessory Wardrobe
Aqua enamel earrings – Raphaele Canot; gold stud earrings – Kendra Scott; striped bracelet – Talbots; gold bracelets – Kenneth Cole New York

I ALWAYS believe in a good brooch! And necklaces don't take up much space, but can really change the feeling of an outfit.

adding a brooch and necklaces to a 6 by 4 Accessory Wardrobe
Leaf brooch – Oscar de la Renta; rainbow necklace – Dina Mackney; aqua necklace – Nadri; multi-strand necklace – Treasure & Bond

After these additions, we can clearly see the last 4 pieces that might be helpful...

Stage 2 of a 6 by 4 Accessory Wardrobe

Since our heroine is going to be in Italy in the summer, I thought that a packable hat could be both fun and useful! One big scarf and one pocket-square give some fun options, and a belt that matches her sandals and her brown bag could be a nice touch.

Adding a hat, scarves and a belt to a 6 by 4 Accessory Wardrobe
Hat – Eric Javits; beige striped scarf – Sole Society; cotton pocket square – Bar III; belt – Halogen

Here's the finished wardrobe:

a completely 6 by 4 Accessory Wardrobe in gold, navy and cognac

Here's where it gets fun - returning to Friday's outfits, and adding some accessories!

2 ways to wear a marled navy cardigan from a 4 by 4 Wardrobe

2 ways to wear a beige cardigan from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe




2 ways to wear a navy skirt from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear beige shorts from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe



2 ways to wear navy pants from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear beige capris from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe



2 ways to wear a beige dress from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

I've always felt that accessories make a tremendous amount of difference; do you find that to be true for you?

love,
Janice

What Accessories Should One Pack for an Italian Vacation?
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Friday, January 19, 2018

A true story - requested by, and written by, a reader! How much fun is this?

This was the color palette she requested:

travel wardrobe color palette of navy, beige, cognac, pink and aqua

She is finally getting to travel with her ADULT children. She doesn't have to worry about packing for them, or making their plane reservations, or making sure they've taken Dramamine, or keeping them occupied at the airport...

navy travel outfit
Earrings – Sarah & Sebastian; cardigan - J.Crew; scarf – Rebecca Minkoff; striped top – Rag & Bone; tote – Longchamp; loafers – Taryn Rose; pants – L.L.Bean; watch – Fossil; suitcase - Rimowa

She can concentrate on packing for herself!!!

dressy outfit in navy, for warm weather
Earrings – Lily Flo Jewellery; cardigan – Banana Republic; bracelet - Vitae Ascendere; dress – Eileen Fisher; clutch – Nina; sandals - Söfft

Her children will magically show up in Italy for a cousin's wedding, and then they will travel together afterwards - Florence and the Amalfi Coast!

4 by 4 Wardrobe Template after travel outfit and special occasion outfit are included

2 navy garments to add to a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe
Tank top – L.L.Bean; skirt – L.L.Bean; sandals - Bionica

3 beige garments to add to a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe
Cardigan – Halogen; shorts – L.L.Bean; cropped pants – L.L.Bean

She will probably stop in Switzerland en route to see a childhood friend.

4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe after Stage 2

She won't have to wake her children up for breakfast every day!

adding accent tops and leather goods to a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe
Bag – Frye; pink tee – Lands’ End; aqua tee – Lands’ End; aqua striped top – L.L.Bean; navy tee - Uniqlo; sandals – Kork-Ease

Stage 3 of a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

They will simply appear in the morning while she is drinking her coffee!

Adding some neutral fill-in pieces to a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe
Cardigan – Uniqlo; dress –Christopher Esber; sleeveless linen top - Uniqlo

a final 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe in navy and beige with aqua and pink accents

2 ways to wear a navy marled cardigan from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear a beige cardigan from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear a navy skirt from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear beige shorts from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear navy pants from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear beige capris from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear a beige dress from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

This could be heaven!

Thanks for the wardrobe idea, and for the idyllic story...

love,
Janice

p.s. Accessories for this 4x4 wardrobe will be the subject of Monday's post!

A 4 by 4 Wardrobe for a vacation to Tuscany, Florence and the Amalfi Coast
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Square Peg...


Instruments de Musique sur un Gueridon by Pablo Picasso
Instruments de Musique sur un Gueridon by Pablo Picasso

She knows it - she doesn't fit in the way most other staff at her firm does... She works the difference to her advantage.

Instruments de Musique sur un Gueridon by Pablo Picasso with style guidelines and color palette

Many of their clients are as different from her co-workers as chalk is from cheese. She's MUCH more like the clients... and that helps!

Business travel outfit in grey and black
Sweater – Banana Republic; square earrings – Zales; concrete necklace – Studio Corbelle; skirt – Banana Republic; watch – Gomelsky; blazer - Frenken; briefcase – Coach; pumps – Taryn Rose; suitcase – American Tourister

Often she can get insights and answers that elude much more senior staff... They marvel at how she does it...

Tote Bag Travel wardrobe in grey with pastel accents
Pink necklace – Talbots; gold square earrings– Roberto Coin; green earrings – Kate Spade New York; scarf –Olympia Le-Tan; pink tee – Lands’ End; cardigan – L.L.Bean; green tee – Lands’ End; pants – Uniqlo; pendant - Zales; pajamas – L.L.Bean; handbag - Valextra; loafers – Stuart Weitzman

She fits in with her co-workers, superficially, but if someone was paying close attention they would see that she's got her very own approach to things!

Tote Bag Travel business capsule wardrobe in black and grey with pastel accents

2 ways to wear a pink tee shirt in a Tote Bag Travel capsule wardrobe

2 ways to wear a green tee shirt in a Tote Bag Travel capsule wardrobe

2 ways to wear a grey grid knit top in a Tote Bag Travel capsule wardrobe

One would think that the orange suitcase might be their first hint? Or maybe the concrete necklace...

love,
Janice

p.s. Now that I've built wardrobes for all 12 of the "12 Paintings of Christmas" works of art, I plan to re-visit each of these paintings quarterly. It might be interesting to see how things evolve; I hope you agree!

Instruments de Musique by Pablo Picasso - Inspiring an Unusual Business Tote Bag Travel Wardrobe
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

She Doesn't Mean to Attract Attention...


Dame au Chapeau by Natalia S. Gontcharova
Dame au Chapeau by Natalia S. Gontcharova

But she always seems to... So she takes advantage of her conspicuousness...

Dame au Chapeau by Natalia S. Gontcharova with style guidelines and color palette

She's always trying to encourage her students to think of things differently...

travel outfit in cocoa brown with bright yellow accents
Earrings – Sorrelli; cardigan – Topshop; scarf - Hermes Guepard; tee shirt – Eva & Claudi; handbag – Coach; suede pants – Brunello Cucinelli; watch – Michael Kors; flats - Børn; suitcase - Victorinox

In the same way, she encourages everybody who sees her to think of colors in different ways, by wearing distinctive and unique combinations that give her great pleasure...

Tote Bag Travel capsule wardrobe in brown, yellow and bright pink
feather earrings – Lauren Ralph Lauren; pajamas - Cosabella; shirt – Uniqlo; bracelet – Alex and Ani; pendant - Passiana; print top– Ojai; bag – Theory; pants – L.L.Bean; scarf - Faliero Sarti; cardigan – Uniqlo; loafers – Cole Haan

She can be spotted far across campus, which is a mixed blessing...

Tote Bag Travel capsule wardrobe in brown, yellow and bright pink

Her appearance exudes energy and cheer, which is always welcome in the dead of winter!

2 ways to wear a cocoa brown tee shirt from a Tote Bag Travel Capsule Wardrobe

2 ways to wear a floral top from a Tote Bag Travel Capsule Wardrobe

2 ways to wear a bright yellow shirt from a Tote Bag Travel Capsule Wardrobe

She would LOVE to get a hat, but it's going to have to be just perfect.... Maybe in the spring?

love,
Janice

Dame au Chapeau by Natalia S. Gontcharova Inspiring a Tote Bag Travel Capsule Wardrobe
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