Friday, August 18, 2017

As soon as I saw these sweaters on the Uniqlo website, I knew that I wanted to share them with you. My only purchase for autumn is going to be a black cashmere crewneck - I feel like it occupies a really different place in a wardrobe than a v-neck sweater, because to me it's like the world's most luxurious tee shirt. It's dressy enough to stand up to the most lavish skirt or pants, but it's still simple and acts as a great background for a scarf or necklace. Plus, some of these colors are lovely...

These aren't the kind of cashmere sweaters that will make you gasp with astonishment - nobody will mistake this for Loro Piana! But they're very good value for money, and you don't have to become hysterical if something happens to one of them...

ivory cashmere crewneck sweater with rust pants

sweater – Uniqlo; earrings – Kendra Scott; scarf - Klements; pants – L.L.Bean; boots - Kork-Ease

light grey cashmere crewneck sweater with khakis

sweater – Uniqlo; bracelets – Ink and Alloy; scarf - Destin Surl; pants - L.L.Bean; loafers – Lucky Brand

charcoal grey cashmere crewneck sweater with tweed skirt

sweater – Uniqlo; earrings - Wouters & Hendrix; scarf – Nordstrom; skirt – J.Crew; pumps – Calvin Klein

black cashmere crewneck sweater with lace skirt

sweater – Uniqlo; lace bracelet – Aurelie Bidermann; clutch – C.Nicol; skirt – Diane von Furstenberg; pumps – Adrianna Papell

apricot cashmere crewneck sweater with black brocade floral skirt

sweater – Uniqlo; earrings - Latelita London; clutch – Inge Christopher; skirt – Rochas; boots – Treasure & Bond

red cashmere crewneck sweater with grey jeans

sweater – Uniqlo; scarf – Katie Victoria; backpack – Tumi; jeans – L.L.Bean; loafers – Jeffrey Campbell

orange cashmere crewneck sweater with striped skirt

sweater – Uniqlo; necklace – LMJ; backpack – Skagen; skirt – Diane von Furstenberg; boots – Toni Pons

camel cashmere crewneck sweater with denim skirt

sweater – Uniqlo; scarf – San Diego Hat Company; bracelet - Karine Sultan; skirt – Chloé; boots – Jack Rogers

gold cashmere crewneck sweater with floral print skirt

sweater – Uniqlo; earrings – Sorellina; bag - Chiara Boni; skirt – Dolce & Gabbana; pumps – Francesco Russo

blue cashmere crewneck sweater with crocheted summer maxi skirt

sweater – Uniqlo; earrings – Lalana; tote – Frye; skirt – My Beachy Side; sandals – Steve Madden

navy cashmere crewneck sweater with white jeans

sweater – Uniqlo; scarf – Ted Baker London; bag – Dolce & Gabbana; jeans – Marc by Mar Jacobs; shoes – Keds

dark pink cashmere crewneck sweater with gold sequined skirt

sweater – Uniqlo; earrings – St. John; bag – Zac Posen; skirt – Vanessa Bruno; pumps – Sam Edelman

wine cashmere crewneck sweater with plaid pants

sweater – Uniqlo; earrings– Carousel Jewels; camel hair scarf – Max Mara; pants – Chloé; loafers – Frye

Yes, I'm definitely going to share some of my Ireland adventures with you, as well as give you my assessment of how I packed. I just wanted to get these sweaters in front of you before they sell out - which will happen faster than you can imagine!

So which color calls to you? I have to admit that the dark pink is really appealing...


Are You in the Mood for a New Sweater?
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This was one of the most popular posts I've ever written on The Vivienne Files - well worth a re-visit, I hope!

Edith and the Kingpin by Jack Vettriano


A Favorite Story...
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Monday, August 14, 2017

This wardrobe was constructed over 5 years ago, but you could still pack every piece of this and wear it today... that's my primary goal. Timeless. Elegant. Classic.

travel outfit in camel and white with coral and gold accents
camel cardigan – Organic by John Patrick (similar here); gold heart earrings – Alex and Chloe (similar here); white tee – Michael Stars; Scarf – Hermes Rocaille; coral jacket – H and M (similar here); camel pants – L.K. Bennett (similar here); penny loafers – J. Crew (similar here); camel bag – Vince Camuto (similar here)

When you know that you can wear something for years, you can feel quite a bit better about buying the very best items you can... It's only logical to make sure that your beautiful things will last, right?


An Early, But Timeless Travel Capsule Wardrobe in Camel and Coral
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Friday, August 11, 2017

While I'm still hanging out in Ireland, I'm sharing with you some of my favorite blog posts from the past. Today I think it's worth making certain that, before the season changes, you have in hand a really good, high-quality pair of shoes for the months to come. If you're in the Southern Hemisphere, this might certainly be a pair of sandals, but for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, I strongly suggest a beautiful pair of loafers. Look for beautiful quality, and exquisite construction...

This was Step 2 back in the original Starting From Scratch Wardrobe Building Exercise, 3 years ago, and I still believe it to be a great idea...

six pairs of classic black shoes
Black penny loafers - Cole Haan, pointed toe loafers - Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn, tasseled flats - Trotters, croc embossed loafers – Aravon (similar here), metal-trimmed loafers – Ferragamo (similar here), oxfords – KG Kurt Geiger (similar here)

six pairs of classic brown shoes
Ballet flats – Frye (similar here), tassel loafers – The Flexx (similar here), penny loafers - Cole Haan, microfiber loafer – David Tate (similar here), croc-embossed loafers – Clarks (similar here), oxfords – Tod’s (similar here)

These are the sort of purchase that will last you forever - choose wisely!


Starting a New Season From Scratch - a Gorgeous Pair of Loafers
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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

As mentally we move toward a new season - warm or cool, depending on your location - it's appropriate and practical to make certain that we're not just shopping willy-nilly for pretty things without building a solid wardrobe base.

So I was reminded of my series from 3 years ago - How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe from Scratch! We started with trousers... a step that I still consider the most helpful for making certain that you're prepared for upcoming weather and events.

three pairs of classic trousers in cool colors
Navy trousers – Viyella (similar here), black linen trousers – Viyella (similar here), silver grey trousers – Viyella (similar here)

Maybe adding nothing more than a really GOOD pair of pants to your existing wardrobe will be enough, for the upcoming season...


Starting a New Season From Scratch - New Trousers (pants, slacks, etc...)
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