Saturday, January 07, 2012

A Travel Capsule Wardrobe - Packing in Navy with neutrals

I haven't exhausted the possibilities of packing a "navy-based" suitcase - I could still do butter yellow (but not gold, unless you're a cheerleader), any shade of pink (but not red, unless you're running for political office), all shades of purple, and probably a few more shades of green.  But I think you get the general ideal of how versatile a core of five garments in your neutral, solid color can be.

If you have interest in seeing suitcases for other colors, or particular trips, just let me know!

Scarf – Hermès, earrings Ziba (similar here), necklace – Kenneth Jay Lane (similar here), sweater – Jil Sander, jacket – John Lewis, gloves –, Handbag – Gucci, suitcase– Rimowa, skirt – Stella Mc Cartney, navy tights – Dorothy Perkins, flats – Loeffler Randall

Navy blouse & trousers – Stella McCartney, navy cardigan – Maison Martin Margiela, belt – Mulberry, ankle boots – Rochas, 
striped tee - Ferragamo, gold & tortoise earrings – RJ Graziano, cardigan – Marc Jacobs, coral earrings & bracelet – 
Roberta Chiarella, dotted blouse – Jaeger London, jeans – J. Brand, striped scarf – M Missoni, riding boots – Frye

Scarf – Hermès, earrings & necklaceCarolee, Turtleneck – Gucci, jacket – John Lewis, gloves – Forzieri, 
Handbag – 3.1 Phillip Lim,  suitcase– Zero Halliburton, skirt – Stella Mc Cartney, navy tights – Dorothy Perkins,
 ballet flats - Lanvin
Navy blouse & trousers – Stella McCartney, navy cardigan – Maison Martin Margiela, belt –, oxfords - Repetto
plaid sweater - DAKS, diamond stud earrings - Barneys, floral earrings – 1928, long cardigan – Thomas Maier, bangle bracelet – 
 Bottega Veneta, silk blouse - Paul & Joe, jeans - J. Brand, plaid scarf - Polo Ralph Lauren, gray boots - Donna Karan

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  1. But navy with a little red for accent(especially a tomato red)can look very fresh and very French in the spring...

  2. Love the way the Hermes scarves in slightly brighter tones not only tie together these outfits but really make them pop. Brilliant combinations here!

  3. The top set is gorgeous--what is the scarf pattern?

  4. That scarf is called "Elegance et Confort d'Automobile" - it's a design from a few years ago that was re-issued this year.
    Hermes scarves are an endless wonderland of amazing designs...
    thanks for being here!

  5. aesthetic intelligenceJanuary 8, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Great inspiration, as usual.
    I have (another) request: could you please do a post that examines, explores, researches the reasons why some women of a certain age 'give up' on appearances. It's a topic that has been occupying my thoughts a lot lately as I approach my 55th birthday and I look around for inspiration.

  6. Amazing how many ways you make a few basic pieces work so differently.

  7. I would love to see your recommendations based a a camel suit.

  8. I'm new to your blog and am finding great inspiration here! Because of your collection of outfits I styled the green/navy/brown colors in an outfit this week and, working with things in my closet, have several other ideas lined up thanks to you! It's amazing to find brand new outfits from pieces just sitting in your wardrobe!

  9. Ah Lisa, that warms my heart! Women don't need lots of clothes, they just need to use their brains, eh?
    big hapy hug,

  10. I love your "wardrobes".
    In these travel wardrobes, if I was wearing the skirt in transit, I'd wear the boots every time, to save packing space...

  11. I love your navy wardrobes. Navy is my favorite color to wear and I have gotten away from it and moved toward black because black was easier to find in my small city.

    With all your beautiful navy wardrobe ideas I think I'm going to move back toward navy. :-)

    That would be better for me since I'm a 'summer'.

    Lisa K.