Thursday, March 08, 2012

A Travel Capsule Wardrobe - Packing for Paris in orange and beige

You DO understand that when we invoke the "dream meme" of Packing for Paris, we also mean "a plan for what I will purchase this spring and summer"?  I know we're not all going to Paris, but it's a lovely structure around which to plan this season's carefully curated and deliberately distilled wardrobe additions...

And I've got to go to work soon, so you'll have to build your own outfits from these choices.  Someone once commented to me that it was like paper dolls!  Enjoy, and thanks for being here.

Cardigan – Oasis, earrings – Roberto Coin, tee shirt – Michael Stars, khakis – Mulberry, jacket – Burberry, loafers – J. Crew, scarf – Debenhams, tote - Madewell

Cardigan – Richard Nicoll, Tank – A.L.C., orange stone necklace – Debenhams, coral ring & gold satin cuff – Kenneth Jay Lane, Draped sleeveless top – Topshop, square scarf – Hermès, dress – Topshop, drop earrings – Bloomingdales, cropped chinos – Levi’s, skirt – Valentino,  pants – Anthropology, checked shirt – J. Crew, beige linen oxfords – Aerosoles, ballet flats – Repetto, 2 cotton tee shirt & beige cashmere tee – J. Crew, clutch bag - Zara


  1. Love, absolutely love, these! And I, yes, did say that playing with your blogs is more fun than paper dolls. (I, Gail, aka Anonymous.)

  2. Beautiful, happy palette and choices. Maybe a bit ahead of the season for April in Paris, but by mid to late May, gorgeous!

  3. Cute and cheerful! You always find such good combinations.

  4. heeheehee - toss on the floral jeans, striped tee, gingham shirt and Hermes scarf for a supremely of-the-moment pattern mix-stravaganza! i love orange, beige, and pattern mixing so i'm enjoying this wardrobe that much more. i really appreciate the feel of the brushed gold with this palette. Varying, well chosen textures make a real impact when working with limited color choices.

    here in the SF bay area, the springtime feel of this look is right on time! Have a great day, steph

  5. LOVE your blog and have been stalking it for over a month now. Turning friends on so they don't miss out! This is even BETTER than paper dolls because I am the doll! Love the color combinations and capsuling ideas. A ton of value, ease and, of course, "Je ne sais quoi!".

    Thanks for your hard work to make things easier for us!

  6. Love this one! Got my piece of orange silk crepe de chine in the mail this week. Now have some ideas for what it will become - thanks!

  7. I love it !!!! Just yesterday , after a horrible forthnight ( I have a domestic accident) One friend give me a a present a wonderful bag in orange, beige and some details in black... just serendipity !!!!!
    I wonder if you can help me ... In July I'm goin to Firenze to celebrate my 50!!!!! I'm thinking in black&white.... any suggestions???

    Thanks a lot form Barcelona (Spain)

  8. I've been hunting for a pair of beige pants this spring. No luck so far, but perhaps it's early. You give me some great ideas of how to wear them, thank you!

  9. aesthetic intelligenceMarch 10, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    I love this set.
    The only changes I would make for me would be to swap the floral and check tops for stripes and floral pants for solid pants or skirt.
    The floral prints here are lovely but I've noticed that since I turned 50, floral makes me nervous :)

  10. This (with a slight tweak on the cut of pants) is a dream wardrobe for me!
    What lovely pieces you have so thoughtfully assembled!