Saturday, April 21, 2012

Build a Capsule Wardrobe Starting with a scarf: Hermès Egypte in bright green

I received a question about what could be worn with a specific Hermes scarf - one with a lot of brown, beige and camel tones in the center, and a bright green border.  My suggestions include all of the shades of brown, gold, white, and navy, which is always so nice with bright green...

And a lot of these clothes come from J. Crew.  I've been spending a LOT of time lately in the local J. Crew store, gift shopping, and I've found that they stock a large number of nice-quality basic garments.  Maybe not to your taste, or your budget, but certainly they are good "thought-starters".

Have a lovely weekend!


Two outfits - a dress, and a skirt and sweater - to wear with Hermes silk scarf Egypte in bright green
Hazelnut dress – Diane von Furstenberg, metallic sandals – Giuseppe Zanotti, ivory sweater – Inhabit,
 brown leather skirt – A.L.C., boots – Ralph Lauren

two outfits - a dress, and a blouse and pants - to wear with Hermes silk scarf Egypte in bright green
Navy dress – Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, leather bracelet – Gorjana, 
navy pumps – Debenhams, white blouse, navy capris and green sandals  – J. Crew 

two outfits - a tee shirt and skirt, and a sweater and skirt - to wear with Hermes silk scarf Egypte in bright green
White tee shirt, sequined skirt, brown sandals, gold sweater, 
navy skirt and yellow flats  – J. Crew

two outfits - sweaters and pants - to wear with Hermes silk scarf Egypte in bright green
Navy sweater, khaki capris, navy ballet flats, camel sweater
brown cords and camel loafers  – J. Crew
NIC+ZOE

23 comments:

  1. what lovely combinations! But I have to admit to being completely stumped about how to tie/wear square scarves - any advice?

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    1. Check out Mai Tai's Picture Book. Vivienne has thoughtfully placed a link to it on her blog roll. You will find all the instructions for which you could wish there.

      Susan in WA

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  2. What a clever idea-- building the wardrobe around the accessory! I hope you do more of these with other accessories. I love the recent focus you've given to accessories--that's where I'm now concentrating my purchases. Do have any thoughts on summer handbags?

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  3. How about a post on lingerie! It would be much appreciated.
    Thanks for considering it
    Karen

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  4. love these colors. You are, as always, amazing!

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  5. I love this post! Very helpful. Here is a link to a Hermes scarf I hope to own: http://www.malleries.com/authentic-hermes-carre-les-parisiens-silk-scarf-i-28735-s-278.html


    Would you consider creating a wardrobe to go with it? Many thanks. That would be SO helpful---and fun.

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    1. I'd love to - finding clothes to go with specific scarves in one of my favorite projects!
      big hug,
      Vivienne

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    2. Thank you . I will look forward to seeing your choices for the scarf.

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  6. Love love love. Thank you so much for doing this post. It gives me some great ideas for colours and matching.

    Funnily enough, I was just seeking out a nice basic navy sweater and purchased that exact one from J Crew yesterday! (They have free international shipping on at the moment for anyone else not in the US).

    Especially love the yellow outfit.

    And now I'm trying to hunt down that gorgeous hazelnut DVF dress, any idea where it's still available?

    Thanks again!

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    1. boutique1.com had it a few days ago - it's marked down, so hurry!
      love,
      V

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  7. I love JCrew and all the pieces you put together look wonderful. Great choices, especially thought the sequined skirt with the fun, but casual sandals was a great combination,
    Kathysue

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  8. What a lovely idea: build a wardrobe around ann Hermes scarf. Can you consider to do it again, with other scarf?

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    1. Sure! You can either email me a photograph of the scarf (theviviennefiles@gmail.com), or leave a comment with the scarf name and color. I think a scarf makes a great starting point for choosing outfits...
      big hug,
      Vivienne

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  9. Vivienne - and what should an European wear for one week vacation in New York in August?

    Clueless me

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  10. That sequined skirt kicks it! Many women tell me Hermes scarves are stuffy, and I disagree... thanks for illustrating the point. Of course they can be 'lady' with a sheath but I like the navy capris, scarf worn as belt if you can, or tied to a bag when it't hot. That's the one drawback, the 35 inch carré is *warm*.

    Anon@3:53 am, NYC will be a sticky steambath in August; a skirt or light dress is more comfortable and versatile than pants or shorts (which non-tourists do wear, in dressier versions). Am sure Vivienne will guide you.

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  11. Discovered your site last night and LOVE it!

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  12. Thanks for the sets. Now, how do you tie the scarf so it doesn't look stuffy???

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  13. Could this be the scarf that Megan was carrying last night's episode of Mad Men?

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    1. It's very, very similar but I think the one Megan had seemed to have wheels or similar design in the centre rather than the Egypte pattern. (See here for a glimpse: http://www.youknowyoulovefashion.com/storage/madmen/season5/0506/0506Megan09.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1335329525113)

      I got really excited seeing one so similar on her though! I love her style.

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    2. That scarf is Les Becanes, released in the late 50's. It's impressive that when they chose to use an Hermes, they were careful enough to get one that was authentically of that era!

      Thanks for scaring up the photograph.
      big hug,
      J

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  14. These are wonderful outfits. They would go so well with my red hair. I will have to seek out a green scarf for the fall. I really admire your style.

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