Thursday, April 26, 2012

Build a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with a scarf: Hermès Passementerie in camel & grey

We've been chatting a lot about camel and grey together, and this scarf was the perfect opportunity to introduce a couple of outfits with those colors.  Toss in a bit of soft blue, a little bit of yellow, and a dash of coral...  What a great scarf upon which to build some looks!

Stud earrings – Monet, Camel wool pants – Michael Kors, Sweater – Costume National, loafers – Tod’s, pearl stud earrings – Lord & Taylor, grey dress – Love Moschino, pumps – Salvatore Ferragamo

Silver earrings – Touch of Silver, Sweater – Lela Rose, jeans – Allsaints, boots – Acne, silver bracelet – Touch of Silver, Cap-sleeved top – Liv, denim skirt – Wrangler, sandals – Dorothy Perkins

Hoop earrings – Macy’s, Belted cardigan – Michael Kors, Suede dress – Sara Berman, sling-backs – Ralph Lauren, grey pearl earrings – Monique Pean, wool skirt with zippers – M Missoni, alpaca sweater – La Garconne, boots – Sam & Libby

Kyanite earrings – Astley Clarke, Silk dress – Equipment, belt – Maison Martin Margiela, pumps – Stuart Weitzman, coral earrings – Kenneth Jay Lane, tee shirt – LnA, cropped pants – Alice & Olivia, sandals – Elie Tahari


  1. This is exactly the palate of my wardrobe, plus some black, white, and cream.

  2. I love these- soft and warm with a touch of coolness in the grey. A beautiful transitional wardrobe for spring or fall. I will be stealing these ideas and combing my closet for similar combinations. Just what I was hoping for to take to Boston this spring and Ireland in the fall. Thank you!

  3. I think I may have to come visit you and have you take me shopping!
    You have an amazing gift.

    Lisa K/MN

  4. That 3rd collection panel..just the camel and grey is genius. So inspiring! Your posts (always helpful and thoughtful) seem to be getting stronger and stronger. Thank you so much for your creative and talented eye...and the way you share your gifts with such grace and generosity. Dorothy

  5. Pretty! I don't usually wear camel because I don't think it suits my coloring, but I can see wearing that fifth (sheath and belted cardi) outfit right this very minute.

  6. What pretty combinations. Beautiful colors


  7. Perfectly lovely! I agree with Kristien62 that your posts grow more and more interesting, while still unswervingly staying true to the Timeless, Elegant, Classic...mantra. Brava!

  8. I canot help but think this is for a blonde or grey-haired woman. So soft, yet with presence. That Equipment piece is a ...dress????

    1. You are very perceptive. Although the scarf is Vivienne's inspiration, I suggested a camel and grey motif to help me build a travel wardrobe. I am "woman of a certain age" and ash-blonde. The combination is kinder to me than black or navy.

  9. This is a lovely selection that really appealed.
    I find you need to look very closely at Hermes scarves to pick out colours and it makes them far more interesting than just put with a black or other neutral outfit. One of mine is an Etriers in an orange-y colourway, but on close inspection, I found not only the usual yellow-gold and creamy white but also greys, taupes and brown, which enabled me to find other combinations.
    I have a little more trouble with another scarf that really only has red and very bright blue with the yellow-gold and white base, but I'm contemplating some of the brighter blue jeans that are around this year!
    Still, it's all about the challenge, right?!

  10. I so love the title of the series.What to wear with a scarf not the other way round.