Monday, December 03, 2012

75/25: A Common Capsule Wardrobe, and Signature Purple


Cardigan – Marc Jacobs, shirt – Acne, jeans – True Religion, striped sweater – Parker Blue

Scarf – Missoni, sunglasses – Ted Baker, earrings – George Jensen, bracelet – Links of London, watch – Timex, bag – Aspinal of London, loafers – Marc Jacobs

all clothes - J. Crew






12 comments:

  1. I have just recently discovered your site and am loving it. However, I am confused as to the definition of a Common Wardrobe and the 333. Do you have an explanation for that somewhere on your site?

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    1. Look to her post on Sept. 5 for an explanation of the Common Wardrobe. It is basically a list of pieces that many women have, and the later posts show how to add other pieces or accessories to make new outfits.

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  2. Pat,
    go to 'Labels' on the right side of the screen and you should find it. Project 333 is picking 33 items of clothing to wear over a 3 month period. Hope this helps.

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  3. Jumpy claps for PURPLE!! And thanks for some great ideas on accessories.

    A question about colored jeans/pants, however. Can a woman of a certain age (post-50) and of a certain body type (the jeans pictured above would NOT fit me -- however, I am of a healthy weight) wear colored jeans? The styles look lovely here, but when I look at the pants in the store, it feels like I'm in the Junior department.

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    1. Well, I'm far from "sveltic", as we say chez moi, but I wear red jeans a lot. It's just important that they fit well and not be skin tight. Although it seems like the only jeans available right now are super-skinny (and ghastly unflattering on the majority of the human race), there are still lots of other options. I've heard really good things about Not Your Daughters Jeans, although they're not a "true" jean because they do have some stretch in them...

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    2. Thanks for the tip! I may grab that lovely pair of aubergine pants I saw last week and head toward the dressing room. :)

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  4. Yay! Purple! As a complete fanatic for the color (my bedroom is this color), I do find I run into one common problem, which is that warm purples such as plum (like the colored jeans above) often clash with cold purples such as grape (like the sweater above). A lilac can often bridge the gap, but it's still frustrating. On the plus side, warm purples (shades of plum all the way up to very dark pink) often look great with browns/oranges, while cold purples look great with blacks and blues. A bright warm purple looks AMAZING with leopard print, and really stands out because not many people think of that color combination.

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  5. When I was a younger girl in my first full-time job, all of age 19 & 20 and in an office setting with not a whole-lot of appropriate-for-business clothes, I pulled together my modest wardrobe with a deep purple cardigan and one kelly-green one, not cashmere (I so wished!) but a similar-sort of feel and, you know, I pulled it off, dressing those sweaters up with jewelry or being casual with a pair of "Ditto"-brand jeans (I had every color of the rainbow because my horse-riding/country style cousin on a ranch had every style and color of jean imaginable, which she ironed no less, even if she was out riding one of her horses; anyway, she went thru clothes like water and I was the lucky recipient of nearly-new castoffs).

    I do have a soft spot when it comes to a purple cardigan!

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  6. Whooped when I opened up 'the Vivienne Files'. This weekend I started my shopping fast by digging out my aubergine bag, and a scarf that draws heavily on purples to co-ordinate with my wool coats (one bottle green, one charcoal) in preparation for a month dedicated to exploring purple clothes as the December signiture colour.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. AWESOME!
    What fun !! I luv it!
    THANKS

    hugs

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  8. Your sense of style is really good.

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