Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Lots of people wanted to see a "333" in warm colors, and LOTS of people wanted a glimpse into my thought process as I build these wardrobes.  But this isn't the only possible approach to 333-ing...


all clothes - L.L.Bean

all clothes - L.L.Bean

all clothes - L.L.Bean

all clothes - L.L.Bean

tops - L.L.Bean, ivory jeans - Les Copains

all clothes - L.L.Bean

all clothes - L.L.Bean

silk blouse - Chloe, all other clothes, L.L.Bean

peach silk blouse - Chloe, ivory  jeans - les Copains, all other clothes - L.L.Bean

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Last week's episode of Simply Seasonless (the denim shirt) included quite a few essential capsule wardrobe items that are ALSO pretty versatile.  Today, I'm thinking of a pair of black "ankle pants", i.e. those pants that stop about 2 inches above the ankle bone. They're obvious with sandals or espadrilles, easy as pie with boots, but surprisingly fun with opaque tights and pumps or ballet flats...  The key to wearing these pants successfully?  Make sure they're narrow at the bottom, simply styled, and not TOO short.

And yes, you're seeing some of these garments again - this is key to an efficient capsule wardrobe!


2 cool-weather outfits using black pants - 1 with a denim shirt, 1 with a grey sweater
Black capri pants – Emilio Pucci, Denim shirt – Marc by Marc Jacobs, scarf – Hermès, 
blazer – Allsaints, black loafers – Brooks Brothers, zigzag scarf – Missoni,
 grey sweater – VPL, ankle boots – Opening Ceremony

two cool weather outfits including black pants - one including a print tee, one with red accents
Black capris – Emilio Pucci, black cardigan – L.L.Bean, tee shirt – Proenza Schouler,
 opaque tights – Armani Exchange, pumps – Stuart Weitzman, red stud earrings – Kate Spade, 
sweatshirt – L’Agence, loafers – Marc by Marc Jacobs

two warm weather outfits including black pants, one with white, and one with gold accents
Tee shirt – Reiss, Black capris – Emilio Pucci, moonstone earrings – Andrea Fohrman,
 white cardigan – Rag & Bone, ballet flats – See by Chloe, bracelets – Amrita Singh, 
tunic – M Missoni, sandals – Salvatore Ferragamo

two warm weather outfits including black pants, one with a tee shirt, one with a tunic
Black cropped pants – Emilio Pucci, earrings – Coach, sunglasses – Tom Ford,
 tee shirt – Dorothy Perkins, sandals – J.C. Penney, tee shirt – Acne, flower earrings – toosis,
 sunglasses – Ray Ban, sandals - Marais

2 cool weather outfits using a pair of black pants, 1 with a shirt and sweater vest, one with a flannel shirt and sweater
Silk blouse – Acne, black cropped pants – Emilio Pucci, watch – Bulova, vest – Mulberry, 
pumps – Stuart Weitzman, sweater – Levi’s Made & Crafted, plaid shirt – Madewell,
 opaque tights – Armani Exchange, black flats – Thierry Rabotin

2 cool weather outfits using a pair of black pants, one with a cozy cardigan, and a dressy outfit with a blouse and cardigan
Black cropped pants – Emilio Pucci, grey oversized tee – Organic by John Patrick, 
necklace – unearthen, cardigan – Zadig & Voltaire, grey boots – Camper, earrings – Dolce & Gabbana, 
black cashmere cardiganL.L.Bean, blouse – Alice & Olivia, boots - Givenchy

love,
Janice


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Monday, October 29, 2012

Teal dress – Prabal Gurung, necklace – John Lewis, blazer – Nick & Mo, pumps – Andrey Brooke, scarf – Liberty, denim jacket – Comptoir des Cottoniers, flats - Gucci



I'm over at Tish's today, extolling the wisdom of buying one perfect dress, and wearing it constantly...

And as for what I've been up to:


you can't tell how great this J.Jill shirt is from this photo...

This is the winner - from J.Jill - NO breast pockets, princess seams, 100% cotton - but not bulky or heavy.  AND it's available in Misses, Petites, (yaaaay, no sleeve shortening for me!), Womens and Talls.


Why can't more companies provide a wider range of sizes?

Honestly, if I needed new clothing in a hurry, J. Jill might be the first place I would go, if only because I know that I could buy things that would not need to be altered.  Petite clothes are THAT rare, and save me a lot of time and alteration money...

Saturday, October 27, 2012

If you were ever afraid of mixing shades of blue, this might give you courage!


Garden in the Rue Cortot – Renoir, flower earrings & necklace – Julia Failey, dress – Madewell, navy sandals – K Jacques, linen cardigan – J. Crew, tee shirt – Debenhams, loafers – Avec Moderation, silk pants – Stella McCartney

Garden in the Rue Cortot – Renoir, tee shirt – Chinto & Parker, shorts – Oasis, sandals – Bruuns Bazaar, blue sweater – Yves Saint Laurent, bracelets – Asos, moccasins – Minnetonka Moccasin, cotton pants – Paul & Joe

Garden in the Rue Cortot – Renoir, earrings – Amanda Sterett, silk halter top – Michael Kors, silk pants – Bottega Veneta, teal pumps – Miu Miu, packable trench – Burberry Brit, teal jeans – MiH, ankle boots - Acne

Garden in the Rue Cortot – Renoir, dress – Diane von Furstenberg, shawl – Armand Diradourian, pumps – Stuart Weitzman, scarf – Marc Andersen, chambray shirt – Woolrich, skirt – Zucca, flats – Maria Sharapova

Friday, October 26, 2012

Some of these accessories are the same as an earlier version of the "romance" idea, and some of them are very specifically chosen to do justice to the warmth of this wardrobe... so anybody who thinks that brown is too masculine needs to think again! A Common Capsule Wardrobe can be as feminine as one wishes...


Bracelet – Shamballa Jewels, peach moonstone ring – Irene Neuwirth, stone necklace – Alexis Bittar, pearl drop earrings –
 Carolee, stacked bracelets – Dorothy Perkins, bib necklace – Stella & Dot, calla lily earrings – Annette Ferdinandsen,
 watch – Anne Klein, pearl flower stud earrings – Romwe, shawl – Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre, striped scarf – Soaked in
 Luxury, ballet flats – Lanvin, bag – Sam Edelman, brocade oxfords – John Fluevog

Top row – L.L.Bean, cream shirt – Kitsune, peach blouse – Chloe, cardigan & v-neck sweater – L.L.Bean, 
brown long-sleeved tee – La Garconne, tan pants – Jil Sander, cream jeans – Les Copains, brown pants – Maison Martin Margiela



NOVICA

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Common Capsule Wardrobe shines with warm colors and gold accessories!

Jewelry – Alexis Bittar, socks – Maria La Rosa, square scarf – Hermès, bag – Anya Hindmarch, watch – Swatch, 
fringed scarf – Stella McCartney, metallic cable tights – Emilio Cavallini, flat boots – Calvin Klein Collection

Top row – L.L.Bean, cream shirt – Kitsune, peach blouse – Chloe, cardigan & v-neck sweater – L.L.Bean, brown 
long-sleeved tee – La Garconne, tan pants – Jil Sander, cream jeans – Les Copains, brown pants – Maison Martin Margiela



NOVICA

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Grey cotton dress – Thakoon, necklace – Swarovski, blazer – Rag & Bone, pumps – Jimmy Choo, sweatshirt/denim jacket – Jet by John Eshaya, brooch – Georg Jensen, silver flats – Gianvito Rossi


Today, I'm over at A Femme d'un Certain Age, where I explore the possibilities of this grey cotton dress (which has an interior drawstring - how cool is that?).  

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Why yes, these ARE the same amber accessories I used with the first version of The Common Capsule Wardrobe; thank you for noticing!  




BraceletModcloth, ring & earrings  – Kenneth Jay Lane, square scarf – Liberty London, leopard amber bracelet – Romwe,
beads – Linda Lee Johnson, stud earrings – Goldmajor, belt – J. Crew, bag – Maison Martin Margiela, oxfords – Dolce Vita, 
paisley scarf – Etro, ankle boots – Aldo, chunky necklace – Kenneth Jay Lane
Top row – L.L.Bean, cream shirt – Kitsune, peach blouse – Chloe, cardigan & v-neck sweater – L.L.Bean, brown 
 long-sleeved tee – La Garconne, tan pants – Jil Sander, cream jeans – Les Copains, brown pants – Maison Martin Margiela
NOVICA

Monday, October 22, 2012

Denim shirt – Marc by Marc Jacobs

Denim shirt – Marc by Marc Jacobs, grey pants – Stella McCartney, scarf – Hermès, blazer – Allsaints, grey loafers – Dune, zigzag scarf – Missoni, grey sweater – VPL, jeans – Mango, sneakers - Converse

Denim shirt – Marc by Marc Jacobs, black skirt – DKNY, black cardigan – L.L.Bean, scarf – Etro, opaque tights – Armani Exchange, pumps – Stuart Weitzman, grey pearl earrings – Lord & Taylor, tweed dress – Dolce & Gabbana, grey tights – Topshop, loafers – Tod’s

Denim shirt – Marc by Marc Jacobs, moonstone earrings – Andrea Fohrman, white cardigan – Rag & Bone, black cropped pants – Emilio Pucci, ballet flats – See by Chloe, amethyst & pink topaz earrings – Scully & Scully, tee shirt – Jane Norman, white jeans – J Brand, espadrilles - Soludos

Denim shirt – Marc by Marc Jacobs, earrings – Coach, tee shirt – Dorothy Perkins, kirt – Indah, sandals – J.C. Penney, tee shirt – Acne, flower earrings – toosis, shorts – Topshop, flip flops - TKEES

Denim shirt – Marc by Marc Jacobs, watch – Bulova, vest – Mulberry, skirt – DKNY, pumps – Stuart Weitzman, sweater – Levi’s Made & Crafted, scarf – Erdem, opaque tights – Armani Exchange, black cropped pants – Emilio Pucci, black flats – Thierry Rabotin

Denim shirt – Marc by Marc Jacobs, necklace – unearthen, cardigan – Zadig & Voltaire, grey pants – Stella McCartney, navy loafers – DSQUARED2, earrings – Dolce & Gabbana, black cashmere cardiganL.L.Bean, velvet skirt – Akris, boots - Givenchy


People wondered why I was eager to buy a denim shirt, and so I thought I'd show you the versatility that I see in them.  While usage in the summer might be less frequent, there's no question that this shirt could be worn 12 months of the year...  And yes, some garments appear more than once here - sort of like in real life!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Ever since the beginning of A Common Capsule Wardrobe, I've been asked to show what I would consider to be a version for someone who prefers warmer colors.  While this version isn't going to be quite as versatile as the original, it's certainly got plenty of potential.  Does anybody want me to expand on this one, with accessories?


Top row – L.L.Bean, cream shirt – Kitsune, peach blouse – Chloe, cardigan & v-neck sweater – L.L.Bean, brown 
 long-sleeved tee – La Garconne, tan pants – Jil Sander, cream jeans – Les Copains, brown pants – Maison Martin Margiela



NOVICA