Friday, November 30, 2012

We're all wrestling with the idea of choosing signature styles and colors...  I remember a moment that was sort of a key "a-ha" for me - I started thinking about clothing and the role that it's played in my life, as far back as I could remember...

As a tot with curly dark brown hair and brown eyes, I was VERY out of place style-wise in my family of blue-eyed, and wispy-fine mousy haired family.  Literally everybody but me had the same coloring, and thus the big clothing colors in my household were baby blue, lilac, and peach...

All I longed for was a dress with a black bodice, or in bright, bright red...


dresses - Sears
Did you adore sailor dresses?


Dresses – Grammie’s Attic

Were you a tomboy?


dresses - Ralph Lauren

Were you a baby hipster?

Dresses – Tea Collection

Or did you love the most feminine details?

dresses - J. Crew

Were you drawn from your earliest years to jewel-tones?

Dresses – Hanna Andersson

How about some vivid brights?


Dresses – Hanna Andersson

I think our youthful instincts might be an interesting source of insights for our more... mature... style.


Thursday, November 29, 2012


Cardigan – Stella McCartney, striped top – La Garconne, tweed skirt – Dolce & Gabbana, red shirt - Equipment

Bag – Aldo, wrapped scarf – Spun by Subtle Luxury, mixed plaid scarf – Free People, square silk scarf – Hermès, ballet flats - Repetto

Minimalist Wardrobe, common wardrobe, basic wardrobe, 12-piece wardrobe
Turtleneck – L.L.Bean, blue striped shirt – Golden Goose, blue shirt – D&G, white shirt – Theory, navy blazer – A.P.C., grey sleeveless sweater – J. Crew, grey cardigan – J. Crew, navy v-neck – J. Crew, navy shirt – J. Crew, navy pants – A.P.C., grey skirt – Comme des Garcons, grey pants – Theory






Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Originally, where I thought I was going with the idea of a common capsule wardrobe was to show that a wardrobe of 75% neutral, basic, "work horse" garments could be made unique and extremely versatile using 25% "signature" garments.  We all got swept up in a tide of great accessories, and I lost track of where I was headed!  But now I've returned to my original idea: the Common Capsule Wardrobe, with 4 "accent" garments, and some accent accessories...

Does it go without saying that you could wear one of these outfits, pack the rest of the garments, and be in good shape for quite a long trip?


Four pieces of red clothing, to use as accents in A Common Wardrobe
Velvet jacket – The Row, plaid shirt – Woolrich, corduroy pants – See by Chloe, sweater – Isabel Marant

red accessories - scarf, sunglasses, jewelry, bag and shoes - to use as accents for A Common Wardrobe
Scarf – Missoni, sunglasses – Ray-Ban, red agate earrings – Blue Nile, red bracelet – Links of London, triple wrap watch – Target, 
bag – Ted Baker, red loafers – Rebecca Minkoff

The original 12-piece version of A Common Wardrobe
all clothes - J. Crew

3 outfits from A Common Wardrobe, accented with a red jacket


3 outfits from A Common Wardrobe, accented with red

3 outfits from A Common Wardrobe, accented with red

3 outfits from A Common Wardrobe, accented with red

3 outfits from A Common Wardrobe, accented with red

And muddle this over for a moment - project 333 could be 2 "common wardrobes", 2 "accent colors", and one wild-card garment just for the heck of it...

As the new year approaches, it's a good time to prepare for a three month... wardrobe focus?  A shopping fast, and some intense concentration of what we already own might be a nice way to begin 2013...


Dorothy
Perkins(US)



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Accessories for a Caramel and Black Project 333 Wardrobe

Check silk scarf – Burberry, flower earrings – Banana Republic, paisley scarf – Drake’s, blue & brown checked wool scarf – Burberry, Maltese cross brooch – Dsquared2, square silk scarves – Hermès, gold flowered bracelet – Alkemie, gold hammered cuff – Jose & Maria, gold knot brooch – Jose & Maria, brown blue flowered scarf – Epice, gold hoop earrings – Target, suede tote – Fendi, riding boots – Sperry Topsider, gold knot earrings – Lord & Taylor, tiger eye necklace – Harrison Morgan, triple chain necklace – Julie Tuton, black oxfords – Rag & Bone, pumps – Stuart Weitzman, suede moccasins - Madewell
  • Caramel and Black Capsule Wardrobe outfits




  • Caramel and Black Capsule Wardrobe for Project 333
Black blazer – Theory, black pants – Theory, black dress – Theory, black skirt – Theory, caramel cabled sweater – Burberry Brit, caramel corduroy trousers – Dolce & Gabbana, caramel turtleneck – J. Crew, caramel skirt – Salvatore Ferragamo, brown tweed pants – Lauren by Ralph Lauren, brown cardigan – Roberto Collina, ivory cardigan – Orla Kiely, black tweed pants – Dolce & Gabbana, Tweed skirt – Paul & Joe, granite print blouse – L’Agence Earth, striped tee – KAIN, bibbed blouse – Forte Forte, plaid capris – J. Crew, cream merino turtleneck – L.K.Bennett, suede tunic – Ralph Lauren Collection, checked shirt – Comptoir des Cotonniers, cream silk blouse – Gucci, blue turtleneck – L.L.Bean, blue cardigan – L.L.Bean, blue henleyL.L.Bean, blue shirt – L.L.Bean, Blue jeans – Old Navy, black jeans – J. Crew, black cardigan – L.L.Bean, black tee shirt – L.L.Bean, Crew sweater – Rag & Bone, black silk blouse – Acne, tapestry skirt – Miss Selfridge, beaded silk blouse - Etro

Monday, November 26, 2012

Ah, this was a special request, and I think it's VERY appealing...


All clothes - Theory

Cabled sweater – Burberry Brit, corduroy trousers – Dolce & Gabbana, turtleneck – J. Crew, skirt – Salvatore Ferragamo

Tweed pants – Lauren by Ralph Lauren, brown cardigan – Roberto Collina, ivory cardigan – Orla Kiely, tweed pants – Dolce & Gabbana

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Tweed skirt – Paul & Joe, granite print blouse – L’Agence Earth, bibbed blouse – Forte Forte, plaid capris – J. Crew

Cream merino turtleneck – L.K.Bennett, suede tunic – Ralph Lauren Collection, checked shirt – Comptoir des Cotonniers, cream silk blouse - Gucci

Blue turtleneck – L.L.Bean, blue cardigan – L.L.Bean, blue henleyL.L.Bean, blue shirt – L.L.Bean

Crew sweater – Rag & Bone, black silk blouse – Acne, tapestry skirt – Miss Selfridge, beaded silk blouse - Etro

Striped tee – KAIN, blue jeans – Old Navy, black jeans – J. Crew, black cardigan – L.L.Bean, black tee shirt – L.L.Bean

Black blazer – Theory, black pants – Theory, black dress – Theory, black skirt – Theory, caramel cabled sweater – Burberry Brit, caramel corduroy trousers – Dolce & Gabbana, caramel turtleneck – J. Crew, caramel skirt – Salvatore Ferragamo, brown tweed pants – Lauren by Ralph Lauren, brown cardigan – Roberto Collina, ivory cardigan – Orla Kiely, black tweed pants – Dolce & Gabbana, Tweed skirt – Paul & Joe, granite print blouse – L’Agence Earth, striped tee – KAIN, bibbed blouse – Forte Forte, plaid capris – J. Crew, cream merino turtleneck – L.K.Bennett, suede tunic – Ralph Lauren Collection, checked shirt – Comptoir des Cotonniers, cream silk blouse – Gucci, blue turtleneck – L.L.Bean, blue cardigan – L.L.Bean, blue henleyL.L.Bean, blue shirt – L.L.Bean, Blue jeans – Old Navy, black jeans – J. Crew, black cardigan – L.L.Bean, black tee shirt – L.L.Bean, Crew sweater – Rag & Bone, black silk blouse – Acne, tapestry skirt – Miss Selfridge, beaded silk blouse - Etro

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Ah, the painting from which the Impressionists, and Impressionism, took their name!  Soft blues, punctuated with a dash of black, and the surprisingly perfect juxtaposition of orange...

Impression, Sunrise – Claude Monet, lace tee & pants – Preen, earrings – Flying Lizard, blue flats – Kelsi Dagger, blue onyx hoop earrings – Ice.com, jacket & dress – Valentino, clutch – JJ Winters, pumps – Mint Velvet

Impression, Sunrise – Claude Monet, top – See by Chloe, velvet pants – Isabel Marant, earrings – Artisan, slingbacks – Emma Hope, silk floral top – Dolce & Gabbana, denim skirt – Topshop, ring – Wendy Mink, orange sandals – Loeffler Randall

Impression, Sunrise – Claude Monet, scarf – futabaya, pearl earrings – Lord & Taylor, dress – Freda, cashmere cardigan – Joseph, pumps – Shop Ruche, earrings – Les Nereides, clutch – Barneys New York, shirt – Paul Smith, skirt – Michael van der Ham, blue pumps – Elizabeth & James

Impression, Sunrise – Claude Monet, earrings – Blue Nile, blue sweater – Miu Miu, capris – Giambattista Valli, wedges – Attilio Giusti, cardigan – Isabel Marant, dress – Oscar de la Renta, moonstone bracelet – Nak Armstrong, slingbacks – Jean-Michel Cazabat

Friday, November 23, 2012

Yes, I really don't like his skull things... but someone specifically asked me what to wear with the camouflage print in subtle beige, taupe, brown and a touch of peach; I couldn't resist these colors!  This is all about soft, subtle, with unexpected mixes of cool and warm colors.


Scarf – Alexander McQueen, sweater – Isabel Marant, skirt – La Garconne, ring – Anaconda, boots – Café Noir, earrings – Hari Jewels, reefer coat – Margaret Howell, grey turtleneck – Brunello Cucinelli, tweed skirt – Jigsaw, pumps - Gucci

Scarf – Alexander McQueen, earrings – Catherine Canino, dress – Rick Owens, bag – Aldo, boots – EMU, bracelet – Maison Martin MagielaturtleneckMalo, trousers – Chloe, brogues – Tods, socks – Calvin Klein

Scarf – Alexander McQueen, sweater – T by Alexander Wang, moonstone bracelet – Max & Chloe, jeans – Paige, sneakers – Golden Goose, moonstone earrings – Ippolita, color-blocked sweater – Dries van Noten, skirt – Hugo, pumps – Jimmy Choo

Scarf – Alexander McQueen, silk blouse – Brunello Cucinelli, earrings – Windsor Store, watch – Burberry, pinstriped skirt – Vivienne Westwood, pumps – L.K. Bennett, tee shirt – Mint Velvet, hooded sweatshirt – La Garconne, jeans – J Brand, canvas flats - Keds

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Cardigan – Odd Molly, long-sleeved tee shirt – Chinti & Parker, chinos – Debenhams, ivory scarf – Barneys New York, velvet gloves – Forzieri, quilted coat – Mango, loafers – Bottega Veneta, tote bag - Target

Cranberry sweater – Ella by Viyella, grey jeans – Patagonia, earrings – Swarovski, watch – Tag Heuer, plaid shirt – Woolrich, silk blouse – J. Crew, grey sweater – Miu Miu, lampwork bead necklace – Sari Glassman, bracelet – Baccarat, scarf – Arlette Ess, silk skirt – Caron Callahan, ankle boots – Marc by Marc Jacobs