The Vivienne Files
Capsule wardrobes inspired by art and nature
January 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm
I hope you really are going to the Symphony. How about an outfit for the Art Institute? Or the Newbery? I can't wait to visit Chicago again.
January 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm
Oh, we really DID go to the Symphony. And we go to the Art Institute all the time. From the window here, I can see both Symphony Hall and the Art Institute…have a lovely Sunday!J
January 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm
How great to be able to attend these first-rate cultural institutions. Bet you looked wonderful! I particularly like these analytical posts: I'm adopting the drill on a daily basis, but always find inspiration in your own analyses. I think my shoes need to be more exciting. I have really nice, but basic, loafers, pumps, boots, etc. Since my outfits are also basic in color and line, something should shine. I pick it up a bit with great socks, tights, jewelry, and scarves, but shoes….
January 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm
The gold loafers were a real reach for me, but I've found that there are a LOT of times where they're just the punch of life that my otherwise pretty neutral wardrobe craves!
January 20, 2013 at 5:14 pm
I do love velvet in winter! It's lush and very comforting somehow.
January 20, 2013 at 5:31 pm
Wow, I cannot believe how the gold loafers and accessories lift Tuesdays otherwise very basic outfit……..adds to shopping list
Russian Chic says
January 20, 2013 at 6:38 pm
Janice,Getting dressed with 33 is my favorite segment on your blog.
May I please ask for your earrings model reference #? What is the hoop diameter?They seem so versatile and perfect in every way. Thank you.
January 21, 2013 at 3:02 pm
Those earrings are from Cartier – they're maybe 2cm in diameter. They do make them in a larger size too, but I felt that the larger were just not right for me. I wear them often because we both have the Trinity wedding rings, too.
January 20, 2013 at 7:37 pm
Love the way you focus on actual scenarios.
January 20, 2013 at 8:58 pm
I'm loving your "Getting Dressed" series!
January 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm
From one Janice to another…I love the thought process in this post. I'm cleaning the closet today and will start thinking about this week in wardrobe.
Returned to say: I have some gold loafers and I'm going to wear them more. I don't have a Hermes blk/gold scarf, but I do have a scarf in those colors. Very inspiring.
So lucky to live near the Art Institute. I spent a summer in Evanston and joined the museum. We may make a visit to your great city in the next year or two. Can't wait.
January 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm
Packing for Massachusetts and babysitting this weekend. Taking my inspiration from your overnight bag. I need to be comfortable, warm, but presentable since we will probably take my precious out supper. Also will go into Boston on Sunday for brunch with the youngest son. Any suggestions on what I can throw in the bag for the urban visit? Will have black slacks, white shirt and a scarf (to be determined) at my disposal. Love this series, as always.
January 21, 2013 at 4:01 am
Can you give the specifics on the black cardigan? Love it and want to own it myself. Thanks
January 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm
My solid black cardigan is cashmere, from Lands' End, and it's about six or seven years old. If I were to replace it, I would probably get one from L.L.Bean, as I think their quality is better now. The black & white cardigan is from Pendleton, and it's 3 or 4 years old. It's merino, and I love it…
January 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm
I agree with you about Lands' End/LL Bean quality issues.
But — back in the day. Oh! Lands End was beautiful stuff!
January 21, 2013 at 5:30 am
Such an inspiration. Have been living out of a little suitcase for three weeks in Normandy. I am thinking I could do the 333! Such an inspiration. I don't know why, but it seems a bit more difficult when black is not the main basic color. Can't wait for my next trip to Chicago! Susan
Annie H says
January 21, 2013 at 3:20 pm
Hi Janice, thank you for your terrific posts. They are a great way to start my day! I have a challenge for you. I am planning a trip to England and France in May. Lucky me! I need some packing help. The trip will include some hiking in the country and London and Paris. The highlight if the trip is a rock concert at the Royal Albert Hall! What to pack ? Hiking boots, city boots, tench coat, anorak? Any wardrobe selection you can help with would be greatly appreciated! Ann
January 21, 2013 at 4:54 pm
Just moved to Chicago and would love some fleece lined tights (also cashmere socks) for commuting in 10 degree and below weather. Where did you find fleece lined tights?
January 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm
I'm pretty sure I found my tights at Nordstrom – make sure you buy them BIG, because they tend to run short in the legs. And cashmere socks aren't all that they're cracked up to be – good wool socks are every bit as warm and a lot more durable.
January 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm
Thanks so much. This is very helpful. Not as easy as I originally planned, to look put together in freezing temps.
August 2, 2014 at 12:11 am
This is so helpful. I can really visualize it more easily with your excellent scenario captions. Wish I lived closer to the city, sigh!
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