I'm out of town right now - actually, I've been out of town since Thursday afternoon; the magic of the internet means that I can schedule blog posts ahead of time! I'm visiting a number of my relatives, which is the easiest packing; laundry is available, and borrowing clothes is always possible. I'm carrying the huge suitcase because belovedest and I are sharing the bag, and his clothes and shoes take up a LOT of space... ... View the Post
Archives for April 2013
Someone suggested that the orange accents from last week might easily be substituted with turquoise blue. Entirely right, very simple, and very beautiful. ... View the Post
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A couple of people have asked me about the widespread advice that every woman show have a denim jacket. Of course I disagree with this idea - I don't think anybody else can tell you what you should have in your wardrobe.
Traditional denim jackets can be really cool, but they're not always flattering:
There's nothing particularly wrong with denim; there are a variety of options in denim that could be a lot more flattering than the traditional cropped, narrow fit.
Maybe the cut is okay, but the color doesn't work very well; there are denim jackets in other neutral colors that might be a lot more useful for you.
Or you could get really radical and choose a jacket in a bright color, or a fun pastel.
And for many of us, a cardigan ... View the Post
I know, if we don't buy their clothes, they won't have jobs. I've heard that.
I don't care. I don't want this in my closet.
Happily, at this moment, absolutely NO retailer has admitted that they purchased garments from this factory. That seems unlikely, doesn't it?
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This was a special request from someone who LOVES, and looks good in, neon yellow. To her I say carpe the sweater; few of us can wear this color well. It's a great way to stand out in a crowd, and make a very cheery statement on even the gloomiest days.
Outfits including a yellow sweater and a dressy printed skirt
Outfits with a yellow sweater, solid jeans or trousers, and a patterned scarf
Outfits including a yellow sweater and patterned pants
Outfits including a yellow sweater and a printed top, with either trousers or a skirt
Outfits with a yellow sweater, white jeans, a printed tee shirt, and sandals
Outfits with a yellow sweater, white or off-white blouse, and trousers or a skirt ... View the Post
Well, not anything horrendous or drastic (let's be serious, last week wasn't a great week for many of us...), but when I woke up Friday morning to the sounds of SNOW HITTING MY WINDOW, I retreated to my jeans, which I had not included in my 33 garments. Of course, when I picked those 33 pieces of clothing, I didn't expect to have to dress for snow. Sigh...
Monday and Tuesday were great, similar to last week, I started with a black "suit", chose a bright tee shirt, and added a scarf to tie things together and brighten things up. Tuesday was a core of black garments, with boots, a cardigan, and a cashmere scarf to keep warm,
Wednesday and Thursday were also very uncomplicated.Another core of black, with a ... View the Post
When you read those "10 wardrobe classics every woman MUST have", you'll often see a pair of khaki pants included as one of the ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED pieces of clothing...
What utter tripe - there is NO REQUIRED GARMENT for any woman's wardrobe. (Yes, I firmly believe some women can live without a bra, and if you wear tights every day, then other undergarments might be optional too...)
That said, there is some logic to the idea of a pair of khakis are a core garment...
First, the specific definition of "khakis" is pretty loose to start with, and could include any of these sort of things:
But the general goal, in saying that you must own khakis, is really to make sure that you have a pair of washable, "dressier than jeans", ... View the Post
Wear a bright green sweater with solid jeans or pants and a printed scarf
Wear a bright green sweater with printed trousers and sandals
Two outfits with a bright green sweater, white jeans, and a printed tee shirt
Wear a bright green sweater with a white or off-white blouse, a skirt, and an Hermes scarf
Bright green sweater outfits with a printed blouse and a skirt or trousers
Two bright green skirt outfits with a printed or patterned skirt ... View the Post
A core of black and white, with a bit of khaki, is an easy base upon which to build with almost any color. What other colors could I use to accent these simple garments. ... View the Post
Today's the second birthday of The Vivienne Files. Looking back, I'm dumbfounded to see how much work I've done, and how very many kind and lovely people I've met. I could never thank each of you enough for all you've done for me!
To showcase the amazing images that have appeared on The Vivienne Files, I've changed the layout of the blog - just for today - to this Snapshot view that shows EVERY image that's been on the blog for the last two years. Scroll down, and down, and DOWN to see every idea that we've shared in the last 2 years.
And to switch your view of the blog back to "normal", to go the menu in the top left corner, just underneath where it says "The Vivienne Files". The drop down menu gives you the ... View the Post