Thursday, April 11, 2013

A simple black & white summer wardrobe, with accessories

Oooh, I could live in these clothes for the entire summer... This first outfit would be fine for work, and then slip on the skirt in place of the pants, ready to go out to dinner.


A striped tee shirt isn't usually worn with a skirt - I wonder why?  And the cardigan and scarf take a simple tank top and capris, and make them perfect for all kinds of activities.
Some days, simple white and khaki, with silver accessories, is all you need.  And your sundress kicks it up quite a few notches with the jacket, a nice necklace, and dressy, but still comfortable, sandals.
With the more classic, trim, cardigan, the tank top and capris take on a more traditional look.  And amazing diamond earrings add a lot of spark, and sparkle, to the easy and uncomplication combination of tee shirt and capri outfit.
White tee shirts are made for hot weather.  With black pants and an amazing jacket, the tee shirt can go to work or a meeting, but with the printed skirt and flats sandals, you can be much more dressy while still staying comfortable and relaxed.
Here's the accessory collection:
Checked swing jacket – Michael Kors, sunglasses – Ksubi Eyewear, pearl earrings – Georg Jensen,  necklace – Georg Jensen, diamond earrings- Stephen Webster, tee shirt – AR SRPLS, bracelet – Elizabeth & James, “dripping stripes”  silk/cotton scarf – Cedric Charlier, skirt –Tibi, scarf – Hermes, black sandals – Ralph Lauren, black & white flats – Loeffler Randall, silver sandals – Senso
The very basic, core wardrobe, all from L.L.Bean.

13 comments:

  1. The plaid jacket is gorgoeous. The reason I never wear a striped T with a skirt is, that it never looks right. I am 5'8 and still I look like I am cut in half, but paired with jeans or trousers the same shirt looks fine. And of course, there is the enevitable frump factor as sooo many women in my town wear 3/4 pants with striped shirt tucked in paired with sneakers or white sandals. You get the picture. :))

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  2. I so wish I had your blog when I worked. I would have saved a fortune and looked good to boot.

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  3. Frump Factor...Cornelia...that is always a consideration. Thanks for the chuckle!

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  4. I'm short and un-slim and find that the only way I can wear horizontal stripes is under the camouflage of a solid cardigan. And with skirts, only a pencil skirt seems to work without widening. I like the nautical look as much as anyone, but try to look for asymmetrical or vertical stripe lines.

    And I know I keep saying this, but I continue to have the naïve, idealistic hope (especially because of your blog, Janice) that there's an LLBean garment out there somehow, somewhere in some size and style that will be flattering to me. But, try as I might, and try as I continue to try, I'm still returning 100% of everything I order from the catalogue. Frump factor indeed.

    Still, your basic wardrobe pieces are so helpful and instructive--and very easy to substitute for more flattering and slimming and lengthening and upscale brands. And, shall I say it?, less wrinkling and easier to launder brands. I am not into the zen of the ironing board and try not to buy things that need ironing if I can help it!

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    1. I too am an LLB fan in theory only, having returned everything I've bought for me. Hope never dies--I ordered a linen tunic recently, and, while I have hope, it will probably make a return trip to Maine.

      I buy lots of men's stuff for the two guys in my life.

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    2. Gail, I too and short and un-slim. Last year I took a trench that I got from LLBean to be altered. The seamstress noted that because she and I are "plump", alterations are often necessary. Decide it was best to laugh at being called "plump".

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  5. Janice you are speaking my language with black and white basics. I bought a striped top from Banana Republic and love it. There is something so crisp about a striped black and white top. Love your array of options here today.
    Oh and I would add masses of pearls as an accessory. They seem to glow with black as a backdrop.

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    1. Mmmmm, masses of pearls - now YOU are speaking MY language!

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  6. I love those silver sandals -- where did you find them?

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    1. Those are Senso sandals, from allsole.com.

      I FORGOT to put the credits for the accessories - I'll fix that tonight when I get home... hanging head in shame,
      Janice

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    2. Yes - very much want to know about those star burst earrings! - Queen Lucia

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