Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Packing for a Special Event, Urban, Early Spring

Someone asked for taupe....  I hadn't intended to post another packing capsule quite so soon, but when I started browsing through dresses and saw this one, I sort of fell into this whole assortment of clothing.  This would be ideal for the early spring events that make you want to wear pastels, but that really still REQUIRE that you wear something rather warm.


peach and taupe dress with jacket and dressy accessories
Rose quartz earrings – Nikki BakerBag – A. F. VandervorstDress Paule KaCoat- Jil Sander, Taupe pumpsKristin Michaels

Yes, this is the second day in a row that this lace-trimmed scarf is shown - I think it's both amazingly beautiful and quite versatile.  I can't imagine anything that you might wear from this travel wardrobe that wouldn't look just a tiny bit nicer with this somewhere.

taupe travel outfit cardigan and pants with a floral blouse
Cardigan – Eric Bompard,  Blouse – L’Autre Chose, Watch – Movado, Pants- Gardeur,  Loafers- MunroScarf – futabaya,  SuitcaseTumi

And yes, there are a couple more tops in here from Eric Bompard.  If you really love a color that tends to be difficult to find, you should stock up when someone has it in production.  During those long dry spells when nobody's making the right shade of taupe, you can just save your money, and when you see the perfect color, you can go just a wee bit nuts!
taupe six pack for a dressy long weekend

Sweater – Eric BompardJeans – Acne,   Bracelet – Elena Estaun,  Dress – Brunello Cucinelli,  Flats – Gabor,  Piping blouse – Eric Bompard,  Skirt – Donna Karan,   
Lace blouse – Joie, Scarf – Faliero Sarto

10 comments:

  1. I do so like the darker taupe, whereas I look ghastly in the pinker shade of it. I must keep my eyes out for something like that whilst in Germany next. The website does not have it in my size. The piping blouse is so pretty.

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    1. Taupe is actually very trendy here in Germany right now. I don't know for how long though...

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    2. Well, I'll be there in August. I have been a fan of Maerz knits for years. Thanks.

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    3. Thanks for the tip. I do believe they're having their SSV sale now. Latest joke making the rounds: what's the shortest joke this year? German summer 2013. LOL
      I'm already seeing women dressed for autumn (tall boots are back out)! So I'm more or less skipping summer and planning my autumn capsule - taupe, denim, and cranberry... Maybe next year I'll really get a chance to break out the whites...

      Bookbutterfly

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  2. Wow! Thanks a lot! I love this! That's a great idea to stock up on taupe. I have been learning soo much by reading your blog. It has been fascinating reading through your archives.

    Bookbutterfly

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  3. I just love both of these packing modules. I wish I'd known about this idea years ago! It would have made packing for an event so much easier. Honestly, until you, it never occurred to me to keep the whole palette the same tones. Back in the day, I'd have thrown in my pretty dress and shoes, and then random other clothes that were too many in number, were wrong for the trip and just plain didn't work for the weekend. So...I'd end up going emergency shopping wherever we were, ending up with yet more items that may have been a good outfit for, say, a rehearsal dinner, but that I never wore again...because the pieces never went with anything else.

    I always look at your capsules as a template...not a shopping list. I see them as a way I can substitute pieces I own already (or would be excellent additions to my practical wardrobe) for the exact items you give. It's sort of a Plato's Cave view of "wardrobe". Yours represent the ideal, mine are but a reflection, but of the same thing.

    So, as usual, merci bien.

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  4. "If you really love a color that tends to be difficult to find, you should stock up when someone has it in production." This is going into my Shopping Tips file. So, so true for taupe (which can be difficult to wear against my skin tone) and certainly for green, as someone stated in the Navy and Green post a few days ago.

    BTW, the Paule Ka dress is utterly gorgeous. I've had some surgery which makes any type of smooth, solid color dress difficult to wear, but sometimes prints aren't quite right. The style of this dress is perfect; now I know what to look for! :)

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  5. That dress makes me wish I had a waist! Beautiful! -Theresa

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  6. What a timely post! I just purchased a Tahari "core of four" in a neutral cocoa/taupe shade, ( jacket, trouser, skirt, sheath dress). I like this shade for its four season versatility and the way it quietly showcases special scarves, shoes and handbags. I usually pair it with chocolate brown, white, black and pretty pale blush tones. What other colors would go well with it?

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    1. Dusk blue, a greyed violet, celadon green...

      What a great purchase, by the way. I hope you wear it with happiness for years to come!

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