Thursday, June 20, 2013

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky by Emily Carr

Scorned as Timber Beloved of the Sky
Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky, by Emily Carr

So very simple.  Tall, austere, lean, yet radiant. Vertical is balanced with the striations of the sky. Soft, cloudy, stormy around the edges, luminous throughout.  A lifetime of personal style inspiration could easily come from this...

A stunning dress, with simple earrings, pumps, and a structured bag.  A casual tee shirt dress, with shoes and a necklace that echo the sky in our inspirational painting.

sleek elegant solid colored dresses with silver accessories
earrings - Peggy Li, dress - Anne Valerie Hash, bag - Nine West, pumps - Stuart Weitzman
rope necklace - Alienina, tee shirt dress - T by Alexander Wang, espadrilles - Castaner

A cloudy grey coat, with soft suede boots and a stormy sky scarf, or a lacy dress with some dark accents, a soft and flowing wrap, and skylit shoes.  Even the earrings are lacy!

grey coat and grey dress inspired by Scorned as timber, Beloved of the Sky
coat - MaxMara, scarf - Kirsten Gilder, suede boots - Aldo, earrings- YooLa, dress - Whistles,
 cashmere cape - Closed, pumps - Stuart Weitzman

Another sleek dress with simple silvery accessories, or maybe a sweatshirt, soft corduroy jeans, suede booties, and another scarf with all the colors of the sky...

slate blue dress and grey sweater and pants
earrings - Georg Jensen, dress - Carven, grey clutch - Torula, pumps - Manolo Blahnik,
 scarf - Antagoniste, sweatshirt - Theory, corduroy jeans - Marc Jacobs
suede short boots - Modcloth

The most casual of outfits still reflects the nuanced greys, and the subtle stripes...  Hints of lavender paired with white are a warm weather possibility.

two outfits in grey white and soft blue based on Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky by Emily Carr
cardigan jacket - 194T, cropped jeans - Jacob Cohen, tee shirt -Giorgio Armani
grey tote -  Liebeskind, canvas shoes - Vans, earrings - YooLa, dress - Marta Ferri, cardigan -  
Nic and Zoe, sandals - Zara

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  1. THAT AWang tee dress is to die for !

  2. Every one of these frames is stunning. I always felt a bit guilty enjoying all the work you put into your blog after you told us how many hours it takes to put all this together. Now I feel a bit better, and I will put my grey T-shirt dress on today after work and use your suggestions. That dress never looked this good.

  3. Beautiful ensembles, Janice! Meanwhile, I have been thinking about your "start with art" and although I love lots of art, I really like Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss".

  4. Wow, I love all these garments--and love the inspiration too.

  5. Simply stunning!

  6. Very pretty. I do love the versatility of gray.

  7. Emily Carr lived a few blocks away from our Humble Bungalow. Her artwork is stunning as are your wonderful collections.
    I would like to see what you might do with a Picasso!

  8. Thank you Janice, for capturing so beautifully the feeling of the inspiration! This is exactly the direction I've been heading since I started reading your blog over a year ago, but I've never had so clear a focus until you put this together. You are a genius! I'm excited to see what I can pull from my closet to approximate your combinations. Thank you!
    Jen W

  9. Hi Janice,

    I think this approach for personal style is the best ever. Finding a painting that speaks to your inner core and also has the colours that speak about your outer core, then proceed from there with Janice's expert guidance.

    Deb from Vancouver

  10. You read my mind today: a dove grey EF cotton dress, accented with dusky lavender but with a punch of red in my scarf, belt and shoes. (I do love color.) you are an inspiration.
    ---Susan in SLC

  11. Today I saved the stunning and mysterious "Cholmondeley Ladies" to my art file - The colours and the geometric detail really appeal...

  12. Beautiful! The outfits not only capture the colors but the mood of the piece. The art makes me appreciate the clothes more and the clothes turn my heart toward the art. I like to imagine the soul of the woman to whom this speaks. I think she is deep and complex but gentle. She is unique and soft. She is peaceful but also strong and confident. She would be a good friend. Linda


  13. Lovely.

    Pattern suggestions (if you're inspired to make your own garments to accompany the scarf).

    Peggy Li blue dress.
    Not an exact match, but independent designers Merchant and Mills have a pattern that features an asymmetric draping detail.
    Their Dea dress pattern is less fitted than the Peggy Li dress

    Whistles grey dress
    View A of this DKNY for Vogue V2900 pattern has seam lines that could be piped to echo the feel of the Whistles dress

    Marta Ferri white dress
    Very easy Vogue V8665 pattern has a very similar silhoutte, neck and sleeve detail.

  14. One of my favourite paintings!

    I think I found another perfect scarf for this group: .