Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Packing for a Special Event: Lavender and Grey

It's always difficult to know what shoes to wear with a dress like this.  While metallic sandals would always be an appropriate choice, the coat in this ensemble makes it possible to wear open, ornamented black sandals. Packing a black clutch and black sandals is handy, because you can then wear them if you want to dress up the other dress, or the skirt.
Amethyst earrings - DeLatori, Lavender dress – Valentino Roma, Bag- ArtessorioSandals – Van Eli, Coat – Philosophy di Alberta di Ferretti

Blouse – Giambattista Valli, Cardigan- Nicole Farhi, PantsSaint LaurentBracelet – Sisco & Berluti,   Bag – Bottega Veneta, Suitcase – Tumi
Draped top – Nicole FarhiScarf – Front Row Society,  Jeans – Frame DenimDress – Nicole FarhiFlats- Jimmy ChooGrey sweater – MaxMara, grey skirt - MaxMara,  Violet top – Diane von FurstenbergScarf – Chan Luu


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17 comments:

  1. Who makes the skirt in the last picture?

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    1. Dear Nadine,
      MaxMara - thanks SO MUCH for pointing this out. I do have the BEST readers in the world, absolutely!
      warmest regards,
      Janice

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    2. Not only do I love the way your pictured items coordinate, your explanations help me think through my choices. When I first started reading your blog, I paid attention to the pictures that had colors I like. Now I am able to substitute colors in my mind, so I am going back over old entries that I passed over without much thought. The packing groupings are all amazing.

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  2. This collection and color combination makes me swoon. I like bright colors in my old age (almost 60), but muted colors with neutrals are perfect for an elegant occasion. Thank you!
    --Susan in SLC

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  3. Lovely combo - how long does an event take, though? This would easily last me a week...! :)

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    1. I wanted to err on the side of generosity (that could be the motto of my life!). But if this were for a wedding, you'd be well covered - literally - for a rehearsal, the wedding itself, and another day or two in town for sightseeing and unwinding.

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    2. Yes, absolutely - you could easily manage two weeks with this capsule, one or two repeats and a little overnight washing :)

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  4. Most individuals probably look better with their arms covered; that's why I appreciate this coat! In England, there seem to be more options with sleeves for dresses.

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  5. I have plantar fasciitis.....here's your challenge! What would a 54 yr. old pull together for a nice looking wardrobe when one needs to wear supportive athletic shoes??? Help! I am sure I am not the only one! Added bonus points, I am a 5'10" red head who wears a size 11 shoe : ) No magenta please :-/

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  6. Now you are REALLY Speaking to my heart.....a Bottega veneta Purse. Oh My!

    Deb from Vancouver

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  7. I can't quite get my head around a coat with sandals...I guess the coat is more a jacket than outerwear?

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    1. Yep - it's intended as a light over-layer, not a true coat. Although if you want to see sandals and heavy winter coats, just drop by Chicago any evening in the winter, and you'll see lots of silliness.

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  8. While most women may look better with their arms covered, I think it is shame if they never wear sleeveless for comfort and ease. I'm clearly not a woman who worries about every little body detail being perfect. Live a little! Enjoy yourself!

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  9. I found your website a week or so ago while searching out capsule wardrobes and how best to build one. I've settled on a core wardrobe with just these colors. Very nice post to confirm my color decisions especially when my tendency is to waive and change color loves often.

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  10. Love, love, love. Thank you!

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  11. My mother at age 80 is not happy showing her arms anymore. I have suggested that she wears more shrugs. A little silver shrug with silver sandals? Do you think that is a doable option?

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