Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Cliffs of the Upper Colorado River, by Thomas Moran

This painting made me think of subdued yet strong colors - both warm and cool.  Intensely pigmented, but muted in brightness...  It was a beautiful challenge.


Cardigan – A. F. Vandevorst,  jeansBrunello Cucinelli,  bag –nada,  loafer – Trotters, gold silk blouse – Lanvin,  pearl necklace – Majorica,  skirt – Deborah Drucker, high-vamp pumps - Trotters
Stud earrings-  Linda Friedrich Jewelry,  Blouse –Marc by Marc Jacobs,  jeans – Uniqlo,  ballet flats – Sofft,  taupe tunic – Maison Martin Margiela 4, pleated skirt – Uniqlo, triangle earrings- Robert Rose,  belt – Halogen,  pumps - Softspots

Turtleneck – McQ,  skirt – Labour of Love,  scarf – Alva-Norge,   driving loafers – Robert Zurstorm blue sweater – Mauro GrifoniscarfHelen Ruth,  pants  - Sofie D’Hoore,  boots - Ecco

Cowl sweater – Lamberto Losani,  Degrade trousers – Brunello Cucinelli,  scarf – Nordstrom,  oxfords – Munro,  necklace – Maria-Xuan,   v-neck sweater – Malene Birger,  leather trimmed skirt – Yigal Azrouel, black pumps - Ecco

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14 comments:

  1. I especially like the last four frames - which I could easily incorporate into my 'business' attire at the University.

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  2. Lovely autumn outfits! I have a blouse and skirt very similar to those in the first frame but have never thought to put them together. Thanks!

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  3. Janice -- I love that you have made me think of clothes from a new angle. Your way of drawing inspiration for color combinations from art, scarves, or just anything that strikes your fancy was an "aha!" moment for me. And you continually remind me to be much more thoughtful about my purchases -- to treat them as investments rather than a quick hit. Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

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  4. Beautiful painting and beautiful clothing. I do love the colors. Pendleton has some camel and charcoal items this season that would fit in well here, too.

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  5. The outfits are beautiful1 Love the way you incorporated "comfort" shoe brands, intentionally or not.

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    1. I have been wondering if you could address "comfort" shoes with the squared off toes like the ones pictured here. I own two pairs, but neither one have ever looked right on me. Comfortable they are, but I always feel a bit frumpy in them.

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    2. Oh, I choose them very deliberately - I probably look at a minimum 100 pair of shoes for each pair that I use on the blog! Comfort is paramount. And chere Cornelia, I think part of what's difficult with shoes is that they look VERY different when you look down at them from above, rather than when you look at them from a distance, as part of an ensemble. The first person perspective is NEVER objective, and rarely aesthetically optimal, either!

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    3. Laughing out loud here... point of view had never entered my mind. Thanks, Janice.

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  6. Thank you, Janice, for yet another inspiring post. I live in Colorado, and love the ochre/gray/bronze combinations. Love the 'intensely pigmented, but muted in brightness" description in your text.

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  7. The colours are glorious. I am a fan of autumn colours and of comfort shoes. A woman with sore feet can never be elegant!

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  8. So beautiful, Janice. What a gift you have,

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  9. This is absolutely glorious! One of my favorite combinations ever! Susan

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  10. Thank you for taking up the challenge that I requested! You have made me look at grey in an entirely new way, as it is a color that I never really considered to be a good neutral for me. I think some of these color combinations are beautiful - and something that I would have never come up with on my own. Great work and an awesome starting point, thanks Janice!

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