Monday, September 30, 2013

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Double Lucky - Charley Harper

This is such a great painting - simple, but beautifully balanced and whimsical, with a wonderful usage of multiple shades of green.  Many people find green hard to wear, but if it looks good on you, I say wear it often, and with a smile. 

From this painting, I drew primarily the idea of looking for a lot of different shades of green, and of balancing the outfits through the strategic use of green accessories...

Does anybody else remember reading a book - maybe as a child in the '60's - that included a character named Mrs. Moss?  She was a schoolteacher, and she ALWAYS wore green?  It's tickling around in the back of my head, and I can't figure out if I really read this, or if it was a figment of my over-active imagination...

Leather jacket- DSquared2,  olive jeans – Joe’s Jeans,  scarf – Echo, booties – The Flexx,   dress – Ralph Lauren,  leather and gold bracelet – Vince Camuto,  leather wrap bracelet – Vince Camuto,  pumps - Trotters
Earrings – Tasha,  Blouse – Ted Baker London,  sparkle skirt – Allsaints,  pumps – Stuart Weitzman,  jacquard coat – Topshop, infinity scarf – Steve Madden, boot – Donald J. Pliner

Tee shirt – Petit Bateau x Kitsune,  Capris – Space ,  bag – Medusa,  shoes – Keds,  earrings – Nikki Baker,  green dress – Issey Miyake,  clutch bag – Poupee Couture,  sandals – Pelle Moda

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  1. Oh! I absolutely adore all of this green, green, green! Beautiful combinations, Janice! Susan

  2. I can't help you with the book, as I did not go to school in this country. As for green, I have slowly dipping my toes in the water. My kelly green EF twinset is great with white and navy, and a yellowish-green cardigan goes with just about anything. In both cases I bought the items because I have always been so happy with EF drapes and fabrication and stepped out of my comfort zone colour wise.
    Btw, do all greens go together in your opinion?

    1. I'm sure there might be some way to combine greens that would turn out badly, but I generally approach color by believing that ALL colors can be combined... Color combination conundrums are a lot of what drives my ongoing interest in building wardrobes!

  3. Miss Moss is vaguely familiar, but this brain is full of moss!! I am going to think about that Ralph Lauren dress in the first grouping all week!! It's gorgeous!

  4. I have that Charley Harper print!

  5. Green is my favorite color and you have some lovely choices here!

  6. Hi Janice here is a link (one of several) for Miss Moss. I live in Toronto but don't recall these books. I truly enjoy your site.

  7. I love that Ralph Lauren dress. I thought it might be too "fluttery" for me but I clicked on the link and it's gorgeous! And just a wee bit out of my price range at the moment... Adding it to the wish list!

  8. I know that those side-draped wrap-style dresses are supposed to be universally flattering, but they don't work on me. I'm short, short neck and basically cylindrical but not obese. A sweater and either skirt or slacks look fine. A dress? ANY dress? Kind of barn like. Oh, we'll. I love your blog ..... :)