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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9 comments:

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

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  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?

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    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!

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  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!

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  4. I have that Charley Harper print!

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

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  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.
    Sharon
    http://www.usborne.com/catalogue/catalogue.aspx?area=vfr&subcat=vfr&id=4199

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  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!

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  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 ..... :)

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