Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Woman in Hat with Pompoms and a Printed Blouse - Picasso

Many readers asked me to work with a Picasso painting, and I happily oblige.  These outfits are based on beige, just as the painting is literally on a beige background.  Accents of red, orange, yellow, a touch of green, and you're set for almost anything!

My guiding adjectives for this project were warm, saturated, and clear, with unexpected bursts of bright against the toasty neutral.


Woman in Hat with Pompoms and a Printed Blouse – Picasso, earrings – Shanny Alondress – Charles Anastase, organza scarf – Yuh Okano, sandals – Sbicca, bracelet – La Diosa, tee shirt – Jucca , yellow capris – Bellerose, ballet flats – Pantofola d’Oro
Woman in Hat with Pompoms and a Printed Blouse – Picasso, striped tee – Blue Les Copains,  cropped trousers – Donna Karan , tote bag – Alexandra de Curtis, sneakers – Paul Green, hat – Brunello Cucinelli, tee shirt – Sandwich, coral capris – Patagonia, gold sling-backs – Walking Cradles

Woman in Hat with Pompoms and a Printed Blouse – Picasso, tee shirt – Phase Eight, shorts – Harvey Faircloth, bracelet – La Corza by Sabo Designs, sandals – Naturalizer, pinstriped skirt – Complice,  tunic – Armor Lux, sunglasses – Fendi orange sandals – Birkenstock

Woman in Hat with Pompoms and a Printed Blouse – Picasso, tee shirt – Pantone, cotton twill skirt – L.L.Bean, earrings – Somluck Komolmith, espadrilles – Manebi, charm bracelet – Tiraphan Hasub, green dress – J’Aime Les Garcons, beige slides – Walking Cradles

This is a wardrobe that could see someone through much of the summer!



23 comments:

  1. Love these! I can almost feel the Spanish sun!

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  2. I've always loved the assembled outfits, but I particularly like the pictures with everything for the year, or summer. It's a great way to see everything in one glance. I do have a question, though. These last few posts have had lots of skirts and dresses. Do women really wear them enough to have so many?

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    1. That's a very good question - I wear dresses and skirts a lot in warm weather because I don't really like wearing shorts, but I like the coolness of a skirt. Does anybody else do this, or should I focus more on shorts? Capris? Lightweight pants?

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    2. I love summer skirts and dresses--but only in my dreams do I have $800 (and that's the sale price!) for the versatile Charles Anastase cotton dress I'm so coveting here!

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    3. Well, it's actually linen and silk, but still...

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    4. Oh yes, I, too, enjoy wearing dresses and skirts in warm weather. Often much more comfortable than shorts and pants. Besides, most dresses and skirts (if knee-length or longer) look well-dressed and are wearable for many different occasion.

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    5. As a result of reading your posts, I bought a dress in the fall and am planning to experiment with a skirt this summer. That LLBean number you show might be a good start. With a shift in body shape over the past year or so, I'm thinking skirt/dress will be a solution to the pants-that-don't-fit. Must admit I'm a bit tired of the time and energy it takes to shop for pants, there are more interesting things to be doing!

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    6. Janice, thanks for your chic and imaginative wardrobe ideas! I love the colors here. I also appreciate that you show a variety of summer sleeve lengths, as the 3/4 sleeve is my best friend. You had asked about capris vs skirts - and yes, I'd love to see some 'capri capsules' as those are more my staple in summer months. I look forward to your blog each morning.

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    7. I am definitely a skirts and dress girl too in the warmer months!

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    8. I wear skirts and dresses every day and hardly ever wear trousers, so yes!

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    9. Skirts and dresses in the summer - absolutely yes. I can't stand shorts/capris.

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    10. One more vote for skirts and dresses!

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    11. And especially dresses with 3/4 sleeves!

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    12. I love the skirts and dresses and actually don't wear pants all that often -- I'll just substitute a skirt into a capsule in my mind where there might be a pair of trousers or shorts in a post. LOVE this collection. I have a beige linen dress that I am not ready to part with and this gives me some great ideas. Susan

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    13. Yes, yes, YES to skirts and dresses, summer and winter!!!

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    14. I love skirts and dresses year round. I also do love cropped pants and shorts. Another summer favourite are the skorts. A great casual summer alternative if you are not trying to hide your legs.

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  3. I know it's much colder in Chicago than in North Central AR, but these clothes look like a warm ray of sunshine. As for skirts and dresses, I wear them a lot in warm weather, having relegated my shorts to yard work only. I keep going back and forth on capri pants. I see so many of them worn with white lace-up shoes....

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  4. Love the bursts of color! I am not a skirt/dress wearer but I just imagine replacing them with my bottom of choice. :)

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  5. Skirts and dresses for me. I never wear capris or shorts and rarely wear pants. I think skirts and dresses tend to be more interesting when creating an outfit.

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  6. I think capris are rather unflattering on most women, esp. women after 50, who tend to wear them a lot (at least that is the case in Germany). Skirts and dresses do much better job for 99,9% of ladies.

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    1. I think I agree. Either a tailored above knee short, or the slim ankle length cropped pants. The capri length can easily look dowdy on most everyone.

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  7. This is a beautiful layout - the colors are exquisite -you are a wonderful artist!

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