Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I Want to Dress Like an Empire-Style Hotel Room


This is a typical room in the Hotel des Grands Hommes, in Paris.  The colors and the details in this room can inspire a beautiful wardrobe.  The colors words that I focused on were taupe, beige, camel, apricot, slate, gold, copper and bronze.  I was looking for soft, patterned, draped and refined looks...

beige and taupe room Hotel des Grands Hommes, Paris
Hotel des Grands Hommes, Paris
 The striped colors of the headboard drew my eye to this sweater - it's softness confirmed my choice.  And the combination of apricot and charcoal with a detailed scarf were irresistible.
two beige and taupe outfits inspired by a beige hotel room
Sweater – Theory, jeans – Mango, boots – Rag & Bone,  tee shirt – J Brand, scarf – rumisu, skirt – Rick Owens
 I loved this coat, and the ornate flats appealed.... and the draped tunic dress, with warm tobacco leather leggings and metallic ballet flats are a relaxed outfit that would be very at home in this room!
two beige and taupe outfits inspired by a beige hotel room
Satin jacket – No. 21, jacquard trousers – Sandwich, loafers – The Flexxdress – Paul and Joe Sister, leggings – P.A.R.O.S.H., ballet flats – Calvin Klein
Even when dressing for work, you can carry this feminine and beautifully detailed look into your clothing. 
two beige and taupe outfits inspired by a beige hotel room
blouse – Laurence Dolige, taupe pants – Weekend by Maxmara, bag – Longchamp, dress – Oasis, Rose vintage scarf – Nordstrom, pumps – Sofft
The bow on the cardigan was impossible to pass up... and the lacy blouse and lace skirt are made a bit more sober with a simple cardigan, which you could easily leave behind if you wanted to go super-dressy.
two beige and taupe outfits inspired by a beige hotel room
Cardigan – Odd Molly, trousers – Etro, loafers – Tommy Hilfiger, cardigan – Dondup, skirt – Burberry London, silk blouse – Vanessa Bruno, gold mesh bracelet – Milena Zu
As always, outfits chosen with a unifying theme will combine to form a pretty nice travel capsule wardrobe:
a capsule travel wardrobe in beige and taupe inspired by a Paris hotel room

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15 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!

    Bookbutterfly

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  2. This is such a beautiful collection! Great transition from spring into summer here in the South!

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  3. Love these tones!! Beautiful selections!

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  4. Lovely! My favourite is the cardigan with bow. :-)
    Have a lovely day,
    WR

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  5. Your eye for color and line is outstanding!

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  6. I love how you pluck inspiration from anything and everything!

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  7. I love the integrity and harmony within the entire collection, capturing the romantic lines, colors and feelings. As always, the maestro does her work.

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  8. I get more of a tailored feel rather than drapey.....

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    1. This pictures does look tailored - you're right. I'm still thinking about the crazy swag of fabric on the windows, and over the bed, in our room.

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  9. Ooh, luscious! Layering neutrals like cool beige is one of my favourite ways to dress. The other favourites are jewel tones or monchrome black and white or florals and pastels... what can I say, I'm fickle!

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  10. Oh, beautiful..... I can see exactly how it all works.... until I try and put such a thing together for myself...... do you have several weeks to spare to come and drum it into what passes for my brain?!

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  11. This is similar in color to my capsule. To the fellow Southerner, I emphasize the peachy pink in the spring and summer--then, in early fall when it's still hot, I emphasize light weight pieces in deep taupes and browns to stay cool and still "look like fall."

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  12. Hi Janice,
    Lovely combination of colours. I think they all go with turquoise as well, which I got the idea for from a Tibetan pattern silk square.
    Speaking of which and totally off-topic, how do you wear your silk squares? I see Hermes have scarf rings but I'm nowhere near a Hermes shop. I've been experimenting with rubber bands which seem to work (if covered). What do you use?
    Thanks,
    Kate

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  13. This IS the bedroom of this elegant, feminine, sophisticated woman of taste. She is genteel, gracious and has impeccable manners.

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  14. I love all of your articles but this is absolutely to die for. Really fabulous!

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