Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Three Garments - Four Seasons

The clothes I bought in Paris are going to have to do a lot of heavy lifting, so I've been giving some thought to how many different ways I can wear them.  Here are my ideas, so far...

First up, the dress that I bought at French Trotters.  It's not available, but it's rather similar to this dress (mine has a bit more clearly defined pattern).  I know that I can wear this with a turtleneck layered underneath, warm tights, boots and a scarf - I did that in Paris!  But I can also scale it back to just leggings and flats, or sandals and bare legs...

black and white outfit, layering a turtleneck under a short-sleeved dress
Dress- French Trotters, turtleneck – Jil Sander,  scarf –String Theory
 tightsWolford, ankle boots – Softwalk

a black and white print dress worn with leggings and ballet flats
Dress – French Trotters, earrings – Charlemkuan, bracelet – Made Sriasih, 
 leggings – Joseph, ballet flats – DKNY Active, bag – Poupee Couture

a black and white dress worn with sandals and black and white accessories
Dress-French Trotters, bracelet – Adia Kibur, sandals- Bass
black and white tote – Dorothy Perkins

Next, I want to make sure that I get maximum utilization from my new striped tee shirt.  These 3 options will see me through all but the most incredibly warm days (sleeves can be pushed up...)

a black and white striped long sleeved tee shirt, worn with black jeans, a black cardigan, and black boots
Tee shirt- Muji, ankle boots – Stuart Weitzman, jeans – Seven for All Mankind
black cashmere cardigan – Closed, cashmere scarf – Joseph

a black and white long sleeved tee shirt, worn with a black skirt and black ballet flats
Tee shirt – Muji, ballet flats- Ecco, black skirt – Dorothy Perkins
bracelet – Cara Couture, clutch bag – Torula

a black and white long sleeved tee shirt, worn with white jeans and black and white sandals
Tee shirt – Muji, slides – Muk Luks, white capris – Jaeger, earrings-  
Carmen Anocibar, tote bag – Cojolya Association

And finally, my new cashmere sweatshirt.  I'm going to think of this more as a cardigan, and less as a sweatshirt, and bring it in as a 2nd layer for all sorts of outfits.  It's lightweight and easy to carry, so it could work as a shield from air conditioning virtually any time.  (this is not the sweat that I bought, but it's virtually identical...)

grey cashmere hooded sweatshirt, worn with a cotton turtleneck, black jeans, and snow boots
Sweatshirt – Burberry Brit, scarf – Rosamunda in Blu, waxed denim jeans
 – Ted Baker, turtleneck – L.L.Bean, boots – Bogs

a grey hooded cashmere sweatshirt worn over a grey sweater dress, with fingerless gloves
Sweatshirt – Burberry Brit, fingerless gloves – Hortensia Handmade
boots – Aerosole, sweater dress – Stella McCartney

a grey hooded cashmere sweatshirt, worn with a striped tee shirt and white cropped jeans
Sweatshirt – Burberry Brit, tee shirt – Only, shoes – Bensimon, cropped jeans – Acne Studio, grey tote - Lacambra

What other garments do you suggest that need the all-season treatment?

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  1. I am looking with longing at your use of light colored jeans. I can't wait to start wearing them again. But here, it is mud season and just walking to the car leaves spatters on the lower legs. I have to say that I didn't wear my white jeans very much because I consigned them to only the summer months. But this year, in fact in a few weeks, I am going to follow your lead and pair them with some warmer tops and flats to maximize their use. And I love the look.

  2. Love the dress with the leggings...and the Muk Luks...I might have to get a pair of those!!

  3. Hi Janice - I'm so glad you had a happy time in Paris - is it possible to be unhappy as a tourist in that beautiful city?

    Janice, would you show us your new 33 incorporating these new pieces? I always love those posts.

  4. Thank you for some sensible ideas on how to extend the wear of an item. Often articles entitled "100 ways to wear a garment" result in some pretty odd (IMHO) outfits. Your ideas work in the real world (or at least in my real world).

    1. LOL - I might be able to come up with 100 ways to wear a white tee shirt, or a white cotton shirt, or definitely jeans, but I think that's asking WAAAY too much of a garment!

  5. You did a post on a black skirt, not too heavy, and how to wear all year round; it was brilliant! Love your cashmere and cotton pieces and though like dress too, fabric content- about 2/3 synthetics- reminded me that what I'd bought in such blends has pilled. Hope yours wears better.

  6. Love the cashmere sweatshirt! I was on Pinterest and saw photos of the Vogue Paris Editors. I really value your opinion, and I was wondering what you thought of Emmanuelle Alt and Capucine Safyurtlu and their personal style.

  7. I love the black and white.

  8. These are beautiful garments. Now days every person wants to wear such garments make him or her attractive and feel them comfortable. There are many firms offer such garments and also in affordable prices.