Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Building a Capsule Wardrobe Starting with Art: The Girl with A Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) - The Girl With The Pearl Earring (1665).jpg
Girl with a Pearl Earring - Johannes Vermeer

The most beautiful color scheme, combining warm tobacco brown, black, and brilliant blue and golden yellow highlights...
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer and a color scheme drawn from the painting
One nice warm outfit, for in transit, or for a sudden cold snap, and some beautiful silky solids...

Two outfits taken from the colors and style of Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer
Satin tunic – Mango, silk pants – J.W.Anderson, bag – Menbur, blue satin 
pumps – Nina, scarf – Attic and Barn,  sweater – Lorena Antoniazzi,  
cord jeans – CC, driving loafers – Coach

A simple outfit, and a nice basic dress:

Two outfits taken from the colors and style of Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer
Tee shirt – P.A.R.O.S.H., linen capris – Taking Shape, linen cardigan – East
blue sandals – DV by Dolce Vita,  necklace – YooLa, dress – Great Plains
sandals – Manolo Blahnik

A much less basic dress, and a warm-weather outfit with an overshirt for air conditioning.

Two outfits taken from the colors and style of Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer
Dress – Dosa, bracelet – Mademoiselle Felee, sandals – Ipanema, blue shirt
 – Mauro Grifoni, tank – Uniqlo, skirt – Laurence Dolige,
  sandals – Manolo Blahnik

And a few extra pieces, for versatility!

additional garments and accessories for Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer
Earrings – Dorus Mhor,  black sleeveless top – Morgan
sleeveless dress – E-GO’scarf – Bottega Veneta

Looking Back:

2012 - one of my readers had a piece of jewelry that she wanted to wear more, and so I suggested What to wear with a necklace: peacock.

2013, May 12th - Paris never ceases to amaze...

2013, May 13th - It's always difficult to figure out how to pack when the airline limits are really tight, so I made some suggestions about Packing for a warm-weather vacation, in red & navy.

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  1. This is probably my favorite, and most flattering, color combination by far. Just for fun, that beautiful color on her lips, where would you use it? Since it's such a small part of the whole picture, I know it would only be an accent, but without it, the picture would lose some of it's vibrancy. Any thoughts???

    1. Oooh, I looked long and hard at that color, and finally decided that it should be worn on the lips of each of us. Or maybe a lovely pedicure....

  2. Knew when i saw the painting that this "collection" would be stunning - and it is. Some wonderful choices for all skin tones, too.

  3. Beautiful...love the painting and the collection of outfits...this blue is perfect!

  4. First I loved the painting, then the book, and now this. Beautiful.

  5. I'd love to see you take inspiration from that painting and create an outfit/wardrobe for each of the season types - most interested in soft autumn and soft summer. Thx!

  6. Ooh, I do love those colours! So vibrant but so sophisticated. I think I could get away with the tobacco colour on my bottom half and in accessories. I love that colour in leather shoes.

  7. Love love love this! I've never thought of putting black, brown, and blue together, but I realize now it's my favorite palette! I've been reading your blog for quite a while now but have never commented. Thank you, Janice, for your wonderful work. Your sense of both the practical and the beautiful is unmatched!

  8. Oh Janice! My favorite painting! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Especially the tobacco brown with that electric blue! I dressed up as "the Girl" on Halloween!

  9. Interesting and beautiful! For one thing, this is one of my favorite paintings. For another, I find the same color scheme in the picture at the head of your blog!

    Autumn in CO

  10. Hi there, I'm seeking an accent scarf featuring the colours coral and strong, deep yellow. Has anyone got any suggestions?

  11. This is a beautiful colour combination and you did a superb job - as usual.

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