Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte



Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte
Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte

This wonderful work is back in the Art Institute of Chicago; it was being restored and was not available to view for a while.  It's such an amazing work - the asymmetry, the subtle powdery colors, the juxtaposed angles...

Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte and a color scheme drawn from it

Even though this is a chilly winter scene, I'm going to look at some warm-weather clothes... 

I love this coral color, so that's going to be the primary accent color in this wardrobe. 

2 outifts based on the painting Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte
Dress- Ted Baker, shirt – Chris Lamaire, charcoal shorts – Dorothy Perkins

And the taupish grey that suffuses this painting is a perfect base for some simple summery tops.
2 outifts based on the painting Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte
Tee shirt – Majestic, capris – Sonoma, sleeveless top – L’Autre Chose, wrap skirt – Plein Sud

A few more lovely coral items...

four coral and taupe garments for a wardrobe based on Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte
Cardigan – Windsmoor, scarf- Faliero Sarti, tee shirtDorothy Perkins, sandals – Munro

These should get you through at least a long weekend in style!


 I could easily be persuaded to do multiple versions of wardrobes with this painting!


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Looking Back

2011 - A brilliant celebration of when Leinster first won the Heineken Cup, definitely Things Europeans would know about...

2012 - I guest posted over at A Femme d'un Certain Age, with The Mother of the Betrothed goes HOT.

2013 - These are so much fun: The Blue and White Whatever's Clean Summer Wardrobe, with Accessories.

10 comments:

  1. The painting is stunning indeed. I would not have thought about these color combinations, rather staying in the dusky taupe, but I think it works.

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  2. Sadly, this painting was still "under wraps" during my time in Chicago. You should wear one of your combos while looking at the painting--and take a picture for us.

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  3. When my son was a student at the Art Institute of Chicago, every time I visited him I made a pilgrimage to marvel at this Caillebotte--the one that comes to my mind now as the Art Institute's signature painting. I'd love to see a wardrobe focusing on the subtle greys and taupes and lavenders of this scene; even that tender coral seems shot through with pale streaks of lavender.

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  4. Interesting. Where you see taupe, i see gray ... and it pretty much IS my summer wardrobe - gray and white with aqua, peach and pink accents. (ok, no pink in the painting!)

    A gorgeous painting none the less!

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  5. Thank you. I have pieces in these colours and you have given me some ideas about fresh ways to wear them.

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  6. Consider yourself persuaded. I would like to see some different combos from this lovely painting.

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  7. this painting is an old friend of mine from my years of living in Chicago....am so happy that it has been restored, and can't wait to see it again!

    thanks for using it as your inspiration today. Love the coral, especially.

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  8. I love, love, love taupe! These colors are beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  9. I love the color combinations! Could you do this for my favorite painting, Soul of a Rose by Waterhouse? Please and thanks for all you do in your wonderful blog!

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  10. I would love to see a single painting and the different color combinations you could pull from it. Not all the clothes, but the different harmonious groupings people could take from a piece of art.

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