Saturday, June 07, 2014

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Flowers: Delphiniums

I think these are delphiniums, but of course I live in the middle of a city, so my floral knowledge isn't exactly top-drawer! If you can give me a better identification on these flowers (photo taken in the Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina) send me a note or leave a comment and I'll update things...

For this photograph, I imagined that someone has to go on a business trip, but they're going to be able to arrive early, and maybe stay a few days extra, so this is a dual-purpose travel capsule wardrobe.

These are the high-contrast colors that I chose:

For a couple of days of sight-seeing before the meetings have to begin.

Peplum top – Alexander McQueen, black capris – taking shape
tunic – Isabel Marant Etoile, white capris – Dorothy Perkins

A couple of outfits that could go to work or dinner.

Cap-sleeved blouse – Mango, black silk skirt – Mint Velvet
dress – Marc by Marc Jacobs

Super-casual, and board room...

Tee shirt – Jil Sander, linen shorts – Phase Eight,  linen cardigan – East
silk top – P.A.R.O.S.H., skirt – CC

Some accessories, and a couple more tops to give you sufficient options for 6 to 10 days.

Bracelet – Alexis Bittar, earrings – Allurez,  cardigan – Nick & Zoe
bag – Lubochka,  scarf – Versace, black slingbacksMiu Miu,  green sandals –
Le Capresi, ballet flats – Hogan, floral top – Dorothy Perkins

Everything from shorts to dressy tops, a skirt and a dress.  Carry-on would be easy!

Peplum top – Alexander McQueenearrings – Allureztee shirt – Jil Sander, bracelet – 
Alexis Bittarscarf – Versacelinen cardigan – Easttunic – Isabel Marant Etoileblack capris –
 taking shapesilk top – P.A.R.O.S.H.,Cap-sleeved blouse – Mangocardigan – Nick & Zoedress – 
Marc by Marc Jacobs,bag – Lubochkalinen shorts – Phase Eight,   skirt – CCwhite capris – 
Dorothy Perkinsfloral top – Dorothy Perkinsblack silk skirt – Mint Velvetballet flats – Hogan,  
black slingbacks – Miu Miu,  green sandals – Le Capresi

And plenty of combinations possible.




  1. Thanks Janice! This is the photo that my husband, David Myers, took a couple of weeks ago. I love the beautiful collection of clothes you assembled. Especially that Isabel Marant Etoile tunic! Have a great weekend.

  2. Wow - this is SNAZZY !

  3. They are indeed delphiniums !
    Flower Power dressing at it's finest today...perhaps you can find a white rose and put together some cool summer whites. I would enjoy seeing what you can do as I need some inspiration with accessorizing my basics.

  4. Pretty, though it reminds me of the jewel tones of the '80s. Not that it was bad, but, to paraphrase Johnny Hallyday in the eyeglass commercials in France, that was then and this is now. (Actually, he says "Ça, c'était avant." It has become the "where's the beef" "two great tastes that taste great together" etc. advertising line that gets into every conversation.)
    You would like this article on Fast Company about a new enterprise to make personalized clothes so that we reduce waste:

    1. Well that was 30+ years ago. Soon those colors could be retro-chic, but personally, I never think of color as being specific to a time period. I think of it more as cultural. I saw a great Bourdain Parts Unknown on Thailand. He started off saying some aboutthing living the first part of his life in black and white and showed a shot of NYC. Then he went to Asia and found a whole different technicolor world. But we don't have to go out of the US to find different colors. In fact we can find them in parts of big cities if we would only look.

    2. Hmm? I guess that edit didn't work. I meant to say, "something about living..."

  5. Black and espresso brown together? That would make getting dressed in a hurry problematic. They don't work together and look mismatched. And to ignore the blue colors all together is just weird.

    You may have better luck with this program.

  6. I LOVE it all. Thanks for this lovely flower inspired wardrobe.

  7. I love this! Those are my colors. I'm working on a few more pieces to fill in the combinations. Thank you for such wonderful photos and inspiration!

  8. Re anonymous: I understand what you're saying, but black and chocolate brown and ivory form my core capsule. Mixing them can look great!

  9. Janice,
    Wow! You're on fire with this selection. These are my daughter's favourite colours.
    I saw an Italian lady today in Beijing in lilac top and pants with a pretty scarf - colour does stand out.
    And the Dress Doctors recommend colour combo's from nature. (Just finished the book and loved it.)

  10. I love these colors! Such lovely, lovely looks.

  11. Love, love, love those colours! Purple and green are probably my two favourite colours so this set of outfits is right up my alley. Luscious stuff!

  12. I like the idea of fashion inspired by nature, it works well here!