Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Build a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Nature: Pigeons

I have to confess, I think pigeons are beautiful.  Annoying little sky rats, yes, but beautiful; their shades of grey, with iridescent green and purple...

So when I was asked to build a wardrobe based on a photograph of a pigeon, I was happy to do so.  But there's no way I'm addressing those red eyes!

This was the original photo I received.
These are the colors I've chosen.
Tee shirt – Uniqlo, shorts – Dorothy Perkins, flip flops – OluKai, dress –
 Armani Collezioni, cardigan – Nick and Zoe, bracelet – Oliver Bonas,
 sandals – Nina
Sleeveless top – L.K. Bennett, wide leg linen pants – White Stuff, iolite 
earrings – Mabel Hasell,  sandals – Caparros,  earrings – Claudia Baldazzi,  
clutch bag – Knights and Roses, dress – Vince, sandals – Nina
Sweater – New Look, shorts – Dorothy Perkins, canvas shoes – Toms, bag –
 Meckela, earrings – YooLa, tee shirt – Dorothy Perkins, shorts – Dorothy Perkins,
 flip flops – OluKai
I think this makes a lovely wardrobe...

grey tee shirt – Uniqlo, shorts – Dorothy Perkins, flip flops – OluKaidress –  
Armani Collezioni, cardigan – Nick and Zoe, bracelet – Oliver Bonas, silver sandals 
– Nina, Sleeveless top – L.K. Bennett, wide leg linen pants – White Stuff, iolite earrings –  
Mabel Hasell,  blue sandals – Caparros,  earrings – Claudia Baldazziclutch bag –
 Knights and Roses, blue dress – Vince,  sweater – New Look, shorts – Dorothy Perkins
canvas shoes – Toms, bag – Meckela, hoop earrings – YooLa, floral tee shirt –  
Dorothy Perkins, shorts – Dorothy Perkins


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  1. I love how your fashion is inspired by art and nature, Janice! You are much beauty found in those places. Have a wonderful Chicago day!

  2. A beautiful, subtle palette. Just lovely, Janice!

  3. Creativity and inspiration at its best - you've rocked this one !

  4. I love gray and silver. My coloring really supports warmer shades, but I gravitate toward the subtlety of gray every time. What a soft and classic selection.

  5. I see that eye as more of a cognac colour....earrings or a pair of gloves for fall?

  6. Love how the textures and patterns remind me of city shapes and textures. Just lovely.

  7. Janice, this is my all-time favorite color palette. I've always been attracted to iridescence, in all things...My sister lately gave me pearls that gradate from purple to violet to bronze and I find that they go with almost all colors.

    Thanks once again--



  8. What a lovely combination:grey with the iridescent green. Who would have thought that a pigeon could inspire?

  9. I'm with all of the above ladies (including Kristien62 re: warmer shades, but gravitating towards gray). This is so lovely and soothing, Janice. Thank you! And I can't wait to see your upcoming work with all of the color combinations! --Susan S. (Don't know how to identify myself here other than "Anonymous", though. My computer skills aren't so hot.)

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  10. This is so beautiful! I am also a fan of iridescent. I love anything bright and shiny!

  11. I LOVE your blog!! What beautiful outfits you pick out. I wish I had such talent!!

  12. I LOVE this color palette. . .so much so that I almost want to change my wardrobe colors to these!

  13. This is a beautiful color palette. Love the subtlety.

  14. This really speaks to me. House Beautiful does this for room palettes, but it's neat to see you use the same idea for a wardrobe. I also think pigeons are gorgeously-plumed, if completely icky. :)

  15. Do a mallard, do a mallard! I've often admired the colours of a male mallard - all grey and brown with that flash of greeny-blue and bits of white and black.

    Also, seagulls are lovely - black, white, grey and red, easy-peasy!

  16. The red eye? A pair of red shoes, or I can see a pair of small red stud earrings made of glass! It would work!

  17. This is my favorite of all the wardrobes you've done. It is so beautiful.

  18. I think the grey palette is gorgeous in the pictures. It is a lesson of the beauty of nature and how nature gets it right every time. I think the "eye" colour could easily be incorporated with an accessory or accent cuff bracelet or sandals in brandy, or mahogany tortoise sunglasses, that sort of thing.