Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Build a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Nature: Panicum Shenendoah, aka switchgrass... a Four Pack

Jacket – Rainforest, green onyx earrings – Alok Jain, green top – TD, scarf – Hermes
driving mocs – Sperry Top-Sider, tan cotton/silk trousers – Burberry London
gold leather tote – Desti Saint Handbags


So what do you do if your favorite color scheme includes colors that are just plain difficult to wear together?  This beautiful grass (growing in the Lurie Garden, about a 10 minute walk from chez nous) includes some striking colors, but it isn't at all simple to find ANYTHING, clothes or accessories, that include the two colors...


But these are really pretty...

So you just have to accept that you might wear them separately most of the time, until and unless you find things that bring the colors together.  As long as you stick with your neutral core, these kinds of "color conundrums" aren't really limiting!

Burgundy tee shirt – Joseph, green sweater – Equipment, scarf – Tildon
tan wool skirt – Marc Jacobs, cardigan – Michael Kors, boots – Gentle Souls, clutch bag – 
Sole Society, red bracelet – Nalinee
  



Beara Beara


13 comments:

  1. The lesson to be learn is how to work with a color conundrum, as you say. This has happened to me in situations where I have been told to wear a specific color for a special occasion. This particular grouping might also work well with navy. That grass green is a refreshing spring combo with navy, and burgundy is almost itself a neutral, so can go with many other colors. What I appreciated most about this post was the challenge to think. Thank you!! Also, I just love the new tabs. You have done a superior job of organization. That took a LOT of work.

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    1. Sorry,
      it should have said 'learned'. I don't know what happened to my 'ed'.

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  2. Those are the colors i wore today before even seeing the post..except i wore black shoes

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  3. This is soooo me! I love every piece! Those boots are giving me life!

    I actually handpainted a silk scarf with these colours while on holiday last year.

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  4. Stunning colours! I'd be happy wearing the two accent colours together, say the green sweater with burgundy trousers, although I'd probably keep all the accessories neutral.
    I love the 'start with nature' series, I hop you do lots more
    Alice

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  5. Janice, this brings up a question I have had for some time now. Do the two opposite accent colors get worn together, or are rather brought together in a pattern or accent that combines them both? While I like the individual colors, I would not wear them both together at the same time.

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    1. Make that brought together in a pattern or integration piece.

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    2. I personally wouldn't wear the two colors together as solids - like a green top and a burgundy pair of pants, but Anonymous at 8:21 AM would! It's a matter of personal choice, as are pretty much all questions of getting dressed. If these were my colors, I would be manic about keeping my eyes open for patterns or prints that combined or included the two colors - that could make all of the difference. For example, a striped tee shirt in green, blue, burgundy and white would become pivotal - burgundy pants, the striped tee, and a green cardigan? I could wear that.

      As with any decisions that you make about clothing, it's your own happiness that matters the most. If you put something on and a smile shines out from the soles of your feet to the crown of your head, it's perfect for you!
      love,
      Janice

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    3. A wise response, thank you ! As with so many other followers of your blog, I have learned soooo much, especially for organized packing with enough variety to keep me happy, as well as extending those same organized thoughts to the rest of my wardrobe. Love your blog !

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  6. Janice, just a note of appreciation for reminding me to be patient and wait for the right clothing to show up to purchase. I prefer warm colors and certain ones of them are not available every year. I have bought pieces years apart and luckily have found separate items that actually match each other in color ! As long as I stay in the same color groups eventually they all coordinate !

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  7. If I had taken that beautiful photograph, I'd have it made into a silk scarf to wear with this wardrobe. It would be a perfect "bridge" piece. You can find at least one Etsy store that provides this service.

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    1. I was thinking the exact same thing SewingLibrarian, I love that photo.

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  8. Very nice. You do such a great job with these. But I got totally different colors from that switchgrass! My mind went to the very dark violet, charcoal, pale lavender, bright fuchsia, and a very light almost-off-white blush. I did a color palate, and posted it at the link above, if anyone's interested, although it's nowhere near as good as the ones here. (date changed to bury it) Yes, I vote for a silk print of the photo, as well.

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