Saturday, November 01, 2014

Travel Capsule Wardrobe Packing with Scarves: Les Ailes de la Soie, or difficult colors

What to do?  You have a wonderful wardrobe of cool neutral colors of charcoal, slate, silvery blue and ivory.  But you fall irrevocably in love with a scarf that has some really pronounced warm colors in it; how can it be worn?

Scarf - Hermes
Happily, this scarf includes lots of cool tones too - this is the color scheme I pulled together from this beautiful thing...

So the lacy wings of the butterflies in the scarf put me in a lacy sort of mood - this coat, scarf and bag all echo the lace motif without being overwhelmingly girly.  I balanced them with a really simple ivory sweater and grey trousers, as well as simple black boots.

CoatViyella, earrings – Majorica, black boots – Born, infinity scarf – Target, turtleneck – Uniqlo, black trousers – Chloe, tote bag – Artessorio

In the bag are some soft garments, in soft colors, with a touch of lace thrown in for whimsy.

Teal tee – White Stuff, gold lace bracelet – Elyona, scarf – Hermes, skirt – Sonia Rykiel, grey top – Velvet, cardigan – Uniqlo, ballet flats – French Sole

Lots of options, as usual. Soft and dressy, without a lot of heavy luggage lifting!

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  1. This is so beautiful. I have a question concerning a skirt (especially a flared one) worn with flats. Would you wear a tonal or nude hose with that? Thights? I am tall and slender, but as much as I like my flared skirt, I always change back to a heel as opposed to flats. It seems to work with a pencil skirt.

  2. Love these looks ! Classic and classy . . . thanks for keeping your readers (and me) up to date with combos we'd never have imagined just by looking at a scarf that I probably would not have even considered . . . you're a gem !

  3. I love everything about this elegant wardrobe, Janice!

  4. Scarves and accessories really do make the outfits zing....great choices Janice!

  5. Once again I am in awe of the beauty and elegance of your vision Janice. Thank you so much for putting these combinations--all of them completely wearable--together!

  6. So beautiful! I do love those elegant, calm and cool combos. Just perfection of fabric, fit, accessories etc.

  7. I love the mix of warm and cool which seems to be where I am at this point in life. A little of this and a little of that. These pieces are lovely, and classy and something so approachable that I would love to go out and purchase every piece. Beautiful. You never cease to amaze me.