Monday, June 30, 2014

NOT the original cover...


She was REALLY influential - Coco Chanel can take a lot of credit for sportswear, but Claire McCardell was the designer who actually made separates dressing an option for all women.  Her book is scatterbrained, disorganized, all over the place fun and entertainment; this is NOT a woman who wrote with an outline!

So leave me a comment about what clothing from the '50's and '60's you miss the most (for me, I wish we all still wore hats...) and I'll draw a random number next Sunday afternoon and announce the winner next Monday morning.

Do you think that the burgeoning numbers of skin cancer cases might lead to a resurgence in the popularity of hats?

love,
Janice

And the winner of last week's toiletry kits?  The very last comment left - Sharon!  Dear Sharon - send me an email to theviviennefiles at gmail dot com with your address and I'll ship them right off!



Saturday, June 28, 2014

As we take a pause in our capsule wardrobe building, it's a good time to begin to isolate some of our personal style preferences, and to focus on what kinds of color combinations make us most comfortable.  These aren't choices that MUST be made - you can have as much variety in your wardrobe as suits you, but for some of us, making the choice to (for example) eliminate button-front shirts can be liberating and clarifying.  I thought of these choices that could be made - what other decisions can be made at this point in wardrobe building?

How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - pause to clarify preferences
white cotton shirt – Diane von Furstenberg, white silk blouse – Nic + Zoe,
 blue blouse – Uniqlo, lilac tee shirt – Nougat London, aqua tee - Reiss,
 brown cotton tee – Uniqlo
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - pause to clarify preferences
grey cashmere – Jaeger, beige – Marella, black
 – Michael Michael Kors, navy wool – Miu Miu, caramel
 wool & cashmere – Customer Lovers, navy – Dorothy Perkins
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - pause to clarify preferences
caramel – Toast, beige – Morgan, brown – Viyella, brown twill
 – Lands’ End, tan  – Hallhuber, copper twill – Lands’ End
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - pause to clarify preferences
black tee – Hallhuber, black cotton and cashmere cardigan – 
 10 Crosby Derek Lam, ,red blouse – Cutie, black linen trousers – Viyella
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - pause to clarify preferences
brown cotton tee – Uniqlo,  tan marled cardigan – Junarose
brown twill trousers – Lands’ End, khaki tee – Target, tan cashmere
 cardigan – La Garconne, tan trousers – Hallhuber
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - pause to clarify preferences
brown cotton tee – Uniqlo, brown twill trousers – Lands’ End
caramel jeans – Toast, caramel tee – Hallhuber, ivory silk top – Jaeger,
 white silk blouse – Nic + Zoe


For reference purposes, here are our example wardrobes, to date:

black and grey travel capsule wardrobe
earrings – Toosis, nautical scarf – Brooks Brothersblack white red scarf – Vince Camuto,
 black tee – Hallhuber, blue shirt - Uniqlo, black cotton and cashmere cardigan – 10 Crosby 
Derek Lam, watch – DKNYbracelet – Simon Sebbag, white cotton shirt – Diane von Furstenberg
 ,red blouse – Cutiegrey cardigan - Mango, black linen trousers – Viyella, black jeans –
 Current/Elliott,  grey pleated trousers – Alberto Biani,bag – Gregory Sylvia,  grey 
ballet flats – Café Noir, pointed toe loafers – Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn

navy and grey travel capsule wardrobe
earrings – Majorica, navy and grey scarf – Hinge, pastel scarf – Twisted Muse, silver grey 
tee – Hallhuber, lilac tee shirt – Nougat London, grey cashmere cardigan – Jaeger, watch –
 Fossil, bracelet – Majorica, navy cardigan – Dorothy Perkins, white cotton shirt –  
Diane von Furstenberg, pink shirt – Fenn Wright Manson, silver grey trousers – Viyella, grey 
jeans – Rebecca Taylor, navy trousers – Jacques Vert, bag – CK Calvin Klein, navy ballet flats
 – Geox, tasseled flats – Trotters

khaki and olive travel capsule wardrobe
wooden earrings – Hring eftir hring, zigzag infinity scarf - Brazen, khaki tee – Target
turquoise blouse – Ralph Lauren Black Label, tan cashmere cardigan – La Garconne, watch
 – Armani Exchange, bracelet – Chan Luu, ivory silk blouse – Jaeger, striped scarf –
 Missoni, olive cardigan – Merona, tan trousers – Hallhuber, beige jeans – Morgan, Olive 
trousers – Isabel Marant Etoile, bag –  Longchamp, maroon tee shirt – Linea Weekend
olive ballet flats – Chloe, penny loafers – Cole Haan

brown and beige travel capsule wardrobe
earrings – Kasturjewels, square scarf – Radical Chic, brown cotton tee – Uniqlo, yellow top –
 Uniqlo, chocolate brown fleece cardigan – L.L.Bean, watch – Timex, beaded bracelet – Chan Luu
 blue and brown scarf – Paola Pecora, blue blouse – Uniqlo,beige pants – The Row, ivory silk
 blouse – Jaeger, tote – Coet, tan marled cardigan – Junarose, brown twill trousers – Lands’ End,
 brown jeans – Viyella, tan ballet flats – Michael Michael Kors, tassel loafers – The Flexx

black and brown travel capsule wardrobe
earrings – Max and Chloedark scarf – Erfurtcaramel tee – Hallhubercoral tee shirt – Warehouse 
caramel wool and cashmere cardigan – Customer Loversbracelet – Tiraphan Hasub, watch –  
Fossil, light scarf - Play Manteroivory silk top – Jaegerblack trousers – Mint Velvet 
bag – Dorothy Perkinsblack cardigan – Michael Michael Korsblue linen shirt – Jaeger copper
 twill trousers – Lands’ Endcaramel jeans – Toast, black ballet flats – Armani
 brown ballet flats – Frye

navy and beige capsule travel wardrobe
earrings – Dorothy Perkins, pastel scarf – Collection Weekend, navy silk tee – Theory, aqua tee - 
 Reiss, navy wool cardigan – Miu Miu, bracelet – Brooks Brothers, watch – Anne Klein, beige and 
navy checked scarf – Aquascutum, tan pants – Uniqlo, white silk blouse – Nic + Zoe, yellow
 tee – Warehouse, beige cardigan – Marella, navy trousers – Viyella, navy jeans – Uniqlo,
 bag – Halogen,  ballet flats – Me Too, black penny loafers – Cole Haan

NOVICA

How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - pause to clarify preferences
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