Monday, February 09, 2015

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Ice Skating on the Moat by Esias van de Velde

Yes, three DIFFERENT readers sent me links to three different paintings about ice skating. What are the odds? (100%...)

Some people have mentioned that they (a) don't wear cardigans, (b) want to have as many outfit options as possible from a 4-Pack, and (c) have to wear a skirt or dress for travel because they go directly to their work obligation upon arrival.  I've tried to address all three of these concerns here, while at the same time giving a feeling of coziness to help with the inherent chill of winter business travel.




Square scarf – Hermes, earrings – Giuliana Valz-Gen, turtleneckBrunello Cucinelli, skirt – Tulchan
watch – Skagen,  tote bag – Meckela, boots – Frye

Sweater – CC,  necklaceRosantica, earrings – Night Fox Jewelry,  beaded bracelet – Nest
suede loafers – French Sole, pants – Erika Cavallini, scarf – Hinge, cinnamon sweater – 3.1 Philip Lim
pumps – Ferragamo, skirt – Mango


Three tops, three bottoms. 3 x 3 = 9. Just make sure that you don't wear a light-colored skirt outside in the slush unless it's covered; splashing salt-filled slush will ruin almost any garment. (voice of sad experience here - trust me!)

To expand this? A pair of faded jeans, beautiful leather ankle boots, a plaid shirt in these three colors... maybe a blue oxford shirt? An ivory silk shirt? 




Allurez

12 comments:

  1. These shades of color are so beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration and for keeping our wardrobes fresh, Janice.

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  2. Always amazed by how many outfits you can create from 6 basic items. Lovely wish I could wear brown!

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    1. Perhaps you could replace brown with navy - even black or charcoal would work. Anything in a deep colour to anchor the whole look together.

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  3. Your expansion suggestions are right on too.... I can just see it...

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  4. This is a great plan based on a lovely painting.I could happily have everything, please. Including your additional suggestions.

    Deb from Vancouver

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  5. And how great all this would look with Saturday's orange booties!

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  6. Beautiful painting, beautiful wardrobe. As a person with perpetually cold feet, I wonder....when wearing narrow pants and flats, as shown here, what, if any, socks or hosiery could be worn? Mary

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    1. Opaque tights, or sheer trouser socks. Nothing really warm though, I'm afraid!

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    2. When I wear trousers & driving mocs in the winter (in the Mid-Atlantic, I probably wouldn't in the Midwest winter) I wear men's knee high merino dress socks - sometimes with a silk sock liner as well. Almost no bulk, and decent warmth. Men's dress socks are (in my opinion) better made, last longer and are generally nicer. The higher end ones are also sized, and some have fun crazy patterns/colors if you are in to that. (I am)

      So long as my feet are cozy in the morning when I put the socks on, they keep me comfortable all day. No one has ever called me out for wearing men's socks, and frankly, I wouldn't care if they did. Hope that helps!
      Anne

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    3. Thank you ladies, for your suggestions. Mary

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  7. Beautiful, as usual, Janice. I am so curious about the downside someone sees in wearing a cardigan - would you please elaborate on why cardigans wouldn't be worn? Thanks!

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