Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Winter at the Convent by Margaret Loxton

I love this painting... if this doesn't make you smile, I can't help you.


Winter at the Convent - Margaret Loxton

While I strongly suspect that these nuns are wearing black habits, the habits look very navy on my computer, and so my imagination was strongly drawn to working with navy, white and cool pastels.


The painting "Winter at the Convent" by Margaret Loxton, with a color scheme drawn from the painting

I've talked before about the usefulness of having six garments that are the same color, that give you a basis for getting dressed on Monday morning without opening your eyes. That idea has really stuck in my head, so I've decided that I want to build on it a few times. Let's start here:

a six-piece "Monday Morning Wardrobe" in navy, with accessories
Scarf – Hermes, silver stud earrings – Caterina Butera, silver pendant – Sandra and Lilycardigan
 – Acne Studios, blouse – Uniqlo, silver bracelet – Nyoman Rena, dress – Kaliko, navy pumps
 – L’Autre Chose sweater – Uniqlo, skirt – Uniqlo, trousers – Donna Karan, loafers – A2 by Aerosoles


Even if you get dressed out of here every Monday, you still have LOTS of clothes unworn, so let's toss in a few extra goodies to carry us into an equally effortless Tuesday:


four pastel tops, with accessories, to wear with a navy six-piece "Monday Morning Wardrobe"
White silk blouse – Robert Friedman, pearl and blue topaz earrings – Kadek Hendra, rose quartz 
earrings – Kai Kittima, pink cardigan – Jardin des Orangers, green sweater – Fatface, green bracelet
 – Siriporn, scarf – Antagoniste-Paris, blue blouse – Valentino


A nice tidy collection - a great little travel capsule wardrobe too!


10-piece navy and pastel wardrobe including a navy "Monday Morning Wardrobe"

Now you have these options to start you week looking chic, without pulling out your hair in the pre-dawn darkness trying to put together an outfit.

two outfits in navy and pastels, taken from a navy "Monday Morning Wardrobe" and pastel additions

two outfits in navy and pastels, taken from a navy "Monday Morning Wardrobe" and pastel additions

two outfits in navy and pastels, taken from a navy "Monday Morning Wardrobe" and pastel additions

two outfits in navy and pastels, taken from a navy "Monday Morning Wardrobe" and pastel additions

P.S. I'm putting a couple more scarves on the "Things for Sale" page...
love,
Janice
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19 comments:

  1. Once again you have given me a great idea. I alternate skirts and trousers, so navy with a winter white cardigan all buttoned up it is. I am more and more convinced that my rather limited wardrobe has given me many possibilities of wearing my basics to death while avoiding to look the same every day.

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  2. I look forward to your posts every day, but when I see the "start with art" title I always feel an especially delightful "oh what will she have today" curiosity bubbling up. There is no nicer way to start the day. Thank you for your labour of love.

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  3. Yes, how delightful that, even when digging out from a blizzard, Janice, your thoughts turn to whimsy and your eager blog readers. What would morning be like without you?

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  4. The painting just cracks me up...love it and., of course, the inspiration that followed.

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  5. Or instead of Monday and Tuesday you have made a week plus one day . I could see this working on a continuing basis. May be another small capsule interwoven with this. Who would need more than weekend wear. Beautiful. Thank you for all your lovely work.

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  6. Once again, you have scored! We are so lucky that you love doing this for us everyday.

    Deb from Vancouver

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  7. You are so right. I smiled as soon as I scrolled down to see the painting. What a great collection to go with navy.

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  8. What a cute painting! I absolutely LOVE the capsule you created around it. Now if I only had 6 items in a single color.... I'm doing good to get a Core of 2 out of my closet!

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  9. It reminds me of the Reverend Walker painting from the other day due to the subject matter, but this time a bit more girly....

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    1. Ah, you caught on! But I'd describe these as womanly, not really girly ;)

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  10. What a charming painting! Navy seems to be gaining in popularity, and is flattering to me, so I appreciate all your posts showing ways to work with it. Mary

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    1. Love the picture! These colors are perfect for me. I like the use of dark inky navy blue as a neutral. It's a great alternative to black.

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  12. So glad you chose navy instead of black out of this charming painting. Love the color palette, and the inspiration. I am weaning myself off heels (at least for most days), and am looking at the loafers. I've never worn loafers, believe it or not!

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  13. Beautiful capsule, as always. I took a peek at your for sale items. Would it be possible for you to use the scarves as a starting point for their own wardrobes or have you used them before? I'd love to see an outfit or two with the bright navy scarf.

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  14. I thought of the Reverend skating picture too! I bought a tile in Edinburgh I loved it so much.

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  15. You are amazing! I get so stuck on the 'how to' in terms of putting my clothing together. I seem to have developed a mental block as I have gotten older and no longer in the work force. Trying to look put together in retirement I have found difficult as my clothing choices are quite different. Comfort is now a priority. Your advice and especially the pictures you post of outfits you have put together give me the inspiration I need. Thank you.

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  16. Janice, love this post (and the painting). I especially am drawn to the use of color in a few items. Thanks.

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  17. This is a lovely colour combination that would work for any season depending on the nature of the fabric

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