Thursday, March 05, 2015

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Lake and Red Tree by Tom Thomson

 These colors made me want to create outfits for a woman who was strong, confident, and who could stand up to the vividness with appropriate exuberance. This is a woman who considers red boots to be a neutral... oh yes, she likes boots!


Lake and Red Tree by Tom Thomson

The neutral beige can come in handy on a day when one wants to be a bit less confrontational, or at least settle into the background more than usual.



Leather jacket – Stefanel, leaf earrings – Caia, sweater – Prabal Gurung, scarf – Valentino, 
watch – Citizen, corduroy jeans – Toast, boots – Roberto del Carlo, bag – Longchamp

If you're struggling to find a scarf that combines particular colors, check out Valezhki on Etsy. While Etsy is rapidly becoming yet another dumping ground for mass-produced Asian junk (think of ebay...), there are still some talented crafts-persons to be found there.

And while packing tall boots might be really difficult for many trips, when you're only packing four pieces of clothing, you can suddenly go a bit mad with footwear!

(note the consistent leaves/butterflies motif in the accessories...)

Violet blouse – Diane Von Furstenberg, gold leaf earrings – Aurelie Bidermann, gold butterfly 
brooch – Giuliana Valz-Gen, riding boots – Naturalizer, scarf – Valezhki, red tee – Sofie d’Hoore
brown skirt – Missoni, bone cardigan – L.L.Bean, oxfords – Cobb Hill, leaf bib 
necklace – Saks Fifth Avenue




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18 comments:

  1. Where have these red boots been all my life? Thank you! I have been mixing Amethyst with Ruby quite frequently recently but with my neutral of black. I have also started to log my wardrobe in Powerpoint thanks to your tip and I'm so happy to be using combinations I would never have thought of if just looking in my real wardrobe.

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  2. I have a large scarf with this painting on it and it has been the keystone to many successful capsules for travel!

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    1. Laura, I'd love to have this scarf too. Where did you get yours? Do they still have them? I've googled but can't find so far. Janice, any ideas? Thank you, Carol

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    2. A company called Spoonflower will print fabric for you based on any image you provide. You might want to check with the artist's estate to make sure they don't mind, but you could theoretically have ANY scarf you desire...

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  3. Your Start With Art series is fabulous, and this example in particular is a standout!

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  4. I've started buying more earrings! I see how much they add to an outfit and realize that wearing diamond studs every day just isn't very creative!!!

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  5. This post immediately took me to Nancy Sinatra and "these boots are made for walking.........". Love the red boots!!!

    Deb from Vancouver

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  6. Oh, finally a combination for me! No pastel colours, but something bold and strong, just as I like it. Thank you very much!
    Sonja

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  7. Bright and beautiful as Tom Thomson's gorgeous artwork!
    Nothing shy about this palette...you must look on line at my friend Christine Reimer's paintings. She paints very much in this style and her colours are vibrant. She is very accomplished...I would love to see how you would use her colours to create a wardrobe.

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  8. If I had seen that cardigan by itself, I would have thought it very romantic and feminine. I imagine it with flowing, flowery dresses and butterflies. As part of this wardrobe, it takes on a completely different expression, adding texture and edge or a twist or a... je ne sais quoi. Hard to describe, but very interesting.

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  9. Finally a color palette that works for me! I love the strong red and blue. Any chance you could refresh with black as the base? I have a hard time finding browns that compliment by coloring.

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  10. You've done a wonderful thing in showing how vivid colours can work together stylishly.

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  11. Beautiful!
    Those oxfords are gorgeous! Sadly they do not have my size.
    Thank you for all your hard work.
    Irene

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  12. Love the "Start with Art" series! How about a challenge creating an outfit from the art for the actual artist?

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    1. Find me the art, and an artist! I'm game for so many things....

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  13. Thank you Janice for picking my suggestion. I always said red is one of my neutrals and how exciting to read you said the same thing. You are a genius. Thank you, Jasmine.

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  14. Thank you for creating the artist and not Etsy! You have no idea how crazy it drives me when people use "etsy.com" or "pinterest.com" as credits.

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