Saturday, March 07, 2015

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Version 2 Lake and Red Tree by Tom Thomson

A couple of days ago when I first worked with this painting, someone suggested substituting black for the brown that I used. Since black appears in the painting, this wasn't a misuse of the painting, and it produced some lovely ensembles.

I kept the same sweaters and blouses, in order to use the identical accent colors, but I substituted everything else. The accessory theme today is flowers!

Wrap coat – Gareth Pugh, earrings – Giuliana Valz-Gen, trousers – J.W. Anderson, sweater – 
Prabal Gurung, watch – Seiko,loafers – Tod’s, bag – Dolce and Gabbana, scarf – Hèrmes 
Cheval Fleuri

Lake and Red Tree by Tom Thomson

Violet blouse – Diane Von Furstenberg, red flower earrings – Baccarat, flower brooch – Kenneth 
Jay Lane, riding boots – Naturalizer, scarf – Liberty London, flower pendant – Kohl’s, red tee – 
Sofie d’Hoore, skirt – Dorothy Perkins, bone cardigan – L.L.Bean, loafers – Stuart Weitzman

                        Neiman Marcus Last Call (Neiman Marcus)


  1. Hi Janice! I LOVE this painting and what you've done with it. Would you substitute navy/dark blue for the black, and use brown/gold as one of the accent colors?

  2. I looked at the painting closely and wondered how many more possibilities that there were. Do I see grey on the water? Charcoal? Since I have been working with grey and navy as my neutrals, I see grey everywhere. I really enjoy your "Start with Art" series. It helps me to look beyond the obvious. Merci

  3. That Gareth Pugh coat/sweater is stunning! Now, I have to look at more of his designs. Thank you

    Deb from Vancouver

  4. I like this version even better....but what wouldn't look stunning with those red loafers?!

  5. I'm enjoying your wardrobe plans and have a suggestion for you. Some of us travel to warmer climates in the winter months, plus with spring and summer just around the corner I'd like to see some wardrobe ideas for dressing well in casual warm weather clothes. Layering isn't so easy when it's warm outside but one wants a wrap for over-air conditioned restaurants and shops. What do you suggest when it's 80-90 degrees outside?

  6. Yes! How about a summer wardrobe using this wonderful painting? Maria

  7. Now this is all mine! But I still need those wonderful red boots from version 1. Inspirational as always thank you

  8. It is interesting how much more used we are to seeing red and blue mixed with black. Your start with art certainly challenge us to be more daring with our use of colour. Thank you for that.

  9. Thank so much! These bright colors just speak to me and I'm always a fan of black for simplicity. I'm packing for a ten day trip and using this as inspiration for how to structure my approach.