Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Amethyst by Alfons Mucha

 I always love Mucha; what an idealistic view of women he had! And a master of colors.... sigh....

Clearly I will have to revisit this painting, because it was almost impossible to find anything in this shade of green.

President of the Association, FINALLY

They used to say that no woman would ever be President of your association. Then they said that if you wanted to be President, you had to "man up", and not wear feminine stuff - no pretty colors, no amazing jewelry, no unruly curly hairstyles.

You always thought that was nonsense. Members of your profession are able to see past personal style to the essence of competence and character.

Brown top – Jil Sander; brown trousers – Armani Collezioni;
purple cardigan – Bottega Veneta; earrings – Lord & Taylor
bracelet – Marie Helene de Taillac; wrap – Etro; loafers –Tod’s;
 duffel bag - Lotuff

So tomorrow you fly over to a couple of client meetings, and then a dinner with the other partners in your firm. Tomorrow you have the day off (to be spent at the spa in the hotel!!!) and tomorrow night is your investiture banquet...

Earrings – Effy; bracelet – Brooke Gregson; tunic - Missoni; brown 
earrings – Final Call; brown cardigan – Scoop; ivory silk blouse – 
Equipmentivory tee –Alexander Wang; silk trousers – Rag and Bone;
 skirt – Akris Puntobrown pumps – Trotters; sandals – Seychelles

Just in case you haven't shattered enough stereotypes, you're wearing silk trousers to your banquet...

No heads will explode; your people are better than that!




  1. Your pretty and feminine choices evoke the spirit of the paining beautifully. Alas, I am very much at home in more tailored clothing, but that first frame, I would wear in a heartbeat.

  2. I love the myth busting approach here! I'm ok with tailored jackets, but always wear trousers so appreciate the 'silk trousers' rather than the obvious LBD solution for the banquet. And I'd love a set of those plain tops and blouses, in various colours. It;s amazing what a difference notching up the fabric quality can make to an otherwise straight forward garment…..well I can dream (just checked the prices)!

    1. How about pretending that this association is a non-profit? And that this person has decided to splurge by spending $1000 on this event, total? How would she do it using the same art but on that budget?

  3. Love the purple and brown...I actually pinned the combo for Fall. And I also tend toward a more tailored style!

  4. This is absolutely stunning! (and just my colors!!)

    For the pale green, have you tried searching "celadon"?

  5. Wow. This is a far cry from my normal denim and black, but, oh, it makes my heart sing!


  6. Searched for "sage green" and found some nice options:

    Hope this helps.

  7. Mucha is always uplifting and inspiring; you can use his paintings as often as you like as far as I am concerned. You found the absolute best bracelet for this woman. It is delicate and strong and clear. I remember a style show on TV where the stylist always had women begin their style "overhaul" with one very perfect and luxurious accessory that exemplified their new "brand". This is IT for this woman.
    Deb from Vancouver

    1. Agree totally about that bracelet as the perfect identity piece for this woman.
      ...And thanks for sharing that tip about one way to begin a style overhaul!
      Sue G

  8. I, too, missed the sage green. Very few neutrals look good on me, and sage is an "almost neutral" that I use as a neutral (along with peach). I'd love to see you explore sage green some more!


  9. That stunning amethyst cardigan is the star of the show. What a perfect shade of purple!

  10. The Etro wrap is absolutely stunning!

  11. I love these colors, and I agree, that wrap is gorgeous!

  12. Gosh, for a second there, I thought you meant president of your condominium association and wondered about the aspiration! Pairing lavender and brown is a great idea.

  13. Hi, Janice--Do you use an online program to generate the pie charts from the paintings? If so, which one? I'd like to try it at home with a few art postcards I have. Thanks!

  14. Found a page in that features all green clothes and thought it might be helpful to you. Hugs!

  15. Amazing blog and very interesting stuff you got here! I definitely learned a lot from reading through some of your earlier posts as well and decided to drop a comment on this one!