Monday, July 27, 2015

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Untitled, 1953 by Mark Rothko (revisiting navy and cognac)

Wow! When I ask for help finding art, you all jump right to the rescue!  And isn't this a great version of navy and cognac, with a striking pink accent?

Untitled, 1953 by Mark Rothko
Untitled, 1953 by Mark Rothko

I snuck in a touch of white... and if you look really closely, our celadon green from last week is present, just a slight touch, along the bottom of the painting.

color scheme of navy, cognac and pink drawn from Untitled, 1953 by Mark Rothko

I kept the navy garments, but changed out everything else here. In honor of the block-like angularity of the Rothko painting, our accessories are now going to be square, or include a square motif if possible. (even the tote bag here has an embossed texture with a square feeling to it - and it's on sale...) I took the cognac accessories down a notch darker, to show the options that are available if you're not comfortable with the original orange-ish brown used earlier.


a navy and pink travel outfit with brown leather accessories
earrings – Marc by Marc Jacobs; pink tee – J. Crew; trousers – J. 
Crewwatch – Kate Spade New York; scarf – Paul Smith; navy 
cardigan – Ann Taylorpink socks – Free Press; loafers – 
Cole Haantote – Brahmin

Here, I changed out the accent long-sleeved top for a silk tunic that picks up our newer chestnut brown. I found us some slightly darker shoes too...


(and I'm not telling you that the rose and navy scarf from our friend Yuh Okano is on sale...)


travel capsule wardrobe in navy, pink and chestnut brown
tee shirts – L.L.Bean; navy capris – J. Crew; necklace – Shanny Alon
rose blouse – Equipment; rose and navy scarf – Yuh Okano; gold 
bracelets – ABS by Allen Schwartz; paisley scarf – Brooks Brothers
clutch – Fossil; dress – J. Crew; square stud earrings – Ily Couture
chestnut brown silk top - Joseph; navy cotton skirt – J. Crew
ballet flats – Naturalizer; oxfords – SoftWalk

This combination really gives you some wide-ranging choices!



travel capsule wardrobe in navy, bright pink, and chestnut brown



Thanks to all of your art sleuthing, I'm going to be able to look at more variations of this travel wardrobe. 

I'm so grateful to you all for being so good to me!

love,
Janice

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15 comments:

  1. Amazing, that three pieces of pink clothing makes such an impact!! plus the jewelry!
    Karen

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  2. It's like falling through a black hole and finding - me! Oh, my gosh, I love everything!!! Thanks for taking my suggestion.

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    1. Found two more pairs of shoes that would be brilliant with this capsule...

      http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/cole-haan-air-tali-wedge/3611212
      http://www.colehaan.com/jagger-weave-oxford-sequoia/D42724.html

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  3. Darn! I was going to keep my basics navy and grey, but this post reminds me how much I love cognac!!!! Could I do navy, grey, and cognac? And I absolutely LOVE this capsule!

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    1. I personally think navy, grey and cognac together would be gorgeous...
      big hug,
      Janice

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    2. Oooooo! Now I am excited to try some color combinations!!!!!

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    3. The thing is....I can't resist beautiful, cognac leather shoes!

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  4. Love this series (catching up after the weekend). I wear navy and chestnut in the fall (with purple as the accent) and spring (with coral as the accent). If you like simple, classic clothing, Land's End carries a wide variety of pants in the this chestnut/cognac color. Just search for "french walnut."

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  5. That is a great scarf from Okano and it works so well with the grouping. The only change I would make is to make the short sleeved t-shirts more elbow length. It's amazing how a lovely scarf and earrings transform a t-shirt and pants into a real outfit.
    Deb from Vancouver

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  6. How timely the last two posts are! My neutrals for fall are navy and grey, and I'm adding some hot pink. It shows me that you don't need very many clothes to make and impact. I'm looking for a hot pink tee and they are very hard to find. I'll check out the J.Crew one. I think you have a bad link for the navy trousers from J.Crew. It goes to a pair of 26", dry clean only pants. Not good for travel! I noticed because I'm looking for a pair to replace my old ones. Thanks for all you do. You are the first blog I check every day! Here;s the link: https://www.jcrew.com/womens_special_sizes/size/pants/PRD~18850/18850.jsp?srcCode=AFFI00001&siteId=%2A2nGiS3mv0Y-EVtAyROdH3ftflX%2AFmMwlA

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  7. Just saw this on the Talbots clearance sale page -- in hot pink, for anyone looking:
    http://www.talbots.com/online/browse/product_details.jsp?id=prdi35325&defaultColor=3497&N=10598+4294966578&No=24&selectedConcept=Misses&_=1438020751227&Nrpp=24&Nr=AND(OR(product.siteId%3ATalbotsSite)%2COR(product.catalogId%3Acatalog20002))

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  8. I hope you never run out of 'start with art' ideas - I just enjoy them so much!

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  9. Janice, thank you so much - I am totally smitten with this painting and the wardrobe! I appreciate and enjoy your blog so very much!! Pink has long been my favorite accent color - still some red too. And celadon green, ooooh yes!!

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  10. Positively uplifting. I was feeling ho-hum, then saw these beautiful combos, and suddenly, I don't feel so rotten! what a talent you have, thanks for sharing. C in L.A.

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  11. Love the painting, and the wardrobe! Navy is one of my favorites, and I am very taken with the cognac accessories, as to me, it has a softer feel than black. Mary

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