Monday, August 03, 2015

Build a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with a Scarf: Hermes Cavaliers du Caucase


She never thought she'd be a mom of teenagers in her sixties. But life intervened in the form of two precious and adoptable kids. She has a more casual lifestyle now, but she still loves beautiful clothes. Call her style casual luxe. Her life is all about her children, but she does allow herself a few treasured indulgences...

Hermes Cavaliers du Caucase silk scarf
Hermes Cavaliers du Caucase


Hermes Cavaliers du Caucase silk scarf, and a color scheme drawn from the scarf


Capsule wardrobe color palette in blue, yellow, light green, and black, inspired by a scarf: Hermes Cavaliers du Caucase
Merino cardigan – J. Crew; washable cotton trousers – J. Crew;

¾ sleeve cotton shirt – Cotton Addiction; stretch jeans – 7 For All Mankind


Capsule wardrobe color palette in blue, yellow, light green, and black, inspired by a scarf: Hermes Cavaliers du Caucase
white cardigan – Henri Lloyd; white jeans – J. Crew;

Short-sleeved top – J. Crew; white relaxed pants - Uniqlo


Capsule wardrobe color palette in blue, yellow, light green, and black, inspired by a scarf: Hermes Cavaliers du Caucase
Print shirt – J. Crew; sleeveless top – J. Crew;

Striped tee – Alexander Wang; blue shirt – J. Crew


Capsule wardrobe color palette in blue, yellow, light green, and black, inspired by a scarf: Hermes Cavaliers du Caucase
Yellow sweater – Uniqlo; dress – J. Crew;

Green sweater – Uniqlo; print shirt – Charles Tyrwhitt


Capsule wardrobe color palette in blue, yellow, light green, and black, inspired by a scarf: Hermes Cavaliers du Caucase
Striped crinkle scarf – Eastex; yellow “We All Love Macarons” scarf – Julie 
 Cocco; opal earrings – Tressa Collection; silver Om earrings – Wadarat Supasirisuk;
 tote bag with pouch – Ted Baker; mint balloon scarf – Dickins & Jones; lapis 
ring – Lagos; onyx necklace – Neeru Goel; ankle boots – Munro; blue flats –  
Aldo Leofreni; white huaraches – Naturalizer; sling back pumps – Trotters


Capsule wardrobe color palette in blue, yellow, light green, and black, inspired by a scarf: Hermes Cavaliers du Caucase


Capsule wardrobe color palette in blue, yellow, light green, and black, inspired by a scarf: Hermes Cavaliers du Caucase


Capsule wardrobe color palette in blue, yellow, light green, and black, inspired by a scarf: Hermes Cavaliers du Caucase


Capsule wardrobe color palette in blue, yellow, light green, and black, inspired by a scarf: Hermes Cavaliers du Caucase


Capsule wardrobe color palette in blue, yellow, light green, and black, inspired by a scarf: Hermes Cavaliers du Caucase


Capsule wardrobe color palette in blue, yellow, light green, and black, inspired by a scarf: Hermes Cavaliers du Caucase

Every plan she ever had for her life has fallen completely apart.

She's never been happier....

This, by the way, is a true story; the first 4 sentences are a direct quote from the wonderful woman herself!

love,
Janice

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Capsule wardrobe color palette in blue, yellow, light green, and black, inspired by a scarf: Hermes Cavaliers du Caucase
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13 comments:

  1. nice. i would omit the yellow (not faltering to me...maybe violet or purple ? ) good combination for summer and winter ...

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  2. Beautiful story and beautiful scarf.

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  3. God bless that wonderful woman and her extended family. :)

    What a wonderful capsule Janice, thank you.

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  4. A beautiful collection, amazing scarf...and I am off to look at those black booties!!

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  5. I've never seen an Annie Faivre scarf design I didn't love!

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  6. I just bought this exact Hermes scarf! I love all the colors, but for me would omit the yellow.

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  7. Love this story, the colours, and the whole 4s concept. I'm thinking that writing a vignette to describe myself/my life would be a great basis for my wardrobe planning!

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  8. Beautiful clothes for a beautiful life! I LOVE the silver jewelry pieces. They are so hard to find right now. I always wonder how you manage to find those "needles in the haystack"?

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  9. Love that scarf and all of Annie Faivre designs. Is that a new one or might I find it on eBay (fingers crossed). As a woman in my sixties, I have one precious teenager but she is a grandchild. All the more power to the woman you are quoting.

    Deb from Vancouver
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  10. That story is so adorable! And I love all the colors in that scarf!
    - Kaci

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  11. Don't like the scarf and didn't particularly like the pie chart colors -- LOVE the wardrobe! Wow, what you can do with a color scheme is amazing! The scarf does look gorgeous with everything of course. At the risk of leaving the same comment over and over again... I have so much fun seeing how to combine clothes with your systems. Different color schemes than I would ever choose help show me how the system works, rather than getting all wrapped up in whether I like them or not. It makes me want to go buy clothes but I am still restraining myself and buying from thrift and consigment stores, so now I am looking for scarves and accessories -- I'm not a purse person so I don't have those to coordinate (one for summer, one for winter, no matter what ) but I have really learned a lot here about what a big difference scarves can make. There are plenty of lovely scarves in my modest price range, (or less, when it comes to used). The design isn't as important as the colors. In the spring I bought a gorgeous square scarf at the higher-end charity thrift store I go to, it was on clearance because it was for fall and winter -- a Van Gogh iris painting, purple and green but the bulk of it in navy -- the kind of thing sold at art museums. Reduced to $1! When I twisted it up and put it next to navy things, it looked gorgeous... but also next to white, purple, and numerous other colors. It will look great with a number of garments in both my work and casual wardrobes. And while I don't look good in green, I learned a long time ago in a quilt class that a little bright /new leaf green makes most other colors "pop." The green in this scarf sure does!

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  12. Casual luxe...love it! It sums up my style
    Love the blog Janice and how creative you are with the stories! This one was especially sweet!

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  13. This is so much my style! Bless her for adopting teens at this stage of life! I have 3 teen granddaughters and I can't imagine being their full time Mom! WOW!

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