Friday, February 26, 2016

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: The Sea Seen from the Heights of Dieppe by Eugene Delacroix

What a gorgeous image, especially in late February, in Chicago!

The Sea Seen from the Heights of Dieppe by Eugene Delacroix

As much as this painting suggests a wardrobe with a LOT of gold and yellow, I'm going to have to work around that, because those clothes are NOT easy to find! So I'm going to take advantage of the boat in the foreground, the beige clouds and distant sea, and the glimpses of blue sky. Some mother-of-pearl jewelry would be logical, no?

They Met on The Internet

Not that it's unusual to date someone you met online - much the contrary. Many of her nieces and nephews dated people they met on the internet, and she even knew of a couple of very successful marriages that started there. It's just not something she ever expected for herself...

Mother of pearl and rose gold earrings – Kendra Scott; tan jeans – Polo Ralph
 Lauren; distressed tee – IRO; mother of pearl bracelet – Eco Opulence; bisque
 sandals – Lucky Brand; crossbody bag – Vince Camuto; cardigan – Hallhuber
 striped top – Royal Robbins; scarf – Bindya; gold sandals – Kork-Ease; rectangle
 earrings – Stephanie Kantis; brown cotton pants - Humanoid

But they kept dating, and after their 6th or 7th evening (okay, night) together, he invited her to his niece's wedding. On the coast. For a long weekend. With all of his relatives....

Blue linen shirt - Uniqlo; sandals – OluKai; shorts – L.L.Bean; jacket – Hunter;
 culottes – Topshop; draped top – Michael Kors; gold flats – Ivy Kirzhner

It was to be a mostly very casual event, with a picnic, one nice dinner, and of course the wedding itself. She and her "beau" (ahem... that feels so strange to her) will also have some time to wander about the harbor town alone together.

Silk culottes - Theory; bone earrings – Maiyet; beige wrap – Brunello Cucinelli
cardigan – Lands’ End; blue earrings – Kate Spade; mother of pearl
 pendant – Kendra Scott; dress –Uniqlo

At least she's confident about what she's going to wear, and to pack!

She will try to be alert to any possible signals from the people around her about what's most appropriate, but she's certain that she's providing herself with plenty of options. 

But the prospect of meeting his mother, his siblings, his nieces and nephews.... She feels like she's 16 years old again!

Not that that's at all a bad thing....



  1. Beautiful- interesting to see how the one striped top and one pair of dark pants add to the drama of collection. And the beige really enhance the depth and clearness of the blues as well.

  2. Very beautiful - I love it. But it wasn't the colours that I saw when I first looked at it - the chocolate brown, yes - but what about a rich cream and that smudgy mauve on the sea?

    1. I have to admit that the mauve got past me COMPLETELY! That's one of the things that I love the most about doing these art posts - everybody sees different things, and I learn so much.
      Thanks for sharing what you saw with us!
      big hug,

  3. Very clever use of light neutrals. The 'beige' clothes range from ivory to khaki to camel, reflecting the subtle tones of the clouds. I love that bright blue, it is so fresh and pretty and works well with that dark chocolate brown. I never wear brown, but I do like it here and the scarf just pulls all the three colours together - very classy. Sharon, UK.

  4. I have seen these color combinations on many retail websites for spring. You are wise to pick up on it Janice. Very nice.

  5. You can't ever go wrong with a pair of gold sandals! Beautiful post, xoxox

  6. This gives me a sense of peace. Thank you.

  7. Love the story, love the clothes. The gold sandals are particularly great as they are appropriate for casual or fun dressy. The silk pants are fabulous.
    Deb from Vancouver

  8. I love that shade of blue! What would you call it when doing web searches for it?

  9. What pretty blues! I imagine they would flatter different complexions and aren't they versatile ... Janice, your blog has overturned my formerly negative attitude to beige and your stories add inspiration to my daily question as I open the wardrobe door, 'Now, who shall I be today?'
    Robyn in Tasmania

  10. It's hard to believe this super-versatile wardrobe has only 13 pieces!!! I especially love how you carried the theme to these beautiful accessories. Those Kork-Ease sandals are great - I have a similar pair in silver. - nancyo