Thursday, February 18, 2016

Build a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Nature: A Cardinal, in Warm Colors

So Wednesday I danced with the "cool male" cardinal; today, let's see what the "warm female" cardinal colors have to offer!


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I'm going to use exactly the same red garments as I did on Wednesday, just to show how very different they feel when they're used with brown and camel.

Blazer – Emilio Pucci; pants – Austin Reed;
Blouse – Joseph; skirt Austin Reed

Cardigan – Elder Statesman; trousers – J.Crew;
Tee – Sonia Rykiel; jeans – Austin Reed

V-neck blouse – Velvet; silk-trimmed top – Madewell;
Red sweater - Balenciaga; turtleneck – L.L.Bean

Camel sweater – J.W. Anderson; skirt – Adam Selman;
Space-knit sweater – Adam Selman; dress Rebecca Minkoff

Stud earrings – Alexis Bittar; watch – Anne Klein; paisley scarf – Lauren by 
Ralph Lauren; hoop earrings – Open Sky; stud earrings – Lagos; choker –  
Jules Smith Designs; scarf – Hermes Apparat des Plaines; infinity scarf –  
Rising Tide; bracelet – Phyllis + Rosie; loafers – Robert Zur; pumps – Bella 
Vita; red loafers – Naturalizer; gold loafers - Aerosoles

To me, it's always an education to see how an accent color can look like it's completely different when I place it into a wardrobe with different neutrals. I never tire of seeing colors working together.


This warm wardrobe demonstrates that you can love red and NOT ever have to pair it with black or navy!


love,
Janice


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25 comments:

  1. Dear Janice. This is so pretty. I love the juxtaposition of the cardinals. We don't have them here- I think- in Queensland. The nature colours are a gift to us and so are you... I hope all is well. Chris, Australia x

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  2. Janice,
    Now we're talking ! However, I would have to soften the reds for my own more muted coloring to a more rusty red. I am always intrigued by what articles of clothing will show up on line four of the template. I will NEVER get enough of seeing your templates ! Do I even see some faint olive green in Lady Cardinal's feathers as another accent color, or is it just my monitor ? She and her mate are such a handsome pair !

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    1. i think i can see it too... that would be a great 4th color in this template!

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    2. Yes, olive, my green loving eye can spot this color everywhere in nature. Thank you, Janice for your hard work and dedication to inspiring us, your dedicated fans.
      A faithful fan,
      Pat

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    3. I agree with Shrebee..... I am a 'soft' and never feel very comfortable in red. A softer shade of rust or salmon and some moss green would look beautiful.

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  3. This is so lovely! I've always found the female cardinals beautiful. I rarely wear red as it overwhelms my coloring, however the camel and brown are so quieting to the bright red that it almost feels like a different color.
    Gwendolynn

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  4. Thank you for this collection. My best colors are in the brown family and,for years, I had banned red from my wardrobe. But lately, I have been drawn to red items; perhaps the bleak mid-winter needs a spark. I can see how I could add a touch of red to my warmer browns.

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  5. Even though I don't wear red, the "cardinals" are one of my favorite series. These wardrobes reflect the "personalities" of the birds perfectly. Red and black are bold and demand attention. Red and brown are much softer and quiet, yet have the confidence to stand beside the bold half of the pair. :)

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  6. That Adam Selman sweater and skirt really echo the bird's feathers!

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  7. I am another one of those who rarely wears red, but I must try it with camel. It is lovely, indeed.

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  8. This lovely bird really appeals to me, the subtlety and mix of her colours. I see many shades of red, soft greens and even a muddy mauvey purpley brown. Beautiful and complex.
    Deb from Vancouver

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  9. That beautiful skirt would go with *everything*.

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  10. I have always felt more comfortable in the female cardinal's brown tones; however, since my hair is now gray, the male cardinal's colors look better on me. I absolutely love what you did with both! That Selman skirt is fabulous.

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  11. This is a great counterpoint to the male cardinal - what a brilliant idea! I love your nature posts almost as much as the art ones. - nancyo

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  12. Janice's work is beautiful as always. My color-addicted eyeballs, though, wanted more red and less brown. This got me thinking about my own preferences and the "curated rainbow" style of wardrobe that works for me. So I went on Polyvore and put together a 50-piece wardrobe that's full of color and approximately my style: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=191194123.

    A few observations:
    - Even though there are a lot of accent colors and fewer neutral pieces, I think it still works because each piece still goes with a bunch of other pieces.
    - It's easier to make this work if you're comfortable wearing more than one non-neutral color in an outfit.
    - There are a lot of solids and not many prints, which again makes combining colors easier.
    - The shades of colors are as carefully chosen as Polyvore can manage, and knowing my shades of colors is a big part of making shopping manageable while loving color.
    - I don't use that many different shapes of clothing; I tend to get my variety by having the same basic thing in several colors.
    - My actual closet, which includes 20 years of experience, is a much better approximation of my style than whatever's current on Polyvore!

    -Kaci

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    1. I love it! There are no real rules that you have to follow if your wardrobe makes you happy and it getting well used and loved.

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    2. Yes, nice work! You show how a range of accent colours with the neutrals make for a very versatile wardrobe.

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    3. Polyvore seems like a wonderful tool to see how clothes work together. Every so often I look at 'Friends of the Vivienne Files' in Polyvore to see what they are up to. As I am not on Polyvore I can't comment directly but I love their work!

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    4. It's me Carol S

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  13. Dear Janice, I wear black and brown and often together. That's why I will never get my colours done! Going back through your work you have done this too in a common wardrobe. I think these two cardinal wardrobes could associate. But I'm not an expert.. Chris from Australia x

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    1. Me too! I have no idea where the thought that one couldn't wear black and brown together came from!
      - Kaci

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  14. Love these two posts. What can I say? St Louis fan!

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  15. My journey towards a warm color wardrobe is going well. These are the neutrals I have chosen and Im adding a rusty red and olive green for 2 accent colors. These clothes are beautiful just like the lovely cardinal. I have never seen a female before. I think she is wonderful. I would love to see these clothes in outfits. I love the red and am enamored of rusty red as well.

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  16. My journey towards a warm color wardrobe is going well. These are the neutrals I have chosen and Im adding a rusty red and olive green for 2 accent colors. These clothes are beautiful just like the lovely cardinal. I have never seen a female before. I think she is wonderful. I would love to see these clothes in outfits. I love the red and am enamored of rusty red as well.

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  17. I too think a mix of these two wardrobes would be nice. I like black and brown together and wear black and khaki/camel together all the time! Another great wardrobe Janice!!

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