Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Build a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with a Scarf: Hermes Panthera Pardus

The minute I saw this scarf in the store, I knew I wanted to use it here on The Vivienne Files, so you all could see it too:


Hermes Panthera Pardus

He's got green eyes! The colors, and the details here, are just gloriously beautiful. I always particularly admire the contrast edge on a scarf, because it's pretty, and because I can't even imagine how difficult it is to silkscreen that part, and then roll it and hand stitch it so perfectly. Artisan genius... and it comes in other colors!



Hermes Panthera Pardus

The range of possible colors that can be used here was pretty impressive, and a bit unusual. Hermes can always be counted on to come up with color schemes not seen elsewhere.

When I do capsule wardrobes like this, please bear in mind two things:
  1. I don't expect that the whole world is going to use Hermes scarves as their starting point for a capsule wardrobe. The range of possible items that you can use as your focus and inspiration is vast; don't limit yourself when you're looking around our planet for beautiful things to spark your creativity.
  2. I strongly don't suggest that you buy an ENTIRE new outfit every month - that's way too much consumption for our planet to sustain! You should be looking to use items you already own, and you should plan to reuse things that you buy - especially things like neutral tops and bottoms, or great shoes.


Scarf – Hermes; tee shirt – L.L.Bean; bead bracelet – Astley Clarke; oxfords –  
Paul Green; apatite earrings – Uribe; cardigan – Gucci; pants – J. Crew; teardrop 
 earrings – Alexis Bittar; dress – H&M; cuff bracelet – Alexis Bittar
pumps – Kate Spade

scarf – Renee’s Accessories; tote – Karl Lagerfeld; tee – H&M; skirt – J. Crew
slip-on shoes – Halogen; striped sweater – Closed; black culottes – Vince Camuto;
 scarf – Nordstrom; earrings – Ippolita; ballet flats – Marc Fisher LTD

Earrings – Charter Club; dress – IDLF Uniqlo; tote – Whistles; sandals – OluKai;
 sleeveless top – L.L.Bean; cropped pants – L.L.Bean; jacket – L.L.Bean; scarf
 – Mark & Graham; sandals – Birkenstock

linen cardigan – Majestic Filatures; earrings – Cole Haan; cuff – Lupita 
Betancourt; sleeveless top – Dorothy Perkins; shorts – Prana; sandals – Nina;
 tee – Uniqlo; earrings – Vince Camuto; pants – Maison Margiela; taupe bracelet
 - Wallis; sandals – Birkenstock

Necklace – Ashanti; tweed jacket – Stills; boots – Clarks; tee – Majestic Filatures;
 jeans – L.L.Bean; sweater – J. Crew; earrings – Panacea; skirt – J. Crew; pumps

Cardigan – J. Crew; brooch – Forzieri; blouse – Bottega Veneta; pants – J. Crew;
 boots – Clarks; sweater – J. Crew; skirt – MICHAEL Michael Kors; necklace –  
Marni; ring – Mizuki; boots – Bussola

 Someone asked about how many pieces of clothing this comes to at the end of the year - and it's a nice, tidy 25!



 And I didn't count the accessories - you can be pretty flexible about how you work with accessories, in order to show your personal style. Some of us are always wearing scarves, where others of you might be more drawn to tons of bracelets. Choose your favorites, and express your preferences!



It would be remiss of me to fail to mention that a portion of the revenue from the sale of "Panthera Pardus" will go to support an organization called Panthera. It was founded by Robert Dallet, who was an artist with Hermes, and who devoted his life to studying, drawing and protecting wildlife. Beautiful things, supporting beautiful animals....

love,
Janice


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17 comments:

  1. I really like the variation that this 6 colour palette provides, I've had a focus for the last few years on byuing clothes in burgundy, navy, black and soft white- . But in my long term planning I've been thinking of adding one or two more accent colours- maybe teal or raspberry or a jade green. I think your idea of finding a scarf as inspiration is a good one because you can then put it to good use to knit it all together. Finding an appropriate one could help me decide which accents to add.

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  2. I love seeing a year of clothes with a grounding element. It really has made me realise I don't need new clothes, just some imagination, and the eye of Janice.. Thank you.. Chris Australia. Xx

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  3. I love the mallard green and wore it yesterday. And the three neutrals and three accent colors idea matches my wardrobe better, but with blues, wine, and black as the neutrals. I'd love to see more of the 6 color palette posts! Thank you!!

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    1. Isn't it funny how that works? I find that this green is just slightly too blue for me, but it works great for someone else! One thing I've really gotten from this site is the usefulness of knowing exactly what shades of a color work for me - even if I can't describe them!
      - Kaci

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    2. Janice,
      I agree with reader above who commented on the 3 neutrals and 3 accent colors. Love to see more of that format !

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  4. Love it, but nothing in the lovely pale blue except the actual scarf! It would look so nice with that green!

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  5. The question about the amount of consumption is an interesting one. Now that I have a clear (to me and probably no one else) wardrobe plan, I'm purchasing between 1 and 3 new-to-me things a month, including both clothes and accessories. About a third of my shopping comes from thrift shops. I found an amazing dress this weekend for about 1/4 of retail price!
    - Kaci

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    1. EXCELLENT! You're developing a good eye, I'd say!
      hugs,
      Janice

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  6. More lovely things, funny though, most of the time the pieces that really call to me are the most expensive!! Also, I think we need to note the phrase coined by Chris Australia..."the eyes of Janice". You are so gifted Janice and you share our gifts so generously with us.
    Deb from Vancouver

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    1. I meant to say " you share YOUR gifts so generously.

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  7. This is just lovely. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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  8. This is just lovely. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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  9. Great scarf and the basic combos are divine! I love the versatility of basic black with a pop of colour!

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  10. This made my blizzard-y day! It's a very close mate to my own colors and style; the details are a touch more romantic and the colors just a touch warmer than I wear. It's very true about accessories - I adore scarves and wear them often. Adore rings and rarely wear them. Neutral about earrings and wear them about half the time. Bracelets, watches and necklaces almost never after becoming a mom.

    Wow, I adore this grouping! I'll be making a deep study of this, thanks again.

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  11. Falling in love again ... When you introduced that scarf last month, for a cat-lover it was an instant hit. Now I'm entranced by this version with the stunning wardrobe it inspired you to put together. Like the others, I find these 12-month approaches very helpful for planning and for working out just how much - or better, how little - I really need.
    My approach to accessories is to buy the light kind (earrings and scarves) as mementoes on holidays. Great souvenirs and they don't strain the carry-on weight limits.
    Now, for just a little longer, I'm going to worship that beautiful cat, while thinking afresh about planning.
    Robyn in Tasmania

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    1. What a great idea- buying jewelry on trips, instead of something that sits on a shelf!!

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  12. I love the seeing 12 months of clothes. You have such a wonderful eye.

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