Monday, April 18, 2016

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Marguerite au Chat Noir by Henri Matisse

Yes, I saw this in Paris last week!



Aside from the charm and beauty of Marguerite, I was immediately attracted to the colors:


Quietly Rebellious 


Cardigan – J. Crew; pants – Boden
tee – J. Crew; skirt - A.P.C.

She seems like the most conventional of women. Very pretty, always very nicely dressed.

Cardigan – Stella McCartney; jeans – L.L.Bean
tee – L.L.Bean; denim skirt – A.P.C.

She's rather quiet, a bit shy, and well-suited to her work in the library...

Blue top – Part Two; ivory shimmer tee – Mint Velvet
soft teal tee – L. L. Bean; salmon sweater – Odeeh

And yes, she owns a cat!

Tie dye tee – Proenza Schouler; salmon shirt – L.L.Bean
ivory top – Dorothy Perkins; teal top – White Stuff

BUT, every day, without exception, she breaks a rule that she was told countless times, as a child!

Mixed print scarf – Hinge; teadrop earrings – Chico’s; round earrings
 – Ippolita; bracelet – Carolee; salmon scarf – Nordstrom; black loafers
 Patricia Green; blue sandals – Söfft; tweed ballet flats – Sam Edelman

"You know, with a round face, you should NEVER wear a round neckline!" 



But what if she LIKES her round face?


And what if she REALLY likes the way it looks in a round neckline? What if that became sort of a personal signature for her?


So, she rebels. Very quietly.


And everybody STILL thinks that she's very pretty...


Little do they realize that she's breaking the rules...


love,
Janice


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20 comments:

  1. I wondered whether you would include a white turtleneck with a black/navy sundress to give us the same outfit as in the painting. ;)

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    1. What a good idea...for seasonal changes! Chris Australia ✈️

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  2. From Margie in Toronto - Love this colour combination - so soft and subtle but never boring!

    Had a big shopping weekend and, I did try to stick to two colour combinations, Black/White & Navy/Cobalt, I added small pops of colour, most of which will mix & match will all the basics (red, pink & a small pop of turquoise, yellow). I'm mostly a black & grey with a bit of red & pink throughout most of the year but come Spring (short as it is) I find I really do need some extra colour. With your help I've learned that I only need a few additions to stretch my core outfits.

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  3. Very nice today, those soft colors are beautiful! Sue

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  4. This is great - a very wearable wardrobe (black and denim blue are two of my core colors). And now I'm dying to see her signature necklaces!! - nancyo

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    1. Black and denim are my core colors also. So practical and readily available. I am tall and a bit heavy so I have trouble finding clothing in my size. But black and denim are always available

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  5. This is pretty close to the colours in my wardrobe. I would be interested in your choice for purses.

    Sharon Canada

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  6. I love this woman who likes her face just. the. way. it. is.
    The wardrobe you've created for her is delightful, particularly the tweed ballet flats. What I wouldn't have given for a pair of those when I was a librarian! This set has just the right balance of quiet and sprightly for the lifestyle I had then.

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  7. Michael Moore on how librarians are subversive, one face at a time: "You think they're like just sitting there at the desk, all quiet and everything. They're like plotting the revolution, man."

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    1. Oh, they are - they're plotting it over at the-toast.net. ;)

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  8. What a lovely, gentle painting this is, with a wonderful wardrobe to match. I could see myself wearing any of these outfits. Once again, you have given me some new ideas for ways to use what I already own. Thank you! Mary

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  9. Great business casual wardrobe! We can't wear sleeveless tops but other than that this is great for work! Love the bracelet and the tweed flats!

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  10. Very well thought out post, humorous as well as a helpful. This is my favourite.
    Thanks Janice!

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  11. Some of our Librarians in Vancouver are outright bold and "subversive" with tattoos, piercings and wild hair. I love it and so do the kids.
    Deb from Vancouver

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  12. The "closet rebel", as suits a librarian. I'm married to a librarian and have a librarian cousin and volunteer at Friends of the Library sales. Appreciate the back story.

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  13. The story and the wardrobe encapsulate quiet charm with just a gleam of mischief. Lovely atmosphere, pretty and practical wardrobe. Thank you Janice!
    Robyn in Tasmania

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  14. I never would have thought to put black with blue. I need to open my mind!

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  15. She probably wears white in the winter time, too!

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  16. Most of us who are reference librarians are not quiet and shy. We like books, information resources, AND people! ;) I won't speak for catalogers....

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  17. I'd happily pack this whole wardrobe up and take it on my vacation in a couple of weeks.

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