Thursday, April 21, 2016

Build a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with a Scarf: Hermes Jardins d'Hiver in Navy

A friend received this as a gift, and doesn't know where to start... I have some ideas; I ALWAYS have ideas!


Jardins d'Hiver by Hermes

The red in this is actually a hair closer to rust, but since we're moving toward warmer weather here, and rust us IMPOSSIBLE to find, I'm working with a more poppy red. These accent colors don't have to be a flawless match to the color in the scarf, nor to each other. Unless you plan to wear pieces together, you needn't be madly rigorous in making the colors perfect in a capsule wardrobe.


Of course, when building around a single accessory, 1 outfit at a time is a good approach:

Scarf – Hermes;  earrings – Matta; cardigan – J.Crew; tee shirt – J.Crew;
 lapis bracelet – Somluck Komolmith; loafers – Minnetonka; pants – J. Crew;
 jacket dress – Joanna Hope; navy earrings – Vince Camuto
bracelet – Wallis; pumps – Calvin Klein

scarf – Roffe Accessories; sweater – Polo Ralph Lauren; skirt – L.L.Bean
tote bag- Foley + Corinna; shoes – Keds; block tee shirt – DKNY
gaucho pants – Uniqlo; silver earrings – Giani Bernini; pendant – Lagos
ballet flats – Dr. Scholl’s

Dress – J.Crew; bracelets – Banana Republic; bag – Coach; sandals – 
Sole Society; navy tank – Uniqlo; navy shorts – L.L.Bean; cardigan – 
J. Crew; scarf – Mosaique; sandals – Vionic

Poppy earrings – Michael Michaud; white cardigan – Boden; poppy top – 
J. Crew; white shorts – J. Crew; sandals – Munro; blue top – White Stuff
earrings – John Hardy; white linen pants – L.L.Bean; ring – John Hardy
silver espadrilles – The Flexx

Pendant – Aoy; jacket – Uniqlo; blouse – Rag and Bone; jeans – L.L.Bean;
 boots – Bernardo Footwear; turtleneck – Tibi; earrings – Bhavesh
 skirt – L.L.Bean; scarf – Tory Burch; pumps – Calvin Klein

Cardigan – L.L.Bean; brooch – Kendra Scott; shirt – J. Crew; loafers – Vaneli
navy wool pants – J. Crew; sweater – Balenciaga; silk pants - Equipment
necklace – Marshelly’s; ring – Buana; satin pumps – Stuart Weitzman

I reused a skirt in a couple of outfits, and a pair of pumps - in the normal world, you wouldn't buy complete new outfits each month. You would work with what you already own, and add on the pieces that give you the most versatility. After 12 months, this is the assembled wardrobe; how many outfits could be drawn from these garments?



I love to see the accessories all together! Again, it's doubtful that you would purchase new shoes each month, but showing all of these together gives you a clear image of what the overall, desired "shoe effect" is. And those scarves... sigh... I love me a good scarf!

 

I hope this is helpful to my friend with the dilemma, and to everyone looking for a fresh idea or two!

love,
Janice


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24 comments:

  1. I love how you have a red, white and blue color scheme without ever looking like the 4th (or 14th) of July.

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  2. The collection you've made is really astounding and is worth admiring...The accessories are especially fashionable and distinctive! Thanks for the post! I'll use your tips and bookmark it! http://essay-writer.club/

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  3. I want February and May...a fun collection overall! Thanks Janice!

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  4. Love the concept of a year of clothes. Every time you do it I'm strict about not purchasing! Lovely wardrobe. Thanks. Chris Australia. X

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  5. From Margie in Toronto - LOVE this! I have bought a number of pieces for this summer in red, white, navy, and what they seem to be calling "crocus blue" this year and I am drooling over all the scarves shown - I've been trying, unsuccessfully, to find ones with just a touch of red - or even the right blues - I will check out your links later.

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  6. If I could just win the lottery, I would move everything out of my closet and move in this whole grouping! Wonderful post as always.

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  7. If I could just win the lottery, I would move everything out of my closet and move in this whole grouping! Wonderful post as always.

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  8. This is MEEEEE!!! (No, sadly, that's not my scarf, but the colors are MY colors!!) I recently bought a pair of wide-legged high-waisted jersey pants from Uniqlo (sadly out of stock now) and they are my NEW FAVORITE THING! The one thing I'd add to this wardrobe is an a-line jersey skirt. I find them the coolest option for summer.

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  9. What a gorgeous scarf--and gorgeous outfits to go with it! What a great dilemma to have.

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  10. Janice,
    While this post is wonderful, I learned something about myself today, which should have been obvious to me. I apparently prefer seasonal accent colors -- rust, warm brick red, and hunter green for Winter, denim blue, warm green, golden yellow, and some orange for Spring, coral and teal , some lilac for Summer, rust, olive green, some orange, some purple for Autumn. All of these are used with a sliding scale of values of the brown family as my neutral core, and of course ivory and warm white. Guess I'm just a rainbow lover. It also means that I have a very full closet, but it is my treasure chest !

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    1. If you limit your accent colors to a handful of tops, and a ton of accessories, you still won't have a ridiculously full closet; I know someone who owns over 800 pieces of clothing! (most still have the tags on them...) If we use what we own, we owe apologies to no one!
      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. Janice,
      Sage advice, as always ! I have a large walk-in closet, so all of my clothes for all of the seasons stay hung up year round, so it appears a lot more full than someone else's closet , who might pack away seasonal clothing. I pretty much try to rotate through everything within a given season, as far as tops go, which comprise the greatest number of items in my wardrobes.

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  11. I love these one-outfit-per-month posts. They are a great inspiration, as I have many special pieces that I have had for years, but never seem to wear even though they are sentiment favorites. This method of incorporating them into the rotation works for me!
    Cheers!

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  12. I *love* scarves also, and I really love the scarves you chose for this wardrobe! I have recently recommitted to navy, so this is a great post for ideas - nancyo

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  13. I would almost use my "one kill" to own those Stuart W pumps!

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  14. How lovely to receive such a beautiful gift! As many others commented, I enjoy the "outfit a month" format. Thank you for inspiring & guiding! Mary

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  15. That ring from John Hardy is a very memorable piece. I really like how you matched it with a very casual look. That is how to do high low.
    Deb from Vancouver

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  16. I love June and August! What a stunning scarf.

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  17. I am the lucky owner of this scarf and I love the wardrobe suggestions. I will definitely leave my black and gray behind (I have been wearing it faithfully for 30 years) and take off in this direction. The scarf was a gift from my lovely daughter, I was quite overwhelmed, and I am determined to wear it out, and to wear it OUT (if that is possible!). Thanks for all the great ideas, Janice!

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    1. It sounds as though you and your daughter are two lovely ladies. Thank you for asking Janice's advice - it has produced a happy wardrobe that appeals to many of us! Have fun with the scarf.
      Robyn in Tasmania

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  18. I love it! The one outfit a month is such a great way to look at a wardrobe. I love the colors and the casual elegance. You could go anywhere in this wardrobe.

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  19. What beautiful pairings you have made. It's interesting that "Jardins d'hiver" has all the colors I associate w/spring and summer -- navy blue, red, white, etc. There's something so fresh and spring-like about these combinations. Lovely!

    Cheers, M-T

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  20. Fabulous scarf! Great colours and such possibilities!

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  21. Ingenious . . . . again. Very inspirational post as usual.

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