Thursday, May 19, 2016

Accessories 1 at a Time: Blues, Grey and Black

Casual, but really nice...

Remember, we started with a simple black column of clothing, with a great blue cardigan; of course, we need shoes:

Tee – Lands’ End; pants – L.L.Bean
cardigan - Halhuber; top shoes – Bǿrn
middle shoes – Cole Haan; bottom shoes – Earth

And I usually have earrings added pretty early in the process. For this wardrobe, I tried to stick with a feeling of linearity, to echo the subtle stripes in the cardigan:
Tee – L.L.Bean; pants – L.L.Bean
cardigan - Halhuber; top earrings – Oscar Figueroa
middle earrings – Pichaya; bottom earrings – Luis Banda

Scarves! I love scarves...
Tee – L.L.Bean; pants – L.L.Bean;  
cardigan – L.L.Bean; top scarf – Collection XIIX
middle scarf – Treasure&Bond; bottom scarf – Caslon

For those who do not want to wear sandals, a simple low-heel or flat casual shoe will be just as suitable:
Tee – L.L.Bean; shorts – Polo Ralph Lauren
cardigan – Halhuber; top sandals – Kork-Ease
middle sandals – Munro; bottom sandals – Born

I love wearing an inexpensive watch sometimes - the look on someone's face when they admire your watch, and you tell them it's a Timex, is priceless. And it's an important reminder that good design can be found at a variety of prices (and the expensive does NOT automatically equal well-done!)
SweaterUniqlo; pants – L.L.Bean
 top watch – Braun; middle watch – Anne Klein
bottom watchTimex

A cross-body bag that keeps your hands free for pushing the grocery cart is always useful:
Tee – Lands’ End; pants – L.L.Bean;  
sweatshirt – Uniqlo; top bag – Patricia Nash
middle bag – Deux Lux; bottom bag – Rag & Bone

A simple, timeless bracelet might be something that you slip on literally every day, at the same time you put on your watch. A small, personal signature...
Sweater – Uniqlo; jeans – L.L.Bean
top bracelet – Luis Banda; middle bracelet – Aoy
bottom bracelet – Achara

Small earrings can be worn with anything - even shorts!
Tee – Oasis; shorts – Polo Ralph Lauren; 
top earrings – Pichaya; middle earrings – Carlos and Cynthia Rendon
bottom earrings – Priscile Canales

I'm so happy that casual canvas shoes are becoming more accepted as a legitimate leisure option. They don't have to look like you're running the marathon, either.
Tee – Uniqlo; jeans – L.L.Bean
sweatshirt - Uniqlo; top shoes – Taos
middle shoes – Josef Seibel; bottom shoes – Keds

A simple necklace with a linear feeling can be worn with everything in this wardrobe - that first necklace is a PERFECT complement to the cardigan!
Tee – L.L.Bean; jeans – L.L.Bean
cardigan – Halhuber; top necklace – Khun Boom
middle necklace – Carlos and Cynthia Rendon
bottom necklace – Sarote Lochotinunt

Don't forget the usefulness of a solid or subtly patterned scarf in your accent color - sometimes it's just the right touch of color:
Shirt – Uniqlo; pants – L.L.Bean
 top scarf – Barneys New York; middle scarf – Contileoni
bottom scarf – Faliero Sarti

Tote bags don't have to be amazingly "blinged out," nor do they have to cost the moon. They're designed to carry things, really....
Tee – Oasis; jeans – L.L.Bean
cardigan – Uniqlo; top tote – Phase 3
middle tote – Matt & Nat; bottom tote – Herschel Supply Co.

Sunglasses - ALWAYS!
sweater - Uniqlo; skort - Made for Life;
 top sunglasses – Gentle Monster; middle sunglasses – Ray-Ban;
 bottom sunglasses – Wildfox

And in the interests of being prepared for cool days, or slightly dressier activities, a pair of closed-toe shoes are useful:
3 shoe options to wear with jeans and a tunic
Tunic – Tommy Hilfiger; jeansL.L.Bean
top shoes – Dansko; middle shoes – Wolky
bottom shoes - Arche

Looking at this REALLY makes me feel like going to Ireland, or Scotland, or Maine...

16-piece travel capsule wardrobe in blue, grey and black


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  1. A great collection of accessories that would work well in so many situations and with so many combinations.

  2. A perfect "dressy/casual" collection and you have inspired me to have a blue/grey/black day myself! My Fall grey dress pants, my new bright blue Summer cardigan and black shoes & accessories.

  3. Janice,
    I feel naked without earrings. They are a must every day ! Yes, this post feels "New Englandy " , comfy , casual, yet dressed, and not scruffy. To me, distressed jeans have gotten to the point of the absurd.

    1. Janice,
      I am vertically challenged and pear shaped. How do I style a tunic without it cutting me in half ? Use the same color top and bottom as to give a column of color ?

    2. Keep the colors close - they don't have to match exactly, but they should have the same general strength or value. In this wardrobe, that would mean wearing the tunic with the grey jeans, rather than the black. The grey and the blue are both softer, while the black creates more of that contrast that you want to avoid.

    3. Sage advice, as always ! Thank you ! I have been avoiding tunics for my issues as listed in my post, but this opens me up to take another direction.

  4. I think these past two days will serve as a template for my summer into fall wardrobe. I sew. I recently bought too much fabric when one of the fabric store chains went out of business. I've collected some ideas and sewing patterns and this wardrobe will make such a wonderful guide for me! I will make a few changes, of course; I live in the south and would have warmer weather in mind, but surprisingly enough, you absolutely need layers anywhere air conditioning attempts to overcompensate for the heat and humidity.

    Question though...would you wear a scarf with a hoodie? How?

    1. Absolutely - I do it often! I just tie it around my neck, inside the hood, and either tuck it into the body of the sweatshirt, or let it hand out. Sort of like wearing a scarf with a hooded parka or trench coat. Check out the 2nd man at this link to see what I mean:


  5. Hi Janice,
    Do you think you could repeat this selection with same comfy,casual,coordinated, almost elegant, feel using warm colours? I can do my best to visualize it but it would lack your skilled touch.
    Deb from Vancouver

  6. The accessories match perfectly! I usually wear earrings and bracelet(s) everyday. Sometimes I add a watch and a necklace. Depends on the outfit. Thanks for all your hard work on our behalf!

  7. Ahhhh watches you can tell the time by, it's such a cool concept! I wonder why the watches in the magazine ads ever get bought ...
    Robyn in Tasmania

  8. I'm just de-lurking to say that I love seeing your support for canvas shoes. They've been a staple in my casual wardrobe and I smile every time I see them integrated into your wardrobes. They're more comfortable than flats for my feet