Monday, July 25, 2016

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe of Accessories 1 at a Time: Brown, Khaki and Pink

She was enjoying the shopping...

Of course, she had to start with shoes. There are women in the world who don't need shoes, but that's not the general rule. So she started with something in her favorite dark chocolate brown:

Shirt – Lands’ End; pants – Lands’ End; sweater – Uniqlo;
 scarf – Givenchy; top shoes – OluKai
boots – Pikolinos; bottom shoes – Born

She couldn't WAIT to get some earrings - she'd been wearing demure, tiny studs for years, and she wanted something more fun. And something PINK!

Tee – L.L.Bean; pants – Lands’ End; sweaterUniqlo; 
 top earrings – Charriol; middle earrings – Matta
bottom earrings – Latelita London

And a scarf, too! While she had been able to wear smaller, more traditionally patterned scarves for her job, she had never been able to just bust out with some big swishy piece of gorgeousness. And MORE PINK!

Tee – L.L.Bean; pants – Lands’ End; cardigan – L.L.Bean
 top scarf – Nordstrom; middle scarf - Givenchy
 bottom scarf – Bottega Veneta

She wanted a new watch, too. She had been wearing a very lovely, small watch for work, and while she wasn't going to get rid of it, she really was looking forward to a leather band, and a great big round face that she could actually see...

Shirt – Lands’ End; Pants – L.L.Bean; sweaterUniqlo; 
 top watch –  Movado; middle watch – MVMT
bottom watch – Skagen

She has never, ever, worn a bracelet to work; it would bang against the desktop, and that would be a big "no-no." But now, she was longing for something in a natural material, with a warm, organic feel to it!

Top – Dorothy Perkins; pants – L.L.Bean
top braceletTiffany & Co.; middle bracelet – Sumalee Nawakul;  
bottom bracelets – Gorjana

Heck YES she's getting some pink shoes! Who wouldn't?

Tee – L.L.Bean; pants – Lands’ End; cardigan – Uniqlo
 top shoes – Sam Edelman; middle shoes – Steve Madden
bottom shoes - Keds

One day she was heading out the door to run errands, and she reached down without thinking and picked up her briefcase. And promptly put it BACK DOWN, emptied it out, and put it in the stack of things to be donated. WHO wants their briefcase, after they've retired?

Top – Dorothy Perkins; jeans – J. Crew
 top tote – SoleSociety; middle tote – Longchamp
bottom tote – Lodis

There's really nothing more flattering than pink earrings, is there?

Top – L.L.Bean; jeans – J. Crew
 top earrings – Saranarat; middle earrings – Nocturne
bottom earrings – Maha Lozi

For some reason, it seems like she was seeing beautiful pink scarves everywhere she looked. Well, woman does not live by 1 scarf alone... At least not THIS woman!

Blouse – Lands’ End; pants – Lands’ End;  
top scarf –  Hermès Voyage en Etoffes; middle scarf – Gucci
bottom scarf – Max Mara

The only thing that might be MORE of a departure from her work life than pink shoes might be GOLD shoes! But they go with pretty much any warm-toned outfit, so they're REALLY very practical...

Blouse – Lands’ End; pants – L.L.Bean
top shoes – Vince Camuto; middle shoes – Topshop
bottom shoes – The Flexx

She's not going to get rid of her pearls - they've stood her in good stead for decades, and they're still very lovely. But she wants to bust out into something completely different - how about a pendant that looks like a piece of chocolate candy?

Top – European Culture; pants – L.L.Bean;  
top pendant – Sence Copenhagen; middle pendant – Melis Goral
bottom pendant – Tadam!

New sunglasses will come in handy - and this time, they're going to be PINK TOO!!!! (she's really losing her head, just a bit, over her new love for all things pink...)

Tee – L.L.Bean; pants – L.L.Bean; cardigan – Fabiana Filippi; 
top sunglasses – Kate Spade; middle sunglasses – Burberry
bottom sunglasses – Vince Camuto

While her new tote bag is tremendously useful, she realized a few weeks later that a smaller bag, also in brown, was pretty important. How nice to buy a color that you really love...

Top – European Culture; skirt – L.L.Bean;
 top bag – Roque Bags; middle bag – N’DamusLondon
bottom bag - Baggallini

And finally, a scarf in shades of brown just makes her happy:

Blouse – Twin-Set; skirtL.L.Bean
top scarf – Arte Cashmere; middle scarf – Mandkhai
bottom scarf – Gianfranco Ferre

Her new wardrobe please her, right down to her (pink polished) toes! While her work wardrobe had been an accurate, and very practical, reflection of her position and her achievements, this wardrobe reflect the "inner" her - colors of chocolate, caramel, whipped cream, strawberry filling in the chocolates.... 

Maybe a part-time job in a lovely chocolate shop is in her future?


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  1. Some beautiful options here. I can see her feeling tempted to purchase more than one of each.

  2. On Friday, when you presented this wardrobe, I said it looked like my sister-in-law. Well, you're getting eerily close--did you peek in her closet?--because I see a bunch of her signatures here! Brown Longchamp bag! The scarves! The bracelets! The dangling earrings! Or maybe it's just confirmation that these are real-woman solutions.

  3. Love it! It just looks so lovely - and yes - I love the pink shoes!!

  4. YAY Team Pink Sneakers!! But the gold loafers -- SWOON!!!

  5. "Big swishy piece of gorgeousness"... I LOVE that phrase!!!!!!

  6. I have always wanted to be a big swishy piece of gorgeousness but will settle on wearing Some. Pretty please can I ask for a coat, raincoat and hat plus a dress for this happy woman in the next phase of her life?
    Deb from Vancouver

    1. Yes please: a coat, raincoat, and a rain hat for Lizette in Calgary :)

  7. I loved the Gorjana bracelets so much I just went and bought some! Thanks for the inspiration, Janice!

  8. Love the pink sunglasses! I've been slowly adding pink to my summer wardrobe and can't believe how often I find myself reaching for my pink Keds. The color combo here is yummy. Can you do a companion group of 16 that includes burgundy and maybe a shade of olive to transition it into fall/winter?

  9. Accessories for fun! Yay!!!
    Me, I'm hankering for the gold-leaf choccie pendant, and yes swooning over the gold shoes too. What a big swishy piece of gorgeousness ...
    Robyn in Tasmania

  10. Now I'm hungry! LOL! Love your story and descriptions! Yummy! Love all of the brown bracelets and those gold flats!! Great accessories!! Certainly a big swishy piece of gorgeousness! :) :)

  11. All of it is lovely, but that rose quartz necklace...unbelievable!

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