Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I always intended to do 3 posts with this dress, yesterday's pastels, today's bright colors, and on Friday I'm going to look at some muted shades... (tomorrow is the first of the month - time to revisit those "1 Outfit per Month" wardrobes!) So today, I changed the shoes, but kept to the same general theme of working through a range of colors.

(These seven images look really great together on my computer; I don't often notice this, but I've got this lovely rainbow running down the side of my desktop right now...)

The color spectrum isn't quite the same as yesterday, but I still worked my way around the color wheel. Doing this ensures that I don't miss any possibilities; it's something to consider when you're looking for just the right color for something...

Just a note about this second cardigan: it's shown here FIVE times among the 14 outfits shown! The range of colors offered is pretty amazing, and I can personally vouch that it's quite a nice sweater... Sometimes, I just simply find things that work well (both on The Vivienne Files, and in real life) and I try to be loyal.

2 ways to wear a navy dress with hot pink accessories
Dress – Lands’ End
earrings – Suzanne Kalan; scarf – Brooks Brothers
cardigan – J.Crew; pumps – Trotters
scarf – Liberty London; earrings – Hueb
cardigan – J.Crew;  flats – SoftWalk

The ballet flats? Well, they're available in about a DOZEN color combinations, including a black and white that just screams out to me...

2 ways to wear a navy dress with red accessories
Dress – Lands’ End
earrings – Miss High & Low; cardigan – Jardin des Orangers
clutch – Neiman Marcus; pumps – Trotters
earrings – Juvi; scarf – Givenchy
cardigan – L.L.Bean;  flats – SoftWalk

I am using this scarf pretty frequently, right now, but what's not to love? The colors are unusual, but SO perfect together...

2 ways to wear a navy dress with coral or orange accessories
Dress – Lands’ End
necklace – Jane Bohan; cardigan – J.Crew
bag – N’Damus London; pumps – Trotters
cardigan – Jardin des Orangers; earrings -  Bloomingdale’s
scarf – Hermès Under the Waves; flats – SoftWalk

When you're dressing for special occasions, there's no rule that says your jewelry MUST be all "real" stones, nor that your handbag can't be... vintage... It really isn't anybody's business, and if you look lovely, (and feel lovely!), that's all that matters...

2 ways to wear a navy dress with yellow accessories
Dress – Lands’ End
earrings – Journee Collection; jacket – Carven
bag – Jil Sander; pumps – Trotters
scarf – Mary Katrantzou; cardigan – J.Crew
bracelet – French Connection; flats – SoftWalk

Some jewelry is very expensive; some is not. You don't always know unless you check, or someone tells you.. I rather enjoy the juxtaposition of a range of items - it keeps everyone (who cares about these things!) guessing.

If you're looking for an accessory in a particular color, cast your net WIDE. There are tons of retailers (and designers) in the world that you've never seen; your chances of finding really fun, perfect-for-you things are greater if you don't assume that a store or website is "off-limits" for you. Even most of the really expensive places have amazing sales...

2 ways to wear a navy dress with green accessories
Dress – Lands’ End
cardigan – J.Crew; pumps – Trotters
cardigan – J. Crew; earrings – Savvy Cie
 necklace – Zad Fashion Inc.; flats – SoftWalk

They're both blue, but WOW are they different! And then you put a blue dress with them... 

2 ways to wear a navy dress with royal blue or turquoise accessories
Dress – Lands’ End
necklace – Amrita Singh; bracelet – Shashi
cardigan – J.Crew; pumps – Trotters
cardigan – Miu Miu; earrings – Wild Hearts
scarf - Ganz; flats – SoftWalk

Purple is HARD to find these days - if you love it, grab things when you see them. There are times when waiting for a sale might not be the best idea. (now, if we only had an oracle to tell us when things will go on sale, and when they're going to sell out in the first week!)

That said, Talbots has some gorgeous purple stuff right now...

2 ways to wear a navy dress with purple accessories
Dress – Lands’ End
cardigan – Pure Collection; scarf – Cityzen by Azin
clutch – Oscar de la Renta; pumps – Trotters
cardigan – Ralph Lauren Purple Label; earrings – Roberto Coin
necklace - Talbots; flats – SoftWalk

love,
Janice

For more in the One Navy Dress series, check out the following articles:

One Navy Dress in a Capsule Wardrobe: 14 Ways to Wear it With Bright Colors
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

This is a great dress - it appears to be fairly trimly cut until it reaches the hips, and then swish!

14 ways to wear a simple navy dress in a capsule wardrobe
Dress – Lands’ End (just a little bit similar, but a great dress, here)

I took a little bit different approach to this dress - I found simple, classic navy shoes that I've included with all of the pastel colors. And there's a pretty straightforward formula for these - I looked for scarves, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and bags in the accent color, and then chose the pieces that I liked the most! My criteria were pretty much that the accessories should be as close in color to the cardigan as reasonably possible, and that they share a feeling or aesthetic. (that last part is hard to define, but I know what I like when I see it!)

Two ways to wear a navy dress with pale pink
Dress – Lands’ End; earrings – Amour (similar here); scarf – Kate Spade; cardigan – Lands’ End; pumps – Sőfft; scarf – Blumarine (similar here); earrings – Judith Ripka; cardigan – Lucien Pellat-Finet (similar here); flats – Naturalizer

This is an obvious color scheme, if you spend a lot of time studying the color wheel!

Two ways to wear a navy dress with peach
Dress – Lands’ End; necklace – Puck Wanderlust; cardigan – MaxMara Studio (similar here); bracelet – Vera Bradley (similar here); pumps – Sőfft; cardigan – L.L.Bean (similar color here); earrings - TJMaxx (similar color here); scarf – Bibi Herron (similar here); flats – Naturalizer

If you find a yellow cardigan or jacket that appeals to you, GRAB IT; yellow is terribly difficult to find...

Two ways to wear a navy dress with light yellow
Dress – Lands’ End; earrings – Amour; jacket – Damsel in a Dress (similar color here); wrap – Ermanno Scervino (similar here); pumps – Sőfft; cardigan – Vintage 55 (similar here); scarf – Helen Ruth; bracelet – Bourbon and Boweties (similar color here); flats – Naturalizer

While this first green isn't exactly a pastel, I wasn't going to pass up this combination!

Two ways to wear a navy dress with light green
Dress – Lands’ End; earrings – Alexis Bittar (similar here); scarf – Hermes Under the Waves; cardigan – Jardin des Orangers (similar here); pumps – Sőfft; necklace – Lionette by Noa Sade (similar here); cardigan – Classic (similar here); bracelet – Sydney Evans; flats – Naturalizer

I just think this is pretty. Sometimes, pretty is enough.

Two ways to wear a navy dress with light blue
Dress – Lands’ End; necklace – The Limited (similar here); bracelet – Komang Wijayana (similar here); cardigan – Eileen Fisher (similar here); pumps – Sőfft; cardigan – L.L.Bean; earrings – TJMaxx (similar color here); scarf – J. McLaughlin (similar here); flats – Naturalizer

There are beautiful lavender/lilac garments in the world, if you look long enough! The subtle richness of these colors looks beautiful with navy:

Two ways to wear a navy dress with lavender purple
Dress – Lands’ End; cardigan – L.L.Bean (similar here); bracelet – Poppy Jewellery; clutch – Menbur (similar here); pumps – Sőfft; cardigan – Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti (similar here); earrings – Ila; scarf – Chico’s (similar colors here); flats – Naturalizer

Yes, I know that grey isn't technically a pastel color, by some definitions. But it's soft, it looks great with navy, and if I include it here, I get the "14 different ways to wear a dress" that is fast becoming a Vivienne Files tradition!

Two ways to wear a navy dress with grey accessories
Dress – Lands’ End; earrings – Arya and Ardi; cardigan – Lands’ End; bracelet – Kenneth Jay Lane (similar here); pumps – Sőfft; cardigan – Phase Eight (similar here); earrings – Matsu Jewellery; scarf – Vince Camuto (similar here); flats – Naturalizer

love,
Janice

For more in the One Navy Dress series, check out the following articles:

One Navy Dress in a Capsule Wardrobe: 14 Ways to Wear it With Pastels
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Monday, August 29, 2016

Durer was, unquestionably, a genius:


Wing of a European Roller by Albrecht Durer
Wing of a European Roller by Albrecht Durer

There are only about a TON of colors here (yes, ton is not a number, but you know what I mean...). I actually went back to the Internet to look at photographs of the actual bird in order to get a sense of what they really look like!

Wing of a European Roller by Albrecht Durer along with a color scheme drawn from the image

Uncompromising


She knew that she had some... difficult... preferences.

A travel capsule wardrobe in black, blue, and brown inspired by Art: Wing of a European Roller by Albrecht Durer
shirt – Lands’ End; earrings – Aurélie Bidermann; boots – Frye
scarf – Etro; jeans – L.L.Bean; cardigan – J.Crew
watch – Nixon; tote – Allsaints; suitcase – Bric’s

Even though her wardrobe is largely black and white, she prefers brown leather. She doesn't care if anyone else thinks it's a good idea...

A travel capsule wardrobe in black, blue, and brown inspired by Art: Wing of a European Roller by Albrecht Durer
Shirt – Lands’ End; loafers – Cole Haan; bracelet – RED Valentino;  
scarf – Bibi Herron; tee – Lands’ End; cardigan – J. Crew Factory

Her favorite accent colors are two different shades of blue, which don't particularly work together. Her friends tell her that it isn't very efficient to stick so stubbornly to both colors...

A travel capsule wardrobe in black, blue, and brown inspired by Art: Wing of a European Roller by Albrecht Durer
Cardigan – L.L.Bean; scarf – Christian Lacroix; sweat skirt – Uniqlo
necklace – Armenta; corduroy pants – L.L.Bean; earrings – Lagos
tee – L.L.Bean

She's been known to wear both silver AND gold jewelry. Sometimes she wears them AT THE SAME TIME. Shocking...

A travel capsule wardrobe in black, blue, and brown inspired by Art: Wing of a European Roller by Albrecht Durer
Feather top – Noa Noa; bag – Patricia Nash; bracelet – GAS Bijoux
sleeveless top – J. Crew; sunglasses – Westward Leaning; tee L.L.Bean

A travel capsule wardrobe in black, blue, and brown inspired by Art: Wing of a European Roller by Albrecht Durer

A travel capsule wardrobe in black, blue, and brown inspired by Art: Wing of a European Roller by Albrecht Durer

A travel capsule wardrobe in black, blue, and brown inspired by Art: Wing of a European Roller by Albrecht Durer

A travel capsule wardrobe in black, blue, and brown inspired by Art: Wing of a European Roller by Albrecht Durer

Her friends need to realize that the "Fashion Police" don't really exist...

love,
Janice
Build a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Wing of a European Roller by Albrecht Durer
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Friday, August 26, 2016

I could wear this dress a lot...


a perfect dark grey shirtdress
Dress – Humanoid

At its most basic, you can approach this dress with simple metallic silver accessories, or you can combine silver and shades of grey:


how to accessorize a grey shirtdress: silver, or black, white and grey
Dress – Humanoid
earrings – Gianluca Anzani; bag – Ina Kent; flats – Balenciaga
earrings – Madewell; scarf – BP.; quilted flats – Munro

I love the contrast between the deep, cool color of this dress and the equally strong, but warm shades of camel or caramel. Mixing warm and cool colors isn't off-limits, if you balance the strength or intensity of the colors.

How to accessorize a grey dress with camel or caramel
Dress – Humanoid;  
earrings – Shlomit Ofir; bracelet – Carlos Munoz;  
cardigan – Dorothy Perkins; loafers – UGG
second cardigan – J. Crew Factory; earrings – Ice.com
amber bracelet – Ice.com; boots – Sam Edelman

Truly, I don't think there's a color in the world that doesn't look good with navy. I particularly like the subtle contrast between these 2 dark colors...

How to accessorize a dark grey dress with navy
Dress – Humanoid
earrings – John Wind; field jacket – L.L.Bean; boots – Aquatalia
scarf – Marks and Spencer; cardigan – L.L.Bean; earringsNarinee
infinity scarf – Dorothy Perkins; pumps – Sőfft

Back in the '80s, there was an approach to dressing that encouraged you to find your best lipstick and blush colors, and the to find clothes that matched those colors. Not bad advice...

How to accessorize a grey dress with bright red or deeper burgundy
DressHumanoid
necklace – Dorothy Perkins; cardigan – J. Crew
pumps – Sole Society; shoulder bag – Fossil
cardigan Lands’ End; necklace – Vanessa Mooney;  
bag – Kendall + Kylie; flats Isolá

Shades of green are terribly hard to find, so when you get your hands on your "accessory family" in green, make sure to try them out with everything you own. I think this worked well:

How to accessorize a grey dress with shades of olive green
Dress – Humanoid
earrings – New York & Co.; field jacketL.L.Bean
scarf – Idea Plus; flats – Dr. Scholl’s
cardigan – Uniqlo; earrings – Majorica
scarf – Faliero Sarti; flats – Trotters

Sometimes, there's nothing easier than just wearing a simple column of one color. I'm particularly smitten with this print cardigan - it has just enough interest to it, without making the ensemble at all difficult to wear.

How to accessorize a grey dress with shades of grey accessories
Dress – Humanoid
earrings – Judith Ripka; bracelet – Nialaya
cardigan – Uniqlo; flats – Naturalizer; bag – Ina Kent
cardigan – Anrealage; earrings – Givenchy; bracelet – Givenchy
bag – Ina Kent; pumps – Hispanitas

And dark grey is an excellent base upon which to work some magic with really strong secondary colors. I love this mustard yellow... (and yes, this is the SAME cardigan, just in 2 different colors...) Oh, and I feel like BOTH scarves would look good with the mustard cardigan; what do you think?

 
How to accessorize a grey dress with vivid tones of mustard or teal
Dress – Humanoid
 scarf – Hermès Cavaliers du Caucase; cardigan – J. Crew;  
bracelet – Dsquared2; boots – Bella Vita
 cardigan – J. Crew; bracelets – Nest
scarf – Mantero; flats – Sam Edelman

I'm also daydreaming about a lighter grey dress, with muted pastel accessories...

love,
Janice

One Dark Grey Dress in a Capsule Wardrobe: 14 Ways to Wear It
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