Wednesday, August 31, 2016

One Navy Dress in a Capsule Wardrobe: 14 Ways to Wear it With Brights

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
necklaceJane 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; cardiganJ.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 is 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

One Navy Dress in a Capsule Wardrobe: 14 Ways to Wear it With Bright Colors
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21 comments:

  1. I love that deep purple. And the coral and orange speak to me as well. Kind of opposites, but so pretty.

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    1. Well, they share a root in red as the "primary" color, and they're both very intense... I think it makes sense!
      hugs,
      Janice

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  2. Don't the matching shoes really anchor the main colour? I noticed that some of these panels used the navy twice with the 3 accessories each sharing the accent colour while others also included the navy in one of the the accessories as well giving a 3 by 3 effect. It certainly gives a very polished look.

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    1. Sometimes I went with what I could find (that didn't come from a sweatshop, wasn't photographed only on models, and didn't cost the EARTH..), and sometimes I went with what looked best to my eye. There weren't real rules - I wish there had been! But the matching shoes made this exercise MUCH easier... Studying how things turn out is endlessly interesting and fruitful, isn't it? Even when I've done it myself, I see things when I look at it again!
      hugs,
      Janice

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  3. From Margie in Toronto - I am loving this navy dress and all the colour variations - I don't think there's one colour that I wouldn't wear! My Talbots cardigans are very similar to the J Crew ones (going to check out J Crew this year) and it's a fine line - I tend to buy 2 or 3 new sweaters at the start of the season and then gamble and wait for the sales for any additions. I've been doing the same with the Lord & Taylor cashmere sweaters that I've also come to love - buy the 1 or 2 colours that I either "need" or just "love" and then wait for the sales. Sometimes it works and sometimes I'm disappointed - but you can't have everything. It's still too hot here to think about Fall/Winter clothes but I'm anxious to start sorting through my things - I think my main gap area is in some accessories so I'm looking forward to more posts about these.

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    1. "Balance in all things" is my motto; I could just shop until I fell over, but that's wasteful and not particularly thrifty... So your system sounds just right!
      hugs,
      Janice

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  4. This is a fabulous series on color and how a core neutral item earns it place in your wardrobe. Would you consider doing a post like the one you did in October 2012 for A Femme d'un Certain Age, where you explored the possibilities of wearing ONE DRESS every month of the year? This dress would be perfect to showcase some of the many possibilities.

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    1. Maybe, just to change things up, I'll do that series again and use a column of simple tee and pants? I LOVE the idea of being able to wear things all year - sort of the ultimately smart way to dress!
      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. A column of all year T and pants would be great. I'd love to see it with all the accessories. I love dresses but my reality is that I wear solid colored jeans and T shirts more often.

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  5. Purple Purple Purple Purple Purple xoxoxox

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    1. I'm with you Scottie! And what about that pretty Liberty scarf, eh. Wouldn't that be nice ...
      Robyn in Tasmania

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  6. The third piece makes all the difference, doesn't it? Theresa

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    1. You know, I learned that from doing jigsaw puzzles of famous paintings! I'd look at all of the pieces and thing "well, I'll grab all of those pieces with red (for example) in them, and put them together first." Okay, but it turns out that red actually appears THREE times in the painting - the accent color almost NEVER appears just once, and rarely appears twice. Three just seems to be more balanced...
      The things you can learn in life, eh?
      hugs,
      Janice

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  7. Wearing a navy pencil skirt today with a turquoise linen sweater, but for got about the third piece rule as I was in a hurry. Must do better! :)) I love this series.

    Cornelia

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    1. Dearest Cornelia - I'm sure you're lovely! There are no rules, just... guidelines! At the end of the day, the most important thing needed to be lovely is a smile and a warm, loving heart, and you've got that by the bucket-full!
      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. We also often forget that we are the third piece...our hair, eyes and smile!!!
      Deb from Vancouver

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    Brittany
    Los Angeles

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  11. Interesting. Your instructions look clear but I'm not very good at this so I hope this will work well for me. Thanks for the tips!

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