Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Build a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Approaching Storm by Eugene-Louis Boudin

I hope these ladies don't have to sprint too far to escape the storm; they're not dressed for the 100 yard dash...

Approaching Storm by Eugene-Louis Boudin
Approaching Storm by Eugene-Louis Boudin

But it's a beautiful painting, and it so vividly evokes that feeling when the weather is about to turn. I was particularly drawn to the simple, neutral color scheme:

Approaching Storm by Eugene-Louis Boudin and a neutral color scheme taken from the painting

Other Things on Her Mind

She travels with a lot of gear... 

a black and white travel outfit
shirt – Lands’ End; watch – Marc Jacobs; socks – Topshop
loafers – Munro; earrings – Kate Spade; scarf – Bindya;  
jeans – L.L.Bean; cardigan – Closed; tote – Bohemia
suitcase – Tumi

Actually, she's ALWAYS carrying bags and bags of photography equipment, even if she's not traveling. Photography is what she does, and she does it well.  

adding black and white pieces to a travel capsule wardrobe
Shirt – Lands’ End; boots – Munro; scarf Emily Carter
tee – Lands’ End; sweater – Lands’ End; bracelets – 

So she decided ages ago that she was going to be very disciplined in her wardrobe. Not drab. Not boring. Just in control. For example, she wears jeans. Only jeans. If someone thinks she needs something else to wear, they're welcome to buy it for her!

adding beige and denim pieces to a travel capsule wardrobe
Cardigan – Uniqlo; blue socks – Hue; dot socks – Polo Ralph Lauren
beige & white socks – Hue; necklace – Alexis Bittar; blue jeans – L.L.Bean
tan jeans – L.L.Bean; scarf – Bindya; earrings – Gemma Collection
chambray shirt – J. Crew

And she buys clothes in 4 colors. They're plenty for her - she can always find what she needs, and she never has any trouble finding things that are interesting to wear. Interesting, and often very beautiful...

adding printed tops, and accessories, to a travel capsule wardrobe
Floral tee – Olsen; bag – Kate Spade; ring – Oona Collections;
 striped top – Hobbs; sunglasses – Ray-Ban; blouse - Equipment

When she gets to her hotel and unpacks, she's always delighted with what she sees arrayed in the armoire:

a travel capsule wardrobe in black, white, beige and denim blue

Plenty of options, and a range of different moods, based on the colors she chooses for the day:

two travel outfits based on black jeans

two travel outfits based on blue jeans

two travel outfits based on tan jeans

Do you remember how Ansel Adams dressed? Galen Rowell? Eliot Porter? Nope, she didn't think so...

Build a Travel Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Approaching Storm by Eugene-Louis Boudin
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  1. I love robin's egg blue with khaki. Love it!
    Will the earthquake affect your trip?

  2. My ideal casual/post-retirement wardrobe! I've promised myself that I'll keep a separate section in my wardrobe for 1 good suit & a dressy outfit or2 and then the rest of the time I'm dressing like this! I was never a beige person but it's been creeping in more and more lately (as long as I keep white or blue closest to my face) - in fact my one Fall clothing purchase so far is a beige cashmere cardigan.
    I would have to add a couple of pops of red though - a) because I love it and b) because it was the first colour that popped out at me from the painting. Love that painting by the way.
    PS - sad news from Italy - hope it's not the region that you are travelling to and that your friends are safe.

  3. Janice,
    I once took a a coordinated tan and blue wardrobe for a stay at my son's house, and I became incredibly bored with it by the end of the week - it felt all the same to me . But with the addition of perhaps brown, white, and a darker blue, it would have had the interest that I desired. I like how you broke down the colors here into sections, as you selected the pieces !

  4. A great casual wardrobe. Lots of jobs require wardrobes this casual and lots of people who don't work want wardrobes this professional!

  5. Oh, so lovely... I would totally add red accents though :)

  6. Oh dear, I love every piece! This could be trouble $$

  7. Feeling such sorrow this morning about the devastating earthquake in Italy and sending solace to your friends, Janice, and their friends.

  8. I would add one of those field jackets from LL Bean with all the pockets. I always notice that photographers seem to wear those to help with all their bits and pieces.......perhaps a red one?
    Deb from Vancouver

  9. I hope your friends are ok in Italy! So devastating!

    I LOVE this wardrobe! Such great combos! That painting is wonderful! I love that pop of red!

  10. This post and the one a few days ago featuring women who wear jeans have been my favorites recently. I have always loved jeans--and photography! I live in a hot, dry, and casual part of the US, and your posts have helped me figure out how to dress attractively for this area. And thanks for the encouragement to wear what makes us comfortable and happy. I grew up in the grunge era--not the most helpful decade for taste development. This year I've managed to assemble a wardrobe that looks grown up and put together but doesn't abandon the distressed and faded clothes I'm comfortable in. It's all about the colors, isn't it?

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  12. Dear Janice, I'm almost afraid to ask for news of your friends and their community. Good wishes,
    Robyn inTasmania

  13. How about coming over and helping me with my wardrobe? Just love what you pull together.

  14. This is so close to my most usual travel wardrobe - I go with a darker taupe rather than beige though. Honestly, if I had my way I would live in jeans 100% of the time! - nancyo

  15. I really like this one, the cool tones with the warmer ones.

  16. Janice, I do hope your friends ND loved ones in Italy are's devastating.

  17. If I could, I would live in jeans every day so this really appeals to me. Love the use of 4 neutrals and the way you pulled the wardrobe together in steps by using each color.