Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art Part 2: Cow's Skull: Red White and Blue by Georgia O'Keeffe

She's a medical examiner, and she's got her own, very deliberate, way of doing things! When we saw her at the class reunion, this was what she had with her:



Capsule wardrobe in a black, white, red, and blue color palette, inspired by art: Cow's Skull: Red White and Blue by Georgia O'Keeffe

cardigan – J. Crew; necklace – Swarovski; ring - Armenta;
earrings – Alexis Bittar; scarf – Image Diary; bracelet – Alexis Bittar;
scarf – Etro; watch – Movado; sweater – L.L.Bean; black and white tee –
Rag & Bone; blue tee – The Mercer N.Y.; dress – Lands’ End; jeans – L.L.Bean;
pants – L.L.Bean; skirt – Lands’ End; handbag – Lautem; pumps – Cole Haan;
boots – Munro; flats – Vaneli; tote – Orciani

This is the unifying style inspiration that she uses for her appearance and image; not for just anyone, I'd say!
Capsule wardrobe in a black, white, red, and blue color palette, inspired by art: Cow's Skull: Red White and Blue by Georgia O'Keeffe

Now, she's preparing for an interesting vacation. She's agreed to go with him on his lengthy business trip, even though they don't know each other all that well...

Capsule wardrobe in a black, white, red, and blue color palette, inspired by art: Cow's Skull: Red White and Blue by Georgia O'Keeffe
Velvet jacket – Forte Forte; scarf – Marc Jacobs; earrings – Betsey Johnson
print top – Diane von Furstenberg; red silk top – Diane von Furstenberg
black silk tee – Frame; lace-trim top – DKNY; velvet pants – Unique;  
dress Diane von Furstenberg; clutch – Louise et Cie; pumps Nina
red cardigan – Uniqlo

The promise of 10 days in a new city is compelling, and the idea of having 8 or 10 dinner dates with him is... sufficiently intriguing that she's willing to give it a try!

Capsule wardrobe in a black, white, red, and blue color palette, inspired by art: Cow's Skull: Red White and Blue by Georgia O'Keeffe

She packs meticulously, as would be expected. Because it's vacation, and because it might be romantic, she includes lots of velvet, and silk, and a touch of very non-frilly lace:
Capsule wardrobe in a black, white, red, and blue color palette, inspired by art: Cow's Skull: Red White and Blue by Georgia O'Keeffe

She's got a range of dressy options, from a blue that could be interpreted as... cooling...

Capsule wardrobe in a black, white, red, and blue color palette, inspired by art: Cow's Skull: Red White and Blue by Georgia O'Keeffe

Capsule wardrobe in a black, white, red, and blue color palette, inspired by art: Cow's Skull: Red White and Blue by Georgia O'Keeffe

To just a touch of red, which might be worn if she wants to heat things up!

Capsule wardrobe in a black, white, red, and blue color palette, inspired by art: Cow's Skull: Red White and Blue by Georgia O'Keeffe

Capsule wardrobe in a black, white, red, and blue color palette, inspired by art: Cow's Skull: Red White and Blue by Georgia O'Keeffe

Of course, if things go really well, it won't matter WHAT she's wearing! And if things go badly, she has her own hotel room, and she's holding her own return ticket....

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, eh?

love,
Janice


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Capsule wardrobe in a black, white, red, and blue color palette, inspired by art: Cow's Skull: Red White and Blue by Georgia O'Keeffe
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16 comments:

  1. It's fascinating all the different components that can work together to capture a mood.This wardrobe fits well with the woman for whom it has been created- very formal , very austere, very composed. Would you be interested in developing a wardrobe for someone who sits at the other end of the personality spectrum, but stick with the colour combination you have used here? Jazz

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  2. Great dress, and her life style is not all bad either. :)) ~ Cornelia

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  3. Janice,
    I love how you have recreated the lines and feeling of the skull in two of the tops -- the one with lace, and the dark background with the white streaks by Diane Von Furstenberg ! The majority of dark colors also create a mood that reflects the starkness of the skull. While these are not my colors , or lack thereof, I can see how easy this scheme would be for packing and subsequent wearing ! I need to translate this into browns.

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    1. Thanks for noticing that - I was thrilled to find those 2 pieces!
      hugs,
      Janice

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  4. Only a medical examiner would choose a red button-up cardigan to heat things up. :)

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    1. It's not the buttons that are buttoned that count - it's the button that are open...

      hugs,
      Janice

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  5. Love this color scheme! Excellent job matching the inspiration piece! That backless top is BRAVE!! I really like the velvet jacket too. Such a great texture.

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  6. Oh be still my heart. Our heroine may seem tough but she knows how to take risks, with caution and then abandon. Do you also write those short steamy books on the side? The clothes and accessories are perfection.
    Deb from Vancouver

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    1. In complete agreement
      Robyn in Tasmania

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    2. I haven't, but I could....
      pondering...
      Janice

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    3. I fourth this. This is the second character story where I've been intrigued by the possibility of a steamy story...and really, all your characters are so well drawn.

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  7. Not that we compare but this is one of your genius posts! So often women or retailers present a very nautical/American flag red-white-blue, a cliché and completely uninteresting. But this! Sophisticated and wearable, and far more original.

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  8. I love this set of outfits; and the story. Maybe because I'm medical?

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  9. I love this set of outfits; and the story. Maybe because I'm medical?

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