Friday, October 28, 2016

Tote Bag Travel Capsule Wardrobe in Red, Blue and White

It's always interesting to work with red, blue, and white in a capsule wardrobe - the challenge is to do justice to three colors that look great together, without ending up looking like someone's flag... The grey here, the 2 shades of red, and the 2 shades of blue, give us lots of options to avoid a very "bleu, blanc, rouge" kind of look. (unless that's what you want - I'm not going to tell you no!)


2 classic scarves in red, blue and white

For this very abbreviated little ensemble, I focused on just four colors. Introducing a spectrum of grey could give you a million options... 


2 classic scarves in red, blue and white, and a capsule wardrobe color scheme based upon the scarves

He Falls Asleep....


At the symphony. Always. Audibly...

And that's kind of a drag for her, because she LOVES it. The longest Mahler, the most repetitious theme and variations from Bach - she adores it all...

a travel outfit in navy and red

They finally realized that, for the price of HIS ticket, she could spend the night downtown...

a Tote Bag Travel plan in blue, red and white

2 outfits taken from a Tote Bag Travel plan in blue, white and red

And of course, it never occurs to him that she's going to do some holiday shopping - HIS gift, especially - while she's down there alone. He'd never give her the opportunity to buy him something, would he?

love,
Janice


A weekend travel capsule wardrobe in a blue, red, and white color palette
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16 comments:

  1. The backpack + long skirt + loafers has a very Elaine from Seinfeld vibe. Which is not a bad thing.

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    1. @Taste: you were supposed to comment: "Not that there's anything wrong with that!" ;)

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  2. Love everything about that blue silk tee.

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  3. This is so fresh, and not at all "patriotic" looking! That scarf could be the jumping off point for quite a lovely wardrobe. In fact, it would have fit beautifully in my most recent travel capsule. I went with that darker red, along with gray and some blues (and just a few black pieces) and it worked nicely. - nancyo

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  4. I love how you added the star sweater, your personal trademark. I also appreciate the "quirky style of the pleated skirt and backpack. I really like using a backpack for my onboard travel bag, it keeps my hands free.
    Deb from Vancouver

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  5. Hi Janice, welcome back! I also love the silk tee here! It would be lovely to hear from you on your packing for this trip and your exoeriences with the clothing choices as this vacation seems to be more casual from the Instagram pics. This series has been so helpful as my husband justv told me that we will be staying at the hotel for two nights iinstead of driving ncluding tonight! - for our booth presentation at a convention nearby - well 70 min drive each way. So I have short notice! I'm so happy that I have been mostly very disciplined in my purchases - sticking to my neutral and accent color choices - it will be easy to pack! Thank you soooo much for all the inspiration. Janice Collins, Washington DC

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  6. I love everything about this! I have been thinking of switching to a backpack instead of my usual tote bag. Probably not a Tumi........I love how you used the red, white, and blue without looking like the 4th of July. Very nice!

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  7. "Without looking like someone's flag....."

    Or a World Series fan ... LOL

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    1. In my neighborhood today, if you DON'T look like a Cubs fan, you stand out...
      killing the goat curse, one game at a time!
      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. It's pretty fanatical here near Cleveland, too!!

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  8. So the solution to the flag problem is to not wear the red and the blue together?

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    1. I'm not sure that I can put my finger on what keeps it from looking too "flaggy." I think avoiding all three colors together? It's like they say about pornography: "I can't define it, but know it when I see it!"
      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. The red and navy are together in the transit outfit and the outfit for the next day - maybe part of the success is no white also? - nancyo

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    3. oops, didn't see that Janice was replying at the same time as I was! - nancyo

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  9. This series has been one of my favorites. I was thinking of this pattern when I packed for an overnight getaway without children with my husband this week--in a tote bag! One favorite dress, one denim jacket, one pair of perfect grey jeans, etc. It makes things so much easier and more fun to have the appropriate clothes when you get there--but nothing more. I wore every single thing I packed.

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