Friday, February 24, 2017

How to Accessorize A Capsule Wardrobe with Lots of Denim? Let's see...

One last really fun visit to this Salvador Dali painting, and the wardrobes inspired by his color choices:

Head of a Woman by Salvador Dali, with style notes and color palette

The original wardrobe was for a woman who spent a great deal of time in fields and forests; today's heroine spends her time at the shore! Waterproof footwear, nylon bags, shell-inspired jewelry... Nobody but you might notice that you're consistent in your choices, but you will ALWAYS feel like yourself if the water is your second home!

A grey and denim blue outfit, with a choice of waterproof boots

Small earrings don't have to be boring, nor predictable:

grey outfit, with a choice of seashell-inspired stud earrings

If you're going to spend a lot of time near water, a water-resistant backpack is very useful...

shorts and a pink tee, with a choice of water-resistant nylon backpacks

Sunglasses, ALWAYS.

A pink and grey outfit with a selection of pastel sunglasses.

Yes, no matter how casual you are, you can always wear a scarf! Scarves don't HAVE to cost a fortune, but if you happen to love a scarf, WEAR IT, and let the chips fall where they may. Accessories are not meant to lay in a drawer waiting for the "right" occasion...

a grey and denim blue outfit, with three possible scarves

I'm mostly grown-up, but I still have a weird weakness for lockets! (I have nothing to hide in one, but no matter...)

And that bottom locket also looks a bit like a ballerina...

a grey and denim outfit with three choices of silver necklace

Water shoes! If you want to really enjoy being near water, it's important to be able to relax and not worry about your footwear, I say!

shorts and a pastel tee, with three choices of water shoes

If you like water, pearls and pearly-finished metals might appeal...

pink tee and denim shorts, with three possible pairs of silver earrings

Speaking as someone who had a potentially pre-cancerous critter hacked off of my scalp last month (resulting in a MASSIVE hair cut...), I'm strongly in favor of hats for all of us who spend time outdoors... Don't sacrifice a foot of curly hair to your dermatologist, no matter how cute he is!

a denim, tee shirt and cashmere cardigan outfit with a choice of denim hats

Water sandals... Sense a theme?

cashmere hoodie, print tee and denim skirt with a choice of water sandals

Generally speaking, most of us need to carry at least SOME essentials with us. If you're going to be outdoors, a durable nylon cross-body bag just makes sense.

jeans and a sweater, with a choice of nylon cross-body bags

And finally, if you're REALLY going to hang out near the shore, it just might rain... Being prepared was never so much fun!

a floral sweatshirt and denim shorts, with a choice of fun printed umbrellas

If I had to start from scratch, this wardrobe might be just the ticket...

sixteen piece travel capsule wardrobe in grey, denim blue and pink


More from the Salvador Dali, "Head of a Woman" series:

How to Accessorize a travel capsule wardrobe with lots of denim
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  1. I love that umbrella with the Magritte-style clouds inside!

  2. Such a fun post!

  3. Janice,
    I adore the forest and cloud umbrellas -- how much fun !

  4. What a CUTE wardrobe and also inspiring as I would love her lifestyle by the sea. I agree with you, Janice. If I had to start from scratch this would be such delight. I would only substitute the shorts for longer pants. I'm loving the Dali painting the more I look at it. and that cute denim hat with the fringe, and the JC Penny denim nylon purse, and the umbrellas, the two Ojai shirts, the earrings!! and and and - so many great Ideas here. I shall bookmark this one as I'm thinking of purchasing several of these lovelies. Thank you again! Janice Collins Washington DC

  5. How fun to have the print INSIDE the umbrella to enjoy on a rainy day! With April showers right around the corner, you've inspired me to retire my old black standby to find an umbrella that make my smile every time it rains.

  6. Speaking as someone who spends most of her free time either in the woods or by the water, HUZZAH!!! BTW, I highly recommend Baggallini bags. They are pretty much indestructible and clean up with just a swipe of a wet cloth.

  7. I love that your wardrobes are so practical. So many fashion blogs show items that I would never fit into my lifestyle, but yours are so lovely and wearable! I especially love this one!

  8. Am so in love with pink cashmere sweathshirt - in my LL Bean wishlist :-)

  9. Sorry to hear about your hair, but glad that you are (hopefully?) clear of any nasty critters! I fully expect to see a lot more hats in your upcoming wardrobes.

  10. Hmmm, I may need to add the Gentle Monster glasses and that lovely St. John's scarf to my denim wardrobe.

  11. Love denim...and cannot imagine life without great jeans!

  12. I love this post, but especially want to say I am sorry about the unwanted haircut and the reason for it, and hope you are well. Been a big fan of your blog for ages and sent other people to it too! Thanks for the hat reminder too.