Friday, March 31, 2017

How to Wear Denim and Khaki with a Variety of Accent Colors: Start with Art - Saint Bride by John Duncan

I love this painting... What a wealth of details, and vivid colors - plus being carried across the sea by angels sounds like a most privileged (and hard-earned) way to travel!

Saint Bride by John Duncan
Saint Bride by John Duncan

The range of accent color possibilities here is pretty vast, but I narrowed us down to just four:

Saint Bride by John Duncan with style guidelines and color palette

She Really IS In Charge...


Although you might find her sitting on the floor, happily coloring with a group of 4-year-olds...

nine wardrobe Neutral Building Blocks in denim, khaki and white
sweater – L.L.Bean; cardigan – L.L.Bean; denim shirt – J. Crew; tee - Lands’ End; white shirt – Lands’ End; sweater - Simply Be; khakis – L.L.Bean; skirt - L.L.Bean; jeans - L.L.Bean

Yep, she runs that HUGE day care facility. Inspections, regulations, paper work and MORE paper work...

12 outfits from 9 wardrobe Neutral Building Blocks

12 outfits from 9 wardrobe Neutral Building Blocks

If she's going to have time for the fun stuff, she's got to be meticulously organized:

9 wardrobe Neutral Building Blocks in a 4 by 4 Wardrobe template

Because she's ALL about the fun, especially when there are little children involved!

7 wardrobe accent pieces in peach, pink, green, and florals
sweatshirt – Gant; cardigan – White Stuff; green tee– Hallhuber; sleeveless blouses - Uniqlo; skirt - Michael Kors; pants - Topshop

Happily, it's all fun for her - changing diapers, cleaning up behind messy toddlers - she enjoys it all, because it's all part of taking care of her most beloved charges.

a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in denim and khaki, with cheery floral accents

She's not opposed to getting into the sandbox, if the situation requires...

a dozen outfits from a 4 by 4 Wardrobe anchored in denim and khaki

She'll even lay down for a nap, if it's a good way to get a group settled. After all, there's chocolate milk when you get up!

a dozen outfits from a 4 by 4 Wardrobe anchored in denim and khaki

She'll never get rich doing this, but she considers herself to already BE rich - she gets paid in hugs from tiny, sticky arms wrapped tightly around her neck! (or her legs, or whatever part of her they can reach - they're very indiscriminate with their affections...)

love,
Janice

How to Wear Denim and Khaki with a Variety of Accent Colors: Start with Art - Saint Bride by John Duncan
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10 comments:

  1. This capsule shows a lot of cohesion and flexibility. For me, I'd cool down the green to a slate green and then I'd have a perfect blend of my colors.

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  2. My sis was a kindergarten teacher for 30 years. Everything in her daily wardrobe had to be: extremely washable (all those sticky fingers) and easy to bend down or sit on the ground. I think she'd like this capsule. Luckily for her, by that age, everyone is toilet trained (mostly, accidents happen).

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  3. Janice,
    I was thinking how perfect those multicolored pants would be for little sticky fingers ! I am out of state, as of this post, and I used the denim, beige, plus brown, format for my packed neutrals , adding red and teal as accent colors. Thanks for the inspiration !

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  4. That painting is SO gorgeous!!! And the story here-- with the outfits!-- is just charming.

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  5. It's been really fun to see the basic wardrobe rounded out in different ways for different color ways.

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  6. I'd love to see an out-of-the-sandbox glam wardrobe inspired by this painting's sumptuously gilded and flowing patterns...

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    1. Sometime when I'm in the mood to completely abandon reality and just indulge in some gorgeous garments (maybe when the fall things come back?) I'm going to do just that; this painting deserves to be revisited!
      hugs
      Janice

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    2. Yes! This painting can be interpreted sartorially in so many ways! I love this capsule, though, and your heroine sounds like a lovely, warm person. - nancyo

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    3. I look forward to the reality-abandoned, flying-over-the-sea, gorgeous version, Janice!

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  7. That painting is beautiful! Another charming heroine too! This denim and khaki study has been very versatile! Lots of options! Thank you Janice!

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