Monday, October 23, 2017

EXPANDED Start with Art: Bouquet des Fleurs in the style of Jan van Huysum

Quite a few people wanted to see what I would do to expand last Thursday's travel wardrobe, based on a beautiful floral painting...

Bouquet des Fleurs in the style of Jan van Huysum with style guidelines and expanded color palette

I enlarged the color palette to include the softer shades of pink, all of the possibilities in green, and the various shades of blue...

This was the wardrobe that we had for the original travel wardrobe:

travel capsule wardrobe in navy, burgundy and white
lace blouse – Vilshenko; navy sweater – N.Peal; jacket – Stella McCartney; scarf – Brooks Brothers; sapphire earrings – Kevia; ring - The RealReal; earrings – Carousel Jewels; lace top – Dorothy Perkins; shoulder bag – Catherine & Jean; floral blouse – Diane von Furstenberg; cardigan - Belize Officiel; blouse – Rebecca Vallance; jeans – L.L.Bean; scarf – Brooks Brothers; navy skirt - Jil Sander Navy; watch – Rosefield; pants – L.L.Bean; clutch bag – From St Xavier; navy loafers – The Row; loafers – Vaneli; boots – Hunter; tote bag – Tumi

First wave - I thought that I would look for a couple of different shades of rose pink, in 2 different silhouettes. The scarf isn't an identical match for either of the tops, but it works well with both - always remember that scarves don't have to be dye-lot matched to work! The green sweater is classic, and when paired with the green loafers, can be worn with any of the navy pants or the skirt. And in order to keep the wardrobe balanced and not to skew things too much toward the accent colors, I'm adding another pair of navy pants - in my favorite autumn corduroy!

First phase of wardrobe additions in pink, willow green and navy
pink blouse – Free People; floral scarf – Aspinal of London; rose top – WTR; green sweater - Banana Republic; corduroy pants – L.L.Bean; willow loafers – Vince

The overall wardrobe softer and more varied now - the addition of just a few new pieces changes things a lot!

Autumn/winter capsule wardrobe in navy, burgundy, pink and green


The second group of additions strongly reinforces the navy "backbone" of this wardrobe, while still holding onto the overall pretty, feminine and slightly dressy feeling with which we started. Again, I chose to include one really classic navy garment in order to keep the wardrobe balanced with a good mix of neutral and accents.

second wave of additions to a navy-based fall and winter wardrobe
navy blouse – Banana Republic; flower earrings – Jose & Maria Barrera; burgundy cardigan – Banana Republic; navy crewneck - Uniqlo; skirt – Marks & Spencer; velvet top – P.A.R.O.S.H.; pumps – Bella Vita

You can tell if you're staying in balance in your wardrobe if a quick glace at things shows a strong presence of your neutral(s). As much fun as it is to buy and wear accent colors, it's important to keep enough neutrals in stock to give you a base upon which to get dressed!

a navy-based autumn and winter wardrobe with accents of burgundy, pink and green


Long over-due to pick up that pretty shade of blue! The timeless styles of these garments make the accent colors more versatile - there are few things that you can't do with a simple cotton shirt or a classic cabled sweater!

I added a dress, because this heroine seems like the woman who would wear a dress, and I thought that swishy pants would be fun... and a ruffly cardigan! She likes ladylike...

blue, pink and navy additions to a navy-based capsule wardrobe
cabled sweater – L.L.Bean; scarf – Fat Face; earrings – Fashionable; blue shirt – Lands’ End; dress – Lands’ End; cardigan – Banana Republic; pants – Uniqlo; shoes – L.K.Bennett

This is the final - there are so many different ways to pull these pieces together!

capsule wardrobe based in navy, with light blue, pink, burgundy and green accents


Here are just a few options:

three options from a navy-based capsule wardrobe with accents of rose, burgundy, blue and green


three options from a navy-based capsule wardrobe with accents of rose, burgundy, blue and green


three options from a navy-based capsule wardrobe with accents of rose, burgundy, blue and green


three options from a navy-based capsule wardrobe with accents of rose, burgundy, blue and green


three options from a navy-based capsule wardrobe with accents of rose, burgundy, blue and green


Working within a wardrobe plan doesn't have to be boring or limiting, if you just keep your eyes open to all of the possibilities!

love,
Janice

EXPANDED Start with Art: Bouquet des Fleurs in the style of Jan van Huysum
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11 comments:

  1. These are my colours! I did not buy a single piece of clothing this year, but saved the money I usually spend each month, so at the beginning of 2018 I will go shopping. And now I know what to look for.

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  2. I love this one. That Free People blouse and Banana Republic cardigan are sooo pretty. What is it with pink all of a sudden? I can't get enough.

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  3. These are my colors. Although I still have black pieces I have been turning to navy and I have loved pink, Burgundy and Olive with it. The blue for me is denim or chambray. I see grey as a second neutral. I can see it in some of the flowers. I have many grey pieces so this will work great. I am saving this image on my phone to use as my inspiration. Thank you Janice.

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  4. Also seeing some rust in there which represents, to me, cognac shoes & handbags, with gold jewelry

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  5. Beautiful...this group would never become boring...




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  6. Wow. These are my colors and my style exactly. Although my real-life wardrobe is regrettably short on velvet tees and mary janes; maybe I should save up my pennies with a view toward fixing that.
    It's so beautiful -- thank you again. hugs.

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  7. How lovely. I just bought this sweater in black and threw the pink into my cart on impulse. This post is giving me some ideas on how I could make keeping the pink sweater work.
    https://factory.jcrew.com/p/womens_clothing/new_arrivals/sweaters/bellsleeve-wrap-sweater/H2997?color_name=hthr-blossom

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    1. Oh that pink has LOTS of possibilities - imagine pulling that out on a nippy January morning... that would brighten up ANY neutral color, and your mood, too!
      hugs,
      Janice

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  8. Love this!! I wish those velvet mary janes were in my budget, they are lovely and a good style for my weird feet. (btw, the link on the velvet top is broken on my computer) - nancyo

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  9. Very pretty and definitely not boring.

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  10. Another spectacular wardrobe that I would be quite happy wearing. The only thing it’s missing is the cat fur! Those velvet Mary Janes are lovely and the green velvet top borders on being sinful in that dark luscious green.

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