Monday, November 20, 2017

Can You Expand a Successful Travel Wardrobe? Revisiting Start with Art - Vernal Yellow by Lee Krasner

It might be the time of year, but I'm feeling very nostalgic about looking back through old posts here on The Vivienne Files! So when I was asked to revisit my little tale about an eloping couple, I couldn't resist the chance...

Here's where we left our heroine - wandering around Paris with her new spouse, smiling like a crazy lady, and making everyone around her smile...

elopement wardrobe in black, white, hot pink and orange
orange blouse - Jil Sander; sunglasses – BP.; triangle earrings - Bloomingdale's; blouse - Dorothee Schumacher; drop earrings - Meira T.; gold bag - Thacker New York (similar here); orange flower earrings – Dsquared2; gold flower earrings - Marianela Vargas; orange scarf- La Fiorentina; black crossbody bag – Halogen (similar here); orange clutch - Deux Cuirs; opal bracelet - Irene Neuwirth; cardigan - Marni (similar here); rose gold bracelet – Links of London; watch - Kapten and Son; pink lace dress - Dolce & Gabbana; tee – L.L.Bean; pants - See by Chloé (similar here); coral lace dress – Lela Rose (similar here); scarf –Nordstrom (similar here); open shoulder dress – Missoni; flats - MICHAEL Michael Kors; loafers – Tod’s; sandals- Sam Edelman; pumps - Calvin Klein; flats – Paul Green ; bag – Thacker New York; sandals - Sőfft

I'm not telling you that the snakeskin clutch comes in 13 colors...

They've decided that they want to go back to Paris for a long-ish weekend - maybe 5 days? But they want to be MUCH more casual this time! So she goes back to her original inspiration:

Vernal Yellow by Lee Krasner with style guidelines and color palette

First, she looks at what she already has. PLENTY of bags, I'd say, and quite a few pairs of shoes. I have a feeling that this particular heroine rather likes shoes...

wardrobe holdovers from the elopement
white tee – L.L.Bean; orange flower earrings – Dsquared2; watch - Kapten and Son; gold flower earrings - Marianela Vargas; triangle earrings - Bloomingdale's; opal bracelet - Irene Neuwirth; rose gold bracelet – Links of London; gold bag - Thacker New York; black bag – Furla; orange clutch - Deux Cuirs; gold sandals - Sőfft; orange loafers – Tod’s; sweatpants – Madewell; black flats – Paul Green

Although this particular heroine is absolutely famous for being extravagant (her elopement wardrobe was a thing of credit-card-crushing wonder!), she's going to be more practical this time, and start with some essential neutrals:

5-piece neutral wardrobe in black and white with 2 pairs of black shoes
tee shirts – L.L.Bean; cardigan – Uniqlo; jeans – L.L.Bean; fleece skirt – Uniqlo; boots – Naturalizer; ballet flats – Michael Kors

After she has this assembled, she gets to balance her practicality with some out-and-out fun!

turtleneck – Lands’ End; polo shirt – Lands’ End; dotted scarf – Halogen; button-front shirt – Lands’ End; necklace – Kenneth Jay Lane; paisley scarf – Charming Charlie; cardigan – Free People; fuchsia flats – Me Too

This what she's packing for the long weekend... They're not dressing up, not going out for fancy dinners - basically it's going to be a very relaxed flaneuse kind of break! Flaneur (feminine is flaneuse) is a wonderfully French word meaning "one who wanders...". Of COURSE the French has a word like this!

travel capsule wardrobe in black and white with orange and hot pink accents

Sweatpants aren't terrible to wear on a vacation, so long as they're not that horrid skin-tight lycra, and they're worn with something that's not a sweatshirt... They're particularly nice for flying or train-riding...

3 ways to wear sweatpants from a black, white, orange and hot pink travel capsule wardrobe

It's a skirt, so it's sort of dressy. But it's made of fleece, so it's cozy - the best of both worlds!

3 ways to wear a sweat skirt from a black, white, orange and hot pink travel capsule wardrobe

And you can't go wrong - virtually anywhere in the world - with black jeans...

3 ways to wear black jeans from a black, white, orange and hot pink travel capsule wardrobe

I love revisiting earlier wardrobes from The Vivienne Files - if you have any others that you'd like to see expanded or updated, you have only to ask...

love,
Janice

Can You Expand a Successful Travel Wardrobe? Revisiting Start with Art - Vernal Yellow by Lee Krasner
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12 comments:

  1. Janice,
    This entire joyous post reminded me of the movie “ Sabrina” , starring a young Audrey Hepburn as the heroine , when the world was her plum and full of rich possibilities !
    Often I return to your older posts and glean details that I missed the first time !
    As I packed for today’s holiday trip to be with extended family, I was choosing between collared tops to go with collarless toppers, or the reverse, collared toppers to go with jewel neck tops. I prefer a collar somewhere. Of course a scarf would solve the problem if both top and topper were jewel necks. However, this is a very casual trip , so only outerwear scarves will be included for the low temps . Have you ever done a post like that ?
    How about a warm common wardrobe with two accent colors , one warm and one cool, or even 3 accent colors, perhaps two analagous and one complementary to them ?
    Several of the posts I keep referring back to are from early 2011 where you show the wardrobe of Vivienne, and how there were two options for each day of the week, and many scarves ! Thank you for all you do , inspire, and instruct, you make my days !

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    1. May 31, June 9 ,June 30, and July 5, 2011. Back to my collar issue — would you ever pack two of the same neutral colored cardigans in different styles, but one collared and one not ?

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  2. Would you please show an update for Tom Thompson's Jackpine and the Van Gogh Seascape?

    Thanks!

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  3. I loving seeing updates to older posts & how a wardrobe can progress.
    PS - I am currently reading "Flaneuse" by Laurin Elkin - have your read it?

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  4. Thank you. It is very damp and foggy here in Vancouver this morning and this post was just what I needed for waking up!!

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  5. Today's entry is incredibly bright and cheerful. I wish I were one who could wear bold colors like those; it'd be a great way to start a day.
    Would you re-visit this one, "How to Pack for Paris, again!" from Friday, August 29, 2014? I've used that as a basis for several trips both domestic and abroad. I know when you returned from that trip to Paris and Amsterdam, you said that you could have done with a 5 pack (Tuesday, September 30, 2014). I'd love to see what you think about updating either of them.
    --Mary

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  6. So bright and cheery! Love it. :)

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  7. It's is a bit of an ask, but could you please revisit the theme of comparing artist styles and translating them into accessory families.
    Thanks, Sharon. U.K

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  8. Thank you so very much!!! This is perfect! Your capsules are such an inspiration to me, and I think I'm becoming a better/wiser shopper from reading your blog. Much love, Karen

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  9. I would like to see Monet's Waterlilies. I found that scarf online. It is out of stock for the vendor I bought it from. I would like to see a "Clean 13" for Waterlilies.

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  10. This is so fun! And when I thought about it for a minute, I realized that these (plus gray) were the colors I used for my last travel capsule - only mine was based around some new sneakers that are black and white with hot pink and orange. I actually have some orange and white luggage from the Orla Kiely/Target collaboration. - nancyo

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