Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Accessories Can Make ALL the Difference! Monet Water Lilies...

Our heroine has this lovely wardrobe...

4 by 4 Wardrobe in Navy with floral accents

But she's really going to need some accessories! She already has 1 scarf, but because so MUCH of this wardrobe is solid navy, more than 1 scarf can come in handy...

adding a scarf to a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in Navy with floral accents
navy cardigan – Uniqlo; navy sweater – Uniqlo; corduroy pants – L.L.Bean; first scarf – Caslon; square scarf – Vince Camuto; third scarf– Nordstrom

Please understand that any (or ALL) of the accessory suggestions that I make would be great with this wardrobe - this isn't some sort of "guess the "best" accessory" game... I personally could easily make a case for this heroine to own at least a handful of scarves!

I wanted a pretty, floral pendant for her now - something that echoed both the floral motifs of her original painting, and also had a "water-ish" feeling. (no, that's not really a word, but you know what I mean...)

adding a pendant to a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in Navy with floral accents
suede shirt jacket – Banana Republic; navy sweater – Uniqlo; corduroy pants – L.L.Bean; first pendant – Zales; second pendant – HSN; third pendant – Ice.com

And a bracelet - I think that bracelets are an undervalued possibility when it comes to adding just a touch of interest and ornament to an outfit.

adding a bracelet to a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in Navy with floral accents
jacket – Madewell; paisley shirt –Lands’ End; knit pants – L.L.Bean; first bracelet – Ippolita; second bracelet – Judith Jack; third bracelet – Alexis Bittar

Someone suggested that this heroine might be a good candidate for a silver shoe wardrobe - why not? These clothes are pretty simple, so a snazzy shoe choice might be fun for her!

adding silver shoes to a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in Navy with floral accents
green sweater – H&M; knit pants – L.L.Bean; first shoes – Treasure & Bond; second shoes - Sarto by Franco Sarto; boots – Loeffler Randall

Our heroine has a pretty gorgeous little velvet backpack, but I think she might need a small crossbody bag too, for days when she wants to keep her hands free, and only needs to carry the minimum necessities.

adding a navy bag to a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in Navy with floral accents
jacket – Madewell; navy top – Uniqlo; jeans – Marks and Spencer; first bag - Zac Zac Posen; second bag – Longchamp; third bag – Shinola

Yes, she already has a watch, but it's flowered... I'm going to suspect that she might wish that she had a more classic watch for those days when she's just NOT feeling floral!

adding a watch to a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in Navy with floral accents
sweater – Banana Republic; blouse – Florence Bridge; jeans – Marks and Spencer; first watch – Jack Mason; second watch – Breda; third watch – Hamilton

If she's going to have a skirt, she will probably want dressy shoes...

adding silver pumps to a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in Navy with floral accents
ombré pink top – Vince Camuto; skirt – Whistles; first shoes – Tabitha Simmons; second shoes – Sigerson Morrison; third shoes - Sarto by Franco Sarto

A simple outfit like this just cries out for a scarf, or maybe a beautiful necklace!

adding a necklace to a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in Navy with floral accents
navy sweater – Uniqlo; skirt – Whistles; first necklace – Lafayette 148 New York; second necklace – Ippolita; third necklace – Judith Jack

Yes, you always need sunglasses. If your sunglasses look great with your entire wardrobe, maybe you'll remember to wear them ALL the time?

adding sunglasses to a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in Navy with floral accents
tee shirt – Banana Republic; ivory denim pants – Eileen Fisher; first sunglasses – Bottega Veneta; second sunglasses – Polaroid; third sunglasses – Fendi

I've become a convert to ballet flats - for year I thought that I couldn't wear them because I couldn't keep them on, and someone finally convinced me to try a different pair. Turns out that they were just never fit properly for my feet! You live, you learn...

adding silver ballet flats to a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in Navy with floral accents
green sweater – H&M; ivory denim pants – Eileen Fisher; first shoes – Athena Alexander; second shoes – Naturalizer; third shoes – Kate Spade New York

It's fun to have festive earrings - although your definition of festive can be VERY personal! Some of us can sustain quite a bit more in this category than others. Or maybe you should own a range of earrings to accommodate your mood, and the particular event...

adding floral earrings to a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in Navy with floral accents
ombré pink top – Vince Camuto; knit pants – L.L.Bean; first earrings – Dsquared2; second earrings – La Perla; third earrings – Stephen Dweck

I feel that anybody who really loves blue should look into the possibility of lapis earrings. They aren't necessarily very expensive, and they can be so pretty...

adding lapis earrings to a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in Navy with floral accents
navy cardigan – Uniqlo; paisley shirt –Lands’ End; ivory denim pants – Eileen Fisher; first earrings – Neeru Goel; second earrings – Neeru Goel; third earrings – Shanker

These are always my favorite images - I think that looking at this gives me a real "feel" for the heroine. Arranging everything on the page isn't easy, but seeing everything together like this is well worth the effort!

a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in Navy with floral accents and accessories

As always, let's make certain that our heroine is going to have a full range of outfits available:

3 ways to wear ivory denim pants from a 4 by 4 Wardrobe inspired by Monet

3 ways to wear navy pants from a 4 by 4 Wardrobe inspired by Monet

3 ways to wear a navy skirt from a 4 by 4 Wardrobe inspired by Monet

3 ways to wear navy pants from a 4 by 4 Wardrobe inspired by Monet

3 ways to wear dark wash jeans from a 4 by 4 Wardrobe inspired by Monet

And just as a reminder, this is our inspiration...

Water Lilies by Claude Monet with style guidelines and color palette

If you've ever seen the Monet Water Lilies in person, you know that they are HUGE, and that it would be possible to take a snapshot of a small portion of a panel and come up with almost any color combination imaginable. He used every color in the world on the paintings... What genius...

love,
Janice

Accessories Can Make ALL the Difference! Monet Water Lilies...
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4 comments:

  1. Janice,
    A wonderful choice of accessories here , it all feels so “ watery “ ! I have at least 3 scarf options per outfit in my closet — they are my
    guilty luxury, though not as expensive as Hermes . Bracelets are an accessory that I have just started to incorporate in recent years as part of my accessory color families . They add a nice finishing touch, and I have been paying attention to them on other women whom I feel are well dressed !
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas !

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  2. We had a GLORIOUS quiet weekend - it was heavenly!

    I'm glad that you were able to feel the "watery" quality that I was trying to capture; those sorts of things are hard to put into words, but can make all the difference when you want a garment or accessory to really feel like YOU.

    holiday hugs,
    Janice

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    1. Janice,
      I saw this Monet in the Louvre some years ago, and I was shocked at it’s size, taking up most of a wall all by itself ! This color scheme would be great in the Summer, perhaps substituting the darker blues for some lighter ones ! Perhaps revisit it in a few months ? Also another “ Starting From Scratch “ series ? Heck, I love all of your analytical formats !

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  3. Love it, love it. Especially like seeing necklaces since scarves are often too hot here in Arizona.

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