Friday, December 29, 2017

Brown with Blue - Start with a Scarf! Hermes Electrique

Recently, someone asked me to re-visit a post that I did over 5 years ago, in blue and brown...

After 5 years, absolutely NOTHING shown in the original post was still available - I know that's not a surprise. So I have recreated the original outfit, and what was packed, as best I could - it's a rough approximation...

The hardest thing was that I could NOT find a trench coat in the same turquoise blue that was used originally, so I've migrated the entire capsule wardrobe into a more "brown and blue" color scheme, starting with a wonderful scarf!

Hermes Electrique silk scarf in blue and brown
Hermes Electrique

I isolated the colors with which the wardrobe will be built; I didn't really define the style because I'm somewhat duplicating an existing wardrobe...

Hermes Electrique silk scarf in blue and brown with color palette
Hermes Electrique

You've Earned a Few Days in a Warmer Climate...


Okay, it might not be toasty warm, but it will be at least 50 degrees warmer than Chicago, where the temperature is around ZERO...

After everything that she did for her sweetheart, her sweetheart's co-workers, her sweetheart's family etc. etc. over the holiday season, it's time for the 2 of them to head south for just a few days to thaw...

travel outfit in blue and brown
earrings– Wild Lilies; cardigan – Uniqlo; scarf - Hermes Electrique; coat – Emporio Armani; corduroy pants – L.L.Bean; gold loafers - Vaneli; bag - Jil Sander

She's made this trip before, and so she packs exactly what she took the last time...

travel capsule wardrobe in blue, brown, beige and white for a warm weather vacation
bracelet– Nakomol Design; hoop earrings – Philippe Audibert; brown tee – Lands’ End; sunglasses – Le Specs; chandelier earrings – Kenneth Jay Lane; clutch – Milly; brown dress - Laviniaturra; blue tee – L.L.Bean; blue cardigan – Missoni; white Henley – L.L.Bean; cropped chinos – Land’s End; ballet flats – Botkier; lace top – No.21; shorts – L.L.Bean; blue dress – Lands’ End; striped tee – Madewell; brown sandals – Olukai; gold sandals – Kork-Ease

But her sweetie reminds her that they are going to stay a few more days this trip, so she realizes that she should add at least another piece of clothing, or 2 or 3!

In order to make sure that she's not just adding something willy-nilly, she looks at a plan for her packing:

a partially-filled 4 by 4 Wardrobe Template in brown, beige, blue and white

This makes it really clear what she needs to add! Since it might be cool in the evenings, a sweater's not a bad idea. Since there will be flowers there (unlike the snow at home!) she's going with a pretty tee shirt, and since it's a romantic getaway, a few sequins are ALWAYS smart...

3 additions to a 4 by 4 Wardrdobe template, in beige, gold and a floral print
cardigan – L.L.Bean; floral tee – Per Una; sequined skirt - J.Crew

This is how it all stacks up now - what an easy wardrobe!

a 4 by 4 Wardrobe Template in brown, beige, blue and white for a warm-weather vacation

As always, she mentally rehearses what she'll be wearing...

2 outfits from a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in brown, beige, blue and white for a warm-weather vacation

2 outfits from a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in brown, beige, blue and white for a warm-weather vacation

2 outfits from a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in brown, beige, blue and white for a warm-weather vacation

2 outfits from a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in brown, beige, blue and white for a warm-weather vacation

If she can go away every New Year's weekend, she doesn't mind WHAT happens in December!

love,
Janice

Brown with Blue - Start with a Scarf! Hermes Electrique
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6 comments:

  1. Some great choices here for our heroine and it must be nice to want to do lots of walking in a sequined mini skirt but those days are gone for me! Truth be told, I don't think I EVER had the legs for a sequined mini! But oh how you got me instantly on a reminiscing journey. Electrique. That was my first perfume bought for me. I had a set for Christmas from my parents when I was about 14. I felt so lady-like. Bright blue packaging. Max Factor. As Bob Hope said, Thanks For The Memory. Hugs, x.

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  2. I love this combination of colors! I have a cardigan which includes all of these hues. I think I will use it as the basis of my travel wardrobe when we visit New Mexico this year. Thanks for the inspiration, Janice! (BTW, I'm curious to know exactly where our heroine went for her well-earned vacation!)

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  3. Janice,
    I love this combination of colors, and often use it in the Summer. The cardigan and shorts combination was seen quite often by me back in September when we were lucky enough to tour Nantucket Island right before the hurricane season ! Often it was a shirt, pullover sweater and shorts and penny loafers. Very New England preppy !

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  4. A very striking combination of colours.

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  5. LOL, we are in northern Florida where its been 30-50 degrees warmer than the Hudson Valley where its been sub-zero, but it is anything but warm here-- the wind chill has been in the high 20s, so even if I could wear a sequined mini-- it would be a no-go. My traveling wooly EF Tunic, is being layered with silk tops and camis under, and scarf & leather jacket over...and do not think I will even get to side my feet into sandals this trip...
    Oh well, lots of family, reading and writing :)
    Happy 2018.
    Happy 2018.

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