I'm also guest-posting today at A Femme d'un Certain Age, where I played around with a gorgeous lavender short trench... I don't NEED another jacket.... ... View the Post
Archives for February 2013
Sometimes, when you need to pack for just a few days, it can be impossible to get started - just to get that first garment off of a hanger and into a bag. One idea I've had for giving impetus and focus to this project is to start with a favorite scarf of two, and to build a mostly-neutral wardrobe around it. A few brightly colored garments brighten things up, and give you a lot of mileage for just a few things, in a small bag. ... View the Post
Sigh... L.L.Bean clothing is NOT frumpy. It can be frumpy, but so can clothing from 3.1 Phillip Lim. Frumpy is the person, and the way things are worn, not the garments themselves. Some accessories, some attitude, some good posture, and these clothes will look as chic as anything that costs 10 times as much. Make your own style!
UPDATE: I welcome all comments. You don't have to love what I do - it would be impossible for me to create web posts that everybody loved. But everybody IS welcome to come by here, share their opinion, read the opinions of others, have a laugh or two, pick up something to think about, and stop back another day for a post that might be more to their taste. As long as ... View the Post
Pretty much 45 seconds after I posted the 13 = 81 summer wardrobe, in which you can literally wear whatever's clean, and it will still go together, I got suggestions. Dozens of suggestions...
"This is wonderful, but I can't ever let me knees be seen in public!!!"
Variation: No Visible Knees Whatever's Clean Summer Wardrobe
"Okay, this is great, but you need to do a version that doesn't have anything sleeveless in it - my armpits are horrible!!!"
Varation: No Visible Knees, nor Armpits Whatever's Clean Summer Wardrobe
"Please do a variation that doesn't include any black - I never wear black!"
Variation: The "No-Black" Whatever's Clean Summer Wardrobe
"Since I retired, I refuse to ever wear a skirt again - ... View the Post
Today, I'm guest-posting (have I recently mentioned what an HONOR this is?) over at A Femme d'un Certain Age. My project is to take seven really basic pieces of clothing (from L.L.Bean), and snazz them up with a great coat and some amazing accessories. It's great fun... ... View the Post
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A baker's dozen of simple summer clothes... ... View the Post
February 22, 2013
This first book is chock full of color combinations, with specific references to a variety of adjectives (which you might find appropriate, or laughably odd). Not everything to my taste (NOTHING should ever be exactly to my taste, unless I wrote it myself), but certainly many good ideas, and lots of thought-starters.
Turns out that all three books by Kobayashi are fascinating little volumes, and cover a great deal of the same ground...Remember the 180 words, from which we were requested to choose our favorites and least favorites, that I wrote about back on February 5th? Color Image Scale printed a list of the 30 preferred and disliked words... Clearly, the ... View the Post
February 21, 2013 Some of these garments just hint at the presence of "tender shoots"...
With that, I have exhausted both my ability to work with neon green, and the Pantone Spring 2013 colors. And since one of my WONDERFUL readers found the link for the Fall 2013 colors, it begs a question - when should I start looking at the Fall/Winter colors? As soon as the fall clothes are in the stores, in July? Chime in with a suggestion!
love, Janice ... View the Post
Yesterday's post at A Femme d'un Certain Age was my use of one extraordinary coat, and seven garments from L.L.Bean, to put together 10 outfits... It's best just to get in the habit of checking her blog every day; there's always something beautiful, interesting, thought-provoking, touching, or just plain funny in her world! ... View the Post
February 20, 2013 I've taken a different approach here, which I think might be an effective way to wear a color that you really LOVE, (or that you have to wear for purposes of work or social solidarity - think favorite sports team) but that isn't terribly flattering to you. (if you look good in the color, live it up; you're an uncommon beauty!)
Basically, I've concentrated the color in a pair of shoes, and a bracelet - two items that aren't going to have any opportunity to flatter or detract from your face, unless you're a contortionist. Then a couple of prints or patterns that include moderate doses of the color in question, but which will bring the shoes and/or bracelet into your outfit with a deliberation ... View the Post
February 19, 2013 Here's where the Pantone colors became nearly impossible for me - these are difficult to find, and I'm still struggling to make the outfits work...
The Common Wardrobe with which we started:
love, Janice ... View the Post