Bandanna – Jacob Cohen, watch – Wewood, star scarf – Dianora Salviati, green earrings- Nan Fusco, bracelet – Chan Luu, striped scarf – Faliero Sarti, necklace – Seta di Jaipur
Picking patterned scarves is exponentially more difficult than working with solid scarves, but for this wardrobe I’ve stuck with the simplest solution – scarves that combine the two or three main colors of the wardrobe. As a reminder, the adjectives I was keeping in mind while searching for accessories included natural, organic, lineny, matte textured, and relaxed.
A bandanna seems obvious, but this one, color-blocked with khaki and green, was a fun variation and looks a lot more elegant than just any old bandanna purchased at a truck stop.
The wooden watch – what a brilliant idea! It combines the two colors we want, and it has that summery, woodsy sensibility that I think suits these clothes well. It’s a fairly casual watch, but certainly could still be worn with the dress without clashing horribly.
The star scarf just just plain fun, and the striped scarf is a shape and size that can be worn in a variety of ways. You don’t really have to have six scarves in this wardrobe – you don’t HAVE to have any scarves – but I kept seeing scarves that suited these clothes so well, I just couldn’t resist. For summer scarves, it makes sense to be sure that they’re washable – a quick rinse in the bathroom sink and they’re fresh and ready to go without ironing or fussing…
The earrings just captured my heart – they’re simple but utterly unique, and not so over the top that you couldn’t wear them frequently. These, and a pair of gold studs, might be all you’d need, all summer.
Chan Luu bracelets have all of the qualities that this wardrobe demanded. They make a statement by virtue of the multiple strands, but because they’re simple cord and beads, they’re not frou-frou or too lady-like to wear while barbecuing or walking on the beach… and the necklace has those same virtues. The green color we love is pronounced, while the overall “feel” of the necklace is still kind of relaxed but not timid.
How does this all play out? (remember, all clothing comes from L.L.Bean).