January 24, 2015
For now, I’m finishing up this idea of monochromatic outfits and “accessory families” with some summery white linen items. (yes, they look sort of beige or ivory on the page, because white on white would be an incomprehensible blizzard…)
Since the available linen white shoes are limited in January, I decided to grab some shoes that match or tone with the accessories – always a fun option! And for the elusive celadon, I chose some gold sandals; metallic are always worth remembering when you’re struggling with a shoe color choices.
I’m starting to work on some more “Start With Art” wardrobes – anybody have some suggestions? I put together a hundred colors schemes drawn from art works in the file “Images and Color Schemes: 100 Works of Art”, which is available under the tab at the top marked “Vivienne Files Documents“. If you’re struggling for inspiration, you might find it there!
How about the work of S J Peploe, or Sir John Lavery who painted the ballerina Anna Pavlova in 1910. Start with art is such a clever idea, really enjoying reading your posts every day, lovely combinations of colours.
Kind regards, Beth x
Carol Pernikar says
I love your blog and ideas, Janice! The order, rationale and philosophy have given me calm, serenity and discipline with my closet and packing–thank you! Another suggestion for you–what about organizing outfits, wardrobes and palettes by warm/neutral/cool? I'd love to see that!
I have so loved this series. It's really opened my eyes to what I already own and how I can change my neutrals to suit my fancy. I separated jewelry, scarves, shoes, and bags, but mostly the first two, into three "packets" to choose from.
Julie Bower says
I've always thought I looked like a sad, sad nurse in all white. I'm going to try some of these ideas. Thanks, again, friend. When you write the book, I will buy a copy for every female friend and family I have.
I will also buy the book and give it to my friends for their birthdays. This series has been very helpful. It shows how we can have a small collection of great basics in one colours and then have fun with accessory bundles. In theory, this should be less expensive.
Deb from Vancouver
I would modify this by having cream clothes and use the bright accessory bundle. Gorgeous. I really like the dress you picked, too. I have also really appreciated this series. I leaning towards a monochromatic wardrobe plan for trips.
Deb from Vancouver
I love all this with the pale-gray/platinum of the modified whites!
I love this – thanks for a great series. Art – please do some Gauguin
Monica Reid says
For me, nothing says "summer" like crisp white and turquoise. Beautiful choices.
Beatriz Fortes says
White always makes accessories come alive. And since it is summer and sweltering, seeing all the crisp, light white was inspiring!
As for art, I would suggest Ornulf Opdahl. Subtle colours and beautiful textures.
Would love to see Van Gogh's Starry Night and Sunflowers!
How about The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch (https://www.nationalgalleries.org/collection/artists-a-z/r/artist/sir-henry-raeburn/object/reverend-robert-walker-1755-1808-skating-on-duddingston-loch-ng-2112)?
Or any of these:
…………. theme? What theme?!
Janice Riggs says
I love the theme – Breughel is one of my favorites…
Elizabeth Ellen Carter says
Thank you very much for this Janice! For a heat-stressed Australian, these colours are utter refreshment!
If you're looking for art and would consider an Australian artist, the early 20th century Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira was a magnificent landscape painter – http://nga.gov.au/namatjira/Gallery.htm
How about "Soul of a Rose" by Waterhouse? Love the colors in that painting!
What lovely color combos! I'm actually drawn to both the bold and soft colours you show here. I'll remember the turquoise and white thing for summer – it's something I've always admired and never gotten around to doing. You can definitely get better turquoise jewellery in England than in New Zealand where I used to live (but probably not as good as the South-West of the US).