May 18, 2017
When we left our happy heroine yesterday, she was packing for a trip to visit friends on the Gulf Coast of Florida. She was using this scarf as her leitmotif – the inspiration around which she was building her travel capsule wardrobe:
This was what she knew that she would pack – plenty of things for the beach and boat, and enough dressy pieces that she would be fine if dinner turned out to be more formal than she expected:
Just for reference, let’s remember that she’d planned this wardrobe pretty carefully!
But she knows that she wants to include more accessories – especially more shoes! So she’s going to work through a handful of outfits, making certain to include each of her “bottoms” so that her shoe choices will be sufficient.
Even when her outfits are really simple, she wants to have some fun accessories to pull things together and give her overall look a sense of coherence and intentionality. It’s hard to describe, but she knows it when she see it!(yes, her earrings are from Disney…)
She found a wonderful scarf – and it’s from Echo too! Sometimes, if you’re really smitten with a particular color scheme, it makes sense to look at the same company for a variety of pieces. If you’re smitten, maybe a designer from that company was obsessed with those colors!
She’s still not 100% on board with this top, but she’s planning to have what she wants and needs to wear with it, just in case. This might be the time when this scarf really earns its keep! And she really loves the way the rhythmic placement of the straps on her sandals echoes the pleats in her skirt…
earrings – Vera Bradley; aqua top – Dorothy Perkins; scarf – Echo; bracelet – Erwin Pearl Atelier; chiffon skirt – Uniqlo; sandals – Tory Burch; clutch – Glint
By the time she gets to choosing accessories for her favorite floral dress, she realizes that everything’s already covered! It’s so nice (and so efficient) to travel with a wardrobe “theme.”
This is what her complete wardrobe looks like now – a few more pieces of jewelry, a couple of small bags, and some flat (easy to pack!) sandals. She’s ready for just about anything her friends can offer!
Tomorrow I’m tackling a trip to Ireland…
Janice, this is just the prettiest wardrobe I think I have seen in a long time. It's fresh and feminine without being overly girly. I love it!
cheryl :) says
Great accessories! :)
The colors alone make this grouping so much fun ready to happen !
Deb from Vancouver says
So lovely, so practical. Looking forward to Ireland packing…mixed weather plans?
Janice Riggs says
If it's Ireland, it HAS to be mixed weather. I used to live there, and I can vouch that it can rain, hail, and be sunny REPEATEDLY within 5 minutes.
Taste of France says
I love turquoise and orange. And that Klein blue with orange as well.
Vitaminé, as the French would say.
I'll join the chorus.. these are beautiful colors -aqua- my favorite color and so pretty with orange/coral. And I'm actually considering the off the shoulder Dorothy Perkins top! BTW the link on today's post listed for this top is for the Lands End tunic. But I got the correct link by going back to yesterday's post. Janice Collins Washington DC
The shoes are so pretty. Oh dear i usually only wear plain black ones.
Love, love, LOVE! Do you have a link for the aqua ruffle/off shoulder top? It has the one for the aqua tunic and I really like it and would love to add a couple pretty and dressier tops to my current spring/summer situation! Thank you <3 -Hollyce
Janice Riggs says
I just fixed the link!
Sorry about that….
Thank you, Janice! -Hollyce
I love all your great ideas, but can you do a colorful look without a scarf? Scarves drive me crazy and don’t look good with my hair. Any ideas?
Nancy Bilbro says
What a happy playful wardrobe! It shout’s sun and fun with the turquoise and orange accents …and possibly only a tiny bit of black on the scarf!
I would like to know the source of the swim top and bottoms. ???
Please advise. Thanks!
Lands’ End. Their swimsuits are wonderful…