September 8, 2017
When we left our heroine on Wednesday, she had a tidy 16-piece wardrobe, but no accessories!
Of course, she probably still had lots of accessories that can work really well with her new clothes; let’s go piece by piece, step by step, to choose some essential additions for her…
Shoes seems really important, I’d say!
And I’m going to be really practical and get her a bag pronto!
Now a bit of fun – some stars!
Scarves! Always remember that you might find the perfect scarf in an unexpected place – someplace you don’t usually visit…
Don’t discount the impact of a great watch… (yes, that last watch doesn’t go with everything in this wardrobe, but if you were the kind of woman who didn’t mind owning 2 watches…)
I’m going to keep showing you sunglasses until every last woman in the world has accepted that eye protection in the sun is an important part of self-care; it matters THAT much.
No woman is going to be comfortable in this wardrobe without at least a few pairs of shoes, eh?
I’m not sure why this first bracelet felt starry to me, but it did. Maybe more like the surface of the moon! At any rate, I’d wear it in a heartbeat!
Since this is a very “moving into cooler weather” wardrobe, I thought gloves made sense… And no, those last gloves clash hideously with this outfit. But if you were the kind of woman who didn’t mind having 2 pairs of gloves…
None of the shoes so far would really look just perfect with this amazing skirt, so I think navy flats are a logical addition here.
This is a break from the usual system – I don’t think there’s any reason in the world not to buy ALL of the hosiery! A fun contrast sock is well worth the effort sometimes… (and Talbots often has cool socks…)
Since this tee shirt brings us back to the star theme in a big way, I wanted to find another piece of star jewelry. These necklaces might not all fall just perfectly on the tee shirt, but there are plenty of ways that these could be worn with this wardrobe.
Monochromatic outfit? Scarf!
I was thinking – more or less – about clouds and the sky… And yes, these scarves vary in price from the sublime to the ridiculous!
Let’s finish up with a tiny star ring, just so our heroine can look at it a dozen times a day and smile!
As much as I like the look of just the clothing arrayed together, I always feel that things look a bit more “real” when you get some accessories mixed in.
Now, when one assembles outfits, they really take on some personality!
Just for reference purposes, I’m putting this here again; I think that Mr. Gendler deserves another hurrah!
I love doing 1 at a time wardrobes – I feel like they’re the closest to “real life;” most of us purchase our clothing 1 or 2 pieces at a time. Is that a reasonable assumption?
PS – If you are looking for more color and pattern inspiration, check out the Planning Documents section of the website.
The Bride says
This was fun. One of the most useful things I have learned from this blog is the importance of accessories. I always enjoy seeing what you do with accessories.
The Bride says
You asked about 1 piece at a time wardrobes. I do find it helpful when you start with 1 piece or one outfit and move out from there.
I agree with The Bride — one outfit, then adding 1 piece at a time — keep 'em coming, please ! I also like your cluster presentations, especially for travel, which I do a lot !
Deb from Vancouver says
I would love to travel or work with this woman. Everyday would offer a fresh surprise…what will she wear today?
This is super close to the perfect wardrobe for me. I'm not much of a "fancy" dresser, but I realize that occasionally, you do need to dress up. I would make one revision and one addition. Revision: while I adore the cognac, it doesn't really work for me, I would switch to navy or cranberry, if I was feeling "sassy". Addition: I need gray in my wardrobe. I'm currently wearing all gray, I feel a little like Winnie the Pooh's friend, Eeyore.. or a cloud.
Last winter I started adding burgundy to my navy and gray neutrals, so this is right down my alley. Seeing how much each accessory adds to the wardrobe convinces me that I need to think about boots, scarf, and perhaps a purse or tote. Even if I splurge a bit on one of these items, it will get lots of wear.
Katie C says
Hey there, Janice! Wow, I'm thrilled to see you included something from Charming Charlie. That store is the best! While I wouldn't go there looking for high quality items, the way the stores are set up–by color–is fabulous! If you're looking for, say, a scarf or evening bag in a specific color, you just go to the pink section, for example, and you'll find all things pink there–clothes, purses, shoes, jewelry, sunglasses, accessories… And then there's the green section, and the blue section (not to be confused with the aqua section!), and the peach section, and on and on! It's fun and a great place to find the perfect coordinated item. Granted, these aren't items that will last a lifetime–but sometimes that's just right, too, don't you think?) Thanks for continuing to mix it up with both high end items and normal-person's-budget items! So fun. :-)
Concerned about you, your family, and all in Florida. Do hope your mom is with you where ever you ride out this storm. Prayers for all.
Katie C says
Gosh, good thought, Abigail! I'd forgotten J was going to Florida. Peace to all who are there-or who've left!
Janice Riggs says
You all are SO sweet – my mother flew up to Chicago on Wednesday, and is as we speak tucked up with us in the safety of our home. There are still enough prayers needed for all of those who remain….
love you all so much,
Tinisha Lambeth says
Speaking of accessories…..I don't know if you are familiar with this artist, but she makes beautiful, colorful pieces. You could easily build either a capsule or travel wardrobe around one of her jewelry pieces or prints. I own the mermaid necklace and it is gorgeous. The link: http://energyartistjulia.bigcartel.com/
Deborah Montgomery says
Love these colors Janice. I've been away a good part of the summer, and am just about to go through all my clothes, and re-haul the whole lot. Will be visiting and getting fresh inspiration!