She took a quick trip just after the winter holidays, for which she packed this most unlikely but lovely Tote Bag Travel capsule wardrobe:
She’s on the road again, for another quick jaunt… Sometimes she’s driving to see the World’s Largest Ball of Twine, or maybe there’s something very important and moving at the Art Institute of Chicago that she wants to see, so she jumps on the train…
Now that she punches nobody’s time clock, she dresses just as she pleases, in the colors that give her delight. If it’s not the way the rest of the world might choose to dress, she doesn’t really care. It’s for her…
She mixes her clothes and accessories in any way she chooses. In her mind, it’s all in harmony with the painting from which she chose her inspiration. If it’s good enough for the artist, it’s good enough for her!
She has an amazing variety of ways in which she can compose an outfit, but she has at least a few in mind…
Everyone seems to appreciate the way she dresses; maybe it’s because she’s always smiling…
Zaidie Brown says
Will you be doing an analysis of these wardrobes after the fourth revisit, similar to the 12 Months 12 Outfits review?
Aside from the all dresses wardrobe, it would be interesting to see if you've automatically included your common wardrobe items or a 4×4 wardrobe. Or even duplicated things (eg 4 pairs black trousers, 4 black skirts…)
Janice Riggs says
I think I will have to analyze these at the end of the year – it's always my instinct to see how well things "gel." And it will be interesting to see if these wardrobes reflect good planning, or just my impulse choices on any given day!
I really like this woman. Sometimes I feel like we have become too conservative in our mixing of colours. It would be good to see a bit more of this dancing with colour……
Taste of France says
All these colors–like a basket of easter eggs. Such a spring feel, but not at all little-girly.
It's really nice to see such a large variety of colors (for those of us too undisciplined to pick one or two) and a very practical base of black.
As you say, it's all about what you love–and don't–but I can't help thinking how much I'd prefer this wardrobe with grey as the neutral base. Which is true of the painting, actually, in which black seems to just be used for linear emphasis. As always, though, I am instructed by your blog posts in ways that have greatly influenced my closet and my suitcase. Thank you, thank you, Janice, for your unstinting labors.
Janice Riggs says
This would indeed be beautiful with grey… Excellent instincts!
Interesting wardrobe, you’ve put a lot of work into it. Strange, I like the solid pastels with the black, but not the prints. Maybe the patterned scarves are throwing me off. Not quite sure what it is that’s off balance to my eye.
As much as I think I would love an all navy and white wardrobe, I cannot give up my love of COLOR! I have narrowed it down to (almost) only navy bottoms, but my tops are winter brights. I totally "get" this woman.
Cee Pluse says
Even though pastels are not my preference, I just love this woman's attitude! I too would jump in the car for a road trip just to see the World's Largest Ball of Twine (although in my case it would probably be either the Georgia Guidestones or the Jimmy Carter Smiling Peanut since they are closer), and would definitely plan a getaway around an interesting museum exhibit. I also appreciate her interesting color combinations, and the fact that she is unable to limit her color palette too much (I am the same way). I use nature as my inspiration, because I figure any color combination that looks good in nature can't be bad in a wardrobe.
I like Zaidie Brown's idea of revisiting these collections as complete annual wardrobes. Now that you've done winter and spring, it would make sense to continue through the next two seasons. Thanks for these lovely wardrobes and stories about fascinating women, Janice!
Hi I'm new here–I love the use of math and analytics to fashion, and the creativity of using art, birds, scarves, etc. Janice, how do you create the color wheel for the object of interest? Is there an app?
Thanks for all the inspiration.
Janice Riggs says
The color wheels are just pie-chart graphs that are available to put onto PowerPoint pages. I use PowerPoint for everything; I used it for years when I worked in an office, and I'm having good luck with it so far blogging!
I love the reference to the Ball of Twine in Cawker City, Kansas!
Chrissie Dyson says
So pretty! I am totally with your lady when it comes to happy colours. I love bright pink, it doesn't really suit me but the mood boost is worth it. I see the Clark's sandals are in again, I'm tempted… My last pair survived about 10 summers and I binned them out of boredom eventually.