July 16, 2018
Ah, our friend the iconoclast! She’s got the wardrobe with the willfully unusual color palette, based on this painting:
She’s retired, so she gets to travel as much as she can manage! She took a trip back in January, and then again in April, and now she’s getting ready to go to a family wedding…
It’s not a long trip, but she always tries to look nice when she travels. Everything just seems to go better when she’s well-dressed…
She knows that there’s a really nice rehearsal dinner to which she’s invited, and also that the wedding is in the evening and thus will be sort of dressy. So she packs her 2 favorite dresses, a top to wear on the trip back to her home, and some comfy pajamas for the few moments she’ll get to relax…
When she unpacks and hangs up everything, she pauses for just a second to enjoy how lovely all of her things look, there together in the closet…
She knows exactly what she’s going to wear for every event:
Her family is used to her somewhat… unusual… ways, but she’s going to be lovely and fit in beautifully at the wedding. It’s one thing to be unique, but quite another to annoy one’s family at important events! She would never do that…
Chris from Indy says
Stars everywhere!! The iconoclast is becoming my favorite…..The gold shoes are fantastic, and may be following me home. I need dressy sandals – Well done again, J!
Margie from Toronto says
I do love that comment at the end about Not Annoying her Family. Even iconoclasts need to take others into account. I’ve attended events where someone hasn’t taken this into account and to my eye they stood out for the wrong reason – it just screamed “look at me” and there are times, such as a wedding, when it’s time to put others first.
A few years ago I had a bit of a disaster happen at the hairdresser’s and my new hair colour came out “Bozo the Clown orange” rather than the bright red I’d been hoping for. I was known back then for my wild hair colours and I probably would have just left it – but – I was headed to my nephew’s wedding and I knew that my sister would hate it – so – 2 hours later the salon had managed to fix it and I wasn’t the one standing out in the photos.
Very thoughtful. You are so right.
Cee Pluse says
I love the Land’s End dress and I’ve been looking for something with flutter sleeves, so I just ordered it in black (it’s even on sale!). Thanks for that link. I always enjoy your travel wardrobes based on unique art, and really appreciate the unique and interesting women portrayed. Your posts are a great way to start the morning, so thanks again!
This is all just lovely!
Beautiful travel capsule!
The Cat says
To my eye, black often looks too sombre or funeral-like for a wedding. But THIS is a gorgeous way to wear black at a wedding! Love the details like the festive stars and how the small pink ones on the dress are echoed in the clutch.
Lovely colors and coordination , but the cut of that evening dress would make me look dowdy.
Penny Fraley says
Beautifully assembled, but $800 for a dress! I guess our lovely iconoclast is the CEO of her own company. Love that you mix in Land’s End and LLBean with the Nordstoms items.
I think having fabric custom-made isn’t cheap. I’d really like to see this dress in person…
Kate Wilson says
Love your helpful gorgeous blog so much! Wish we could set up a faq session, I have so many questions for you that you could answer quickly and easily. Like do you ever buy anything with acrylic? Do you wear linen once it gets cold out? Have you ever even considered picking up an article in target or other similar discount store? Do you wear your scarf the same way each time or mix it up? I could go on and on! Thank you for your excellent content!
1. Yes, but not usually 100%, except for workout clothes, which seem to be mostly synthetic fabrics.
2. I wear long-sleeved linen shirts all year, but most of my other things are either too summery – like shorts and tank tops – to wear in the cooler weather.
3. I’m not in discount stores very often – there aren’t too many in downtown Chicago – but I would buy something in 1 if it fit my wardrobe needs and was reasonably well made for the price.
4. I wear my scarves most of the time in the same way – folded on the bias into a long strip, and then tied in either a square knot or just a simple slip knot. But sometimes I will do something different if I’m in the mood and the neckline of my outfit suggests something…
I’m leaving town today and won’t be back ’til Sunday night, but I can always answer questions when I return!
Kate Wilson says
Thank you so much for answering my barrage of random questions! I’ll try to keep them a bit more …focused shall we say going forward. Just know I now shop w/“imaginary Janice” along with me on every outing, gently guiding my choices! Hope you have an enjoyable trip and again bravo for the excellent content.
The clothes she chose to go to the party was beautiful