March 27, 2019
I love van Gogh… These colors are so perfect for spring and summer:
She Hasn’t A Clue…
Well, that’s strictly not true – she knows that she has to wear clothing to the wedding, and that it won’t be ballgowns, nor jeans. Other than that, the invitation was maddeningly vague…
So… she’s taking a couple of dresses – there’s a chance that she’s going to the rehearsal dinner (more of that vagueness that makes this such a headache), so she will wear 1 for the dinner, and 1 to the wedding. Maybe.
At least she knows exactly what she’s wearing for the drive to the hotel – her favorite new green!
She’s not, in fact, all that worried about what she’s going to wear. She’s got plenty of options, from a nice blouse or top with pants, to a pretty dotted dress, and a lovely solid navy dress that’s both flattering and PERFECT for dinner (ah, that draped front helps when you’re going to eat a lot…).
Add in a couple of gorgeous scarves, and enough shoes for any combination she puts together, and she’s officially STOPPED worrying about what to wear.
Someone might think that it’s corny to carry a heart-shaped bag to a wedding, or to wear heart jewelry, but she’s very romantic at heart, and thinks that it’s perfect! Where better to carry and wear such things?
She does a final “once-through” her travel capsule wardrobe, just to make sure she’s not forgetting something important (like dress shoes to wear with her dresses!)
She’s not only prepared for a variety of levels of dressiness, but also for some reasonable changes in weather. That’s always worth remembering, isn’t it?
Now, she’s only concerned that the happy couple have a perfect day. This wedding is NOT about her, after all…
Chris from Indy says
I was just noodling last night about a plan for my summer wardrobe which needs a small freshening up. I thought I would focus on green, navy, white, accents of tan (leather goods) and rust – so how serendipidious is your post! The green already in my closet is more olive than this lovely hedge green, but you’ve given me some good ideas moving forward – thanks, Janice!
I’m loving that green in the first slide (‘in transit’), it is very similar to the 2017 Pantone lily green, which has a slight greyish undertone – ideal for ‘light summers’ like myself. I wouldn’t mind a French 5 piece capsule in that colour to wear with my navy, taupe and dark coral summer wardrobe pieces.
I am loving that “ hedge green’ every time that I see it ! Hmmm, what Summer pieces do I need this season ? Time to unbox last year’s stored garments and check for any wardrobe holes or changes to be made.
Don’t you hate vague dress expectations? (Or worse still, the ones people have clearly made up themselves. My favorite is “Florida business casual”—something a local restaurant uses that always make me wonder if we’re talking Southern-lawyer-casual-Friday or I-run-a-fishing-charter-casual-Friday.) I always love the bags you pick for these capsules; I wonder if you’d consider doing a post on travel luggage, bags appropriately sized to hold these a whatever’s clean 13 or the other travel capsules you design.
The first picture that springs to mind for me is “Jimmy Buffet, with a briefcase” but I’m not at all sure that’s what they’re going for…
I adore everything! Green is my favorite color, and this one is perfect for warmer weather. This post goes in my inspiration file.
Nancy BREWER says
Love this post and your finds outside of the Lands End hedge green to compliment the color! It is such a lovely color and I will say that for those that do not shop LE, they are having a 40% off on item sale today. This Tossed floral scarf is the base of my travel capsule, which has some lovely yellow, pink and coral, along with the hedge green and navy find it here: https://www.landsend.com/products/womens-tossed-floral-printed-scarf/id_331328?sku_0=::JSM
It is on sale today too!
For those of us who rely on Lands’ End for lots of basics (and the occasional special item!) it’s smart to watch for sales on their site. It seems that at least half the time, they have deep discounts with the use of a discount code that’s a seasonal word. Thanks for reminding us all about these markdowns!
Loved the ideas and “packing plan”. I look better in clear bright colors so would exchange the grayed green for a bright emerald green and the green jeans for stone or white. I generally keep my pants in basic colors.
What a lovely, mysterious painting! I’m having a “not shopping” year, but that hedge green is very tempting. Perhaps if I apply the “one in, one out” principle I could risk browsing … The green with the soft blue really sings to me. As for the wedding, our heroine looks nicely prepared. I’d take her capsule anywhere.
Janice, I just LOVE Van Gogh and this wardrobe is beautiful. And I say that when my favourite colour is blue, not green. Although I can see myself wearing this green.
I was just catching up on your posts and I truly enjoyed the beach capsule with red as neutral. Quite inspired and three of my favourite colours – red, blue and beige! However, she’s going to the beach with NO swimwear! Is she going to the cold Atlantic or what? :-)
What magic is this! I have *exactly* this problem with a wedding at the end of June in Scotland! And the only thing I have decided on so far is a knee length navy polka dot dress for (maybe?) the main event… I have some navy neutrals but would not have thought of the soft green as a partner – perfect for midsummer (even though some extra layers may be needed just in case – it is Scotland after all). Cannot tell you how helpful this is – thank you!
It’s amazing how that light green bag lifts navy, which can look heavy- takes it into spring so gracefully.
BTW I tried on that Bobeau striped top and it is impossible to wear without a strapless bra. (I have average-width shoulders.) Or maybe for women who don’t need a bra? Also it runs on the short side, more like a petite cut.
This post is SO apropos my (almost) wedding fiasco two weeks ago: traveling to a wedding in Portland, Or (where temps were close to 20 deg.below my normal range) I realized two hours into our drive that I’d left my one dress and fancy sweater at home. Luckily, with my basic navy and grey wardrobe, I was confident I could pull something reasonable together. Even more luckily, when we stopped our first night, I found a J.C.Penneys and Ross! No suitable dresses at either, but I did find a nice knee-length navy sweater with grey trim and silvery buttons, plus a fancier blouse (I’d packed mostly turtlenecks for the weather) to wear with my navy slacks and dress shoes (it’s amazing how nice shoes can spiff up a pants outfit!) Not only was my outfit appropriate to the event, I was probably the only woman there whose legs were warm! With your packing guidance, I had plenty of suitable outfits for all our activities for a week, and my new emergency sweater has joined my regular wardrobe. Thanks so much for the insights and confidence to bounce back and make-do. Oh, and I LOVE the navy-green combination. With a scarf and blouse or two, I’ve now got a whole new color combination off my basic navy. (Those greens would look nice with a basic black capsule wardrobe, too.)
Navy serendipity. :-)
Ohhhhhh so lovely! I adore a very similar shade of green called celadon. It’s got a milky tone & greyish undertone & it’s a Chinese pottery classic.
The Lands End stuff is the first I’ve seen it for a very long time. Thanks for the sale suggestions above from you and a subscriber.
I will try to get a few things in the shade before it disappears again. Greens change more than any other colour from year to year.
I loved how you pulled it into a navy base with that soft taupe beige and lemon.
Very inspiring for summer.