July 7, 2019
I have to confess – I can’t confirm where I’ve seen this painting, or where I got this image, or if this is the real title and artist. I’ve tried searching online and come up empty-handed. Maybe it’s just me?
She’s Not Really Comfortable…
She spends most of her time with artists. She’s an artist agent, and she represents some amazing people! And when she’s with them, it’s all very casual – never business attire, seldom dressy…
But one of her clients is going to have a show at a small, but very important museum, and she has to go make certain that all of the details are just right! So she’s settling on a tidy, but quite vibrant, color palette…
She frankly doesn’t own much that qualifies as business attire, but she really doesn’t need much. With a little planning, and a little discipline, as well as just a smidge of whimsy, she will be just fine!
She doesn’t think anybody at the museum will even see her suitcase, and if they do, they won’t be likely to steal it! She’s comfortable with conspicuous…
Since she will only be in the city for 2 days, she really doesn’t need to pack all that much:
When she reviews her planned travel capsule wardrobe, she loves the way that it is bold, versatile, and still just right for talking serious business.
All 3 dresses can be relatively sober, or just a bit more relaxed, depending on what the situation demands:
Would you ever consider going on a trip packing only dresses? I’m seriously considering this for a long weekend trip I’ve got planned in November – to Paris!!!
Once upon a time I would never have contemplated traveling with dresses but now yes I could travel with the right dresses. If you plan to extend this women’s wardrobe I would suggest looking at COS because I think their aesthetic would be perfect for her.
Never wear dresses so I’m the wrong person to ask! I love the colours here, and the way you have made navy look so modern and vibrant (can seem a bit conservative – my wardrobe is navy based but my arty colleagues tend to go for black…). Love details like the watch and bags! The dresses are a bit too ‘dressy’ for me, I’d wear the blazer, watch, pyjama top and red pants! How would the pocket square work – folded in the breast pocket? Thanks as always for the fun ideas.
I just returned from a work trip where I packed only dresses! This one was to Nashville where it was quite warm. I wouldn’t do only dresses in the deep winter but definitely would in the spring and fall. They’re not quite as versatile as mix and match pieces but also take up less room in the suitcase.
I would absolutely pack only dresses for a long weekend trip. It would have to be in warm weather and obviously dependent on planned activities.
Sheila Harden says
Morning! I sent it to you! I have it as a basis for my wardrobe and I’m so delighted you decided to use it! Franz Marc paintings are wonderfully colorful using mostly the primary colors. Love it!
Thank you! You can tell how much I like the painting….
Sheila Harden says
I tried to post earlier, but not sure it “went” apologies if this is a duplicate. I sent you this painting! I use it as the basis for my wardrobe. Franz Marc paintings are wonderfully colorful. I’m delighted you decided to use it!
Sheila Harden says
I tried to post earlier – sorry if this is a duplicate. I sent you this painting! Franz Marc paintings are wonderfully colorful and I use it as the basis for my own wardrobe. I’m delighted you decided to use it.
Cee Pluse says
The painting is by Franz Marc, and is included in his Wikipedia description:
I love his bold and colorful animal paintings. I am sure I’ve seen his blue horses artwork before, but just did not remember that he was the artist.
I am another who is not a dress person, so would never travel with only dresses. I do like the bold colors of this wardrobe, although since navy blue and I are not a good match I would have to substitute black, or maybe even brown, instead. Love that yellow suitcase (I used to have a yellow luggage set decades ago before I replaced it with red) – I always like to have a bag that is not easily confused with anyone else’s!
Thanks for sharing the link. I think I have found my wardrobe inspiration photo! Rehe im Wald I, Deer in the Forest I (1913)
Would you be offended if I used this painting for The Vivienne Files some day?
I love this wardrobe! I once went to Italy for two weeks taking only four dresses. Two of them had matching jackets. It was summer, and the dresses worked great for me.
I wouldn’t pack *only* dresses as I refuse to fly in a dress, skirt or shorts (pants, ankle length in warm seasons/destinations). But I definitely pack *mostly* dresses quite often! I love dresses, esp knit dresses – so many options these days, they’re flexible on my body (dressing a large bust can be challenging) nad they work in casual or my work situations. I also live in NC and prefer to have as much “air flow” as I can get away with in a professional situation ;-)
Finally! All my colors in one post! I would definitely pack mostly dresses, with one pair of jeans and T shirt. Thanks for all the lovely finds- I especially like the Betsy Johnson watch. Oh and the suitcase. I roll a purple one.
Love the colors of this painting for a wardrobe. Looking forward to other posts this year using this same painting of Foxes for other seasons in 2019.
I would consider packing only dresses these days (thank you for giving me the tools to know how I could manage it). And I love these dresses. But for me it would probably be only in warm weather. Paris in November? It would require very warm tights and boots!
Yes, both solid colored and patterned dresses and maxi skirts are my favorites, especially during warmer weather! That multicolored watch…figures that it’s Betsey Johnson…❤ her quirky and original accessories are some of my favorite pieces. Thanks for another beautiful post!
I do take dresses to Europe in the summer, but unless you’re also planning to wear high boots, I sure wouldn’t bring ONLY dresses in November to Paris, where it rains so much of the time as winter approaches. Great post for suggesting colors to wear with navy!
Lisa P says
I LOVE skirts and dresses for travel! I have a long flowy non-wrinkling skirt that is so comfy to curl up in on long flights—much better than jeans or trousers! And simple dresses—especially midi or maxi length—make packing so easy—shoes, jewellery, a cardigan or pullover can change the look from super-casual for days sightseeing to just dressy enough for dinners out. Never heels—thank goodness for stylish sneakers/flats. When travelling I like to experiment with funkier outfits that I might hesitate to wear at home.
I want to wear those pajamas everywhere!
Carol S says
I will wear those pajamas everywhere with you!
You can definitely do this in all kinds of weather! I think a heavier knit or wool dress (do they even make wool dresses anymore) with one pair of fabulous boots or tights/nice Euro-shoes) can be dressed up and down with scarves/cardigans/necklaces. If the dress is form-fitting enough, you can layer a crew-neck pullover over it and you have a skirt look!!! You’ve really started me on the path to creative packing!
I’ve often packed only dresses for both work and leisure trips, also in winter: waterproof boots/booties and fleece-lined tights are my essentials. Love the purple-y dress on this capsule!
I wear dresses a lot, but only with bare legs or capri leggings (in warm weather) or tights and boots in winter. I have totally lost the knack of wearing sheer hose/nylons! Too hot, too fussy, too fragile.
Teresa in Sacramento says
Ditto a 1000 times over! Wearing nylons in the 1970s and 1980s—the memory still makes me shudder.
Deborah Singh-Boos says
A dress-based capsule. How delightful! I love wearing dresses and long flowy skirts. And the bold colours – great for those of us living in the Caribbean where it’s always hot. The purple dress is exquisite.
This is a fun capsule. I tend to not pack dresses or skirts because it complicates the shoe choice for me. – nancyo
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