March 31, 2020
She Wants to Get Away…
Now that she’s free to travel again, she’s got a plan. Pack the least she can possibly sort for a long weekend, generate a random number under 20 on her computer, and head to the train station…
This is her inspiration:
And this is her color scheme:
Every other weekend, from now ’til the cows come home, she’s going to pack up her backpack on a Friday afternoon and head to the train station…
That random number? That’s the train stop number at which she’s going to get off the train and spend a long weekend! She wants to get to know a lot of new places, and spend her modest travel budget in some smaller cities and towns…
She spent a really long time trying to figure out what the very least was that she could pack and still manage well. Small toiletries, sandals that pack down flat, a small nylon handbag to carry when she’s out and about…
She doesn’t need a whole bunch of different outfits; in 3 days, she’s not going to do anything that requires multiple changes of clothes. Sightseeing, maybe a sports event, and some casual dining…
When she gets home Monday afternoon, she’ll do some laundry, and then re-pack her backpack! It’s only 4 days ’til another adventure!
p.s. Just last year, our heroine was packing for a long weekend in Paris! Doesn’t that sound kind of nice right now?
Beth T says
At first glance the colours look quite autumnal and with predictions in the UK of social distancing continuing for six months, it might well be the case. However, with the short sleeved tops and shorts, I hope that our traveller is going for nature rambles in the forest and packs binoculars to watch birds and animals.
Being a Soft Summer, none of these colours feature in my wardrobe, which is disappointing and poses a colour challenge when going for rambles in the woods near us. I stand out like a peacock unless I wear navy and plum. My husband is an Autumn and lives in these colours. There have been times when I have ‘lost’ him in the trees!.
Now that I have sorted my every day and occasion wardrobe, perhaps I should create a nature watching capsule by experimenting with nature sounding colours – forest green, dark teal, blue-spruce, rose-beige and moss brown. Now that is a happy thought.?
Hope they lift the restrictions along your lakeside, at least for genuine residents. It must be frustrating for you both.
I’m also a soft summer, Beth, and I’ve been looking at Prana’s collection for this season. It includes lovely versions of many of the colors you mentioned for getting outside. I wasn’t planning to buy a lot of clothes this year, but I’m finding this season’s colors really attractive!
That scarf could keep one looking at it a long time. It reminds me a bit of the William Morris Compton scarf you have featured here before (from the Met Store).
Sheila Harden says
I almost wish these were my colors. Just lovely. Thank you
The story is delightful and mirrors something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, and the wardrobe is perfect! This is going to be one of my favorite posts ever :)
I love this! These rich warm shades are great for freckled redheads! These are my colours, except black is an absolute no for me. It is instantly aging. Could we see this working with a darker brown as the neutral? My entire wardrobe is rust, khaki, brown, mustard/gold, cranberry and teal. And I struggle with how to make this all work with no real neutral to ground things.
Just chiming in Sue, I think a darker brown is grounding neutral. I even consider khaki as a neutral in one of my capsules. Your wardrobe colors sound fabulous. Maybe the teal throws off the co-hesion with the khaki? Just a thought…
Beth T says
My daughter wears teal with mustard/gold. It’s a fabulous combination. The freckled redheads I’ve known also look great in violet.
I’m a redhead too, & wear the colors you’ve listed, plus turquoise & olive & sometimes navy blue, which work as neutrals. Reason I wear turquoise as well as teal is I love turquoise jewelry & I’ve heard turquoise called a universally-flattering color. I’m much more drawn to blue/greens than to navy, but navy does work with most of the colors we wear. (Navy doesn’t go with dark brown, but I like it with all the other colors, & it gives me a non-earthtone neutral that does work with most of my colors.) And olive works with all of the colors. I’ve always gravitated to these colors, & I ended up adding haphazardly adding some more colors that, now that I think of it are tonally incremental on the color wheel or some such–sort of like, well, rust complements my hair & then I saw another redhead wearing cranberry so I thought “hey I can wear cranberry too”…
Love the colours. Perfect for me.
Julie Atchison says
I am in the middle of fall/winter going into spring timeless wardrobes, and was very happy to see your weekend capsule embracing both cool weather and warmish weather. That is what we are having here on the northwest coast.
Those are the colours I am wearing right now (except for the black, which I have packed away already. I think my navy would work though, maybe).
You’re so lucky to even CARE about the weather – since we can’t be out, it could be doing almost anything outside and it doesn’t affect us… sigh….
Julie Atchison says
Enjoying a daily walk keeps me sane. I hope you are able to get out.
I would LOVE to see a larger summer wardrobe built on these colors!
I was thinking about this…
Even though I don’t wear these muted colors, I love this and would enjoy you taking this to a larger wardrobe- So much fun. And, I find that if I like something you featured in a color I don’t wear, I check its source and sometimes find it in MY color. And another trick I use: I look at the capsules that are in colors I don’t wear, mentally substituting my own palette. Works really well. :-)
Being “confined to quarters” right now is a great excuse to sort my wardrobe and chart groups I can pack when we’re free to move about again. For now, we’re strolling our neighborhood (keeping distance easily as our sidewalks aren’t crowded) Wishing the Sisterhood of Vivienne Files all good health!
I’m very gradually packing away all of my cold-weather clothes; surely the weather is going to warm up, even if I can’t get out and enjoy it!
One of the things that is keeping us in our apartment is that we can’t GET outdoors without walking through at least some shared space in our very
large building. We’ve also been advised that there are COVID-19 positive people in our neighborhood, so I think I’m just going to stay indoors for a
very long time. I CAN DO THIS!!!!
What a beautiful, earthy wardrobe. Almost as attractive as the freedom and abandon in the idea of randomly choosing a little getaway every weekend to somewhere new!
Love this – another real autumn wardrobe (well, if I substitute chocolate for the black – which my brain did on its own when I looked at the colour wheel!)
Janice, thank you for the idea of getting off a train randomly and just taking business to a town that likely will need it. These are not my colours, but I still loved the post – so pretty and such optimism. Thank you.
Beth T says
One of the best holidays we’ve ever had is when we stuck a pin in UK map and went somewhere we’d never been to before. We just packed and went. This was in the days before the internet. Booking accommodation was by telephone or in person at a tourist office using the Book a Bed Ahead service. You could pick up leaflets for places to visit and local maps for country walks and historical town trails. It was a fascinating holiday and great exploring somewhere new. Somehow the internet has narrowed our horizons and you can ‘virtually visit’ a place from your sofa.
Cathy T says
Oh, Janice!!! I fear this scarf is going to have an insidious effect on me, a creeping wwwhhhhaaaaaAAP! that I may not be able to resist. Last year was supposed to be my accessory year; luckily (I guess), it did not happen.
It is painfully appealing, isn’t it? That’s why you’ve got an entire blog post using it as the theme! And I suspect I’m going to revisit it next week with an expanded travel wardrobe…
Julie Ruch says
Hey, those are my colors! Except I used navy rather than black. I really enjoyed seeing the warm color capsule.
I would be totally happy with these colors and styles. I would gladly wear the jewelry too. I love the brown and black transit outfit and the lighter brown tank too.
I can’t wear these colors, except that I have a transit outfit that is nearly identical to this one! That clay color on the bottom works for me, or so I tell myself. I add white and denim, and voila! – nancyo