June 10, 2020
You might remember this psychiatrist from the spring of 2017; her casual wardrobe occasioned some discussions about how professionals should dress…
She Wasn’t Sure If She Would Go…
But they’ve asked her to sit on the dais 1 night, so she feels like that’s a reason to show up…
Many of the meetings will be outdoors – better for social distancing, and more relaxing. The dinner’s are rather nice, but most of the conference is quite casual…
She can drive there in just a couple of hours, so there’s no worry about being on an airplane. And she’ll have a private hotel room, and be outdoors much of the time, so overall the conference sounds both safe and… could it be? almost pleasant!
She’s got dresses for both dinners, and enough clothes for the 2 days of meetings:
The last time she attended this conference, one of the other attendees noticed that her brown earrings match her brown eyes!
Maybe they’ll be there again; she never really got to know them as well as she might wish…
p.s. Seven years ago, I pondered on just exactly HOW one might choose a scarf… I’ve GOT to revisit this idea!
Beth T says
Well done, Janice, – this is perfect for those smart-casual weekends or stopovers when the hostess says ‘Come as you are…” but you know very well (usually from an embarrassing past experience) that she will be having a dinner party or two.
Please would LL Bean explain the colour “pool blue heather”? This is neither blue nor heather (purple or pink or white) but a shade of green. Even if you mixed blue and heather together it wouldn’t make green. Perhaps the clue is in the word ‘pool’ but it would be an uncommon colour to use in a pool. The tiles in my bathroom are the same colour and most definitely not blue.
I would describe it as jade or light teal or duck egg green. It is one of my favourite accent colours. In fact, I could create a travel wardrobe for a week with dark blue and stone bottoms with light jade and light blue tops plus second layers in dark blue, light jade and light blue. Though my bags and shoes would likely be navy or/or beige.
I think the heather refers to a mixture of tones woven into the yarn, not the color of the plant. But I agree with you – it looks like a green to me as well.
Your travel wardrobe sounds lovely !
I cannot speak for LLBean. but when I see the word heather in a garment description, I don’t think of a color, but rather a texture and perhaps a bit of marling, though I don’t see marling on my screen . Perhaps the LLBean pool color is for the kiddie end depth of the pool ? And yes, I also love this color ! Ha! I just looked down at the color of the nightie that I still have on — same color as the pool blue !
Beth T says
All I need to find is a scarf that combines navy, duck egg green and light blue. As for the look back, I like the green and black scarf with the rings which look like an astrolabe – fascinating scientific instruments. I also like the grey scarf with hints of red, though my screen suggests coral pink.
Beth T, maybe it is a typo and should be Cool Blue heather. :)
Beth T says
Possibly but that’s still not describing green! ?
If I was asked to describe the colour just from the name, I imagine a light blue-lilac colour. That has happened to me before.
Or is this one of those times that if you ordered it, the real colour would be duck egg blue and the photograph is wrong.
Perhaps an LL Bean fan might be willing to test this out (you can return it)?
LL BEAN is very good about returns.
Sally in St Paul says
I’ll weigh in from my US perspective. I believe Shrebee is correct that they are using the word “heather” in the sense of “heathery” or “heathered”…having flecks of other colors in it. If you zoom in on the sweater on the LL Bean site, you can see that it does have a very subtle cream color in it. You’ll also see that the blue and rose sweaters also have “heather” in the color name, while the tan one is called “marl.” I think there is a technical difference between heathered and marled among knitters and textile manufacturers, but the words appear to be used interchangeably in product descriptions as far as I can tell. I would argue for using “heathered,” “heathery,” or “marled” instead of “heather” due to the confusion with the color “heather.” As for “pool blue”…I 100% agree that’s a terrible name for a color that is mostly green with some blue in it.
Swooning for that floral scarf!
Sally in St Paul says
That first outfit is a master class in how to make the world’s most basic white T and a pair of 1980s style pleated front beige khaki pants look good. That rich brown (on our heroine who I assume has reddish brown hair) works so well for accessories. I imagine she will always be wearing her watch, so that makes the brown shoes work with just about anything. I liked this wardrobe more than the original one where, like some other readers, I found the cognac clothing mixed in with the soft, cool colors a little jarring. I appreciated the addition of the gold here; it really adds another dimension to the wardrobe and works beautifully for the dressier dinners she’ll be attending. Out of context, I would have been iffy on the navy cardigan with such prominent tan buttons, but for a heroine who likes wearing beige pants/shorts/skirts, it does add a pleasant little bit of cohesion. But it’s really the scarf that makes the wardrobe for me, though. It is perfection in this wardrobe.
My favorite part of the earlier casual work wardrobe was the pullover sweater in denim blue! That is a type of dark blue that would work well for those of us looking for a softer alternative to dark navy. I’m also seeing how a marled navy might also have a softer feel than a solid navy.
Linda in SD says
Sally, I would like that soft blue to be my dark neutral but have had no luck finding many offerings. LLbean has a few items in “vintage indigo” which is the color I’m looking for but no women’s bottoms. Maybe next year it will be an “in” color. Fingers crossed!
Beth T says
Thanks so much Shrebee and Sally – I’ve learnt something today. Living in the UK, Heather is the soft muted purple-pink colour of heather found across moorland in Northern England and Scotland. I’ve not come across it as a verb – heathered. We would probably just call the texture flecked. We would describe something as marIed if it is two shades that intermingle in a subtle way. I can see how it heather could be described as a verb,because heather flowers close-up are very small and there can be variation of colours on the same plant. That’s amazing.
However, we’ve still not determined whether the photo is of a green jumper but anyone ordering it will get a cool blue one! ?
Linda P says
Hi Janice: Really like the color combination, and except for the controversial pool blue moniker, have all these in my closet. The heroine very smartly has a cross body bag that can be packed inside her tote for future carry-on travel. At least that’s what I do, having flown to/from San Francisco to see our daughter, with plane space is at a premium.
One of the reasons I was careful to put the entire “pool blue” color in the description was that I KNEW that if someone went looking for that sweater, the name of the color would be confusing. I’m convinced that the sweater is almost certainly duck-egg blue or green, but they’re calling it pool blue…
I personally wouldn’t want to be swimming in that pool!
This is LOVELY! That scarf is the perfect piece to tie it all together.
You told us to write if we have an orphan. I thought maybe I could write looking for a unicorn.
(That would be a rare and “unfindable” item.) My summer wardrobe is Navy and white with pink accents. I have some lovely scarves in those colors but I rarely wear them around my neck in summer-too hot! I prefer necklaces. The problem is finding a pink necklace with SILVER hardware.
Maybe you have an idea for finding this illusive item??? I hope so. ( I like bold pieces and I am tall so they do not overwhelm me.) Most dainty jewelry just looks lost on me. Maybe you could do a post on accessories for summer. I usually love your selections! Thanks for a great Blog!
I like this collection for lots of reasons. These are my colors! It looks wearable and affordable if you shop for similar. It goes night and day and hot weather and cool. Perfect!