May 18, 2022
There are so many different reasons to love one scarf:
Yes, her name means cherry! Sometimes, you will indeed see her wearing a cherry-printed dress, or wee cherry earrings…
But for her trip with her 3 friends, she is embracing her love of stripes, and challenging herself to an entirely red and white travel capsule wardrobe!
(okay, except for the blue pants in which she’s going to travel; she’s taking the bus, and she’s NOT willing to sacrifice her good white pants to the whims of mass transit…)
If you’re looking for a “weekender” bag that doesn’t blend into the crowd, this Vera Bradley bag comes in seven colors…
Cerise is indeed the woman who seized the parrot theme of the scarf and ran with it – all the way to a pair of earrings, and a lovely, whimsical pendant!
She literally laughed out loud when she saw her entire wardrobe assembled on her clothes drying rack; she can’t tell if she feels like a peppermint stick, or a flag…
But one only wears one outfit at a time; her friends will undoubtedly noticed that she’s wearing red and white all the time, but they kind of expect that of her! If anybody else notices, she hopes that they enjoy her sense of fun…
I’ve actually traveled and worn only black and white – with lots of stripes – for a week-long trip! But red and white is quite a bit more bold…
Could you imagine a heroine with a substantial wardrobe core of vintage indigo, beige and white, and then ALL FOUR accent colors?
SHE would be a colorful personality…
p.s. Six years ago, we looked at adding accessories to a casual wardrobe in black, blue and grey. I still like everything I chose, which is always an accomplishment.
p.p.s. According to Four Objects, every 10 pounds of fabric diverted from landfill has the same CO2-reducing benefit as planting a tree! Wow!!! Let’s all learn to mend, re-use, re-purpose etc. (tee shirts make EXCELLENT cleaning cloths…)
Beth T says
Of all the wardrobes, I thought that Cerise would take up the parrot theme. Perfect. I could see a heroine with accents of red, turquoise and yellow. The green is too soft. It would have to be emerald to match the intensity of the other colours.
Cut up tee-shirts and vests make excellent dusters. I also wear old tee shirts in bed.
Hands down, this is my favorite capsule. Red and white makes me positively giddy with joy. The parrot necklace, the earrings, bracelets…everything! And, yes, I would even try the striped scarf with the striped tee just in case it works.
This is definitely my favorite – love it!
My name is Cherry and I used to work with a chap who always called me Cerise. My colours are white, red and all shades of blue including navy. I reckoned if Janice could add brown to her black and white theme, I could add navy to mine. Love this. Definitely my favourite capsule.
Cerise shoukd bring her capsule up here for Canada Day.
I thought the same!
I take your themes and try to buy quality secondhand clothes. I don’t have time or skills for actual thrifting in a “charity shop” but consignment shops are more my thing – yes higher prices but better names and higher quality too. And ebay and poshmark and thredup make it easy to buy online. Many brands even certify their own resale items – like Eileen Fisher and REI stores, among others.
Love all 4 wardrobes and how the heroines reflect themselves! Thank you!
While in theory this looks great, all that white would just be the death of me. I went back and looked at the other three wardrobes, and I gotta stick with Sunny. I’m wearing yellow today, actually, and yesterday received the yellow wedges I ordered . We are predicted to have a Pacific Cyclone hit us today – strong winds, cool, raining. sigh. Yellow cheers me up. I do really love these wardrobes of four friends and their individual perspectives on what to wear with the same scarf. I have fun imagining our brunch group and where we would fit in….
Hands down, Cerise is my favorite! I don’t even wear red but I love everything about this wardrobe. These 4 heroines’ wardrobes have been a lot of fun.
This is my favorite! Love the red! The only thing I might add is another print/ floral/ graphic tee for fun and maybe another blue piece (top or skort) to mix in. Fun combo!
I love this capsule! I could absolutely see me packing this for a road trip with handy laundry facilities.
I do have a large wardrobe, and my core summer colors are navy, white, bright pink, kelly green, and red. In the winter I go to navy, white, grey, purple, hunter green, and burgundy. I’ve tried to minimize my wardrobe, but I love colors!
I love this wardrobe, the BEST yet! I love red and blue and this is just in time for patriotic holiday’s and our visit to colonial Williamsburg. Love the shorts, but not the price. LOL
Oh, if I could combine this with the turquoise and change the white to all navy/chambray I would love it!!! Thanks Janice… now I need to get started on the book. It just came from the library.
Love, love, love this one! Would definitely take this in a trip. Nice to see some clear, cool coloured capsules.
I can’t wear this, but it’s pretty to look at. If this were mine, I would ditch the blue pants and wear red for the bus. Why not go all in if you can pull off the red. I really needed to see something pretty today…not a good day at all. Thanks for adding one nice thing to a bad day.
Spend some time here with your friends when you’re having a bad day… We are always happy to see you!
Linda P says
Hi Janice and Everyone: Cerise is braver than I am to include all that white 😉 . I don’t know if I could dress full on in red and white – might have to have a little beige or sage thrown in.
While I don’t “love” red it is the one colour that always gets me compliments when I wear it. Friends, family, strangers have commented on how rested, bright or fresh I look, or what a great colour it is on me, so I try to keep at least on true red top around. I would switch the shorts for a cerise maxi dress and the white pants for a red and white large print skirt. Might be somewhat less prone to dirt disasters. I would wear everything else, including the parrots! ❤️ 🦜 ❤️
Definitely a Cherry here! Today was a pink and white day and I could work with this wardrobe. The blue would need to be a grey and the shirt would need to be a pop over version, but this wardrobe would work for me. If I was going to make another change, I would have red trousers rather than white for dirt reasons (and knicker reasons!).
Today I worked my shift as a volunteer in our local charity shop and I found and bought a pair of red summer trousers and a shirt with a print of cherries. Both were new with labels attached £5 for the two.
Beth T says
Let me guess? Ex-M&S?
Sally in St Paul says
This wardrobe is so fun (stripes + parrots = swoon), though I couldn’t do the white pants…I’d have to go full-on red, white, and blue, I think!
Beth T says
Just rediscovered a top in the soft green that I wasn’t sure about. It has a floral pattern of pink/plum flowers. I wore it three different ways today with grey/taupe, soft muted pink and plum.
Outfit 1 – green floral top with taupe cotton trousers (could also wear grey) and a plaid shirt (grey, plum and soft pink). If it had been cold, I would have worn a plum fleece.
Outfit 2 – green floral top and plum jersey trousers
Outfit 3 – as outfit 2 with soft pink jumper
I’ve just laid out all the clothes in a neat capsule. I also have another green tee (more light teal) with plum butterflies.
This is worth developing as an idea. Ideally, a collection of green, grey plum/purple and soft pink to see me through the year.
Sally in St Paul says
That sounds like a beautiful combination, Beth T!
Love this! My favorite of them all. I don’t wear shorts but I think I could sub red capris or cropped pants. I will try this for a weekend trip, with some navy thrown in.
“Could you imagine a heroine with a substantial wardrobe core of vintage indigo, beige and white, and then ALL FOUR accent colors?“
Yes, I can! And I’d love to see how you’d tackle that wardrobe.
For those of us who prefer multiple accent colors, this idea sounds wonderful. I’m not a huge minimalist so working with three base colors and four accent colors is actually still a great way to keep to a more limited number of items. More items for sure, but items that are properly curated to work well together.
And I wear white pants as soon as the temps hit “Spring” :) I’ve found that denim, twill, and lightweight cotton duck fabrics are much more durable and forgiving for my active lifestyle. They hold up well in the weekly laundry and can handle bleach added to the wash every now and then. My quirk is not feeling comfortable wearing white shoes with white pants. I prefer a shoe that matches my skin tone. Though with shorts, white shoes are just fine!
I agree whole hardily I wear a lot of white pants all summer and into the fall, even white cords in winter.
While I absolutely adore Cerise’s take on the scarf, stunning red and white, I’m afraid I couldn’t do the white, too brave. Or, I’d have to bring more of it in duplicates, so I could change every time I spilled! I do LOVE, LOVE the red.
I think I related most to Celeste’s style. Love the blue, easy dressing, not a lot of frill, although I am certainly NOT a personal trainer. It just seems effortless while still looking polished. (But Cerise’s red Vera Bradley bag! Je l’aime!)