August 15, 2022
This is a slightly more extravagant wardrobe than the first 3… and note that if you’re looking for accent colors, Benetton always carries plenty!
Back to School – Not in THIS Climate!
She has the longest drive – they live a long way south of the University…
Her friends are always eager to see how she’s managing a “real” autumn – she struggles with socks, and when they first met, she hadn’t brought any sweaters with her!
She’s charming, feminine, and great fun!
She confesses that she loves “having” to buy corduroy pants, and a cashmere sweater! If there’s a temporary cold spell where she lives, she at least has something to wear for a day or two…
Four VERY different friends, but they have at least a couple of things in common. That’s what friendship is – a warm and loving meeting of individuals!
p.s. Six years ago, our heroine wore all neutral colors, and her signature necklaces…
Beth T says
I love this soft rose pink. This heroine is my soft and floral romantic alter ego to versions 2 and 3 (practical, down to earth with unexpected quirkiness – coloured footwear, pretty jewellery and wearing diamante by day).
Take the colour shades of burgundy/wine red, purple/plum and rose/salmon/cameo pink plus grey, taupe/brown and dark slate blue. This is my winter wardrobe.
Thank you for demonstrating that it is possible to have different styles in.our wardrobes that express the different aspects of character. It’s nice not to be pigeon-holed into one limited range.
Yes! This is my colours too except for the taupe/brown. I wear charcoal and navy in winter.
I love love love this wardrobe! This is what is in my closet, but not quite so lusciously.
Jackie Katz says
This is inspiring me to add a pink 5 piece capsule to brighten and soften my very dark and severe wardrobe!
This is really pretty. Not quite sure it feels fall-ish to me. And why is it we associate specific colors with certain times of the year? I had lunch w/my three friends Saturday. I had on a bright yellow top with leggings, one had on bright blue with jeans (and a scarf as a belt!), and the other a deliciously feminine floral pink/burgundy/gray top with jeans. I will chime in with everyone else and say how much I enjoy the friends posts. Have a good day ladies!
I had suggested brown as the accent colour for the “Rose pink” friend but I think this ivory suits the time of year so much better.
The clothes and outfits are lovely; I especially like the headband (the weaving is so interesting and it plays so nicely with the woven pink leather cross-body purse) and the skirt.
Thank you, Janice, for demonstrating how one scarf/inspiration piece can launch a thousand wardrobes!
The white also goes with the story of being from the South, where it is warmer for longer and rules like “don’t wear white after labor day” just don’t apply, especially with these shorter pants! I’m sure she will be dressed perfectly appropriately for a late summer or early fall weekend almost anywhere that’s not expecting snow!
Ah Wendy, you NOTICED the weave thing! I do that with all kinds of little details, mostly so that the images on the page look coherent. It’s a weird obsession, but it’s mine!
😉 I sure did! I’ve learned to hunt for your subplots in the wardrobe stories. Nothing is accidental in your work – you have such a great eye for detail!
👋🏻 from 🇨🇦!
I also love how the book dividers match all the accent colors! :)
Love the four friends series so much! The first wardrobe is my favourite, but I love how focussing on a different colour changes the feel completely. Also, each person’s personal style is reflected so well and makes a unique statement. Janice, you are just so clever!
Lovely clothes, beautiful capsule, but imo it didn’t relate to the inspiration scarf – in fact only one outfit featured it. I have pined for several of the other capsules though.
I’m not wild about the inspiration scarf, but I can totally see it working with many of the pieces shown here…maybe more than capsule 3. I think the reason for that is the contrast btwn the light clothes with the dark scarf. I would however add a caramel toned accessory – either shoes or purse to help balance the dark scarf. Great exercise in looking at a wardrobe and evaluating different options. This is a good example of using a very subtle color in the inspiration piece. Amazing work Janice & thank you.
Dame Eleanor Hull says
I’d take the accent pieces from all four and wear them with charcoal or chocolate. But I’m like Sally in St Paul in needing a wide variety of colors and moods in my wardrobe.
Sally in St Paul says
I like this idea, Dame Eleanor!
NATALIE K says
What a lovely wardrobe that I can’t wear because those cool colors are not me!!! I loved the wardrobe but I couldn’t wear espridlles with white denim pants!! Yes with a whit eyelet skirt but not with white denim!!! To me it makes a unfinished look!! Too winter & summer together!! But I can see putting on a white cardigan with a summery skirt because here in the desert we do this at night. It gets very cold at night in the desert!!! This was a very special, thoughtful wardrobe!!!
Kelly G. says
Like the other ladies here, I love how differently you have interpreted this scarf for four very different women. I love how pulling the soft pink tone out of the scarf allowed you to include some Southern styling. I also love how you subtly work to not only include complimentary colors, but textures, as well.
As always, well done!
Sally in St Paul says
Such a pretty, pretty wardrobe! But I kind of hate the inspiration scarf with it…and I didn’t like the scarf with the purple + grey wardrobe either. The scarf has a color palette and a geometric vibe that just didn’t work for me with the last two capsules…it feels forced. Comparing how the inspiration scarf fits into the capsule with how the pink floral scarf does really makes that clear to my eye. I suspect that other than on this friend group meet-up, heroines 3 and 4 will allow the scarf to languish unworn in their closet. I take this as a lesson in “don’t let yourself be pressured into purchasing something that is not authentic to your own style.” A good lesson to learn vicariously rather than after spending the $168.
I also think the scarf doesn’t really work as an accessory with all of the wardrobes but it occurred to me that it could be used as an inspiration – much like the “Start With Art” wardrobes.
For me, scarves are solely an inspiration, much like the “Start With Art”. I own 3 scarves and wear each one about once a year. Scarves or no scarves, Janice is absolutely the best at putting together a wardrobe!
Amanda Hudson says
So I don’t really care for the scarf and mainly because of the colors. I do love though how Janice picks out other possible colorways. The big question for me is , does one friend purchase four scarves and distribute them? Do they plan the amount spent? How does this work? I think it would be fun to do with a group!
I like to think that they’re all moved to buy it separately because they are so similar in their preferences! (never gonna happen…) I suspect that it would be this last heroine buying them as gifts for everyone; she seems to have the most disposable income!
Oh I love this capsule- rose pinks in these tones are a favourite accent. Like Jackie Katz said- this would be a great place to assemble a French 5 Piece accent wardrobe from.
The creamy whites are perfect with the rose shades. I know from experience these pinks even the slightly cooler toned ones will tone in with all the brown, tan, caramel and rusty burgundy shades. The chocolate box heroine series from a few years back- I think 2017 or 18- showed how that worked.
That series sent me off on my final exploration of a brown based wardrobe. I still love the idea but brown isn’t me.
I’m pretty sure this scarf would go with a larger year round wardrobe similar to that one.
Got it. It was 2016, 3 posts in July on building a wardrobe in brown, khaki and pink. I still enjoy reading through that one.
Chocolate box capsules
Not related to this post specifically, but I want to say that I discovered your posts a few months ago and appreciate them so much!! Seems I’ve never had enough pieces in one theme to allow enough wardrobe flexibility, which makes me a chronic overpacker. I’m learning ways to fix it with your posts. It helps that so many sources have become more internet-shopping friendly since the pandemic, because this is difficult to do if one must rely only on local stores.
Also, the way you show the clothes is so very useful – I don’t “see” things as well even when I lay everything out on a bed (which also takes a lot of time and space), and lists and Excel spreadsheets aren’t as useful, so I’ve started photographing clothes on the floor, against a light background, when I’m putting them away or have the time to attack a drawer or section of my closet. Then I “cut them out” with the magnetic lasso in Photoshop and paste into PowerPoint, and the virtual mix-and-matching as in your storyboards allows me to see gaps and possibilities! Thanks also for keeping your archives accessible; I’ve been going through those when I have time.
You might take a look at the Stylebook app. It’s not as good as TVF, but does many of the things you’re doing on your own, a bit easier.
Gail F says
I don’t know what anyone is talking about, the inspiration scarf looks great with everything but the print skirt! I love how you got an entire light mini wardrobe out of the same inspiration. These posts help me think about clothes and color schemes so differently than I ever did before.
Gina Kingston says
I love how you have created 4 very different wardrobes from the one scarf. Mine would contain a mix of the orange, pink and burgundy, with the burgundy as my dark neutral instead of black. I would love to see a fifth multi-coloured version of a wardrobe with multicoloured outfits next time you do one of these.