December 5, 2022
Sometimes, heroines don’t need sequins or beaded trim to dress up!
I think that it makes sense for most of us to have a beautiful blouse or top in our favorite accent color, though!
If you want to look luxurious and elegant, but NOT frou-frou, these tops might be just right for you!
Although relatively few of her garments are frilly or lacy, this wardrobe still has a pretty feel to it…
And her accessories are lovely… I’m always smitten with accessories!
Such a fun range of outfits are possible from this wardrobe:
This next wardrobe is finally starting to look coherent, to my eye. Sometimes it takes a while!
Our heroine stumbled onto a few pieces in her favorite shade of blue, and she wisely grabbed them!
Banana Republic has amazingly lovely jewelry right now…
As much as I love olive green (let’s be serious – I love ALL colors…), the addition of 3 accent colors lifts the mood of this wardrobe, and provides lots of choices in the morning!
As always, I think that her accessories are wonderful!
She can dress up, she can dress down, she can dress in a normal casual way…
Do you have a particular garment that you always turn to for dressing up? I ALWAYS look to my pleated skirt, with either a lace tee shirt or a velvet tee shirt…
p.s. Four years ago, I accented simple black and white clothes with the “new” Pantone 2019 colors…
The blue velour tunic is just lucious.
Beth T says
I agree. I have a similar one in grey.
Gosh. I am no longer pining after the Ruskin’s Meadow. I still think it’s quite lovely, but during this year long purge of my closet I’ve eliminated blues except for navy, and eliminated golds while keeping bright clear yellow. No pink. It’s still very appealing to me though. Are you going to do an analysis of these as you have done in the past? What worked and what didn’t? Hard to believe we are coming up to the end of the year. Can’t wait to see what you explore in 2023. Thank you for all your hard work.
The velour tunic/skirt combination would get you through a full season of special events, especially with that gorgeous range of accessories. I can see our heroine adding just one extra sparkly snowflake brooch or necklace to sail through the holidaze.
Sally in St Paul says
I really like the suggestion of a snowflake motif with the blue velour outfit!
Beth T says
I can see myself wearing that lovely outfit and a snowflake pendant and earrings.
I’ve enjoyed these colour palettes all year. They offer enough variety so that you would have colour options and not feel boxed in. I especially like that rich green blouse. I loved forest green in the mid-nineties and am loving it again now. I hope it’s available for a while!
I love the greens and pinks from the sampler… I’m not as sure about the cream that goes with it, but now that she has jeans, I’ll take it! :)
Sally in St Paul says
Didn’t the jeans make all the difference to the Sampler capsule?
I would also take the Sampler, though I would prefer to switch the light beige pants/skirts to a range of darker browns. Wouldn’t some (so hard to find) rose browns be lovely?
Well, I have to say that I love the green silk shirt and the mustard sweater. If one of the upcoming scarves is similar to one I own, then I may try to follow along in 2023 using my current closet. These posts seem like a great building exercise and I hope will help me cull my wardrobe stash further. I must have been a magpie in a previous life as I adore accessories and colours.
Yes, please to both the brown and rose brown! :)
Great job Janice! I’m really liking how the rushkin meadow turned out. I think the blues balance everything so well, although I would probably swap 1 or 2 olive pants for more jeans. And adding blue jeans to all the scarves adds so much versatility! I think it was a suggestion from a reader ;)
I’m going through the ‘dress up’ files since I have a wedding in January and have no clue what to wear. I wish I had followed the wise suggestion of storing a dressy outfit already prepared.
Cheers and blessings to all!
Amy L. Landis says
Love all the flat shoes. (My real world.)
It’s so hard to wait when your favourite is scarf number 6 !
I love the suede shirt, but why oh why do designers insist on putting pockets on the front of shirts? I’ve never seen a woman put anything in a chest pocket! Such a waste of fabric and in an area some woman don’t want to emphasize!
This is my first comment with you Janice, I recently discovered your blog and it has so changed my habits, I now think a lot more before making a clothing purchase. Thank you!