January 9, 2023
Yes, it’s been a lot of green this last few days, but I couldn’t resist this photograph!
Perfect for this time of year:
Our heroine saw her color palette for an upcoming trip:
Bringing Light to the Darkness…
Well, the darkness of a room full of navy suits!
She is tasked with being the presentation coordinator for the entire 2nd day of the conference. Which means introducing each presenter, sitting on the stage during each presentation, and then coordinating the questions that follow.
She doesn’t mind – she’s got zero stage fright, and she would watch all of the presentations anyway!
But she’s quite well-enough established in her career that she does NOT need to wear all navy, or all grey, or all black…
Frankly, she looks amazing in green. And she has a lovely collection of rings, brooches, and scarves that sing of animals, and plants, and warmer weather…
Sometimes, having paid your dues to your career means that you can dress any way you want…
p.s. Nine years ago, I showed six ways to wear an Hermes scarf for the months of July through December. Versatile is important if you want to buy an expensive accessory!
I love green and navy. I would never think to put a wardrobe like this together but It’s something I know I would love if I did. The green pants is something I’ve never owned or pants outside the neutral colors but when I see this I realize I’m missing out. I’d dare to wear it. Thanks Janice.
OMG navy and green two of my favorites! and I love Fable. This is just gorgeous – and I took a look at other photography by Mikko Lagerstedt and it’s just stunning. Thank you! I have a kelly green purse I’ve been using for over a year now, and I get more compliments on that purse! When we went on vacation people kept complimenting me on it and finally my husband looks at me and says, “what is it with that purse?” Honestly, I don’t know. It’s a $20 handbag from Amazon. Must be the color. Just a gorgeous collection – I’ve been looking at all that green from J.Crew for a couple of months now. Don’t think I”m ready to wear it head to toe, but love it in tops and accessories. Happy Monday!
Today’s heroine will definitely stand out in the sea of navys and greys and I say, “More power to her!” She’s definitely itely her “own gal” and is not afraid to enjoy her favourite, rather bold colour.
That Enchanted Tree scarf has me sorely tempted; it’s charming without being twee.
As an aside…
I was flying last Wednesday and had a few hours to bide in D.C.‘s Reagan airport. Without staring, I found myself doing a bit of people-watching. I noticed a few women (among hundreds of people) whose outfits made me wonder if they read this wonderful blog. They just seemed more pulled together – in an effortless manner- than the sea of travellers.
This is my current color palette with the addition of white as another neutral. I even have green pants. And I need that green wrap you show here. Green is one of my best colors as I have green eyes and did have light red hair, it’s silver now.
I have a navy/white gingham shirt almost a decade old that I wear often. Talk about a classic!!! And, yes, a woman who’s paid her dues to her career can dress any way she wants— right down to frog and dragonfly brooches.
Thanks for another sublime capsule.
Sandy b says
So cheery and springish. I would definitely be interested in seeing this color palette expanded upon. The other lighter green and subdued blue would be interesting.
Dee 2 says
I like the idea of being bright enough for people to see you, especially if the conference panels are being broadcast or streamed. But a “hostess” would not to be too bright and draw visual attention away from the panelists and honored guests. It’s a tough balance but this heroine’s wardrobe and implied professional demeanor will strike the balance, I am sure.
I love everything about this, and I, too, have kelly green pants. They are skinny ankle pants, and I wear them to death from March until September. They only piece from the above selection that I wouldn’t wear is the floral blouse, as I can’t do ditzy prints. Throw in bright pink, and that pretty much covers me for spring/summer.
Sally in St Paul says
Navy, white, and green is one of my favorite color palettes! I am thrilled to see the bright green pants (even better, comes as a suit with a matching blazer; even if you never wear them together, they will be terrific separates) as I’m on a bit of a mission to remind women that they really don’t have to be a supermodel to wear colorful pants (I wear them in size 20-24 and feel great in them). The print scarf is to die for! Perhaps I should be glad that it appears to be sold out and hence is not tempting me today. I am not sold on the ditsy floral blouse in this capsule – it feels a bit out of place amongst the bold colors and optic prints – but that may just be that this isn’t a style or print of blouse that I prefer personally. Otherwise, I would quite happily find this capsule in my suitcase!
Dee 2 says
Thank you for the reminder! As a plus-size pear I wore only blue jeans and black pants for probably 2 decades…. I’ve recently branched out into navy blue slacks and a couple of black + white patterns. I am definitely planning to get braver with my bottoms!
vicki g says
Team Green here also, since forever! Celadon, sea foam, kelly, and neutral (?) (there’s a middling shade of green that I love but have no idea what it’s called). I wear this green (kelly, is it?) with navy and ivory in summer, and with navy and grey in winter. This is a lovely capsule, as was the capsule based on the Dorrit Black print.
Substitute dark green, and this is a combo I wear a lot. I have a similar oblong scarf to the Fable one, from the Met store – it’s dark teal multicolored with a white unicorn. You’re reminding me to wear it!
I love that mid blue, labeled 386B7D, and would love to see more of it!
I hope the heroine is in a profession where sartorial eccentricity is accepted. I have to agree with a previous commenter that garments that may possibly take away from a presentation show a lack of professionalism. Hopefully the heroine resorts to her navy garments for her turn on the stage. The rest of the time I say let your freak flag fly but OMG those green pants (and all verdant items) would hit the Sally Anne so fast I HATE green and this version of it in particular. But then I adore pink/yellow/orange with navy and others may not care for those combos.
vicki g says
Pink with navy, beautiful. Pink, yellow, orange together? Also beautiful :)
I love the photo but am never wearing that green. I agree with the person who said substitute something darker; I like teal.
Love the dragonfly pin!
I’m loving all the green! It’s one of my top accent colors, along with turquoise. Probably comes from having green eyes and (originally) black hair. Personally, I’d put it with camel or another warm neutral, since true navy is too dark for me now that I have much lighter hair.
I agree with several individuals that I love the green and navy combos and would enjoy seeing them expanded (reader’s comment on 1/4/23). You did a trip wardrobe several years ago but you used black and the wardrobe was for a hot climate where culture dictated covering up arms and shoulders. It was great and I copied it for a similar vacation. The above wardrobe, for me, would work (green has to be more of a true green, on the monitor it looks more yellow green) andd if it was much more casual. Presentations on a stage are not part of my lifestyle anymore. Thanks for all your work and I’m glad to see you are feeling better.
This is an exciting capsule! It looks great together and gives me lots of ideas. Navy is one of my main neutrals, and I wear it with white accents, fuschia and cyan, so the brightness of my colors is similar to this green. After seeing this I really want to add a navy and white gingham button down and navy velvet flats. As usual, I adore you jewelry picks! That cuff bracelet and the jewel hoop earrings make me want to add green to my wardrobe just so I have an excuse to have those pieces too!
To say “I blush easily” would be an understatement. Green helps balance me out. I love our heroine’s green “power suit.” The slate/gray blue is a color that has been catching my eye the past few years. Would love to see more of the treasurers you find in these colors.