May 26, 2023
Okay, this is NOT at all in season, but I couldn’t resist! I suspect that we will take a look at more of this artist – I’m quite smitten…
Family, and Sport
Once upon a time, when a woman was attending a sporting event in the autumn, she would dress like the women in this lovely painting. Now, our heroine is using her colors, and her calm confidence, as her inspiration!
From time to time, one will be invited to see a family member do something sporty – a niece or nephew who plays football, or American football. Or any other number of sports – there are a lot of possibilities!
Our heroine wants to appear calm, relaxed and pretty. Not such bad goals, eh?
She can absolutely bet her entire retirement savings that there won’t be anything dressy happening; that makes packing SO much easier!
Note: both of the cardigans that our heroine packs are from Peraluna; if you find something in a favorite color, it makes good sense to check other products from that company. Many brands produce multiple garments in the same color family…
She fully understands that taking a lovely scarf to a sporting event is to tempt the fates to bring about nasty spillage – she will NOT be the woman who dresses from a place of fear!
When she looks at her travel capsule wardrobe, she is delighted – it’s exactly the mood that she wants to bring to a weekend full of relatives, competition, and fun!
When you really don’t now what a trip will bring, it’s wise to be sure that you have a range of ways to get dressed. It’s not impossible that an entire beer can be upset onto a sweater, putting it out of commission for the weekend!
If beloved family is involved, you don’t have to be a sports fan to have a good weekend!
p.s. Five years ago, I suggested that navy might be a base for a great summer “uniform.” I love the idea of a uniform…
Oh, this is just so lovely, as ever. Nice reduced colors. Wonderful. The fantastic coat: I would not have wanted to live in the times of that coat, but I find the fashion of that time just so beautiful (I have pictures of my mother who is now in her 80ies with such wardrobe).
Have a nice Pentecost (here in Germany, we can feast with a church Holiday on Monday).
This is just lovely, I can picture some people just looking amazing in this. I love the pink and gray – doesn’t love me, but that’s ok.
On a side note – to the reader who was 60-ish and just had her colors done again – did you think it was worth it? I’ve been thinking about it for awhile, but it seems so frivolous. I was told I was a winter in my 20’s, an autumn in my 40’s, (weird, huh?) and I know my current wardrobe is a mix of warm and cool and scattered. I’d like to focus and think maybe a color analysis would help me.
Have a great weekend everyone.
P.S. Thank you Janice for the Sunday postings of your weekly wardrobe, as I’m putting winter away and going through things your posts have shown me I can really do with less.
If it’s not too dear, do it! Your “season” can change over time.
I’m 68…had mine re-done a year ago as lifestyle, worn items & body changes required quite a few clothing purchases and I was feeling like none of what I have hangs together. The reason for the wardrobe cacophony was a combination of color misdiagnosis and straying from what I already knew were my best colors. Beauty for All Seasons said I was a spring…I am. Along comes an acquaintance from a professional women’s club who repped a company called Color One (no longer in business.) While she did give me excellent advice on how to style, my palette included some pretty heavy and dark colors…many of them definitely cool. So, my analysis 40 yrs later with House of Colour has pulled me back on track. Still a spring, and understanding how and why my colors harmonize is actually liberating. Things I’ve added or replaced pull far more weight and dressing is more efficient. I’m getting compliments from strangers on my outfit choices and colors! So, yes, putting discipline back into shopping is very rewarding.
Carol S says
My ‘season’ has changed over the years too. I was a Spring (the reds were always too bright). Now I am much more muted but still light & warm. Spring in all its iterations (light, bright or warm) no longer worked for me as did other iterations of other 3 seasons.
I recently had my colours done by a representative of the ‘Absolute Colour System’. I am much more comfortable with my ‘Intriguing’ swatch (light, warm & smokey). When my hair eventually goes grey I might be a bit brighter in my colouring.
Robin J says
This color combination really made me sit up and look another two or three times! It drew me in because it’s unexpected and looks exotic to me. I may give the colors a try. BTW – I own the L.L. Bean “apricot” tee shirt and the actual color is a pale pink, not at all in the orange family.
While I would look ghastly in this color combination, I can enjoy and appreciate this collection as art. Thank you!
Sandy b says
What a nice capsule. And I don’t think it is too early to look ahead to autumn and do a little preplanning. It will be here, and everything sold out, before I know it. Also following the conversation about color analysis with interest…
Lovely is exactly the word. And I have to go to a friend’s race Saturday. Hmmm….
Yes, please, more from this artist!
I love the calm vibe of this wardrobe and how varying shades of the two colours give it interest.
That painting is a fun time capsule; it’s evocative of 50’s print ads or the two-colour illustrations in my old sisters’ Trixie Beldon books. I look forward to seeing more posts using this artist’s work!
Correction: “my oldER sisters’ Trixie Beldon books”!!!!! 🤦🏼♀️
I have several Trixie Beldon books in my collection and love reading and re-reading them!! I am always on the watch as they are some of my favorites! This is a lovely, calm outfit for sports! I would have to have a little more variety than two shades, even for a weekend. I keep trying to wear monotone outfits and just can’t do it. At least I know myself at this point.
oh gosh. I remember Trixie Beldon! The books were hand me down – not sure where we got them, but I remember reading them. WOW, what a blast from the past….
I, too, LOVE Trixie Belden. I am fortunate to have all of the original books. It was nice to pull them out of storage and reread them again (after 40+ years) in Summer/Fall of 2020 when the libraries were closed. There were some nice descriptions of outfits worn by the girls in some of the stories. And as you said, Wendy, those illustrations!
That pink! When I first saw today’s painting I felt a burst of happiness — I really think a rose to blush pink is such a gorgeous color!
Not my colours, but I love the casual feel of this wardrobe. We don’t go to sporting events often, but when we do we have so much fun. This would be great for a weekend of tailgating and drinks and watching sports.
I love this painting and would love to see more of this artist. My mother~in~law sketched prints very similar to this in the 1940’s for advertisements. They are now a valued treasure scattered throughout the family.
Gorgeous, Janice. Seasonal or not, I love it!
Ohmygosh! I didn’t see the resemblance to the Trixie books. I inherited about a dozen in the 80s from an aunt around the same time that I inherited a set of the Donna Parker books from a wonderful woman that worked with my dad. Funny thing is that the painting reminds me of a picture in one of those DP books. It is eerily similar if you swap the woman for a teen and give the girl Ked type shoes! I don’t know if I would wear the colours, but it does have a lovely elegant feel. Thanks Janice for a pretty image heading into a long weekend. I will be roughing it on a camping trip and longing for the elegance of anything remotely civilized.
Wendy All says
Thank you for mentioning my secret “away for the weekend” fear: spillage on a garment that puts it out of commission! Silly to worry about it, but for me it happens more often than not. Always packing two of the same color t-shirt for that reason.
Chris M says
Lovely, lovely, lovely!
She is not wearing that gorgeous bracelet even once? Or perhaps she’s wearing it with every outfit ;)
I wasn’t sure about these colours together but I love what you chose! I
Especially the rosegold
This wardrobe is so absolutely lovely and perfectly timed.
Vicki from New Zealand says
Love these colours, although I’m another one who suspects the pink wouldn’t love me back. I went to the look-back (navy uniform) & then the previous week’s (beige uniform), and realised that’s what I have for winter and summer, now that I have “all the neutrals”. (Although I insist that my lighter neutral is called off-white, ivory, oatmeal … anything but beige, lol. The very word creeps me right out!) And it is really easy to get dressed! Almost like when I was a young adult, and there were hardly any choices to be made. Love it.
Your “ once upon a time” brought back my admiration for the times in the Autumn at foot ball games, where one could expect to see a young women dressed in a tweed or herring bone skirted suit , with a large yellow Spider Mum pinned onto her lapel . On her feet would be penny loafers or tassel mocs and yes, she would be wearing nylon stockings ! I always thought that was such a classy and classic look ! But then , that was my generation’s way of style expression . Makes me think of a Northeast US “ old money ” look !
Hi Everyone, might be too late in the day for anyone to see this – I seem to remember a fairly recent discussion on orphans – and I found one where Janice suggested buying accessories for your orphan and incorporating it into your wardrobe – but I thought there was another one about orphans being ok even if just for one outfit? Or something like that…. I’ve looked back through almost Feb. But I think it was more recent than that. Does anyone happen to remember or does this ring a bell? I tried entering Orphans in the search, but that sent me to articles which were years old. Thanks in advance to all you wonderful women.
PS I think I”m just trying to distract myself today as son just got out of hospital, and now someone hit his car. Always something!
I don’t know to which article you are referring, but I’d like to find it.
Sheila, I hope your son is getting better and will keep you and yours in my thoughts sending positive vibes and prayers your way.
Oh Sheila so sorry, hope he heals fast and the insurance company behaves properly!
Thank you. The good news is when I get anxious I clean. Winter clothes not worn this year out on the bed to be bagged for Goodwill. and I only pulled one item back out! That’s progress. Have a great weekend all.
That soft warm pink, rosy neutral with off white and warm grey is absolutely gorgeous. I’d grab the lot for my own wardrobe. The art brought back happy memories of my mother dressed in a similar way.
Beth T says
I’m reading this on Monday. Pink and grey is one of my favourite combinations, so I love this. I have a pink and grey tweed coat too. It is easy to wear and rather soothing.
Sheila, I hope your son recovers well. It doesn’t matter how old they are, our kids are still our children who need their Mum.
I also love this illustration of his, at the link you provided, in black/pink/taupe and white.
michelle delloch says
Love this wardrobe. The colours are a bit too soft for me, but the level of casual works for most of my living.
Oh, and I love that illustration. That bag would still work for today. I found this… expensive but exquisite!