The Vivienne Files https://www.theviviennefiles.com/ Capsule wardrobes inspired by art and nature Sat, 03 Dec 2022 14:54:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.theviviennefiles.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/The-VIvienne-Files-150x150.png The Vivienne Files https://www.theviviennefiles.com/ 32 32 Part 1 December 2022: Six Scarves, 12 Months https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/12/part-1-december-2022-six-scarves-12-months.html/ https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/12/part-1-december-2022-six-scarves-12-months.html/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2022 08:15:20 +0000 https://www.theviviennefiles.com/?p=93489 December 2, 2022 I always think of “finishing” these wardrobes for the December posts – but I’m realizing (after a TON of these posts!) that there is never a finished wardrobe. You might well be at a point that you have everything you need for the foreseeable future, but things will wear out. You will […]

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December 2, 2022

I always think of “finishing” these wardrobes for the December posts – but I’m realizing (after a TON of these posts!) that there is never a finished wardrobe. You might well be at a point that you have everything you need for the foreseeable future, but things will wear out. You will change your tastes. Your body will change. Oh, how things wear out…

So for this last post, I’m adding jeans to EVERYBODY’S wardrobes, as well as a couple of tops…

scarf – PJ Studio Accessories

This wardrobe has been a lovely study in a couple of things:

  • How you can bring an accent color into your wardrobe without matching every piece (both the green and the pink here have garments that don’t match!)
  • How many pairs of pants you can have in your neutral without being repetitious or boring.
  • How you can own the same garment in more than 1 color anybody knowing or caring. (cashmere crewnecks, anyone?)

So let’s shop!

Here’s our heroine’s current wardrobe – arranged by garment type…

You can see that she’s got a good assortment of most categories. I would probably want another dress…

And HER ACCESSORIES ARE WONDROUS…

This heroine was in a pretty good spot for dressy activities; adding a couple of pretty blouses (which can be worn through most of the year), a bag, and metallic flats give her plenty more options.

And now, one of the wardrobes with lots of brown… usually difficult to finish!

Maybe a print top doesn’t include EVERY color in your wardrobe. Maybe the sneakers won’t be perfect with every pair of pants… Our goal is to get dressed, not to have an absolutely flawless wardrobe, right?

This heroine could go almost anywhere, and do almost anything (okay, no rock-climbing!) with this wardrobe:

These accessories could tempt me to switch out my wardrobe to brown and turquoise, rather than black and purple!

As always, 3 new garments should give any heroine at LEAST 3 new outfits. 6 is more like it. 9 is even better!

I’ve got a handful of new garments – including TWO new pairs of pants, queued to wear after then 100 Days of The Dress have finished… That’s all of the wardrobe planning I’m doing right now!

Should I keep doing “outfit of the day” posts?

love,

Janice

p.s. Six years ago, I did a pretty rigorous evaluation of 1 of our Six Scarves wardrobes, in navy…

Part 1 December 2022: Six Scarves, 12 Months

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1 Dress, 100 Days: Days 91 and 92 https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/12/1-dress-100-days-days-91-and-92.html/ https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/12/1-dress-100-days-days-91-and-92.html/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2022 21:39:36 +0000 https://www.theviviennefiles.com/?p=93511 It’s suddenly very cold in Chicago – almost as if winter is here! love, Janice

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It’s suddenly very cold in Chicago – almost as if winter is here!

love,

Janice

dress – Wool&; earrings – Julie Vos; scarf – Echo; turtleneck – Uniqlo; boots – Blondo

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Start with Art: A Peasant Woman by Edgar Degas https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/11/start-with-art-a-peasant-woman-by-edgar-degas.html/ https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/11/start-with-art-a-peasant-woman-by-edgar-degas.html/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2022 08:15:38 +0000 https://www.theviviennefiles.com/?p=93462 November 30, 2022   Why yes, it suits her to a T… The Confectionary Rep… She goes to all of those gigantic food conferences – she’s responsible for over a dozen of the booths that showcase small chocolate and caramel makers… She doesn’t have to actually be IN the booths – she hires lovely staff […]

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November 30, 2022

A Peasant Woman – Edgar Degas

 

Why yes, it suits her to a T…

The Confectionary Rep…

She goes to all of those gigantic food conferences – she’s responsible for over a dozen of the booths that showcase small chocolate and caramel makers…

She doesn’t have to actually be IN the booths – she hires lovely staff for that! But she does get to wander around, offering samples to people, and chatting with customers who seem to be legitimately interested…

She loves dressing in “chocolate and caramel” colors, with a touch of ivory whipped cream!

One company has mentioned that they might started making chocolate-covered cherries!

She sees a beautiful red sweater in her future…

love,

Janice

p.s. Four years ago, we reviewed a year of packing based on a Frantisek Kupka painting

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1 Dress, 100 Days: Days 89 and 90 https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/11/1-dress-100-days-days-89-and-90.html/ https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/11/1-dress-100-days-days-89-and-90.html/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2022 17:22:00 +0000 https://www.theviviennefiles.com/?p=93457 November 29, 2022 It’s hard to imagine wearing something OTHER than my dress, at this point. I’m sure I’ll manage.. love, Janice

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November 29, 2022

It’s hard to imagine wearing something OTHER than my dress, at this point.

I’m sure I’ll manage..

love,

Janice

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Accessorizing! Adding to a Navy, Green & Yellow Wardrobe https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/11/accessorizing-adding-to-a-navy-green-yellow-wardrobe.html/ https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/11/accessorizing-adding-to-a-navy-green-yellow-wardrobe.html/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2022 08:15:20 +0000 https://www.theviviennefiles.com/?p=93383 November 28, 2022 It has only been a few days – I’m sure you remember the wardrobe that we looked at last Wednesday! I left that heroine with almost no accessories… My favorite approach to adding accessories to a wardrobe is to choose a range of outfits, and then accessorize each outfit with what they […]

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November 28, 2022

It has only been a few days – I’m sure you remember the wardrobe that we looked at last Wednesday!

I left that heroine with almost no accessories…

My favorite approach to adding accessories to a wardrobe is to choose a range of outfits, and then accessorize each outfit with what they need. After the 2nd outfit, I find that I can start re-using shoes, at least!

If you can find a lovely pair of shoes in your accent color, consider grabbing them! Some of us don’t feel comfortable with accent shoes, but other people look amazing in them:

A seasonal brooch and a dressy bag will make it possible to wear an otherwise “not really dressy” outfit to all kinds of events:

Accent socks! And a scarf with doesn’t really go with anything except your yellow accent sweater:

Sometimes, all you need is the right scarf, and a touch of a bracelet…

Why not sneakers? Why not sneakers that sparkle?

I don’t know if I would wear BOTH frog earrings and a frog brooch at the same time, but if green was my favorite accent color, I would certainly OWN them both…

Why yes, you can wear a plaid scarf over a plaid flannel shirt – especially if you’re wearing a sweater and only a wee bit of the shirt is visible…

When your favorite plaid is available, grab it!

A sweater with a lot of pattern interest doesn’t really require much more for accessories – some festive earrings, and a neutral bag and shoes!

This is her accessory wardrobe – I could have a LOT of fun with these pieces…

Accessories are more fun than clothes, to me…

love,

Janice

p.s. Six years ago, I was packing for Paris… Sigh…

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1 Dress, 100 Days: Days 79 – 88 https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/11/1-dress-100-days-days-79-88.html/ https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/11/1-dress-100-days-days-79-88.html/#comments Sun, 27 Nov 2022 19:13:27 +0000 https://www.theviviennefiles.com/?p=93406 November 27, 2022 I’m working my way through my scarf drawer; I claimed at the beginning of this project that I would sell or donate any scarf that I didn’t wear during the 100 days! I don’t think I’ll have any unworn… love, Janice

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November 27, 2022

I’m working my way through my scarf drawer; I claimed at the beginning of this project that I would sell or donate any scarf that I didn’t wear during the 100 days!

I don’t think I’ll have any unworn…

love,

Janice

dress – Wool&; earrings – Julie Vos; turtleneck – Uniqlo; scarf – Dolce & Gabbana; leggings – Madewellmoccasins – Minnetonka

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dress – Wool&; earrings – Julie Vos; tee shirt – Muji; scarf – Hermes;  flats – Naturalizer

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dress – Wool&; earrings – Julie Vos; tee shirt – L.L.Bean; scarf – Hermes; flats – Thierry Rabotin

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Japanese 24 Seasons of the Year – Shōsetsu – Small Snow https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/11/japanese-24-seasons-of-the-year-shosetsu-small-snow.html/ https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/11/japanese-24-seasons-of-the-year-shosetsu-small-snow.html/#comments Fri, 25 Nov 2022 08:15:19 +0000 https://www.theviviennefiles.com/?p=93345 November 25, 2022 No, you are not getting a Black Friday post from me. You’re not getting a gift guide, nor anything that bosses you around about spending money.  Let’s think about the absolute beauty of snow. One flake at a time, or piled up making everything pristine and lovely… (I don’t drive, nor do […]

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November 25, 2022

No, you are not getting a Black Friday post from me.

You’re not getting a gift guide, nor anything that bosses you around about spending money. 

Let’s think about the absolute beauty of snow. One flake at a time, or piled up making everything pristine and lovely…

(I don’t drive, nor do I shovel – I have the love of snow that a small child has!)

Image –Alexey-Kljavov.pixels.com

If you admire the geometric beauty of individual flakes, Alexey Kljatov is your man. Follow him on Instagram for an occasional dose of awe…

Let’s bundle up!

I understand that wearing a range of 1 color is quite the “in” thing right now. Have you heard that?

Nordstrom Rack has a ton of really nice cashmere accessories – Portolano is very good quality…

The snow hasn’t covered branches yet in Chicago, but I suspect that before the end of the year it just might!

Photo – The Old Farmer’s Almanac

There’s always someone who looks so beautiful in pastels in the winter:

Camel, with warm boots, is classic…

The relentlessly perfect shape of snowflakes never gets old to me…

Image – Mark Cassino

I’ve had a black Barbour jacket for at least 15 years, and it may never wear out! If you’re tempted, get the very best one you can find, and take good care of it – it’s a wise investment…

If you look good in softer colors, but don’t want a pastel coat, a soft grey looks good with light blue, mint, lilac, butter yellow…

And if you’re looking for a specific color, or trying to match a couple of things, don’t forget about Colorful Standard

Enjoy the beauty! Yes, it can be a headache, but remember the joy you felt as a child when it snowed…

Image – Alexey Kljatov

love,

Janice

p.s. Seven years ago, I was thinking about what you might want to wear during the winter holidays, based on your favorite garments for “normal” life.

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Building a Cool Weather Wardrobe 1 Garment at a Time https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/11/building-a-cool-weather-wardrobe-1-garment-at-a-time.html/ https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/11/building-a-cool-weather-wardrobe-1-garment-at-a-time.html/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2022 08:15:33 +0000 https://www.theviviennefiles.com/?p=93305 November 23, 2022 This is her favorite outfit, right now. She wants to build a small wardrobe for the upcoming couple of months using this as her starting point: Normally I would suggest her first garment should be a clean shirt, but that’s not going to look much different – her green sweater covers most […]

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November 23, 2022

This is her favorite outfit, right now. She wants to build a small wardrobe for the upcoming couple of months using this as her starting point:

Normally I would suggest her first garment should be a clean shirt, but that’s not going to look much different – her green sweater covers most of her torso so the shirt isn’t super visible…

But swapping out sweaters? This will make a big difference in how her outfit looks:

NOW, we find her another top to wear under either sweater. I’ve chosen a turtleneck because (1) it’s wintertime in the Northern Hemisphere and (2) it will show under her green sweater!

Next obvious thing to find is another “bottom.” Our heroine assures me that she doesn’t want anything bright, or patterned, and that she will be just fine with lots of navy!

So how about cords? They are my favorites, and they just scream “casual winter” to me…

Our heroine’s socks in her favorite outfit have a pronounced yellow stripe in them, which she really likes. A yellow sweater seems like a logical addition to her wardrobe, doesn’t it?

We didn’t discuss “level of dressiness” in our emails, but I’m going to assume that she will have some occasion to wear a skirt in the next few months. If this isn’t the case, maybe a simple pair of cotton twill pants would be her preference.

Time for a tee shirt! Our heroine likes graphic patterns likes stripes and checks, so a navy striped tee shirt is a pretty obvious classic for her:

Something that we should all bear in mind when adding accent colors to our wardrobes – if garments won’t be worn together (like a cashmere crewneck and a wool cardigan!), they don’t have to be the same shade of your accent.

I couldn’t pass up this cardigan for her, even though it clashes with her crewneck. They will never be worn together, so nobody is the wiser…

Hmmm, it’s winter, it’s cold, and she likes graphic prints. What’s more classic than a flannel shirt?

Jeans. Must have jeans! These dark ones look good with navy:

Our heroine now has a dozen garments – but for no good reason, 13-piece wardrobes are a thing I like to do…

And she’s ready for a treat – something classic, festive, and warm. Also one of my favorite patterns!

Here’s what we have assembled for her so far:

This would be a wonderful outfit for travel, or to just have set aside in your closet for the next few months. Having these things sorted out ahead of time can take a bit of stress out of the winter holidays…

And yes, I think I MUST assemble some accessory suggestions for her, mustn’t I?

love,

Janice

p.s. 3 years ago, our very romantic long weekend was inspired by a Sean Scully painting

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Start with a Bracelet: Subtle Lynx Bracelets by Fierce Lynx Designs https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/11/start-with-a-bracelet-subtle-lynx-bracelets-by-fierce-lynx-designs.html/ https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2022/11/start-with-a-bracelet-subtle-lynx-bracelets-by-fierce-lynx-designs.html/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2022 08:15:20 +0000 https://www.theviviennefiles.com/?p=93259 November 21, 2022 The Easiest Job Ever… She arrives at the café as soon as they open – there’s always a table by the windows available… After she orders breakfast, she takes out her fresh new notebook and her favorite pen: She eats her breakfast, stopping every now and then to note down something that […]

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November 21, 2022

The Easiest Job Ever…

bracelet – Fierce Lynx Designs

She arrives at the café as soon as they open – there’s always a table by the windows available…

After she orders breakfast, she takes out her fresh new notebook and her favorite pen:

She eats her breakfast, stopping every now and then to note down something that she sees…

Some days, she orders a second cup of coffee, because she’s going to be sitting there until about 10 a.m. Second cups of coffee aren’t always “the thing” with breakfast, but she doesn’t mind being different!

Around 10 or so, she pays for her breakfast, tips generously, and walks back to her hotel room…

She brushes her teeth, refreshes her sunscreen, and gets ready to go out for lunch and for the rest of the afternoon. Just before she leaves, she takes her notebook out of her tote and tosses it onto her bed…

 

When she gets back to her hotel in the late afternoon (just enough time to nap before dinner!), a fresh new notebook is lying on her bed…

love,

Janice

p.s. Nine years ago, our heroine pack a navy and grey 4-piece travel capsule wardrobe for the Thanksgiving weekend...

Build a capsule wardrobe starting with a bracelet in brown, green, blue, pink.

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November 19, 2022

This is where I sit for hours, drinking coffee out of a big water glass, and working on beautiful things to share with you!

love,

Janice

p.s. Yes, I have a bobble-head doll of my husband…

Where I work on The Vivienne Files!

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