Someone mentioned yesterday that black and brown might be made to work with shades of red - so I made a few alterations to yesterday's wardrobe; the versatility of core neutral garments is truly amazing... ... View the Post
The Vivienne Files - Page 166 of 182 - Capsule wardrobes inspired by art and nature
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If you don't need groceries, you don't go to the grocery store to browse.
And if you're not in the market for a new dishwasher, you don't go to the appliance store and check out all of the available models.
But every day, millions of people who do not need a stitch of new clothing browse through mail-order catalogs (or look at emails from on-line retailers, or devour magazines that are full of advertising, and editorial content that is thinly-veiled advertising).
This, of course, wastes time (you could be in the gym...), kills lots of trees, and worst of all throws all sorts of temptation in your path.
Five minutes ago, you never even KNEW that those lime green leggings existed. Now, in your mind, you're figuring out what ... View the Post
Someone requested a younger and more casual approach to crazy eights - this was one of my ideas! ... View the Post
I haven't exhausted the possibilities of packing a "navy-based" suitcase - I could still do butter yellow (but not gold, unless you're a cheerleader), any shade of pink (but not red, unless you're running for political office), all shades of purple, and probably a few more shades of green. But I think you get the general ideal of how versatile a core of five garments in your neutral, solid color can be.
If you have interest in seeing suitcases for other colors, or particular trips, just let me know!
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I've seen it a hundred times, at least. Hapless shopper wanders into store, without anything particular in mind. And then... they see it. The shelf of tee shirts in 19 colors. The round rack of cardigans in 24 colors. OR the wall of socks in every color of the rainbow (yes, I'm talking to you, Bon Marche!).
When this shopper came into the store, their feelings about buying were "Will I buy?".
But then they see this assortment, and they automatically start to evaluate the various colors, mentally sorting them into piles of "yuck", "nice but I couldn't wear it", "possible", and (this is the fatal one) "my colors".
And of course, when you see something in "my color", it should therefore become "my garment", ... View the Post
There are two schools of shopping...
Style #1 - the self-chosen few
After careful consideration, shopper #1 decides that she needs two new tops - either blouses, sweaters or tee shirts. Her carefully curated and deliberated distilled wardrobe is based on two "crazy eights" of black and gray, so her ideal purchases will be patterns which include both gray and black. This will enable her to create outfits with (for example) black pants and a gray cardigan, or a gray skirt and black blazer.
She considers what patterns she likes. She considers what fabrics and cuts she prefers. She reviews her budget.
Then, and ONLY THEN, does she venture into the shopping realm. (be it the mall, the catalogs, or the internet). She focuses ... View the Post
I'm now 122 days into my year-long "no new clothes" vow, and I am finding that, honestly, it's not difficult, and it's really quite... mentally freeing. When you eliminate things from your life (like I NEVER think about sky-diving!), it frees you up to pay attention to other things. Walking up Michigan Avenue without window shopping and mentally "trying on" all sorts of garments is what has given me the mental bandwidth to observe the various looks that I've been able to share with you. And when I don't shop, it gives me some perspective on the buying behaviors of other people, which is quite educational. More on that tomorrow...
What I wore in December? Work clothes, my swimsuit (hot tub in my building!), and ... View the Post
This series of objects, based on the book by Dominique Loreau, certainly doesn't match what I would choose for 99 essential objects (I've never actually OWNED a laundry machine...), but it does provoke thought about what is essential to ME.
Maybe as a New Year's exercise, it would be worthwhile to consider all of the many objects around us, and try to start distinguishing between the mere "wants" of temporary, superficial gratification, and the truly "essentials" of happiness.
May 2012 bring you all of your essentials, a healthy dose of your wants, and the ability to tell the two apart! Thanks for being here with me this year, with much love, Vivienne ... View the Post
As soon as I posted yesterday's illustrations, I received some questions about using other colors with navy. So here are two additional ways to work with the core of navy garments and brown accessories...
My next plan is to show THE SAME navy garments, only with accent clothing and accessories in cool colors. A core (a "Not so Crazy Eights") of a neutral color has a lot of potential for serving as a base for any favorite color you might want to wear!
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I've been receiving LOTS of questions about wearing navy clothing with brown shoes, and "warm" colors. This seems like it could be tricky, since navy is pretty much a cool color, but men have been making this combination of cool and warm work for decades, and it always looks great! My suggestions:
make sure your "navies" go together - navy can vary widely. Either buy all pieces at one time (ambitious, to be sure!), buy them from the same designer (equally ambitious), or plan to carry or wear a couple of navy items when you shop, so that you can be certain that your current garments will work with new purchases. feel free to experiment with any warm color as an accent. Green, gold, every shade of rust, persimmon, and ... View the Post