This is the last of the cardigan-based travel wardrobes that started with last week's "Flying in Cardigans". This assortment is ideal for a short business trip which combines dressy and more casual activities. I apologize for my currently messed-up schedule, I'm going to have to rely on your imaginations to build all of the possible combinations yourself! ... View the Post
The Vivienne Files - Page 177 of 196 - Capsule wardrobes inspired by art and nature
This is pretty close to what I pack when I go to Paris (or most other major cities that I visit). I always take a pair of jeans, because we try to go to a rugby match when we're there! My suitcase would probably have even more jewelry in it, and quite a few scarves; I find that I don't mind wearing monochromatic outfits day after day if I have my favorite accessories with me.
If I had to augment this assortment for a slightly longer trip, I would add a grey cotton twinset, and another pair of capris - maybe in a black and grey paisley print.
If you ever see someone in an airport dressed like this, come up and say hello - it will almost certainly be me!
A Simple Black and Grey Travel Outfit
Travel Capsule ... View the Post
I'm back at A Femme d'un Certain Age today. The lovely Tish is writing a book, and all of her friends are guest-blogging while she's writing. How exciting is that - both for her, and for me! ... View the Post
You DO understand that when we invoke the "dream meme" of Packing for Paris, we also mean "a plan for what I will purchase this spring and summer"? I know we're not all going to Paris, but it's a lovely structure around which to plan this season's carefully curated and deliberately distilled wardrobe additions...
And I've got to go to work soon, so you'll have to build your own outfits from these choices. Someone once commented to me that it was like paper dolls! Enjoy, and thanks for being here. ... View the Post
Today, I've had the incredible honor of writing a guest post for A Femme d'un Certain Age. This is truly an honor; I was delighted to be invited to participate. ... View the Post
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A lot of people were very intrigued by my absolute addiction to flying in an argyle cardigan - I got lots of emails asking for variations on the patterned cardigan theme for travel.
My travel policies:
no jeans, no sweatpants, no pajamas, no yoga pants. I don't find jeans comfortable for sitting for hours. You have to remember, when flying from the US to Europe, that you may be wearing the same outfit for the entire day of your arrival. I don't like to spend my first day in Paris wandering about in pajama pants, no matter how comfortable they were on the plane. It's not like I'm going to sleep that much on the plane anyway... Small earrings, so I can lean on things and rest during the flight, without worrying ... View the Post
This month saw a couple of dinners out with friends, and a couple of job interviews which weren't overwhelmingly dressy - the bakery job didn't really require full-on suiting, thank heavens. So I found that for another month, I had everything that I needed or wanted, and was comfortable, appropriate, and (I hope) attractive for all activities.
I visit catalogchoice.org every week to continue to pare down my temptations which arrive in the mail. Fewer catalogs = fewer dead trees, less recycling, and less time thumbing through them looking at things I don't need. ... View the Post
Every season, you can find lists upon lists of "what's hot, and what's not", which basically means "what you should go out and purchase, and what you should throw away". I refuse to let someone else tell me what I need, like, or prefer, so I decided to put together my own personal "What's Hot" list. The results follow....
Sometime soon, when I catch up on sleep, I'll do a "What's NOT" list too. ... View the Post
But I've started a new job - in a BAKERY!!! My schedule is totally kerfluffulated (yes, that's the technical term), and my ability to do anything but work and sleep is very limited.
I'll be back, as soon as I get myself sorted out. I think of you all, every day!
love, Vivienne ... View the Post
Some of the advice was timeless, and some of it is quite dated, but it was a delightful blast from the past to thumb through this again...
My favorite bits from this book were always the "15 ways to wear a ______". Below is my take on the 15 ways to wear a tee shirt. Note that I've not bothered with the last 3 suggestions, as 2 of them were to wear a tee shirt over a swimsuit, and the last idea was to wear tee shirts for sleeping. I think you don't need to see that one illustrated... ... View the Post
What I wear all winter long - to "go-to" wardrobe for almost any occasion:
black cashmere cardigan - Lands' End. If my entire wardrobe horribly disappears, this might be the first garment I replace. Goes over every tee shirt, dress, or blouse, all year long. the short-sleeved sweater that matches the cardigan - also Lands' End. Like a tee shirt, but cashmere. black cashmere turtleneck - Lands' End AGAIN. I wear it with jeans, I wear it with silk pants, I wear it with a velvet skirt. black cashmere v-neck sweater - LE, of course. over a tee shirt, or on it's own... black velvet jeans - Eileen Fisher. Jeans, but so much more. black velvet corduroy trousers - Eddie Bauer. I love these pants ... View the Post