haven't you? If not, come see me there today, and see what ideas I had for a mother of the betrothed to wear in a hot climate! ... View the Post
The Vivienne Files - Page 178 of 202 - Capsule wardrobes inspired by art and nature
May 19, 2012
One of the sections of the book French Chic, by Susan Sommers, which I read repeatedly, was one in which she listed seven items of black clothing, and then set out a little grid of how you could combine these items, and how they would be accessorized.
I could never visualize this.
So I decided to put together her suggestions in images. Some of the accessories ideas just scream "early '80's", and so I didn't stick to all 12 plans exactly as written...
This is an interesting approach to wardrobe-building, or to packing. The vest is, to me, a difficult garment, and I would probably be tempted to substitute a leather jacket, denim jacket, or second cardigan. And if you're not interested in 2 skirts and a dress, you ... View the Post
One of the most frequent colors that I'm asked to work with is the teal/turquoise family. This pairs it with navy, and a dash of pink. You can see that you don't have quite as many outfit options when you include more colors, but still enough choices to satisfy almost anybody. ... View the Post
Every day, I get a request for capsule wardrobes in camel and grey - I hasten to satisfy! And please note, I'm NOT suggesting that your entire wardrobe should be 12 garments. (unless that's what is best for you, in which case I support your choice completely!) This is a plan for wardrobe coordinating, and updating. The number of these "pods" you choose to have is entirely up to you... Also, if you're not fond of wearing classic styles, or if you're looking for garments for warmer (or cooler) weather, just substitute similar garments that please you more for the ones which I have chosen. These guidelines are intended to be just that - guidelines - and not a specific prescription for what you should wear! ... View the Post
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I'm often asked why I'm such a fan of Hermès. It's because of the work of women like this:
and because of the management of the company.
"We develop according to internal creativity and intuition, not external trends or marketing gimmicks." - Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Artistic Director of Hermès
"The Hermès family is not just people with the surname Dumas, Puech or Guerrand... Some employees have worked here for generations; I knew their parents and they knew mine. Everyone has a different relationship to the brand, but they're all equally valid. I have to respect that." - Axel Dumas, Hermès Chief Operating Officer
"With this in mind, the Dumas cousins have recently set up a committee of key ... View the Post
Someone earlier mentioned using this idea with navy and grey, with less conservative styles - and I was in the middle of that exact capsule wardrobe project! Here it is... ... View the Post
May 14, 2012
People ask me every day how to build a capsule wardrobe. There are as many different approaches as there are women in the world, but one of my favorite ideas is to work in "pods" of four garments. Find a color and fabric that really REALLY appeals to you - one that sings to your heart, and either buy or have someone make for your four core garments - two tops and top bottoms.
Seamstresses are going to be very useful friends...
And note, everything in this entire post is from L.L.Bean. I love them, and they've never (yet!) given me a single piece of clothing in exchange for shamelessly promoting them...
Immediately, you have four new outfits:
But no matter how much you love nautical red, you ... View the Post
come see what I'm up to here. And I've got a new post coming up in about 2 minutes... stay tuned! ... View the Post
I love this necklace, with the range of colors that it presents, but the thing that I kept returning to was the possibility of using a warm, caramel-y, golden color to pick up the burnished metallic setting.
Proof that a signature accessory does not have to be blindingly expensive! ... View the Post
What a great scarf - blues, orange/corals, shades of grey! So many possibilities... ... View the Post
So I've not done the best of jobs in cleaning out my wardrobe, and I think I finally understand what's holding me back. Somewhere in my heart I hold onto the hope (delusion?) that I'm going to get an office job again some day, and that I therefore won't be wearing an apron non-stop. Therefore, I think I have to hold onto ALL of my office-worthy business clothes...
In order to get past this, I've tried to approach the problem the way Vivienne would. Basically, what are the available options I have RIGHT NOW, just with the clothes that I've decided to keep in my wardrobe up to this point?
If you remember, I'm at the 32 garment point in my plan:
And from these garments I've decided that the following, at least, are ... View the Post