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
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Building a Capsule Wardrobe: by Fours
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 ... View the Post
The Mother of the Betrothed is over at Tish’s
come see me at A Femme d'un Certain Age, where we explore the possibilities of NOT being the bride... but getting to be a part of the wedding! ... View the Post
12 ways to wear a blouse: Hot Tips by Frances Patiky Stein
May 3, 2012
Actually, she included 24 ways to wear a blouse, but some of them were a bit... unusual...
Blouse and matching skirt:
Blouse and pencil skirt:
Blouse over tee shirt with matching skirt or shorts:
Blouse with trousers, or AGAIN with a matching skirt:
Blouse as a jacket over a tank top and trousers, or with white trousers:
Blouse with matching trousers, worn as a jacket over a striped or a solid tee shirt:
I'll be away for a few days at a family celebration, so I won't be posting, or responding to comments and emails. Rest assured, I'll be back here Tuesday late morning, after my ridiculously early work shift!
PS - If you are looking for more color ... View the Post
A Travel Capsule Wardrobe – Packing for summer on the coast of Maine
A dear reader asked me for some suggestions about what to take for a summer on the coast of Maine. She has these garments (well, garments very similar to this) that she currently really likes:
white linen shirt – Ralph Lauren, orange striped tee – Debenhams, navy striped tee – Sandro, purple striped tee – Splendid, white shirt – Marc Jacobs, white & dark wash jeans, denim jacket – Adriano Goldschmeid, black shirt – La Garconne
And she told me that she really likes blue, so I suggested the following additions (some of which she may already have), as well as some essential accessories. A few possible combinations follow. Enjoy! and dream of the beach...
Blue cardigan – Paul Smith, white tee – La ... View the Post
Build a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with a scarf: Hermès Belles du Mexique in blue, grey & rose
It would be so easy to build an entire wardrobe around these shades of rose, grey, taupe, coral, peach and slate blue...
Taupe dress – D&G, taupe open-toe pumps – Rupert Sanderson,
taupe sweater – J. Brand, satin pants – Acne, taupe oxfords - Camper
Angora cardigan – Stine Goya, grey suede flats – Corso Como, grey dress – Love Moschino,
cream sweater – La Garconne, faded pink jeans – Isabel Marant, Taupe short boots – Tilly Rose
Coral knot-front top – Dorothy Perkins, denim skirt – MAJE, sandals – Musa,
biker jacket – All Saints, white espadrilles – Andre ... View the Post
Build a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with a scarf: Hermès Passementerie in camel & grey
We've been chatting a lot about camel and grey together, and this scarf was the perfect opportunity to introduce a couple of outfits with those colors. Toss in a bit of soft blue, a little bit of yellow, and a dash of coral... What a great scarf upon which to build some looks!
Stud earrings – Monet, Camel wool pants – Michael Kors, Sweater – Costume National, loafers – Tod’s, pearl stud earrings – Lord & Taylor, grey dress – Love Moschino, pumps – Salvatore Ferragamo
Silver earrings – Touch of Silver, Sweater – Lela Rose, jeans – Allsaints, boots – Acne, silver bracelet – Touch of Silver, Cap-sleeved top – Liv, denim skirt – Wrangler, sandals – Dorothy ... View the Post
A guest post – black and beige to Paris!
Come see me today at Tish's, where I explore April in Paris in neutral colors with a bit of pattern and texture. I would SO love to be sitting in a Paris cafe right now, watching it rain... ... View the Post
Build a Capsule Wardrobe Starting with a scarf: Hermès Egypte in bright green
I received a question about what could be worn with a specific Hermes scarf - one with a lot of brown, beige and camel tones in the center, and a bright green border. My suggestions include all of the shades of brown, gold, white, and navy, which is always so nice with bright green...And a lot of these clothes come from J. Crew. I've been spending a LOT of time lately in the local J. Crew store, gift shopping, and I've found that they stock a large number of nice-quality basic garments. Maybe not to your taste, or your budget, but certainly they are good "thought-starters".
Have a lovely weekend!
Hazelnut dress – Diane von Furstenberg, metallic sandals – Giuseppe Zanotti, ivory sweater – ... View the Post
Imaginary shopping: a wee “pick-me-up”, in pink
My last springtime adventure in imaginary shopping is the "how to experiment with a fashion color" question. I'm totally smitten with this striped top, and my desire for it would be sufficient to convince me to introduce pink into my wardrobe for six months or a year - however long the top lasts. Here is a case in which I would NOT spend a lot of money on jewelry, and I would buy a decent pair of shoes or sandals, but not a long-term investment pair. This small shopping spree is designed to brighten up my wardrobe for spring, indulge in a garment which I love, and participate in the "brightly colored pants" trend, without breaking the bank.
Tee shirt – J. Crew, cropped pants – Diane von Furstenberg, pink ... View the Post
Imaginary shopping: basics, in blue
Today, I've scaled back my purchases a little bit, and chosen to "buy" a more trendy color - cobalt blue. I loved cobalt when we all wore it back in the 80's, and am happy to see it back again. But I'm not willing to make quite such a major investment in blue as I was willing to consider yesterday in my imaginary red extravaganza... So I would look to purchase the following:
Cardigan – J. Crew, tee shirt – DKNY, pants – Piazza Sempione, skirt – Diane von Furstenberg, scarf – Givenchy for Liberty of London, lapis earrings – Astley Clarke, lapis & onyx bracelet - Nordstrom Based on the idea that I want to leverage these core wardrobe items:
And this is how I would wear my new ... View the Post
Imaginary shopping: extravagantly red
I'm not shopping these days, but I do LOOK at lots of things (as you well know!). So I decided to do some imaginary shopping; sort of walking through the process of what I would do IF I were in a shopping phase of my life. First up: What basics do I already have in my wardrobe that I wear a lot, and want to use as a basis for leveraging my purchases?
Now, what do I want? I've chosen to splurge on red this shopping spree. It's an on-trend bright color, but it's dead classic, and never goes out of style. It's a color I wear well, I already have a couple of beautiful scarves with a lot of red in them, and it mixes brilliantly with black.
So... a cardigan and a tee shirt (sort ... View the Post