Thursday, July 24, 2014

Common Colors: Turquoise

As I spend hours each day getting the big color combination document ready, I notice that there are a handful of colors that turn up in almost every color palette.  They are colors that you might not like, or that might not look good on you, but they are colors that you might want to consider for a late-season wardrobe refresh, or for an experiment in accent colors.

Here, I'm showing a tee shirt and two pieces of jewelry; you could certainly go with only one piece of jewelry, or include a pair of sandals or casual shoes instead.  But here, by adding just two or three pieces, you can see how each of the Starting From Scratch wardrobes can be updated.

I like the shirring on the sides of this tee shirt...
Earrings – Olga Hinojosa, teeLauren Ralph Lauren, bracelet – Made Sriasih
These pieces are from the brown and beige Starting From Scratch Wardrobe.
brown jeans – Viyellabrown fleece cardigan – L.L.Beanbrown twill trousers - Lands’ Endkhaki skirt – Merona beige pants – The Rowearrings – Olga Hinojosa, tee – Lauren Ralph Lauren, bracelet – Made Sriasih
 The garments here were taken from the caramel and black Starting From Scratch Wardrobe.
black shorts – Hallhubercaramel wool and cashmere cardigan – Customer Loverscopper twill trousers – Lands’ Endblack cardigan – Michael Michael Korsblack skirt - French Connectionblack jeans – R13earrings – Olga Hinojosa, tee – Lauren Ralph Lauren, bracelet – Made Sriasih
 Each piece of clothing here was originally in the khaki and olive Starting From Wardrobe.
beige hoodie – Uniqlo, ivory shorts – Erika Cavallinikhaki cashmere cardigan – La Garconnebeige skirt - Vicky Tiel, beige jeans – Morganolive cardigan – Meronaolive trousers – Isabel Marant Etoile, earrings – Olga Hinojosa, tee – Lauren Ralph Lauren, bracelet – Made Sriasih
 These additional garments are from the navy and beige Starting From Scratch Wardrobe.
tan shorts – wool cardigan – Miu Miubeige cardigan – Marellatan pants – Uniqloflaired skirt - Hobbs London, navy trousers – Viyellaearrings – Olga Hinojosa, tee – Lauren Ralph Lauren, bracelet – Made Sriasih
 These are clothes from the black and grey Starting From Scratch Wardrobe.
black cotton and cashmere cardigan – 10 Crosby Derek Lamblack linen trousers – Viyellagrey pleated trousers – Alberto Biani, grey cardigan - Mango grey skirt – Diane von Furstenberg, earrings – Olga Hinojosa, tee – Lauren Ralph Lauren, bracelet – Made Sriasihshorts – T by Alexander Wang
And these extras came from the original navy and grey Starting From Scratch Wardrobe. 
Earrings – Olga Hinojosa, tee – Lauren Ralph Lauren, bracelet – Made Sriasihnavy cardigan – Dorothy Perkins,navy trousers – Jacques Vertnavy skirt – Nina Riccigrey cashmere cardigan – Jaegersilver grey trousers – Viyella, grey jeans – Rebecca Taylor

And OH YEA - you could wear the jewelry with any of your solid neutral dresses...


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Start With Nature: Pigeons

I have to confess, I think pigeons are beautiful.  Annoying little sky rats, yes, but beautiful; their shades of grey, with iridescent green and purple...

So when I was asked to build a wardrobe based on a photograph of a pigeon, I was happy to do so.  But there's no way I'm addressing those red eyes!

This was the original photo I received.
These are the colors I've chosen.
Tee shirt – Uniqlo, shorts – Dorothy Perkins, flip flops – OluKai, dress – Armani Collezioni, cardigan – Nick and Zoe, bracelet – Oliver Bonas, sandals – Nina
Sleeveless top – L.K. Bennett, wide leg linen pants – White Stuff, iolite earrings – Mabel Hasell,  sandals – Caparros,  earrings – Claudia Baldazzi, clutch bag – Knights and Roses, dress – Vince, sandals – Nina
Sweater – New Look, shorts – Dorothy Perkins, canvas shoes – Toms, bag – Meckela, earrings – YooLa, tee shirt – Dorothy Perkins, shorts – Dorothy Perkins, flip flops – OluKai
I think this makes a lovely wardrobe...
grey tee shirt – Uniqlo, shorts – Dorothy Perkins, flip flops – OluKaidress – Armani Collezioni, cardigan – Nick and Zoe, bracelet – Oliver Bonas, silver sandals – Nina, Sleeveless top – L.K. Bennett, wide leg linen pants – White Stuff, iolite earrings – Mabel Hasell,  blue sandals – Caparros,  earrings – Claudia Baldazziclutch bag – Knights and Roses, blue dress – Vince,  sweater – New Look, shorts – Dorothy Perkins, canvas shoes – Toms, bag – Meckela, hoop earrings – YooLa, floral tee shirt – Dorothy Perkins, shorts – Dorothy Perkins
                        Dorothy Perkins(US)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chic Sightings: Navy Tunic and White Cropped Trousers, times 6

It seems to be almost the uniform of the weekend - roll up the sleeves of a navy linen tunic, pull on some white cropped trousers, and accent with brightly colors jewelry and sandals...  The jewelry isn't all precious stones, and the sandals are casual, but the effect of the bright accents was very eye-catching.

I think you can learn a lot about your personal color preferences based on which of these looks appeal to you, or which you swear you could never wear!
Navy linen tunic – Jaeger, white cropped trousers – Boutique by Jaeger
Navy linen tunic – Jaeger, white cropped trousers – Boutique by Jaeger, pink earrings – Baccarat, hot pink bracelet – Aurelie Bidermann, hot pink sandals – Coconuts, green crystal earrings – YooLa, bracelet set – Max and Chloe, green sandals – Seychelles
Navy linen tunic – Jaeger, white cropped trousers – Boutique by Jaeger, lapis earrings – Khun Boom, lapis bracelet – Sasina, royal sandals – DV by Dolce Vita, yellow crystal earrings – Bottega Veneta, yellow sapphire ring – Allurez, yellow sandals – Sofft
Navy linen tunic – Jaeger, white cropped trousers – Boutique by Jaeger, turquoise earrings – shanny alon, turquoise bracelet – LeiVan Kash, turquoise sandals – Circus by Sam Edelman,  coral earrings – Rebecca Minkoff, coral bracelet – Apartment 48, coral sandals – BP


Monday, July 21, 2014

Wardrobe Slot Machines and Packing

Business travel is a conundrum for many of us, so I'm going to try to suggest a few ways, now and then, to approach the packing...

Suppose, for example, that at the end of October, you are going to have/get to come to Chicago for a two day sales conference.  Literally only a day and a half of meetings, and then back on the plane.  You're going to have to bring a briefcase with both your laptop and tablet, so you don't really want a lot more to carry.  And being able to NOT check a suit case would be delightful...

Enter this:

Blazer – Ralph Lauren Black Label, cardigan –  Acne Studios, sweater – Maxmara, blouse – Momoni, key print blouse – Dolce and Gabbana, black tee shirt – Isabel Marant Etoile, black suede skirt – Damsel in a Dress, black trousers – The Row,  jeans – Mother

So you can choose to wear anything from this little machine for travel - probably a cardigan, tee shirt and jeans, right? And pack the other six garments, as well as these accessories (you're probably wearing a pair of earrings, and the nifty cheetah-print loafers:

stud earrings – Chen Fuchs, hoop earrings – Maya Magal, cheetah loafers – Naturalizer, cap-toe wedges – French Sole, smoking loafer – Easy Spirit, necklace – Alexis Bittar, scarf – Hermes Fleurs et Papillons de Tissus

Okay, it's easy to see that you have lots of outfit choices, but what you REALLY gain from this is flexibility for unexpected circumstances:

  1. If the meeting turns out to be more formal than expected, and you can't wear your jeans, nor your crewneck sweater, you still have enough clothes.
  2. Conversely, if the CEO is wearing jeans, you can wear YOUR jeans every day, with any of the shirts or blouses you've packed.
  3. If someone breaks a pen all over your sweater while you're on the plane, you still have enough clothes.
  4. If it's freezing cold in Chicago, you can still wear your pants, and even layer the sweater UNDER the cardigan.
  5. If you have to do something unexpectedly dressy, you have a black skirt and top, as well as some pretty jewelry and a scarf.  The scalloped wedges would be ideal with this, and you'd still be able to walk back to the hotel from the restaurant without being in pain.
  6. If you have to present, and you weren't expecting to do so, you have a glorious blazer and beautiful skirt that will look both businesslike and elegantly lovely.
The best part of having a travel wardrobe that's well-conceived is that you're prepared for most eventualities, and that frees you up to concentrate on what you're actually travelling for, be it work or fun!

                        Alexis Bittar