Monday, March 11, 2013

Capsule wardrobe #92 - spring, winter, spring...

In the last few days, the season seems to have changed on a daily basis... going from rainy and chilly winter to a summery and warm spring, and then back again.
Temperatures in early spring can vary hugely during the course of a day too. Dressing in layers is the best way to adapt, as they can be added or removed as temperatures rise or fall..

Colorwise, a mix of light (or color) and dark always works well this time of year, giving a nod to both seasons. For cool mornings, a coat can be added and the scarf worn in a cosy cowboy knot. Once it gets warmer during the day, a blazer can be worn solo, and the scarf tied into a low knot or worn in the basic bias fold. Around midday and the afternoons the sun can be quite powerful, so removing the blazer and tying the scarf into a belt or sash is a good way to stay cool and fresh during an outdoor lunch,  or a sudden rise in temperature.

Capsule pieces: black shirt and trousers, beige blazer
Shoes: mesh ballet flats
Accessories: Hermès 'Aux Pays des Epices' 90 Carré
Scarf tying method: folded in the basic bias, ends secured behind the back in a  basic slide
Scarf ring: MaiTai collection scarf ring in black horn

 

Just one more blossom to go..



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23 comments:

  1. Only you can manage to effortlessly show us not only matching scenery pics, yet also the according outfit! :-) In major admiration yours - sending spring hugs, Macs

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    1. Thank you my dear Macs, and spring hugs right back! Have a most happy weekend <3

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  2. Dearest MaiTai

    Looking at your photographs makes me smile and long for Spring! What a charming place the one that surrounds you!
    Thank you for one more very useful lesson on how to dress in Spring. I think I'd better start taking notes of all the precious information your lovely blog contains <3 I learn so much each time!
    Wishing you a great week ahead and sending you warm Spring hugs, Manuela

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    1. So glad you like the location pics, my dearest Manuela! I always think of you ladies when I am out and about <3 Hope spring is on it's way, and melts all the snow away soon. Have a most wonderful weekend! x

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  3. I love the way the colours you are wearing reflect the colours in the photos you've taken, and the idea of combining darker and lighter colours to reflect the changing weather is a really good one. The scarf looks stunning as a belt with the dark backdrop and the lighter jacket. A look I'll have to copy in a few months when the weather warms up!

    That's a lovely orchid too!

    Melusine x

    PS: I hope you don't me sharing this with you, but I'm very excited to have received my first Hermès item! It's one of their gorgeous shawls, so am busy reading all your posts about shawls and finding new ways to wear it.

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    1. Many congratulations on your first H, my dear Melusine! Have fun discovering your favorite ways with your new shawl, and wear it in health and happiness! x

      PS. Would love to know which design you chose

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  4. Harmony, nature and stunning are the words brought to mind at first glance of this perfect post. Upon further inspection the layers and details shine through. Only you,dear friend, are able to pull this off time after time! Your beautiful environs must constantly keep the creative juices flowing and we are the lucky recipients of your talents! Crazy weather,too, in my part of the world. It seems to change hourly making wardrobe choices quite the challenge! Thank you for always inspiring. Wishing you a beautiful sky to warm your week. Big hugs, T xx

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    1. I thought you'd enjoy all the greiges, my darling Trudye! Not only do our wardrobes match, but our climates too. We could swap houses and would not even notice it! ;-) Have a wonderful weekend xx

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    2. Oh how I wish our climates matched! We are enjoying an absolutely beautiful,cool kick off to Sprong with the azaleas just starting to peak. But,in a few months, you dear friend would want to click your ruby slippers to take you away home! You would definately notice the climate change! T xx

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  5. It's exactly the way I like to be wore. Simple with beautiful accessories. How glad you are wuth weather! Here rain and they say very very cold next days! Impossible to put on a nice beige blazer without a coat unfortunately but your scarf around waist beautiful as usual. I sent yesterday the envelope. Your pictures are very nice also, after NY i want to return to Provence they inspire me as your look dear Mai Tai. Monica

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    1. Hope the weather will be better over the weekend, dear Monica! Here, we are back to spring (again!), hope it lasts for a little while. Je vous tiens au courant au niveau de la lettre :-) Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. J adore cette combinaison de foncé dessous et clair dessus qui eclaire le visage .Ce dimanche nous avons eu plus de 20 degres et depuis hier il neige a PARIS .
    Le temps est fou fou .
    J adore vos ballerines qui me semble tres confortables.Votre couleurs des eices a des couleurs douces et agreable au regard
    Votre orchidée continue a fleurir c est magnifique.
    Trés belle semaine chére MAITAI
    Amitié
    MYRIAM

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    1. Merci pour le gentil commentaire, chère Myriam.

      Nous avons eu beau temps aussi, on a vraiment de la chance! Ce n'est pas de la peine de voyager aux Alpes pour faire du ski, on peut également se regaler sur la piste noir de Montmartre:

      Ski à Montmartre

      Une belle fin de semaine à vous!

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  7. Our weather, hear in Philadelphia, seems to be flip flopping in exactly the same way, so your post is most appreciated!
    Can you please tell me where your mesh ballet flats were purchased?
    As I'm recuperating from my broken patella, I've been on the look out for some pretty alternatives to my Chanel and my red Repettos.
    Thank you, Mai Tai!

    Barbara A

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    1. Glad you are recovering, my dear Barbara. I bought the mesh ballet flats in a small boutique in Düsseldorf, Germany, but this was more than six years ago. Have you ever tried Bloch ballet flats? They have a cushion in the heel, which makes them incredibly comfortable. Hope the weather will sunny and nice over the weekend!

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  8. Whoops! I meant "here" in Philadelphia....

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  9. I love the pale blazer with the black blouse. It's lovely and chic! I also like how you are wearing your scarf. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Many thanks, Jill, happy you enjoyed the post!

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  10. Great combination of neutrals ! Love your posts, especially on tying scarves & accessories. Best wishes, Mandy.

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    1. Thank you for the lovley comment, dear Mandy. It is wonderful to know you enjoy it here.

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  11. Dear MaiTai, wanted to thank you for the support on journey. As purchasing H scarves IS a journey, at least it has been so for me. Finding the colours, patterns, precisely finding out what fits us best... It has taken time for me, I have done good and bad decisions and sometimes I did not want to give up my decision, then realized it was wrong. Your blog is an extraordinary guide and you helped me a lot. I am not copying you, but watching the outfits and learning - so precious to me! Still travelling :) ...
    Lea

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    1. Dear Lea, thanks so much for the lovely comment, and for sharing you experience and journey. You have put it so well, it takes time to find what suits us best, and which colors, designs, shapes and materials (for clothing) flatter us, and make us feel happy and comfortable. It is wonderful to know that my posts have been useful along the way :-)

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  12. Dearest MaiTai,
    How so true, the never ending yo-yo of early spring. Your light & dark outfit is brilliant - so striking and gorgeous, just perfection. What an extraordinary eye you have, dear MaiTai, no one can tell a story through pictures like you. So very inspiring and most uplifting <3 Thank you as always. Wishing you the most wonderful weekend. Much love to you and big sunshine hugs xxx

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