I recently purchased this colorful Dalmatian painting on sale from Pier 1 (unfortunately it is no longer available, but this one is also on sale and equally cute). I just love its cheerfully abstract look. So much so, in fact, that I had to use it as the basis for a travel wardrobe which anticipates the arrival of spring. I chose black and white as the neutrals based on Dalmatian colors (although there is actually very little black in the painting), and then chose one of the dominant colors in the painting, a bright shade of aqua, as the accent color. Accessories add more emphasis to the Dalmatian and bright colors themes. Although there are plenty of apparel choices for chillier temperatures, I also included some lighter-weight pieces should warmer weather decide to dominate. Here is a look at the outfit to wear while in transit:
|Clockwise from top left: Anika Dali Rainbow Polka Dots Scarf; Peter Hahn Long Wool Cardigan in Lagoon Mélange; J. Crew All-Day Tote in Black; Eastland Crystal Slip-On Shoes in Black; Coldwater Creek Curvy Classic ShapeMe Jeans in Black; Coldwater Creek PrimaKnit Turtleneck in White; Center: Fusion Hidden LED Watch in Light Blue.|
I have optimistically opted to leave out any coats or jackets, but should your destination require one by all means include it! I like this packable, lightweight, water- and wind-resistant jacket:
|Craghoppers Women's Compresslite Insulated Packaway Jacket in Lagoon.|
And here are the rest of the items to pack:
|Clockwise from top left: Women's White V-Neck Polka Dot Cardigan; Mia Toro ITALY Bernina 24" Luggage in Aqua; Coldwater Creek Essential Supima Crewneck Tee in Dusty Aqua; Fair Indigo Organic Fair Trade Pencil Skirt in Black; Coldwater Creek Essential Supima Crewneck Tee in White; Abstract Fish Canvas Shoes; Coldwater Creek Essential Supima Boatneck Tee in Black; Serrv Kolkata Leather Purse with Suede; Fair Indigo Essential Fair Trade Pima Cotton Shirt in White; Fair Indigo Slim Leg Fair Trade Ponte Pants in Black; Coldwater Creek Essential Supima Boatneck Tee in Dusty Aqua; Center top: Custom Made Black & White Spotted Dalmatian Jasper Spiral Earrings; Le Chic Multi-Colored Layered Beaded Necklace.|
If you look closely at the painting you will see a bowl full of fishes to the right of the Dalmatian, so I chose to include some colorful fish print espadrilles in this travel wardrobe. However, you could select any of the spring shoes I featured in my most recent Wish List Wednesdays post instead if fishes are not appealing to you.
The great thing about this painting is that it can inspire a wardrobe featuring just about any color scheme. In fact, I may use it again next week to create another travel wardrobe based on a completely different set of colors!