Wardrobe Staples for the Starving Artist

Something besides overalls?

by Miriam Schulman

artist in her studio

Summer, and the dressing is easy! Every morning, without having to look at the weather report, I put on a different color J Crew tank top and throw on this cheap cute overall denim shorts I got from Forever21. My cell phone fits in the front pocket and a crochet lace cardigan was thrown on top if I had to got out of the house. I love summer dressing this way with an easy uniform, but now with fall quickly approaching I have to rethink my uniform for the transitional weather, and cover my legs.

Here is my wishlist for fall that fills all my requirements for easy dressing on a starving artist budget or for those who are only starving to look thinner and can afford the best style.

Scotch and Soda

First I had to lose the shorts. No one cares in 100 degree heat how short my shorts go, but if I have to pop into the postoffice in Scarsdale and look respectable in front of the PTA ladies who lunch I have to cover up those thighs. Scotch and Soda has really cute overalls available at Zappos. The cuff style at the bottom means that I don’t have to hem them which are both a money and time saver.

The J Crew tanks I got this summer in purple, orange, and light teal transition well for the indian summer days but as the weather turns cooler I need machine washable  shirts in trendy colors. I focused on the Pantone color report for fall sticking with the most feminine colors that I love to paint with. So if I get a little paint on one of them, it will coordinate well.

Going by the Pantone color choices for fall I added shirts from J. Crew

J. Crew Painter henley
J. Crew Featherknit cowlneck tee
J. Crew Perfect-fit ribbon henley
J. Crew Tissue long-sleeve crewneck tee
J. Crew Perfect-fit crewneck tee
J. Crew Dream Cardigan

Focus on Fall 2011 Pantone colors: purple, yellow, and pink hues.


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Paintings in the fall Pantone colors

Anemone Mania by Miriam Schulman
Passe by Miriam Schulman

0 thoughts on “Wardrobe Staples for the Starving Artist”

  1. Thanks so much for showing my preppy striped sweater!
    What a fun blog you have here…I am also a painter and sometime watercolor teacher in addition to running my Etsy store and I must say your watercolors are wonderful!
    Nice & "juicy" like watercolor should be, IMHO.
    You inspired me to check out the Pantone colors for fall.
    Thanks again!


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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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