Friday, August 09, 2013

Transition: Whatever's Clean in Brown and Beige

Quite a few people have asked me to show how to move from a beige and brown wardrobe into something with more brown. 

  • The Whatever's Clean Summer Wardrobe in Brown, Beige and White

all garments - L.L.Bean

The first three garments to phase out are the sleeveless beige linen top, white linen pants, and the shorts.  Remember, you can do these in whatever order you prefer, and that "phase out" does not have to mean "put in some inaccessible place for the next six months".
all garments - L.L.Bean

 The new dark brown top is dual-purpose - it can be worn as either a cardigan or a button-front top.  Brown jeans accomplish two changes - warmer fabric for light, and a darker neutral color replaces the lightest neutral color. A pair of medium brown pants blend well with all of the beige and white, while still giving a more autumn feel to your outfits.


  • The Whatever's Clean Autumn Wardrobe in Brown, Beige and White

all garments - L.L.Bean


In October, we can choose to find replacements for the white tee shirt, the beige linen dress, and the beige linen skirt.
all garments - L.L.Bean

The white tee shirt becomes a cream-colored long-sleeved tee shirt, the linen skirt is now tweed, and the dress eases out of rotation to make room for a soft ivory turtleneck.
all garments - L.L.Bean

And in November, the last of the linen "bottoms" are due for a rest, and the white tunic is ready to take a back seat for a few months:
all garments - L.L.Bean

A delicious camel cashmere turtleneck will be a welcome wardrobe addition as winter approaches. Corduroy pants always feel like fall, and trading a heavier twill skirt into your wardrobe to replace linen is logical, but keeps your personal style consistent.


  • The Whatever's Clean Winter Wardrobe in Brown, Beige and Ivory

all garments - L.L.Bean

You're now working with this 22-piece wardrobe.  So very many options!
all garments - L.L.Bean
Tomorrow - some accessories, and some outfits, will bring some lift to this capsule wardrobe.

10 comments:

  1. could you please use the same format using Eileen fisher clothing?

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  2. This series is so clever -- clearly shows how to get maximum mileage out of one's clothes.

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  3. Very interesting and versatile.

    Bookbutterfly

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  4. Perfect combo using dark brown. I'm looking forward to seeing the accessories added! Thank you!

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  5. I have finally ordered some LL Bean clothing, shorts and t-shirt ( all cream and beige!) The quality and fit is excellent and the price is good too. Janice, I know you don't receive any benefits from them but you are an excellent ambassador for them

    Deb from Vancouver

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  6. Can't wait for you to add the accessories in the next installment to make it all sing.

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  7. I would love to see a series like this one in shades of gray and black with different kinds and colors of accessories--especially including dresses, pants, sweaters, coats, etc. And shoe and boots! Janice, you are the best--your blog is the first thing I read each morning. I'm glad you post it early!

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    1. referring to the above--white with the black and gray would be good.

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  8. I enjoy your blog a great deal. So helpful. We are driving our daughter to California from Ohio in Sept. And then hubby and I driving back. So these capsules are really helping me decide what to take to make plenty of different looks, but not take up room in car for luggage.

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  9. As usual - inspirational !- anybody any idea how to buy LL Bean in Europe?

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