Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My Version of Une Annee de Style - A Common Capsule Wardrobe

After thinking a while about last week's book (Une Annee de Style), I realized that this book was basically just a variation of my old standard Common Capsule Wardrobe - a small collection of neutral, simple garments upon which one can build all kinds of personalized styles and outfits.

Let's say that you get a wild inclination to buy a fantastic tee shirt...  You find some pretty outrageous sandals that go with your tee shirt, and also a beautiful, solid scarf...


Tee – Missoni, sandals – Camper, scarf - Nordstrom


If you start with that simple core of garments that we all should own (in some variation or another)...

black cardigan- Uniqlo, black skirt - Uniqlo, tan shorts - Uniqlo, denim shirt - Uniqlo, black pants - Uniqlo, white shirt - Uniqlo, black dress - Uniqlo, black tee - Uniqlo, tan pants - Uniqlo, grey sweater - Uniqlo, white tee - Uniqlo, navy shorts - Uniqlo

You have all of these ways to wear the fabulous new tee shirt, as well as the cool green sandals and the beautiful scarf:



There are all kinds of possible variations that could be worked on this simple wardrobe. What would you like to see?  Nautical, floral, geometric?

Looking Back:

2013: I built one of my favorites- A Common Wardrobe Variation: in Navy and Coral.


UNIQLO

9 comments:

  1. I love the concept of making sure that statement tops have coordinating sandals--though that concept is dangerously enabling to my shoe fetish.

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  2. I really like the idea of adding one piece with a few specific, focused accessories to freshen up a basic wardrobe. It reminds me that I can enjoy an art museum with all the beautiful work and have select painting at home on my walls. I can walk through a lovely estate garden and appreciate all the abundance and have plants I chose in my own garden. Thank you for helping me fine tune my own wardrobe.

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  3. This particular post may make me rethink my t-shirt purchases - normally I stick to the tried & true solids - but this gives me inspiration to expand my horizons. . . THANKS !

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  4. Your concept of a common wardrobe changed the way I view my clothes, and the way I make purchases. This post exactly describes how I shop now. I can have fun with my clothes and not worry about having a closet full of mismatched items. THANK YOU!!!

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  5. Nautical please!

    Ann from Maryland

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  6. I LOVE when you do posts on special, wild garments. I kept putting off adding pizzaz garments to my basic wardrobe. I finally added a dress, skirt, and tee in great patterns and I feel like I have a whole new wardrobe.

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  7. This is where I'm branching out....the Tee's...thank you for the timely post on how to do this!

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  8. I'm not sure where my earlier reply "landed", but since navy and white are my spring/summer neutrals, I also cast a vote for nautical. Thank you!

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  9. Floral! I'm all about busy, complex floral prints this year.

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