Thursday, July 03, 2014

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe from Scratch Step 10: A Casual Jacket, Top and Shoes

So after we've prepared ourselves for those unavoidable formal occasions that crop up, let's have a bit more fun and pick up a few things for our capsule wardrobe to make us more "casual-worthy". 

First off - a jacket. This could be a hooded sweatshirt (one of my favorites), a denim jacket, leather jacket, or whatever strikes your fancy. 

Add in a relaxed top, and a pair of casual shoes (maybe in one of your accent colors?) and you've got a LOT more options...
Grey hooded sweatshirt, flowered blouse, and canvas shoes to add to a Starting From Scratch wardrobe in grey and navy
Grey hoodie – Uniqlo, shoes – Reebok, floral blouse – Parker
The Grey and Navy Starting From Scratch Wardrobe, after step 10
Grey hoodie – Uniqlo, shoes – Reebok, floral blouse – Parkerearrings – Majoricasweater – 
Dear Cashmerenavy and grey scarf – Hingelavender blouse– Marni Editionpastel scarf – 
Twisted Muse, silver grey tee – Hallhuberpink top– Velvet lilac tee shirt – Nougat London, grey 
cashmere cardigan – Jaeger, watch – Fossil, bracelet – Majorica, navy cardigan – Dorothy Perkins
white cotton shirt – Diane von Furstenbergnecklace– Saako Designpink shirt – Fenn Wright Manson
silver grey trousers – Viyella, grey jeans – Rebecca Taylor, navy trousers – Jacques Vertskirt –
 Marc Jacobs, bag – CK Calvin Kleinwedge pumps – Trottersnavy ballet flats – Geox, tasseled
 flats – Trotters
Sweatshirt, floral top, and canvas shoes to add to the khaki and olive green Starting From Scratch Wardrobe
Beige hoodie – Uniqlo, canvas booties – Matisse, top – Dorothy Perkins
The Khaki and Olive Green Starting From Scratch Wardrobe, after step 10
Beige hoodie – Uniqlo, canvas booties – Matisse, top – Dorothy Perkinswooden 
earrings – Hring eftir hring, zigzag infinity scarf - BrazenTurquoise angora sweater– Roberto 
Collina,khaki tee – Targetjasper and pyrite necklace– Nangara by Julia Fusinato, turquoise 
blouse – Ralph Lauren Black Label, tan cashmere cardigan – La Garconne, watch – Armani Exchange
bracelet – Chan Luu, ivory silk blouse – Jaeger, striped scarf – Missoniolive tee – Shu Moriyama
olive cardigan – Merona, tan trousers – Hallhuber, beige jeans – Morgan, olive trousers – Isabel Marant Etoileskirt – Vicky Tiel
bag –  Longchampmaroon tee shirt – Linea Weekend, blouse – French Connection
penny loafers – Cole Haanwedge pumps – French Sole, olive ballet flats – Chloe
black denim jacket, black and white tee shirt, and red loafers to add to the Black and Grey Starting From Scratch Wardrobe
Black denim jacket – J. Brand, red loafers – Robert Zur, abstract tee shirt – Balenciaga
The Black and Grey Starting From Scratch Wardrobe, after step 10
Black denim jacket – J. Brand, red loafers – Robert Zur, abstract tee shirt – Balenciagaearrings – 
Toosis, nautical scarf – Brooks Brothersstriped top– Malene Birger,black white red scarf 
– Vince Camuto, black tee – Hallhuber, blue shirt - Uniqlo, black cotton and cashmere cardigan – 
10 Crosby Derek Lam, watch – DKNY, bracelet – Simon Sebbag, white cotton shirt – Diane von Furstenberg,
grey tee – T by Alexander Wang, black sweater – Hobbs Londonnecklace– Lamprini
red blouse – Cutie, grey cardigan - Mango, black linen trousers – Viyella, black jeans – Current/
Elliott,  grey pleated trousers – Alberto Bianiskirt – Josephbag – Gregory Sylvia,  pumps – 
Trottersgrey ballet flats – Café Noir, pointed toe loafers – Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn

Tan jacket, floral top, and tan oxfords to add to the Brown and Tan Starting From Scratch Wardrobe
Tan jacket - Lands’ End, suede oxfords – G.H. Bass and Co., brown patchwork tee – Szen
The Brown and Tan Starting From Scratch Wardrobe
Tan jacket - Lands’ End, suede oxfords – G.H. Bass and Co., brown patchwork tee – Szen
earrings – Kasturjewelsbrown blouse – Alberto Bianisquare scarf – Radical Chic, brown cotton 
tee – Uniqlo, yellow top – Uniqlo, chocolate brown fleece cardigan – L.L.Beannecklace– Givenchy,
 floral blouse - Topshop, light blue tee– Velvetwatch – Timex, beaded bracelet – Chan Luu,  blue
 and brown scarf – Paola Pecora, blue blouse – Uniqlo,beige pants – The Row,skirt – Precis ivory 
silk blouse – Jaeger, tote – Coetpumps – Vanelitan marled cardigan – Junarose, brown twill 
trousers – Lands’ End, brown jeans – Viyella, tan ballet flats – Michael Michael Kors, tassel 
loafers – The Flexx
A navy and tan jacket, a floral top, and green eyelet trainers, to add to the Navy and Tan Starting From Scratch Wardrobe
Navy and tan jacket – Madewell, canvas shoes – Wanted, floral tee – MSGM
The Navy and Tan Starting From Scratch Wardrobe, after Step 10
Navy and tan jacket – Madewell, canvas shoes – Wanted, floral tee – MSGMearrings – 
Dorothy Perkinsyellow sweater– Woolrichpastel scarf – Collection Weekend, navy silk tee – 
Theory, aqua tee - Reiss, navy wool cardigan – Miu Miu, bracelet – Brooks Brothers, watch – 
Anne Klein, beige and navy checked scarf – Aquascutumgreen shirt– Silvian Heachnavy 
blouse – Vincetan pants – Uniqloskirt – Hobbs London white silk blouse – Nic + Zoesilk 
necklace– Saako Designyellow tee – Warehouse, beige cardigan – Marella, navy trousers – Viyella
navy jeans – Uniqlo, bag – Halogen, pumps – Jimmy Choo ballet flats – Me Too, black penny 
loafers – Cole Haan

Black baseball jacket, black floral top, and black canvas flats, to add to the Caramel and Black Starting From Scratch Wardrobe
Black jacket – Minimal, canvas shoes – A2 by Aerosoles, floral tee – Jason Wu
The Caramel and Black Starting From Scratch Wardrobe, after Step 10
Black jacket – Minimal, canvas shoes – A2 by Aerosoles, floral tee – Jason Wuearrings – 
Max and Chloeblouse – Closetdark scarf – Erfurtcaramel tee – Hallhuber, blue tee – 
Majestic Filaturescoral tee shirt – Warehousecaramel wool and cashmere cardigan – 
Customer Loversbracelet – Tiraphan Hasub, watch – Fossil, light scarf - Play Manteroivory
 silk top – Jaegerblack trousers – Mint Velvetskirt – French Connectionbag – Dorothy Perkins
black cardigan – Michael Michael Korscarnelian, quartz, amethyst
lapis necklace– Ritublue linen shirt – Jaeger, coral silk blouse– Equipment, 
copper twill trousers – Lands’ Endcaramel jeans – Toast, pumps – Sole Society
black ballet flats – Armanibrown ballet flats – Frye
How to build a capsule wardrobe - step 10 - adding casual clothes
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  1. Best Janice! These posts are great! I am compiling my own wardrobe sheet (that indeed are subject to change due to my body size after two children and career change) with the clothes I have purchased during spring and summer.
    I now have a small request. :) Living in a country with four seasons, could you please include proper outerwear as well in the full wardrobe? And although you hinted that the skirt and jumper could exist in two sets (one for winter and one for summer), could you please add "the second set" so we can see the difference in colour/texture/style?
    Once your serie is finished I will try to send you my real-life version of your wardrobe ieas!

    Thank you for your posts and have a great summer!

    1. Pia,
      What a thoughtful request. It would be most helpful to finish the capsule with the items you mentioned. Then we would have a capsule for the whole year. I hope we can all get to see your finished project. Good luck to you!

  2. janice, thank you for this series. i love all your posts, but this is the most practical yet! only thing i do not like hooded sweatshirts, and i am always trying to find a casual alternative, even non hooded ones which are rarer to find.

  3. There are nice linen blazers around this time of year, which are loosely cut, unlined, but still give a really finished look to an outfit. And by now they're probably on sale!

  4. Janice, I love your website. It's been so helpful to me as I've pared down my wardrobe to the items that I like the most, wear the most and that fit properly. Your black/gray/red/cobalt blue combo is perfect for me, although I'm having problems finding the cobalt blue in my size. But even just a couple of tops go a long way in brightening up all the blacks and grays. Thanks for all the work you've put into this website!

  5. Great twisted x shoes! Apparently it is easier to find women's workboots online, but you lose the chance to try them on, and I think the road test is vital to new footwear. Glad you could find some! :)