Friday, July 04, 2014

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe from Scratch Step 11: A Complete Outfit, for Balance and Accent


This is the step in which each capsule wardrobe is going to start taking on a distinct personality, based on personal needs, preferences, and desires.  I'm adding a complete outfit to each of the various wardrobes, based on a variety of scenarios that might be possible.

Starting with Madame Grey and Navy - she's starting to feel that navy is under-represented in her wardrobe, and moreover, she'd like to get a gorgeous, versatile cardigan and a luxury skirt into the mix.  Nothing overly dressy; simple and beautiful are what she wants...
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - an outfit for balance
Cardigan – Joseph, white tee – Majestic, navy skirt – Nina Ricci


And now her wardrobe is this:
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - an outfit for balance
Cardigan – Joseph, white tee – Majestic, navy skirt – Nina Riccigrey 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

Conversely, our Lady Caramel and Black is longing for something edgier - a leather jacket? A simple turtleneck and jeans let the jacket really stand out, and provide useful and versatile pieces for her evolving wardrobe.

How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - an outfit for balance
Leather jacket – Jaeger, black turtleneck – Uniqlo, black jeans – R13

Here's where she is right now - a nice assortment of softer looks to contrast with the great leather jacket.  If you're going to buy something "investment-ish" like a leather jacket, it pays to have in mind a number of ways to wear it, so you're sure to get your money's worth, and have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beauty.
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - an outfit for balance
Leather jacket – Jaeger, black turtleneck – Uniqlo, black jeans – R13, 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 Perkinsblack cardigan – Michael Michael Kors, carnelian, quartz, amethystlapis necklace– Ritublue linen shirt – Jaeger, coral silk blouse– Equipment, copper twill trousers – Lands’ Endcaramel jeans – Toast, pumps – Sole Societyblack ballet flats – Armanibrown ballet flats – Frye

Chere Navy and Beige is longing for a dress for summer, a lightweight sweater to wear with it, and a simple top to give the cardigan the look of a twinset when worn with jeans or trousers.
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - an outfit for balance
Dress – Sea, cardigan – Labo Art, tank top – Oasis

A really pretty and versatile wardrobe taking shape here!
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - an outfit for balance
Dress – Sea, cardigan – Labo Art, tank top – Oasis, 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

La Dame de Khaki and Olive realizes that her favorite maroon/burgundy accent color is grossly missing, so she goes all-out in a head to toe outfit for the coming cold weather.  The print blouse will certainly look great with olive or beige skirts and pants too...
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - an outfit for balance
Cardigan – Distante, shirt – Zanetti 1965,  jeans – J. Brand



The colors here are more balanced - that sleeveless floral top will take on a year-round life under the new cardigan!

How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - an outfit for balance
Cardigan – Distante, shirt – Zanetti 1965,  jeans – J. Brand, 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 Moriyamaolive cardigan – Merona, tan trousers – Hallhuber, beige jeans – Morgan, olive trousers – Isabel Marant Etoileskirt – Vicky Tielbag –  Longchamp, maroon tee shirt – Linea Weekend, blouse – French Connectionpenny loafers – Cole Haanwedge pumps – French Soleolive ballet flats – Chloe

Ms. Black and Grey has run into an irresistible skirt!  But she's going to be somewhat practical by adding a truly basic and versatile sweater to this outfit, and by investing in a wonderful scarf in one of her accent colors.  Sometimes, you just have to give in to this kind of "whappage" when it occurs.


How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - an outfit for balance
Skirt – Desigual, black v-neck sweater – Vince, red scarf – Isabel Marant Etoile


Picture the skirt with a simple black tee shirt and the denim jacket...
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - an outfit for balance
Skirt – Desigual, black v-neck sweater – Vince, red scarf – Isabel Marant Etoile,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– Lamprinired 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

La Belle Brown and Beige is ready for something soft and pretty, but still appropriate for work.  It's a skirt, but it's a KHAKI skirt, so we're not too far over the top.  Paired with cashmere... mmm....
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - an outfit for balance
Light blue sweater – Dear Cashmere, khaki skirt – Merona, shirt – Equipment


The khaki skirt goes with virtually everything...
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - an outfit for balance
Light blue sweater – Dear Cashmere, khaki skirt – Merona, shirt – Equipmenttan jacket - Lands’ End, suede oxfords – G.H. Bass and Co., brown patchwork tee – Szenearrings – 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
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - an outfit for balance
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16 comments:

  1. Quick comment before I study this some more: outstanding! I did, by the way, splurge Ina very expensive leather jacket a few years ago, and it has coco me my favorite pieces to jazz up a plain white shirt or a pencil skirt. Happy 4th!

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  2. I'm so enjoying this "start from scratch" series! Is there some link, or similar, where we can create our own color wheels? Thanks!!

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    1. I actually create graphs in PowerPoint to make the color wheels, which is WAAAY too much work unless you love PowerPoint, and graphs, as much as I do! I'll dig around the internet and find someplace excellent, and do a post on color schemes soon. Thanks for asking!

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    2. Oh thank you Janice! I would love that too. I've been searching around a bit on the internet but to no avail. It doesn't even have to be a wheel - just a tool whereby we can create our own personal colors. Fun!

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    3. Here's a few cool links:

      http://www.december.com/html/spec/colorhex.html I just love to feast my eyes on these colors...

      http://www.colorcodehex.com/ this one has tools to create all kinds of color combinations (complementary, triadic, analogous, etc.)

      http://www.color-wheel-artist.com/

      http://www.thedressspot.com/seasons and this one to help find clothing in your season colors (if you place the cursor over each color it will give you the color code. You can them use it on the sites above to create your best color schemes/combinations)

      Enjoy!

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    4. This post absolutely is brilliant, Janice. When we thought the capsules couldn't get any better, you pull this one off! Well done!

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    5. Thank you, Janice and Luna!! This is great!! Now, to go explore these links, and look for Janice's updates!!

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  3. I’ve followed your blog for years and, thanks to you, have a wardrobe that’s basic, practical and “me”. But then you throw in a remarkable post like this - building on a base of purpose and color, tweaking for whim and whappage (acknowledging that this does happen and it is a GOOD thing) with a series of visual examples. No one else I’ve read explains and illustrates the basics so clearly, then does - this. Bravo and thanks so much, Janice.

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  4. Bravo! What a terrific addition- can't wait to find one!

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  5. I am loving this ... it's interesting to see how each "step" clarifies a distinct style. I started out thinking the brown and beige would be "me," but now I see the khaki and olive ....

    I wonder if, down the line, you might do a post on how you chose the accent colors? My guess is you started with the gorgeous scarves. Also, maybe some guidance on how to choose the two neutrals?

    As if you didn't have enough on your plate.

    And happy Fourth!

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    1. I'm clearly going to have to do some thinking about color schemes, and do some posts on them. It's pretty much just a choice of things that I think look pretty, and/or colors that readers have specifically requested.

      thanks!
      Janice

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  6. Really loving this series. I sew, and really attempt to keep my fabric/color choices within a "family". You are SO helpful! I will be re-reading this series many, many times.

    Thank you - and have a glorious Fourth!
    JoyceP in WI

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  7. I've been away all week, and am so impressed with how this has developed in those few days! Love especially today's post, with the personal touches. I'm looking forward to mapping my own clothes against these, will give me a lot of insight into what could be thrown away, and where there may be gaps.
    Thank you for all your hard work on this
    Alice

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  8. Hi - I want to tell you how I am loving your "Starting a wardrobe from scratch" series. I hope you are going to put this in a book? For my own use, I have isolated all the 'black, grey with accent' pictures with your text and made my own reference book - not entirely my colours ( I may substitute dark grey for the lighter shade you have used, and purple instead of the blue) but you have made me want to come out of my "black and white" shell and experiment a bit. Best wishes - R

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  9. I am loving this series! I too would be interested in posts on color schemes. Thank you so much for your work on this!

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  10. I want to join the list of those loving this "Start from scratch" series! Love it. So much. Thank you. Would also love to see a series on color combos and schemes.
    --LindaC

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