Tuesday, July 08, 2014

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe from Scratch Step 12: A Winter Coat, Boots and Scarf

For many of us, a really SERIOUS winter coat is a necessity in the capsule wardrobe.  Realistically, I couldn't get through the winter without my parka that sort of resembles a cross between a sleeping bag and a wee portable padded room... 

But let's focus on getting a more attractive, more widely useful winter coat.  I've chosen a mixture of accent colors and neutrals, and tossed in yet another scarf because it's difficult to have too many scarves!

My friend in black and brights wants a statement coat to stand out in the crowd of black - and this blue should do the trick, eh?
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - a winter coat, boots, and scarf
coat – Sportmax, boots – Aquatalia by Marvin K., scarf – Jimmy Choo
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - a winter coat, boots, and scarf
coat – Sportmax,boots – Aquatalia by Marvin K., scarf – Jimmy ChooSkirt – 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

My lady in navy is looking for a dark neutral coat, but some pretty flowers for an accessory.  This coat has lovely flaired sleeves, and the snap at the neckline is designed to resemble a flower! The boots will be ideal with khaki, and will be a classic accent with navy.
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - a winter coat, boots, and scarf
Coat – Marella, boots – Attilio Giusti Leombruni, scarf – Dickins and Jones
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - a winter coat, boots, and scarf
Coat – Marella, boots – Attilio Giusti Leombruni, scarf – Dickins and Jonesdress – 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
If you have a lot of patience, you can find a winter coat that includes both of your neutrals!  (Actually, if you have enough patience, you can find anything.  I spend 8 hours a day looking at clothes and accessories, and I swear that there's nothing imaginable that's not being manufactured somewhere...) While this lovely woman strongly considered a dark neutral scarf, when she spotted the perfect blue of her favorite accent color, she grabbed it and ran!
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - a winter coat, boots, and scarf
Coat – Tomaso, boots – Frye, scarf – Nordstrom
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - a winter coat, boots, and scarf
Coat – Tomaso, boots – Frye, scarf – Nordstromlight 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
It might take months to find an accent color coat, but when you find one, it's meant for you!
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - a winter coat, boots, and scarf
Coat – Jil Sander, boots – BP, scarf – B.A. Printed Artworks
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - a winter coat, boots, and scarf
Coat – Jil Sanderboots – BP, scarf – B.A. Printed Artworksleather 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
Ms. Navy and Grey has shown a fondness for sweatshirty, soft and snuggly, so this is the obvious coat to capture her heart.  Another pretty but warm scarf is perfect with this coat, but will also look great with lots of the wardrobe already in place.
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - a winter coat, boots, and scarf
Coat – T by Alexander Wang, bootsRoberto del Carlo, scarf – Nina Ricci

How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - a winter coat, boots, and scarf
Coat – T by Alexander Wang, boots – Roberto del Carlo, scarf – Nina Riccicardigan – 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
An olive or khaki coat would be obvious with this wardrobe, but this stunningly simple maroon beauty caught my eye, and I couldn't find anything that chased this one from my mind.  Again, while this is a great scarf for winter, it can also be worn with the cardigans, tee shirts, blouses, etc...
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - a winter coat, boots, and scarf
Coat – Mary Portas, boots – Cobb Hill, scarf – Mosaique
How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - a winter coat, boots, and scarf
Coat – Mary Portas, boots – Cobb Hill, scarf – Mosaique, cardigan – Distante, floral blouse – Zanetti 1965,  jeans – J. Brand, beige hoodie – Uniqlo, canvas booties – Matisse, floral sleeveless 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
Tomorrow, more accessories!  Woman does not live by one pair of earrings...

How to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch - step 11 - a winter coat, boots, and scarf
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14 comments:

  1. That Jill Sander coat is a thing of beauty! In my dream life, she would be my outfitter of choice. :)

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  2. I love the blue coat! It is just perfect with the other items in the group!
    Thank you Janice, for your 8 hours a day of searching for exactly the right color and style. I like to look at clothing on line also, but after 45 minutes, I'm exhausted!

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  3. Here's my attempt to start from scratch: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=127740482
    Similar to the olive and khaki set, but I deepened the khaki to cognac, and swapped the teal for purple. -ERanft

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    1. nice harmony, love the color of the short trench : )

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  4. Janice, I find your creativity and dedication to your readers moving. And these capsules, just some 20 pieces at this point plus accessories, and a person would be beautifully dressed and ready for any occasion. Just goes to show it really isn't quantity...

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  5. I have to agree with Luna. Thank you somich Janice. You've even shown me that Olive, together with the colours I love isn't so drab as I once thought! I love that coat, though.

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  6. You've outdone yourself this time. I am swept away. So much gorgeousness to look at and dream about.
    Thank you always
    Vancouver Barbara

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  7. I commented previously that I had tentatively started to change my neutrals over to olive and khaki (although they sometimes seem to drift toward camel and stone, too) but it had seemed like a weird idea to me. As I watch you develop it more and more with each posting I am happier with my decision. I played in my wardrobe yesterday and put together some really nice outfits with these neutrals and aqua/teal/turquoise accents.

    I am feeling excited about it for my life in Lake Tahoe, but still feel that I would stick out like neon wearing these colors in New York or Paris. On the other hand, wearing all black in Tahoe where most people are vacationing and dressed in resort or athletic clothes looks like you might be a member of a dark arts cult.

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  8. This series is really wonderful. And today's post is, if anything, the most wonderful of all. I know you spend huge amounts of time finding these treasures, but still... It's all about your eye. And your mathematical mind. More comments soon, as life has event out a bit. I still try to follow each day. Thanks, as ever.

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  9. It is interesting how all of these wardrobes are using the same item list and yet each one has its own distinct personality. If one knew each of these "women" in real life, you would never guess that they were all following the same formula.

    This series has been so helpful. Thanks for all your time and effort in creating these wardrobe plans.

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  10. A sonata! Just beautiful.
    Here in Montréal, the "boots" shown could only serve as indoor footwear one the snow falls, unless you are proceeding strictly from garage to garage. Once you head for our streets you have to locate boots with insulation, grip soles, and absolutely not suede: functional deep winter footwear. Even fashiony women are seen in Sorels.

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    1. I'm a big fan of serious boots - any woman wearing her own personal padded room has to be dedicated to warmth!

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  11. I so love this series! Thank you so much for all the time you have spent on this!

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