Monday, September 22, 2014

A 4 by 4 Capsule Wardrobe in Bright Plum, Smoky Blue, Navy and Grey

I don't want everybody to feel like I've beaten the "navy and grey" horse to death, but I had a lot of requests for variations of those colors, and they all take on their own feel...  Please remember that I prepared these posts back in August, so you'd have pretty things to read while I'm on vacation; if the hyperlinks don't work, or an item is sold out, I sincerely apologize!

This is the color scheme - three of the colors we've worked with before, but this bright plum color changes everything.  What once was a soft and muted palette takes on a brightness and life that can be included in an outfit on a day that feels right, or you can always stick with the softer colors when that's what you prefer.  It offers a nice range of versatility in mood.

    Navy henley – Uniqlo, jeans – Mango
navy shirt – Uniqlo, corduroy skirt – Peter Jensen
Grey tee – Kin, grey jeans – Uniqlo
grey cashmere sweater – Uniqlo,  wool trousers – Reiss 

A lot of "marled" fabrics here - it could be a signature for sweaters for this particular person...

Turtleneck Chloe, striped tee – Mint Velvet
jacket – Uttam, cardigan – Acne Studios

I have a serious crush on the turtleneck in the last photo, and on the plum crew neck here.  Clearly I need to pay attention to my fondness for the marled sweater, eh?

plum tee – J. Crew, tee shirt – T by Alexander Wang
violet sweater - Fatface, blue silk blouse - Equipment

Since the scarves seemed flowery to me, I stuck with a flowery motif for some of the jewelry.
Square silk scarf – Antagoniste, silver flower earrings – 21dgrs, flower bracelet
 – Ngurah Gede, silver flower necklace – Kadek Hendra, long scarf - Minuet,
 hoop earrings – Simon Sebbag, bag – Brooks Brothers, ankle boots –
 Sam Edelman, loafers – Walking Cradles 

I really like the choices this provides - that plum tee shirt with a scarf and almost any of the "bottoms" would be bright and cheery, but on a day when you wanted to stay low-key and muted, solid grey with silver jewelry would still look elegant and pulled-together.

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  1. I love marl - so definitely share your crush on the knitwear! I also like stripes. I have also (after lots of dithering) finally settled on a wardrobe plan of a core of grey, with lots of brights, varying these per season. All in all, please could you just box up the above and send it to me?
    Hope your trip is going well

  2. Beautiful...thanks for all the inspiration!

  3. First, let me emphasize that you can never, NEVER overdo the navy/grey schemes. For those of us who choose them as neutrals, this is our YEAR! One must strike when the fashion rulers provide, yes?

    My navy/grey request is to take work up a wardrobe from the colors found in these two items (which I realize themselves could not be worn together):
    (The "blue watercolour spot) version
    Thank you for using your talent in this helpful way!

  4. I don't think you are showing too many navy+ grey options, as that is my favorite combination... my own wardrobe plan for this season is black+navy+grey, with accents of chocolate brown and soft turquoise. I have a challenging time finding options for scarves that don't also include red or purple, neither of which are a favored color. My hunt for accessories has definitely given me a real appreciation of the amount of effort you put in to finding excellent and coordinating options!

  5. This is lovely. I am also loving marled lately.

  6. I really like this colour scheme. Thank you! I just have problems matching shoe colour - what shoe colour goes well? Please be very specific.

  7. Men wear black shoes with navy and grey clothes, and I don't know why women shouldn't do differently. You can look for navy shoes - a dark navy, nothing of an indifferent shade - but frankly, I'd stick with black.

  8. I have almost duplicated this wardrobe, much with what was already in my closet, and I must say this works so well! I am a "Summer", gray-eyed dark blonde, and this set is very complimentary. I used it as a packing list for a recent 2 week trip to UK, and was more than enough clothes to suit every occasion. Thank you! (I am, however, still seeking a similar cardigan to that wonderful to be able to concentrate on just one item when shopping).

  9. I can't tell you how many times I've gone through your posts, especially the navy and gray ones. They continue to inspire me. Thanks again for all you do. 😊

  10. What do you do if you dont like stripes or collared shirts? Would you just add more knit tops and blouses?

    1. Yes! You choose the things that appeal most to you - nothing that I write is intended to be more than a guideline for efficient shopping and easy dressing.