Thursday, September 25, 2014

A 4 by 4 Capsule Wardrobe in Coral, Turquoise, Black and Grey

Please bear in mind that I prepared this post before I left for my vacation, so some of the links might be dated...

This is a great, unique, way to accent black and grey; coral and turquoise are often found together, and there's some AMAZING jewelry available (usually in warmer weather) that combines these two colors.  But of course we don't wear real coral anymore - it's pretty endangered...

a 4 by 4 cold weather travel capsule wardrobe in Coral, Turquoise, Black and Grey
Black v-neck sweater – Closed, black jeans – R13, tee shirt – Kin, black cotton trousers – Mango
grey tee – Kin, grey jeans – Uniqlo, grey cashmere sweater – Uniqlo,  wool trousers – Reissombre 
sweatshirt – Proenza Schouler, fair isle turtleneck – Jaeger, cardigan – Violeta, striped tee – Isabel Marant Etoilecoral sweater – Jardin 
des Orangers (sold out), turquoise tee – Jane Norman, coral tee – Warehouse
turquoise cardigan – John Lewis, Ikat print scarf – Vince Camuto, turquoise stud 
earrings – Alon Diller, pearl and calcite bracelet – Anusara, onyx wavy earrings – 
Camen Anocibar, tassel necklace – Jennifer Loiselle, suede short boots – Aquatalia,
 loafers – Paul Green, tote bag – Solomon Appollo
paisley scarf – Liberty London
A color scheme graphic in Coral, Turquoise, Black and Grey

In both of these Cores of Four, I chose high-necked tee shirts to go with v-neck sweaters.  This way, if you want to layer the grey tee under the black sweater, (or vice versa) it will show nicely.  These little details can make a lot of difference in how versatile your clothes can be. 

A core of 4 in black: v-neck sweater, jeans, tee shirt and trousers
Black v-neck sweater – Closed, black jeans – R13
tee shirt – Kin, black cotton trousers – Mango
A Core of 4 in grey: tee shirt, jeans, v-neck sweater, and trousers
Grey tee – Kin, grey jeans – Uniqlo
grey cashmere sweater – Uniqlo,  wool trousersReiss

 I have a deep and abiding passion for the Fair Isle sweater...

An expansion four in grey and black: on ambre sweater, a Fair Isle turtleneck, a tweed cardigan and a striped tee
Ombre sweatshirt – Proenza Schouler, fair isle turtleneck – Jaeger
cardigan – Violeta, striped tee – Isabel Marant Etoile

What excellent accents - on a cold day, these would be a nice touch of brightness!

A Mileage Four with a coral sweater, a turquoise tee shirt, a coral tee shirt and a turquoise cardigan
Coral sweater – Jardin des Orangers (sold out), turquoise tee – Jane Norman
coral tee – Warehouse, turquoise cardigan – John Lewis

When looking for accessories and jewelry, make sure to always have swatches, or a skein of embroidery floss, with you in order to make sure that your shades are correct.  Both coral and turquoise can vary WIDELY (and wildly) and you can get some icky clashes once you get something home...

And when you're searching for things that are turquoise COLORED, don't forget to look for calcite that's been dyed blue.  It's very common, and quite inexpensive...

The Integration Four+ of scarves, jewelry, shoes and a bag, in Coral Turquoise, Black and Grey
Ikat print scarf – Vince Camuto, turquoise stud earrings – Alon Diller
pearl and calcite bracelet – Anusara, Onyx wavy earrings – Camen Anocibar
tassel necklace – Jennifer Loiselle, suede short boots – Aquatalia, loafers – 
Paul Green, tote bag – Solomon Appollo, paisley scarf – Liberty London

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  1. I like that you used what I think of when I hear "coral". It seems, a redder version is now quite popular. I wore coral this past Easter & wanted to make some jewelry to go with my outfit but my beading sources all had the redder version, not this peachy color that I consider to be coral.

    My Gram called this color *shrimp*. lol

  2. "Pink" that up the tiniest little bit and it's my wardrobe. A bluer pink looks better on me, altho I can go that far yellow. But overall, when you see any of that walking down the street, it's me.

    and, i learned it from you!! thanks so much.

  3. You are so correct when you say corals are hard to match. They go from oranges , reds to pink to something in-between. It's very difficult to pull a coral outfit together. But I still try...

  4. This is IT! The one I've been waiting for! These are my colors and my vibe. If add in a couple of dresses (maybe a LBD and one in a turquoise print) and call it good. If only I could pitch everything I own and start from scratch.

  5. LOVE this! Works with navy instead of black too.

    1. And khaki instead of grey. Love this combo.

  6. Those are exactly my summer colours - Navy (and denim) and khaki with turquoise and coral. Thanks to Janice we are all becoming really good at doing the little switches in our minds and still be able to visualize the idea. I am trying to get away from black in the winter - and want to move slowly towards browns and navy with the same accents.

    1. Mine too! But if can substitute teal for the turquoise and merlot/burgundy for the coral, it transitions nicely into winter.

  7. Now I really like this one, and have things in these colours already in my wardrobe. Turquoise and coral are two of my most flattering accent colours.

  8. Oh my goodness! I realize this is an old post, but I just found it and this 4 x 4 concept is perfect for me! No skirts or dresses and minimal accessories. I'm in love!! I am new to the capsule wardrobe concept and I'm trying to build my first one. Because I'm a beginner, I need to see pictures of all the different outfits/combinations that these 16 pieces can create. I hope you build more 4 x 4 capsules and find some way to share how all the pieces work together. Thanks! I am now a new follower!!