Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Build a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Nature: Autumn Leaves, a Four Pack

Over the weekend, we had an absolutely beautiful day on Saturday - bright, clear, and warm enough to walk for miles.  As we neared home, we passed this tree, and Belovedest took a photo of it for me.

In order to really hone in on the leaves, I've cropped down the photograph to a handful of leaves, and isolated just three colors.  It's easy to get overwhelmed when you see something beautiful - focusing really closely on one small thing can help a lot to clarify which colors captivate you most.

This seemed like a wonderful opportunity to find a beautiful winter coat! A core of brown, simple clothes make a good base. The gorgeous brown bag is on sale, and smoky quartz earrings are always too beautiful to resist...

Jacket – Windsmoor, smoky quartz earrings – Jantana, infinity scarf – Target
turtleneck – Silvian Heach, boots – Delman, trousers – Kohls, tote – Vanessa Bruno

For an overnight business trip, nothing but a suit and a couple of (in this case, identical) tops are really all that's needed. A great scarf, a smaller bag for your iPad, some dress shoes, and a pair of earrings, and you're ready for business!

Scarf – Hermes, green onyx earrings – Alok Jain,green top – TD, yellow topTD
checked blazer and skirt – Austin Reed, pumps – Trotters, iPad case – Vaska
Your obvious outfits for the day of business would be your suit with either top, but if you're held over for a day, you're not completely without options about what to wear. 

    Beara Beara


  1. Again, just stunning! I'm gradually developing a wardrobe strategy based on a core of browns, plus various accent colours, and the last few posts (and particularly this one) have been timely and very inspiring.

  2. Autumn favorite place to start. I sighed when I saw that saffron coat! This is my personal color scheme...yellows, browns, oranges, deep it!

    1. And mine as well, minus the reds. It's seriously VERY wonderful to see brown taken seriously as a wardrobe staple rather than a fleeting fling. And in items to my taste. I would wear these pieces constantly.

  3. LOL - I tried on that very coat this weekend - and then rejected it because I don't have anything to wear with it.

    Lovely - and no green for me.

  4. Really wonderful. I love what you come up with every day. Have you ever used food as inspiration?

    I am also reading "I'll Drink to That" by Betty Halbriech, personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman. I love what she writes about clothes!

  5. On the one hand, I adore every post you create. Each piece is so beautifully thought out. But, I have to say, this packing capsule scares me. I'm a color phobe to begin with, but thanks to your ideas, I've moved beyond black, white and grey. However, as attracted as I am to individual pieces, altogether, it screams "Brownie" to me. Yes, a very chic, upmarket Brownie. But I'd be paranoid to stretch this far. That said, gorgeous pieces.

  6. Thank you so much. Your post is very helpful to many of us that know what we like, but don't know how to get there.
    Loved you used a example from nature as your inspiration.

  7. This is beautiful! I am going to try to do a summer version of this.
    Thank you