Friday, October 10, 2014

The French 5-Piece Wardrobe + A Common Capsule Wardrobe: Shades of Pink, Navy and Grey

While the French 5-Piece Capsule Wardrobe is great for experimenting with new colors or  trendy items, it can also be an opportunity to build your wardrobe around your favorite colors. If you like pink - all shades of pink - then indulge in a combination of beautiful items for the long-term and a few more spontaneously fun things for a season or two.

Pink accents for a navy and grey wardrobe
Scarf – KathKath, pink cashmere turtleneck – Uniqlo, pink cardigan – Uniqlo
striped tee – Charles Tyrwhitt, tote bag – 2 Picche
There are lots of possibilities here, from bright and cheery ensembles to more subtle and low-key ones.   
a dozen outfits using a core of navy and grey, with pink accents

a dozen outfits using a core of navy and grey, with pink accents

Just a reminder that this is A Common Capsule Wardrobe upon which we are building. 
a 12-piece neutral wardrobe in navy, grey and denim
Grey v-neck – Uniqlo, grey turtleneck – Uniqlo, navy cardigan – Uniqlo, navy v-neck - Uniqlo
white broadcloth shirt – Uniqlo, denim shirt – Uniqlo, grey tee – Uniqlo, navy tee – Uniqlo
dark jeans – Uniqlo, grey jeans - Uniqlo, navy skirt - Uniqlo, faded jeans - Uniqlo

The French 5-Piece Wardrobe + A Common Capsule Wardrobe: Shades of Pink, Navy and Grey
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14 comments:

  1. I love pink! It is such a happy color! :)

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  2. Pretty in pink, indeed! Thank you.

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  3. The pink is lovely and flattering to many skin tones. I have never understood why it is underappreciated. Maybe too girly.....What you have shown is casual and sophisticated!

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  4. Hi Janice:

    I just bought a pair of hot pink ballet flats, they are very comfortable but hot pink! How would you style them? Thakns.

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  5. This shows the real benefit of the common wardrobe:having base colours which suit adding pretty, fresh accents.
    It also shows why it can be good to go against the trend and not opt for the current season's colour trends as each of these ensembles is striking.
    Again, I've learned SO much from Janice. Now I never feel as if I am wasting money when I buy the odd expensive item. My last two were a navy velvet jacket which can go over jeans or out in the evening with evening accessories and a summer navy jacket which I know I'll wear all the time.
    My wardrobe now looks cohesive. Current colours (Summer here) are navy, turquoise black and neutral beige.
    Thank you so much Janice.

    Kate

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  6. This is too much pink for me but it is interesting to see the wardrobe functioning with two shades of the same colour.

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  7. What would you do instead of a turtleneck. I always feel awkward in them. Even as a kid i avoided them. I replace cardigans with blazers because it is more me but I can't seem to solve the turtleneck dilemma

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  8. Great to see how you have styled our KathKath scarf. I love it!

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  9. @Heide - I tend to avoid turtlenecks as well. I don't like the sensation of anything to close to my neck - even crew neck tees. I also carry my weight across my chest and upper arms, and turtlenecks make my chest look larger. Have you tried a draped cowl? I like them in thin knits. I particularly like them with a half sleeve or 3/4 sleeve. They will work under a v neck if the cowl is not too chunky or draped.

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  10. So adorable, I saw a cardigan same shape with color of ripped apricot (I can't tell the color in english, https://www.google.com/search?q=m%C3%A0u+m%C6%A1+ch%C3%ADn&client=firefox-b-ab&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj3ud_e8KTQAhWCro8KHcA-D-QQ_AUICCgB&biw=928&bih=421#tbm=isch&q=ripped+apricot+color&imgrc=fwqqymQnBai1TM%3A,

    please have a look, the color is the 3rd from the left, what do you think for a combination?sorry for my poor expression

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    1. Dear Maicun, That color is lovely! Your English is great, and I would definitely call it apricot, or peach, which is a very similar fruit.

      But I want to share two things with you: Ripped means that someone tore a hole in it - it has a rip, which is a tear or a hole.

      You want to say RIPE apricot - ready to eat is ripe, in English.

      Please comment more frequently; my readers are very kind, and will happily help figure out what you are trying to say.

      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. Thank you for your correction, ha ha, I was rolling on the floor laughing when reading your post, you are so kind and patient, really and with a sense of humor ;). Actually I want to say that I am inspired by your collection of pink with cardigan, fabric bag, square scarf, knit shirt etc, but it may seem too much for U-40 girls do'nt you think, so I would like to ask if for peach color instead of pink, what do you advice for some mix of just one peach + basic colors of all other items?

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    3. Most women wouldn't want to wear more than 2 pieces of the pink at the same time - it would be overwhelming. But wearing 2 pieces makes it look as if you chose the pink to wear intentionally, rather than just 1 piece, which can seem like "it's the only clean tee shirt I have!"

      And peach would be lovely - look at today's blog post for a softer shade of pink, which is closer to peach. I think Tuesday I also used a warmer shade of pink that you might like, too.

      hugs,
      Janice

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