Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The French 5-Piece Wardrobe + A Common Capsule Wardrobe: Shades of blue, with Black and Grey

We looked at using a variety of shades of pink as an accent in a capsule wardrobe (post here), and it was something that everybody either seemed to love or hate.  So I'm going to see what response is to shades of blue - that very particular muted blue that you see in blue onyx.

A note about this scarf - it's from Hermes, and it's in their usual amazingly lustrous silk twill, but it isn't a square - it's a very long rectangle with mitered ends.  Per square inch of silk, these scarves are MUCH less expensive than the squares, and for many people, they're a lot more versatile style.  If you've never been interested in a square scarf, then these (called Maxi Twilly), are at least worth seeing, just to admire their beauty... The Hermes website has changed the way they display scarves; it's now whimsical, and very pretty.

So here's the 5-Piece French Wardrobe - classic shapes for the most part, everything related to that shade of blue.
The French 5-Piece Wardrobe + A Common Capsule Wardrobe: Shades of blue, with Black and Grey
Light blue sweater – Dorothy Perkins, blue shirt – Pop Cph, blue cardigan – Uniqlo
scarf – Hermes Cavalcadour maxi twilly, blue onyx earrings – LindseyMarie
And here's A Common Wardrobe in black and grey.  The only difference from the navy and grey we were using is just a switch of the five navy garments to the identical items (except the skirt) in black. I was toying around with how many possible combinations there are, just within these twelve garments, and it came out over 4 dozen.  These core items in your closet could make a lot of mornings much simpler. 
12 Piece Common French Capsule Wardrobe
Grey v-neck – Uniqlo, grey turtleneckUniqlo, black cardigan – Uniqlo, black v-neckUniqlo
white broadcloth shirt – Uniqlo, denim shirt – Uniqlo, grey tee – Uniqlo, black tee – Uniqlo
black jeans – Uniqlo, grey jeans - Uniqlo,  skirt - Uniqlo, faded jeans - Uniqlo
The new tops add a lot of interest to your neutrals, but the scarf and the earrings are often just the touch that's needed to bring a fresh look to the garments you love and wear the most.
The French 5-Piece Wardrobe + A Common Capsule Wardrobe: Shades of blue, with Black and Grey

The French 5-Piece Wardrobe + A Common Capsule Wardrobe: Shades of blue, with Black and Grey

The French 5-Piece Wardrobe + A Common Capsule Wardrobe: Shades of blue, with Black and Grey
                        
The French 5-Piece Wardrobe + A Common Capsule Wardrobe: Shades of blue, with Black and Grey
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16 comments:

  1. Yes, yes, yes. Love these colors together. (Much more than the pinks.)

    kris

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  2. The blue is very pretty with theses colours, pink's not for me either.

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  3. I have one of the Maxi-Twillys and it is very nice and quite versatile. However, it is important to know the the Maxi Twillys are LASER PRINTED, not hand silk screened like the other Hermes scarves. This is one reason they are less expensive. Can you tell a difference? Yes, if you look closely. Perhaps this would not matter to everyone, but the look is just not quite as beautiful.

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    1. Thanks for the information - I had NO idea...
      big hug,
      Janice

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    2. The Maxi Twillys do not have rolled edges. They are double sided with an inside seam.

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  4. Who doesn't like blue? And these blue garments are lovely--and very versatile.

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  5. Janice, I just couldn't resist that lovely blue silk shirt! What a find....as always your eye for color, quality, and calm, collected elegance is spot on. Thank you so very much for your hard work and generous spirit. I continue to learn so much from your thoughtful posts. Dorothy

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  6. I love it but then again I loved the pink too!

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  7. I also have become a fan of navy blue in recent years and plan to have it replace my black tops eventually. Today I am proudly sporting navy and green, something that I learned here.

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  8. I love the blue and ,,since I rarely wear it am surprised how nicely it works. I would love to combine shades of blue with grey and camel. I think it would be a lovely combination.

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  9. I have no problems admitting that I like blue a lot more than pink. However, objectively, the light and darker blues seem to cover a wider range of moods and settings than the light and brighter pink, which seemed more limited to me.

    And I love grey as a neutral as much as ever.

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  10. Gorgeous, gorgeous. I like blue better than pink, but I have to admit that my mother was right - pink looks good on me.

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  11. Ah blue, my favorite color. I love it in any shade, but an occasional hit of hot pink makes me feel sassy.

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  12. Do you decorate your homes as you dress yourself, i e in the same style ( for example creative)?

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  13. This is my favourite palette and I find a lot of time scouting that blue or its slightly more violettish cousin, And the grey needs to have a luminosity or it can read as dull. There are some colours you just can't find in mass-market, mid-priced clothes. Even navy blue in lower end clothes can look flat and sad.

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  14. Oh yes, these are MY colours. Positively drooling over the blue silk shirt.........

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