Wednesday, June 03, 2015

How to Pack Light: Yellow and Black "Whatever's Clean 13" for warm weather

You knew this was coming, didn't you? Some people really LOVE printed skirts and trousers, and they deserve to be able to pack a "Whatever's Clean 13" wardrobe too!

Figuring out what to include in this suitcase mostly requires finding a common "accent" color that's shared by a handful of your skirts and pants, and then building around that. When I was browsing things to get started, I found a few things that shared this glorious yellow, and so I chose that as my accent, and selected the black and white found in these Valentino trousers as my neutrals.

First up, a travel outfit with bright, happy trousers, but a simple top and cardigan, all pulled together with yellow earrings and a yellow scarf. You can already see piece swapping in and out of this outfit, can't you?




travel outfit black cardigan and top, with yellow floral pants and yellow accessories
Sleeveless top – Raquel Allegra, floral trousers – Red Valentino, black linen
 cardigan – East, yellow agate earrings – Viji Prathap, watch – Skagen, scarf – Aniye By
loafers – French Sole, backpack – EDDIE

Those trousers call for a white cardigan and a white top or two, as well as a relatively warm long-sleeved yellow top. Using black and white as accent colors opens the door to including prints or patterns that include ONLY black and white, too!

travel capsule wardrobe "Whatever's Clean 13" in black, yellow and white
Clutch bag – Dorothy Perkins, white sleeveless top – Topshop, black tank – 
Majestic Filatures, black and white pants – Mela Loves London, white short-sleeve
 sweater – Lamberto Losani, onyx and silver earrings – Allurez, onyx and silver bracelet
 – Sukartini, leather wrap bracelet – Tod’s , yellow long-sleeve tee – Jolie by Edward 
Spiers, white linen cardigan – White Stuff, yellow sleeveless top – Dsquared2, floral
 split skirt – Quiz, black capris – Astraet, yellow embroidered skirt – Etro, white 
sandals – Birkenstock, yellow ballet flats – Dorothy Perkins

I NEVER wear yellow, but I think this capsule travel wardrobe looks very appealing, and absolutely NOTHING about it that suggests any kind of bumblebee, or other stinging insect! Just cheer, and plenty of options...



travel capsule wardrobe "Whatever's Clean 13" in black, yellow and white


 Our template is nicely filled, and you could reach into this imaginary wardrobe with your eyes tightly closed and come up looking lovely - it's impossible to clash! What a luxury, when you have so many other things on your mind.

"Whatever's Clean 13" template with black, white and yellow garments

"Whatever's Clean 13" template with black, white and yellow garments


There are far more than 15 combinations possible, but these should give you some ideas to get started:

three outfits for changing weather, in black and white

three outfits for changing weather, in black and yellow

three outfits for changing weather, in black and white

three outfits for changing weather, in black and yellow

three outfits for changing weather, in black, white and yellow

My current "go-to" accent color is red, but I'm quickly beginning to see that pink is going to be strongly represented in the future, as my hair gets more grey. What is your "can't travel without" accent color?

love,
Janice

NOVICA

21 comments:

  1. I'm one of those that loves pattern and/or bright colours in trousers, with very plain tops - thank you for the great template!
    Alice

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  2. This makes so much sense- so simple but so dynamic. Thanks

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    1. Hot pink could be a segue color between the reds & softer pinks. Plus it looks great with navy as well as other neutrals.

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  3. Janice, only you could take those colors and patterns and create a stunning wardrobe!!!

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  4. Tuesday's post was brilliant. Wednesday - more brilliant yet! My travel color...hot pink. Loooove it.

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  5. This "pattern should stay in a single line of the template" idea is So VERY HELPFUL! Thank you!

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  6. This is the best look for those of us who are boobilicious. Keep the attention on the bottom where we are usually quite slim. My go to accent colour is burnt orange/red and/or blue.

    Deb from Vancouver

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  8. My can't live without it travel color is the same as my at home can't live without it color: olive and related shades of green.

    I'm loving the template concept and the cooler to warmer spectrum idea. One of the challenges I face with travel is wanting to keep luggage to a minimum, ideally just a carry on, yet needing to have my full hiking kit plus something decent for in the city. I'm thinking the template and spectrum ideas will help. Obviously I have to think about the cool to warm spectrum, but maybe I can think about the mountain to town spectrum as well.

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  9. I could never get away with wearing yellow - makes me look sallow and unhealthy - but this is a fabulous wardrobe for those who can pull it off! My travel color is blue, in all shades: makes me happy, works with my complexion and my black and gray base colors, and brightens up the neutrals with a pop. I also adore red, but find I feel like a tomato when I wear it...but I love it on others, so go figure.

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  10. Request:
    Janice, could you do this template using Navy and Marsala, for early fall? With good walking shoes and only pants?

    Thanks for creating this template. For a visual person, it is the best tool yet. Theresa

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  11. Carolyn in Northern VAJune 3, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    What about a template ranging from dressy to casual or business to athletic clusters? Might be interesting to try that (if you're looking for other trends to pursue. I LOVE the template idea. Super helpful way to think about constructing a wardrobe

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  12. My travel accent color tends to be turquoise or teal. I love this template idea. I have an abundance of patterned shirts, so the idea of keeping all the patterns on one row of the template works great for me.

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  13. My accent color is usually soft coral in the warm months and brick or burnt sienna in the winter. I love these plans..so easy and smart!!

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  14. I can't wear yellow of any kind, but I do love how it pops with the black and white!

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  15. Oh, how happy to have discovered you (linked over from over50feeling40). My husband and I are going on a 2-week Mediterranean cruise in Oct/Nov, and I have been going into a "but I have nothing to wear!" panic. We are not cruise people!

    Many other bloggers list what to pack, but the visual of putting together the template and the outfits is so helpful. Thank you!

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  16. I absolutely love your site! Thank you for all you do!

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  17. LOVE THIS. It is so helpful to see how the clothes, as a group, look so yellow -- but how many outfits you can make that have no yellow in them at all, or just one yellow piece. These arent' my colors and I don't like printed bottoms, but I find this so helpful! All the combinations you show help me to see how to look at my clothes differently, as a whole and not as a bunch of different things.

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  18. Janice you are the best. I totally love your templates. So much easier to built combinations. I would use yellow in accessories and in a patterned skirt.

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  19. You encourage me to consider pink as an accent to black and to gray.

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  20. You are so talented! Your templates are amazing - thank you for sharing!

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