Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Summer Common Capsule Wardrobe, In Warm Tones

What fun this was - the same general idea as my personal mostly black Common Capsule Wardrobe for warm weather, but in warm tones!


Stone metallic cardigan – J. Crew;  natural cardigan – Uniqlo; nude 
tee – Need Supply Co.; heather wheat tee – J. Crew; brown tee – J. Crew
tan linen top – Maison Rabih Kayrouz; ivory sleeveless shirt – J. Crew Factory;
 shorts – Loft; dress – Ter et Bantine; skirt – Maison Rabih Kayrouz; ankle 
pants – Uniqlo;  jeans – Lafayette 148 New York

There aren't quite as many accessories here as there were in my wardrobe - but for anyone who is going to wear this wardrobe, you certainly already own LOTS of pieces that will work beautifully here.

Gold stud earrings – Kendra Scott; hoop earrings – Marco Bicego; antler and
 brass earrings – Ralph Lauren; bangle bracelets – David Aubrey; fabric wrap
bracelet – Swarovski; infinity love bracelet – JCPenney; wristlet – Purse Power;
 ring – Arabel Lebrusan; gold wedge sandals – Isola;  ombre tote – Cole Haan;
 ballet flats – Athena Alexander; beige flat sandals – Charles by Charles David

So very many different ways to put this together:





And just for reference, the template for Your Common Wardrobe.


What accent colors would you put with this? Peach is the first and most obvious, to me. What else? I'd like to revisit these pieces with some accent colors, if you're interested.

love,
Janice

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36 comments:

  1. I would accent with turquoise, Navy, and even some greens. Love this wardrobe! Of I could distant it would all fit my body well I would order it all up in a heartbeat as I live overseas and trying to find quality garments can be quite challenging. Thank you so much for a great post!

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    1. I second the idea of turquoise although I would never wear this core. I think the core concept is so useful.

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  2. I would accent with turquoise, Navy, and even some greens. Love this wardrobe! Of I could distant it would all fit my body well I would order it all up in a heartbeat as I live overseas and trying to find quality garments can be quite challenging. Thank you so much for a great post!

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  3. How about terra cotta and olive green?

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  4. This tells you how much of a common wardrobe devotee I am... These ivory, tan and beige tones ARE my accent colors to my core of navy, black, brown and gray. A great scarf, some decent real jewelry, a good shoe and bag -- and that's it! Great choices here.

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    1. I also use black as my core, with accents of tan and beige, and a little red for fun. I am getting rid of all the navy in an effort to make my life easier because I can't tell the difference between black and navy early in the morning (don't want to wake my honey with a bright light). I tried putting them at different ends of the closet. I end up with navy socks or tights with black pants or skirt. I teach so the students definitely notice and every class reminds me. I could lay out my clothes the night before, but that is currently beyond me.

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  5. How about yellow-green or cold pink?

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  7. I would go for the very palest seafoam green and a delicate pale blue...the colors of sea glass.

    Peach would also be pretty along with ballet pink. It would feel like being wrapped in a sea shell on the beach. :)

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  8. I like the addition of a little black and olive.

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  9. Oh, I love these. I never wear black, so these choices are a core capsule for me. I would add muted shades of teal, aqua, olive, warm greens, coral, then spark with small bits of bright blue, cognac, or violet in jewelry or scarf.

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  10. Teal, soft green (not mint), blue (pale to chambray to navy/denim). Like someone else said, "the colors of sea glass."

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  11. What about a beautiful cobalt blue...not to dark!

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  12. The common wardrobe pieces are gorgeous. Love the asymmetrics. My colouring is light, warm and soft (Intriguing) so those clothes would suit me. I so find them hard to find in the shops. My fall back neutrals are achromatic (black, grey and white) and blues to match my eyes. I have given myself permission to buy what ever I like in light camel, sand, beige colours.
    As for accents, I like the idea of peaches, apricots and light orange. Oh that sounds very fruity! Light lime green with dash of lemon as well. Thanks Carol S

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  13. What about a beautiful clear cobalt blue...not too dark!

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  14. This is my light neutral. My favorite accent color is red.

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  15. Loving this common wardrobe and I do own some similar pieces, so this will help me build on them. For me accents of coral, turquoise, teal and olive green (not necessarily together!) would be great.

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  16. Loving this common wardrobe and I do own some similar pieces, so this will help me build on them. For me accents of coral, turquoise, teal and olive green (not necessarily together!) would be great.

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  17. Janice,
    Thank you, thank you, for honoring my request ! This one is a keeper, as many of your other posts are as well, and I plan to print it out as soon as I'm finished posting here ! The accent colors listed above of teal, coral, olive green, and warm green are all great accent colors. To these I would consider warm red, soft orange, as someone mentioned peach and cognac, as well as bronze, and last, but not least, a warm purple or deep periwinkle blue. Fabulous --love, love, love and mucho hugs !

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  18. Teal or turquoise for summer, Tomato or russet for fall, and light blue and mint green for spring.

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  19. I wish I could wear these colors as they are so pretty. But, with my coloring and light hair, I would be totally washed out. Isn't it interesting how we are all individuals with our own coloring and cannot wear the same colors as others.

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    1. I have that light coloring too, Susan. So I use the lighter colors for bottoms, and wear darker browns,accent colors and my other neutrals next to my face. It doesn't EXACTLY fit the common wardrobe template, but it's in the same spirit :)

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    2. I agree with both of you - light hair and skin, darker eyes, and (contrary to the advice of many blogs etc) light colours near my face are not great. The brown of the cardigan and tee would be fine, but I'd add in tops (and scarves to wear over the lighter tops) in olives and other greens (somebody suggested chartreuse, great idea), ochre, rust.. marsala (!). All mid-deep tones, warm and soft, to echo the gentle theme of the capsule (very dark/bright might be a bit harsh).
      Alice
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  20. Love that skirt and the whole grouping. The ralph Lauren earrings are beautiful but beyond my ability to carry them off. This has been put into my notebook for next spring summer. Would you consider a common wardrobe for the fall using a blue tweed hacking jacket a la Ralph Lauren as the inspiration?

    Deb from Vancouver

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  21. I'd love to see shades of green, blue, turquoise. When I see beige, I immediately think of sand, sea and sky. I do spend half the year in Florida. Could you guess?
    Thanks again for amazing ideas! You're the best.

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  22. Hi Janice,

    I think peach or coral would be great additions here.

    Since so many people mention sea glass colours, sand and in general "cooler" tones, would you consider preparing a similar light version of the summer common wardrobe, but in cooler tones and then pairing it the "sea glass" colours? I think it would really look lovely, these kind of summery, but also muted, colours together.

    Thank you for all the work you are putting into the posts!
    Jola

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  23. Citrus colors, light and clear lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit. I'm off to save this post. THANKS!!! --Deb in KY

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  24. a great example of how a truly neutral base can work. Even if you aren't all about the beige, you can translate this to another neutral........

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  25. Love this neutral palette! I would accent with turquoise or lavender.

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  26. This is the beauty of neutrals - so many colors complement them. I'm a definite Warm Autumn so coral, periwinkle blue, turquoise/aqua/teal, orange red, light rust, bronze, and many shades of green (especially chartreuse and avocado) would go perfectly. I think Nancy-Jean has the right idea - some colors lend themselves better to certain seasons so I can see this neutral palette transitioning well into the shoulder seasons.

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  27. Great! What about a kind of blue? Thanks

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  28. Interesting... this looks very obviously monotone to me, while the black/white/gray one doesn't. Maybe because black is such a basic for clothes it doesn't really "read" as monotone? Or maybe because these colors are not very varied... I think they would look more lively to me with some even darker browns and some even paler ivories. They look good but dull to me, in a way that black and gray don't. I can't tell whether it's just my preference (I look awful in ivories and camels) or, as I said, that black is such an acceptable basic that I don't think about it's being dull or not.

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  29. I agree with the first comment. Turquoise or Aqua, green and navy.

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  30. I love these colors and I wear them with my black, gray and blue denim! In summer I use coral and turquoise a lot. I don't wear brown very often. Great common core!!

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