Wednesday, March 02, 2016

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe in Brown, Camel, Cream and Turquoise: 1 Piece at a Time

I decided to pull a scarf into this one, in order to illustrate the color scheme a bit - I think that adding the scarf lends a bit of validity to the possibility that this outfit could be someone's favorite:


Shell – J. Crew; cardigan – J. Crew
scarf – St Petersburg Global Trade; pants – J. Crew

I love the possibilities - dark chocolate, caramel, whipped cream, and.... I do NOT have anything except ugly artificially-colored sprinkles to offer in turquoise!

Shell – J. Crew; cardigan – J. Crew
scarf – St Petersburg Global Trade; pants – J. Crew

Normally, I try to start building a wardrobe with solid garments, because they feel more versatile. But sometimes, you see something that's just perfect, and you grab it!

Blouse – H&M

Here's a case of "I love it in chocolate, I will probably love it in caramel." That's not at all a bad strategy for expanding your wardrobe with taking huge risks!

cardigan – J. Crew

These trousers give you a... sort of... suit look. Again, I normally wouldn't introduce plaid pants as the 6th item in a wardrobe, but they're perfect, and they had "whappage." Thus, here they are!

I indulge myself in these sorts of wandering from the system in order to show you that you don't have to march in lock-step with me in order to build a functional wardrobe. If you stick to your colors, and you choose pieces that you love, a little bit of variation will do no harm, and will let you build a wardrobe you really like. Getting the "right" things doesn't help you at all if you don't want to wear them frequently.

Pants – L.L.Bean

A shell, or a sweater vest? A cream blouse or shirt (which I don't include) could be a handy 17th piece of this wardrobe!

Shell – J. Crew

It's pretty important to settle on a shade, or range, or turquoise when you start this wardrobe; blending these pieces is an important part of owning a wardrobe that gives you plenty of options.


Cardigan – Miu Miu

If you don't want a skirt, look for a 2nd pair of pants, in a different fabric - suede, leather, denim, corduroy, flannel...

Skirt – IDLF

Love at first sight here:

Tee – Angelo Marani

The 3rd neutral makes an appearance:

Cardigan – L.L.Bean

Pants – River Island

It might be "un-fascinating" to build up your supply of neutral pieces like this, but you'll be grateful you have them, some early Monday morning...

Tee shirt – Isabel Marant

Woman does not live by cardigans alone! As long as your colors blend nicely, your fabrics do NOT have to match.

Jacket - Seventy

Yes, you've seen some of these pieces before. I do this deliberately (and not out of some inherent laziness) to show you how versatile some items can be if they work well with your chosen neutrals. 

Tee shirt – Dorothy Perkins

One last "bottom." Depending on the season, this could be shorts, culottes, a skirt, or another pair of trousers. A brown, camel and cream print skirt could be pretty... But I'm offering up a pair of jeans, just for relaxation and variety.

Cords - Prana

Everything works well together, and there are lots of clear possibilities for the next few purchases, too! 



love,
Janice

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13 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I cannot get over how much I love this.
    That jacket is fabulous. I could see that cute full-skirted beige/khaki dress from yesterday in this wardrobe, too.

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  2. Agree, this is just fabulous! Plus, it would be easy to swap the turquoise for just about any bright highlight colour such as green or yellow, giving masses of options. I love the wider pants, they are so elegant.
    Alice

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  3. I can see myself wearing every single thing! The jacket is scrumptious!

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  4. This series is really enjoyable. I'm currently updating my wardrobe after some major changes in my life (new climate, new finances, physical changes) and have to do it slowly. I have chosen colors and know my style, but was still having trouble implementing my ideas. This has given me a sense of direction.
    Gwendolynn

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  5. I am soooo in LOVE with this silk jacket. They also have it in cocoa...swoon.

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  6. I am still thinking about the food connection to this colour palette, so we could add a turquoise macaron couldn't we? I also belong to the silk jacket love tribe.

    Deb from Vancouver

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    1. Clever Deb! I had been thinking of Curacao for the turquoise but I'd much rather have a macaron!
      I'm in the silk jacket team too.
      This whole colour scheme is perfect for me and I just love the selection of garments.

      Robyn in Tasmania

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  7. Can we call this a dark chocolate, caramel, and whipped cream parfait eaten while looking over the Mediterranean?
    -From Suzyn - frustrated as ever with this commenting system!

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  8. I was imagining dark chocolate, caramel, and whipped cream on a turquoise plate! Lovely wardrobe. - nancyo

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  9. Not that anyone would want to pass up those delicious dessert combinations, but I'm also reminded of my favorite (not too well known) butterfly, the Mourning-Cloak: http://www.laspilitas.com/butterflies/Butterflies_and_Moths/mourning_cloak_butterfly/mourning_cloak_butterfly.html (Geek effusion over now. Thanks everybody.)

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  10. This is gorgeous! I LOVE it! Swap the dark brown for black and this is what I am working on! I can't find cream pants anywhere yet but maybe as the weather warms.I have white but would prefer a cream color. I love some of your examples, but being a size 16 leaves me out of most of your picks. I'm too fat for all these stores! LOL! I just ordered a shell and cardigan in a turquoise color from J Jill. Can't wait for spring!!

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    1. I expect we'll see cream trousers from J.Jill later in the spring - they rarely disappoint when it comes to good trousers!
      hugs,
      Janice

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  11. Love LOVE this one Janice! That Angelo Marani tee is to die for.
    Kay

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