Friday, March 04, 2016

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe in Lime, Coral, Beige and Cream: 1 Piece at a Time

This is a breath of fresh air:

Shirt – L.L.Bean; skirt – H&M; cardigan – J. Crew

And the one things that makes it ever "spring-ier" is the addition of clear bright green!

Shirt – L.L.Bean; skirt – H&M; cardigan – J. Crew

This wardrobe really requires a solid core of neutrals to support and balance these 2 strong accent colors.

Tee - LnA

Cardigan – L.L.Bean

With that solid core of cream clothes in place, your can then go just a bit crazy with accent colors!

Tee – Ralph Lauren

Cardigan – J. Crew

After that detour through the world of green, it's time to put together a few good options in a darker beige/taupe...

Skort - Athleta

Oatmeal heather tee – L.L.Bean

This is one of those colors for which all pieces don't have to match exactly - toning things is all that's required.

Cardigan – J. Crew

Pants – Etro

I thought this was such a cute sweater, and I'm not one of those people who uses the word cute lightly!

Sweater – J. Crew

When you've looked at all of the printed and patterned clothes your eyes can bear, don't forget to check for texture; a marled sweater can be a nice way to blend multiple colors easily.

Tee shirt – J. Crew

And just for whimsy, in this month of Saint Patrick, a casual pair of lounge pants might strike your fancy; if you like something, that's really all that matters.

Pants – Simply Be

These 16 give you options from very sophisticated mixed neutrals to fairly outrageous brights - a lot of variety from a small capsule wardrobe!


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  1. What enjoyment you give Janice! I hope you love this as much as we enjoy reading it. For me it's so relaxing. God bless! Chris Australia xx

  2. I'd have to be very brave to wear the green pants!

  3. I love these colors! And you have found lovely accent pieces. Really pretty and spring-like.

  4. I have been told that coral is a universal color and looks good on every woman! That cardigan is really cute!

  5. I have a lot of coral in my summer wardrobe. Hurry up summer!

  6. Love this set - almost as much as the Northern Flicker set from a while back - any hope that you'll do an accessories post about this set? Accessorizing for casual, sweet colors can easily get so twee, and your eye is great for showing us how to keep things more timeless and sophisticated. This group feels like it needs some upscale grounding through accessory choices....??

    Love it!
    Sue G

  7. Hi, this is a very happy collection. It would put a spring in your step. (sorry, everyone, just couldn't resist).And agree with Throckmorzog, it could go twee very easily with depending on the accessories.
    Deb from Vancouver

  8. I saw a woman at the market with a green jacket and a long, flowing scarf similar to the T-shirt shown. It was fabulous.
    I'm not crazy about the green pants--they could easily look like Mrs. Thurston Howell on a less-than-lithe figure like mine. I think colored jeans would be a better alternative--I've been seeing lots of them (more reds than greens). And orange jeans on men seem to be a thing around here.

  9. Very preppy and springy! That marled sweater is fabulous! I love coral. Not red, not orange, just right! Those green pants are bright but maybe in a slim cut capri? Sensational set Janice!

  10. Agree with Irlincks - that sweater color, shape, and texture are fantastic. I wish it came in my size and am on the hunt for similar piece.

    I am going to try building this set from my closet needing only a couple of new pieces to make it work. That taupe skirt is just what I have been looking for! ...I plan to substitute a pair of green shorts for the bright relaxed pants as that suits my planned activities better, but have ordered the slacks in case the color is difficult to find, and will be looking for narrow capris in that color as Irlincks suggested, too. Also, while the Lauren top is charming, I find I rarely wear tops with wide necklines so hope to find something similar with less more 'throat appeal' and face framing.

    Going to be a cheerful spring capsule this year! Cannot wait for the snow to stop.
    : )

  11. Okay - who am I kidding? I hate to shop. Looking for a top that does this bridging job would be time consuming and I just don't want to do it. I've ordered it. Gosh how I wish the sweater were available, too.

    Now I really DO need your advice, Janice, for accessorizing it all tastefully. ha ha
    Sue G