Thursday, September 29, 2016

Capsule Wardrobe Color Palette - A Sprig of Shamrock, with Six Neutrals

Why yes, I'm Irish... I've lived in Dublin! I love it there...

How to wear a sprig of shamrock green in the capsule wardrobe
sweater - Kettlewell, cardigan - Kettlewell; loafers - Patricia Green

For some reason, the images arrived here in the blog post in a different order than usual! Ah, the wonders of computers...

Frankly, this color was very difficult to find in scarves, so I thought that this would be a good opportunity to investigate the possibilities of fine jewelry. If you were born in May, maybe an emerald or two could be in your future?

This combination is unexpected, but I think it works...



How to wear a sprig of shamrock green in the capsule wardrobe

This might be one of the best neutrals with this bright green; it doesn't feel like the brightness of the green is too overwhelming.

How to wear a sprig of shamrock green in the capsule wardrobe

Navy and bright green are made for each other - this was unquestionably the easiest color combination in which to find a scarf. Classic... 

How to wear a sprig of shamrock green in the capsule wardrobe


This isn't bad at all - especially with that necklace that feels as if it ties everything together:

How to wear a sprig of shamrock green in the capsule wardrobe

I don't know about green and black; I can't picture myself wearing this, but your feelings may differ...


How to wear a sprig of shamrock green in the capsule wardrobe

I'm not convinced at all about these outfits. What do you think?


How to wear a sprig of shamrock green in the capsule wardrobe
One of the things that I've learned from working through these variations in color combinations is that nobody is going to love ALL of the possibilities. Just because I don't personally like the looks of something doesn't mean that it won't be perfect for someone else. Variety is the spice of life, and thank heavens for it!

love,
Janice


NOVICA


How to wear a sprig of shamrock green in the capsule wardrobe
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33 comments:

  1. I love emerald and black. I wear it a lot in winter.
    I have a striped t-shirt, a cardigan and two scarves that are part of my winter capsule.

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  2. Definitely too bright for me, but as you point out, the world would be boring if everybody wore only beige and black. More power to those who dare to go green!

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  3. So not quite as versatile as the turquoise. I really like the brown green combination. Maybe my rural roots are showing grass, dirt....... and all that.

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  4. The bright green and the olive is kind of horrible in a good way. I'm on the hunt for green items to add to neutral outfits, particularly dark and light camels and greys and grey and black.

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  5. I have a twin set in this color by EF - it has some years on it, but still looks new. I wear it with navy or else white jeans. Nothing else ever looks quite right. This is one of those colors that look good to me only when pulled together with a scarf. Which I don't own. ;/

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  6. This is a color that I don't wearr, but I think it looks terrific with black (and of course navy). Not so much with olive. But I think that with that scarf and just a few accessories in emerald, rather than garments, and maybe shoes, it might work. - nancyo

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    1. ...and if you add a second accent, such as a fuchsia sweater, with the olive and the bright green, then I think it can be quite successful. - nancyo

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    2. I really like your idea of using 2d accents to make difficult combos go.

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  7. The only combination I don't really like is the olive, although the scarf is beautiful. IMHO, the green and black combination is very striking!

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  8. Green and black look like what I wear every St. Patrick's Day

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  9. I just (belatedly) thought of a food you could have used for blue. Blueberry.

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  10. I think all of them work except the olive but my favourite is the green with navy - would wear that combination any day!

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  11. I'm a big believer in "anything goes with black". Ditto for any shade of blue or black denim.

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  12. What a genius website, loved Kettlewell, image that shopping by your colors I loved that and it condenses what you need to look at, so smart. Now if only the US would do that. Olive I don't think really works, I wear olive lots and couldn't do these two together, I also love the black, navy and brown.

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    1. Hello! I was just told about the vivienne files blog. Love it! I am the ONLY USA rep for Kettlewell! You can buy through me. I place bulk orders and have them fedex'd to me (in Massachusetts) then I distribute to my clients. I am a House of Colour consultant. Kettlewell has a fabulous line (two collections per year, and the fall/winter one just launched). If you want more information about how to order Kettlewell (including the USA pricelist) through me, just send me an email at wendy.jacobs@houseofcolour.com - Thanks, Wendy

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  13. I guess I'm the oddball for liking the Green and Olive, but then I've been trying to eliminate black from my wardrobe because it makes me looked washed out and I find it blah and depressing to wear it a lot. I have an emerald sweater that I like to wear; this color, however, is hard to find and pair, so it's not something I'd try to build a wardrobe around.

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  14. Thank you for including olive as one of your neutrals! It is a hard color to work with, so I have appreciated your help with it. I have hazel eyes, and feel I should at least try to match my eyes with some of my clothing, so this has been helpful. Oddly, I have found olive works well with other neutrals like black, gray, cinnamon brown, and navy. Maybe it works better as an accent! I have seen a lot of emerald green in the stores, which is a little different shade than this one.

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  15. Yes, here's a toast to less rules and more creativity and that includes colour combinations.

    Deb from Vancouver

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  16. I have a pair of olive jeans I love as they fit me so well - the only color left in that style- Ever! But it's surprising how versatile they are, of course they go with my navy tops snd even the taupe/tan ones. I haven't found a color yet that does not go with them. I have a green top that is almost emerald but just a wee bit deeper and darker than this very bright green and it looks great with the olive and my hunter green sweater is especially nice with the olive. As is turquoise. I love the green and black, very striking! .. BTW I'm Irish also so need green for St Pay's day! Janice Collins, Washington, DC

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  17. Hi Janice, have you ever ordered from Kettlewell from the US? I'm tempted, but I'm afraid with the shipping and the conversion from pounds to dollars the cost would be too much. Not that I have extra money right now, but I will someday! Love your website.

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    1. I have never ordered from Kettlewell, but maybe someone else here can comment on how their service is to the US? Ladies?
      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. I suspected it had sold out. Sigh...Thanks for the advice to call around. I will just keep looking. Barbara

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    3. Hello! I'm Wendy Jacobs. I was just told about the vivienne files blog. Love it! I am the ONLY USA rep for Kettlewell! You can buy through me. I place bulk orders and have them fedex'd to me (in Massachusetts) then I distribute to my clients. I am a House of Colour consultant. Kettlewell has a fabulous line (two collections per year, and the fall/winter one just launched). If you want more information about how to order Kettlewell (including the USA pricelist) through me, just send me an email at wendy.jacobs@houseofcolour.com - Thanks, Wendy

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  18. That is a very bright green! I don't like it with olive but all the other colors look nice. I have seen a lot of what I call Kelly green this year. Looking forward to the next color!

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  19. I agree with those who do not like this green with the olive. The hues don't quite jive. I can see this more with a hunter green, as noted above. I looked for the gray and turquoise scarf from yesterday at JCrew Factory and cannot find it. Love that scarf!! Barbara

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    1. Dear Barbara,
      I believe it's sold out! I'm so sorry...
      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. I saw it in store just Tuesday.. You might call around.

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  20. This green shows me how very subjective my responses to colour are. I find it a pretty colour in the abstract but couldn't face wearing it. Yet you've tempted me with heaps of other 'Oh that's just not me' colours in previous posts. And I do see how it works with the six neutrals, even the olive when tied in with that sensational scarf.
    Robyn in Tasmania

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  21. Oh dear, Janice, I'm sorry to read that you're on the fence about the green and black pairing. I'm away from hom for three weeks and my capsule is pretty much green and black!! And although I have packed a sprinkle of grey, I seem to have been drawn to green and black most days so far. Close your eyes for 3 weeks, unless you think I can perhaps win you round to the colour combo!!

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  22. Kelly green: hard one, and I'm Irish too! I prefer the deeper emerald, or take the Kelly in a scarf, mixed with many other colours. I love this colour on a woman with dark hair, but with my grey, it looks harsh. Kelly with navy, a classic preppy combo I wore in high school.

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  23. I love all of these - I'm working on a from scratch wardrobe using olive as 1 of my neutrals right now, but seeing these combos I'm tempted to add brighter green accents into the mix down the track.

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  24. I love all of these - I'm working on a from scratch wardrobe using olive as 1 of my neutrals right now, but seeing these combos I'm tempted to add brighter green accents into the mix down the track.

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  25. Hello! I'm Wendy Jacobs I was just told about the vivienne files blog. Love it! I am the ONLY USA rep for Kettlewell! You can buy through me. I place bulk orders and have them fedex'd to me (in Massachusetts) then I distribute to my clients. I am a House of Colour consultant. Kettlewell has a fabulous line (two collections per year, and the fall/winter one just launched). If you love any items you should order before they sell out. If you want more information about how to order Kettlewell (including the USA pricelist) through me, just send me an email at wendy.jacobs@houseofcolour.com - Thanks, Wendy PS: sorry for posting this note in a few places on this thread, but I am new to blogging and wanted to be sure all interested parties know there IS a USA Kettlewell rep. Have a great day.

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