Tuesday, December 06, 2016

12 Months, 12 Outfits in a Grey Capsule Wardrobe: An Evaluation


Back on the first of November (which seems like it was YEARS ago...) we left this capsule wardrobe looking this way:


How to evaluate a capsule wardrobe with a grey based color palette

If you need to track back and catch up on how we got to this point, the earlier posts can be found here:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November.

I had a hunch that this wardrobe was in pretty good shape, and this is borne out by the way that the Four by Four Capsule Wardrobe fell into place so easily:
 
How to evaluate a capsule wardrobe with a grey based color palette

I noticed something sort of interesting when I graphed the garments on the basis of season and dressiness - the cooler weather clothes were more casual, and the warmer weather items skewed a bit more dressy. 

This makes sense, when you think that a lot of us wear dresses frequently in the warm weather, but tend to layer on 37 sweaters when the temperatures drop. But it doesn't really reflect wardrobe needs - for many people, their dressiest events are in the cooler weather. So that's a possible wardrobe "gap" that could be addressed now.

How to evaluate a capsule wardrobe with a grey based color palette

When I sorted all of the pieces into categories, everything feels pretty well-balanced; no big absence of second layers, or shortage of tee shirts jumps out at me:

How to evaluate a capsule wardrobe with a grey based color palette

Shoes also feel pretty well balanced - as long as you have a pair of classic pumps, you're covered for a million dressy events! Maybe a pair of more "sturdy" boots, if the heroine of this particular story is an outdoor-ish sort?

How to evaluate a capsule wardrobe with a grey based color palette

When it was all said and done, and I'd looked at lots of nice things, I thought that a pair of more dressy winter pants might be a good starting point. I'm not talking tuxedo trousers here - those are too limited in usage for most of us! But a nice pair of wool trousers will dress us any simple sweater, especially in a room full of blue jeans.

And then I saw these sweaters, and just plain liked them; they will both look really great with the new pants, and will also be wearable with a ton of existing pieces of this wardrobe. A pair of sturdy, but not clunky, boots finishes out this last addition to the wardrobe:

How to evaluate a capsule wardrobe with a grey based color palette
Boots - Naturalizer; sweater – Miu Miu


Here's the updated wardrobe - I sincerely believe that someone could live for a long time with these clothes. Yes, you'd have to do some laundry pretty often, and you might really want a pink tee shirt at some stage! But still, you'd be fine...

How to evaluate a capsule wardrobe with a grey based color palette

You know full well that I'm an accessory fan, and I particularly like the way that these all "hang" together. The little punches of turquoise brighten things up, and the central theme of "fluid" silver is well-represented.

How to evaluate a capsule wardrobe with a grey based color palette

Of course, we wouldn't consider buying ANYTHING without clearly and SPECIFICALLY thinking of a variety of ways in which our new stuff can be worn. Our 3 new pieces here do quite nicely:

How to evaluate a capsule wardrobe with a grey based color palette

How to evaluate a capsule wardrobe with a grey based color palette

How to evaluate a capsule wardrobe with a grey based color palette

Realistically, this wardrobe could have stopped at the end of November; there was really no compelling need to add to it. It's important for us all to keep in our mind's back pocket the suggestion that we don't HAVE to buy anything. Unless you're literally partly naked, you should be able to cobble together something.

Addressing your desire for something new is an entirely different question - but in the interests of our budgets, and of the environment, it behooves us all to think about our purchases, seriously, before we purchase. I'm not telling you to never buy clothes again, but I would like to lovingly suggest that you think of your real reasons for buying before you do so. Just to be sure...

love,
Janice
How to evaluate a capsule wardrobe with a grey based color palette
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9 comments:

  1. I could live the rest of my life in this wardrobe, altho i would need a pink sweater or two - just can't live without some pink. Am currently moving in this direction with the aquas and pinks, but then i don't have that lovely scarf to inspire me to use the blues. This has been a wonderful project - at least for us! thanks so much.

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  2. I certainly could live with this wardrobe but I wore red and black to a Christmas party last night. I have a grey outfit but the red seemed more festive.

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  3. This wardrobe has been one of my favorites from the very beginning!

    37 sweaters definitely! I am wearing 3 layers of fleece INSIDE! In Phoenix! You could say I'm sensitive to cold. :) I would not survive a day in your winter. Yes, it is so hard to get dressed up for the holidays, or even wear formal business clothing - my feet are especially reluctant to shed thick socks and boots for dressy heels.

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  4. This wardrobe has been my favourite with the soft grey, blue and green colours. Thankyou for the inspiration.

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  5. I wander how you ladies manage to stay within your chosen palete after seeing so many gorgeous choices here, and on daily basis!? <3 Do you really wear the same colors year around? I can't imagine that...

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  6. This is pretty close to the color palette that comprises my wardrobe (with some navy, too.) Can you tell us where you found that beautiful blue dress? I can see that going on work trips with me...

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    1. The blue dress was featured back in the February post (linked in the first paragraph above. It's J. Crew, but has since sold out. - nancyo

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  7. I love the way the accent turquoise/teal colour adds a 'pop' to this gentle colour scheme. It looks to be a practical wardrobe for an active, outdoorsy person while retaining femininity in the details. I was reminded of the series on accent colours with a range of neutrals in September 2016, which was revelatory, and also of the 'hunt the horse' campaign in the early days of this series, when we didn't always realise at first that some of the scarves have a horsey theme.
    Robyn in Tasmania

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  8. This was my second choice back in January as I already had the green Boden cardigan and my second neutral was going to be grey (my first being navy). But as the series unfolded I went off the grey as I couldn't see me wearing it as a major part of my wardrobe. I only have about three grey items and I hardly ever wear them, but I'm not sure why as it is supposed to be one of my colours as I am a 'soft summer' apparently. I do like the pops of blue and green in this wardrobe though as it does lift the grey from the doldrums. Sharon U.K.

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