Friday, January 20, 2017

Expanding a Travel Capsule Wardrobe: Winter Scene in Moonlight by Henry Farrer

This is such a lovely painting, and such a truly simple and straightforward color-scheme:

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

When we first visited this painting, it was to help inspire a cold-weather long weekend in the country. This was the wardrobe (minus the nightgown!) that our heroine packed. Many of you asked me if it would be possible to expand this wardrobe a little bit, into a more complete winter wardrobe; I'm ALWAYS happy to try to oblige!

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

That translates into half of a Four by Four Wardrobe, arrayed this way:

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

As much as that star cardigan could be worn every (cold) day for a decade and not grow old; it only makes sense to have at least a couple of cardigans for the colder weather. A zipped black cashmere sweater is warm and cozy:

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette
cardigan - L.L.Bean

And while we're reinforcing the black segment of this wardrobe, another pair of pants is a smart thought:

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

But it's always fun to break up the solid colors with a nice classic striped tunic...

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

The only real shirt in this wardrobe, so far, is the denim one, so it's time to bring in another. If you absolutely positively can't wear beige near your face, consider substituting a black shirt, or maybe a pink accent...

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

So long as you have tall boots and fleecy tights, there's no reason not to wear dresses or skirts in the winter. (well, maybe not in single-degree weather...) I love a simple denim shirtdress; I wonder why I don't own one?

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

On really cold days, you can legitimately wear a down vest indoors, and on those intermittent mild winter days, it might be all of the outerwear you need:

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette
vest - Uniqlo

That poor white turtleneck is going to get REALLY worn out if we don't find another white top of some sort. I always like a classic button-front shirt (these from Lands' End are very nice - I own FIVE of them...) but if you don't wear button-fronts, you could always get a black cotton turtleneck, or a denim-ish blue one...

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

And since all of our core garment basics are here, it's time to break out one more fun sweater - this time, with gold trim!

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

This is a pretty well-balanced assortment of pieces; you could get dressed through the winter without much trouble here:
How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette

Monday, I'll add some accessories!

love,
Janice

How to Expand a Travel Capsule Wardrobe in a blue, white, black, and beige color palette



23 comments:

  1. This is a great collection. I think that for winter I'd go for a sweater dress rather than a denim one--warmer and, I think, better with leggings, which is how I deal with skirts and cold.
    Can't wait to see the accessories!

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    1. I love this collection, but I agree about the denim shirtdress. The thought of just a thin layer of fabric between me and the winter rain is not pleasant. I live in Britain and we get cold and damp weather, not cold crisp snow! I would add a wool dress, with full length slip instead.

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  2. I'm watch these capsules coming together and you show so many options of how to put the pieces together - but - I am still always surprised at the end to see how few pieces it actually takes!

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  3. Yea! You revisited one of my favorites. I actually bought a few new things with this post in mind. The light beige crew neck sweater is going back though. I'm adding in muted jade and midnight blue. -Lily

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    1. What didn't you like about the sweater? I've been seriously considering it, or the other color way, which I actually like better--but I have some reservations about the yarn content. I really wish this were wool or wool-blend. I'm with you, too, about adding midnight blue.
      --Mary

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    2. I felt like a sausage in it. Too tight for layering. -Lily

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  4. I would very happily wear this wardrobe (sans the beige near the face part)! - nancyo

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  6. This is my favorite 4-by-4 you've done! I would love to see it expanded into a 12 month wardrobe.

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  7. Love these colors, and I agree about the down vest. My white down vest has been worn to death! Very versatile. I also have a couple fleece vests from LL Bean that I often wear at home for extra warmth. I wear dresses in Michigan in the winter by layering a lot and wearing thick tights or leggings underneath.

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