Thursday, July 06, 2017

Do I Have to Use ALL of My Accent Colors in my Capsule Travel Wardrobe?

Of course not! But let's look at an example:

Just a Quick Weekend at the beach...


She'll catch the bus Friday afternoon, and arrive in time for a late dinner. This part is easy - she can wear what she wore to work, with a light jacket to compensate for the Arctic air-conditioning on the bus.

She bought a new swimsuit, and she loves it - so much that she's building her entire (tiny, six-piece) travel wardrobe around the colors in it!

a swimsuit in navy, aqua, azure and lime green
swimsuit - L.L.Bean

Yes, she's a serious swimmer!

This is what she sees as her color scheme, but she's really... hesitant... about the lime green!

a navy and shades of blue swimsuit with a color palette drawn from it
swimsuit - L.L.Bean

Her travel outfit is navy and other shades of blue, which really echo the ocean and water colors of the swimsuit...

travel outfit in navy and shades of blue

hoodie – L.L.Bean; earrings – Judith Jack; sunglasses – Draper James; polo – L.L.Bean; watch – Skagen; capris – L.L.Bean; crossbody bag - Akris; overnight bag – Sole Society; espadrilles – Toms

As she assembled her wardrobe, she found the perfect beach towel, and a nightgown that's DEFINITELY going to be worn over her swimsuit in the early, early morning... But she realizes that she doesn't need to include any more lime green. In a wardrobe this small, she will be fine if she just concentrates on navy and azure blue... (and abalone jewelry, which echoes the feeling of the ocean that she's just dying to see!)

a six-pack for a summer holiday in navy and azure blue

bracelet – Dana Buchman; earrings – Kohl’s; swimsuit - L.L.Bean; lace top – Dolce & Gabbana; maxi dress – L.L.Bean; paisley nightgown – Ralph Lauren; color-blocked tee – Patagonia; azure shorts – L.L.Bean; necklace – Lucky Brand; plaid top – L.L.Bean; navy shorts – L.L.Bean; jelly flip flops – Jack Rogers; navy sandals – Bernardo; beach towel – Lands’ End

Her wardrobe for the weekend is perfect - she has everything she needs, and nothing that she doesn't. But what about the lime green?

a summer travel capsule wardrobe in navy and azure blue with touches of lime green

two outfits drawn from a summer travel capsule wardrobe in navy and azure blue with touches of lime green

two outfits drawn from a summer travel capsule wardrobe in navy and azure blue with touches of lime green

two outfits drawn from a summer travel capsule wardrobe in navy and azure blue with touches of lime green

Her decision? Wait. She's not obligated to buy something in lime green just to fulfill some plan for a wardrobe that she thought was perfect. Maybe the lime gets removed from the color scheme and she works with white instead... There are no rules, and you don't have to adhere to a plan if you find that it doesn't work for you!

love,
Janice

Do I Have to Use ALL of My Accent Colors in my Capsule Travel Wardrobe?
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19 comments:

  1. Love the travel capsule and its beautiful liquid colours. The 'bold' in me likes the lime (bright or muted or pastel) and might have had my jewellery and watch in lime green. Just little snippets of lime. Paisley gets me every time too. Carol S

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  2. Lime works for me every time especially if it has a yellow tone to it. I love this wardrobe!

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  3. The three blues offer a whole lot of potential for alternate accent colours if she does decide to switch out the lime green. e.g. imagine a bright pink with these clothes.

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  4. Love that you picked up the lime green and blue in her beach towel. It's a little thing that will make her seem so much more pulled together (stylish) as she sits at the beach. I also like the idea of a small pair of lime green earrings and/or an inexpensive lime green bracelet - maybe one of those rubber ones that are so popular these days.

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    1. Jewelry is such a great idea - I got sort of fixated on the abalone jewelry because of the shades of blue, and the "watery" feeling of it, but the green would be amazing. And yes, the rubber jewelry around right now would be idea. You and Carol S. are really thinking this morning!
      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. Janice, the abalone jewellery you chose is really beautiful so perhaps lime jewellery for the next Weekend at the Beach... Hugs Carol S

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  5. These are my summer colors!!! And yes, that lime green can be tricky. Jewelry, like peridot, is perfect. Or a scarf. (I have a small square in the green that makes a nice touch around the neck, or tied to my handbag.)

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  6. Lime green is such a fascinating color, and wearing it is a challenge for the brave among us. It's not seen very often, so IMO it has great signature color potential. You just know that an adult woman wearing lime green tastefully and confidently is special...
    If I were to wear lime (the color suits me, but is too bold for my taste), I would get into business of diluting it with surrounding colors. Mojitos. Key lime pie. Raw bananas. A pinch of lime could freshen and add zest to an otherwise generic summer wardrobe of whites and creams and softer greens...

    Sara K.

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  7. Lime green is my favorite color so I'm sad it wasn't included more but I totally get what you are saying and I do love the paisley and pops of lime that were included. :)

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  8. Wonderful travel wardrobe! I'd just toss in a lime-green summer scarf...

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  9. Excellent lesson. I would shy from lime green, too, but it's great for workout wear or swimwear. The blues you have selected are gorgeous.

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  10. Love it! These are my beach and scuba diving colors so I'm loving this post. Thank you. I just got a new bathing suit with these colors so now I'm ready to start the planning process. Lime green. Turquoise. Mmmm.

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  11. Thank you for this post! I recently purchased this color scheme in a swim suit from Land's End. Must be popular colors this summer. Lime green was a "problem" that I solved yesterday by way of donating a lime green linen shirt/jacket. I loved it when I bought it but have not worn it so was thinking that someone else could enjoy it. I went so far as looking at your previous posts for ideas how to incorporate it into my wardrobe more-even looked around on Pinterest- but no luck. I appreciate the way you included your thinking that maybe the white items are a better addition to this wardrobe-you gave me permission, if you will, to let a piece "go" that I was struggling with-not going to buy something else just to make the lime green work. Love the stories you tell about your heroines!! Such fun :)

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  12. Love the colors in this wardrobe!! Totally appropriate for the beach and relaxation! I would probably experiment with some touches of lime green, maybe in a t-shirt or a print item.The accessories are really nice, too!! Is there a touch of the green in the stone of the necklace? Can't tell. Overall...love it!!

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  13. I love lime green! I was shocked to discover it suited me several years ago (when I still wore mainly black), but now I snap up anything I can in the colour. I find it goes with lots - navy, grey, denim blue, cream, burgundy, I have no trouble wearing it. In fact last week I bought a new mac in a brilliant yellowy lime and felt really bright and cheerful amongst all the safe colours around me. I found a scarf in orange, saffron, jade, navy and cream in my wardrobe which looks great with it, and then bought another in cream, burgundy and lime. It rained for two days so I was able to wear it immediately, but sunshine since then, it's waiting for next time.
    I never sit on the beach or wear a swimsuit, so this isn't for me, but it is lovely. Linda M

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  14. I would find a lime-green coverup for that bathing suit, because I would not want to take my nightgown down to the water. I love these colors together, although I probably would not wear them. I would love to see them on others, though.

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  15. I need to shop for a swim suit...not my favorite thing to do...but perhaps you have inspired me. Now, just to get up the courage to go!

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  16. Love it! I did a similar wardrobe on Polyvore a while back - inspired by the Seattle Seahawks! Navy and lime is such a fun combination

    I wasn't sure if we were allowed to post links here, but if you click my name it should take you to my polyvore profile :-)

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  17. This is a great reminder that just because the color is in the capsule, that doesn't mean that you have to buy pieces in that color. Keeping it as an accent is just fine!

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