Monday, October 02, 2017

Build a Capsule Wardrobe in 12 Months, 12 Outfits - October 2017

For new readers, on the first of the month (or for the first blog post of the month!) I have been working on this series - I start with six Hermes scarves, and then choose the same general outfit six times, based on the colors of the scarves. I keep accumulating the clothing chosen, and gradually build really amazingly interesting capsule wardrobes in six different color schemes.

Even though the weather is still relatively mild in Chicago, I'm ready for some sweaters! And some corduroy pants... Yes. I know that they make that schwooping noise when you walk. And yes, they tend to wear out between the thighs before any place else start to look worn. But nothing takes color (except maybe silk velvet...) with the same intensity, and nothing else screams cool weather to me the way a pair of cords can. If you can't face the schwoop, you can always substitute regular pants...

autumn outfit in orange and black
Scarf – Hèrmes Carré en Boucles; sweater – L.L.Bean; necklace – Chan Luu; shirt – L.L.Bean; bag – Longchamp; corduroy pants – L.L.Bean

capsule wardrobe based on an Hermes scarf, in black, grey, orange and white

three ways to wear an orange sweater from a capsule wardrobe based on an Hermes scarf

three ways to wear a print shirt from a capsule wardrobe in black, grey, orange and white

three ways to wear black corduroy pants from a capsule wardrobe based on an Hermes scarf

Pink is unexpected in the cooler weather - wear what you love and stand out in the crowd!

an autumn outfit in pink and grey
Scarf – Hermes Flanerie à Versailles; necklace – Buana; shirt – Lands’ End; sweater – Lands’ End; tote – Tory Burch; corduroy pants – L.L.Bean

a capsule wardrobe in grey and beige with accents of pink, blue and green

three ways to wear a pink sweater from a capsule wardrobe based upon an Hermes scarf

three ways to wear a pink shirt from a capsule wardrobe

three ways to wear grey corduroy pants from a capsule wardrobe

Yes, these are the same grey corduroy pants. Neutrals can work in all kinds of different wardrobes - it's often the colors around the neutrals that make the statement, and are more memorable!

And let me just say that the blue Kendra Scott pendant comes in 32 different color combinations; if you've been looking for a particular combination of metal and stone, it might be here...

a cool-weather outfit in navy and grey, based upon an Hermes scarf
Scarf – Hèrmes Au Bout du Monde; necklace – Kendra Scott; striped shirt – Lands’ End; navy sweater – Uniqlo; tote – Longchamp; corduroy pants – L.L.Bean

capsule wardrobe in navy and grey with shades of red and blue

3 ways to wear a navy and white striped shirt from a capsule wardrobe

three ways to wear a navy cashmere v-neck sweater from a capsule wardrobe

3 ways to wear grey corduroy pants from a capsule wardrobe

Why yes, I DID do the happy dance around the apartment when I found both the sweater and the shirt in the perfect shade of blue. It's a very good thing that I work from home...

a cool-weather outfit in blue and olive, based on an Hermes scarf
Scarf – Hèrmes Collections Impériales; necklace - Nakomol Design; sweater – Uniqlo; shirt – L.L.Bean; tote – Frances Valentine; corduroy pants – L.L.Bean

a capsule wardrobe in olive green, with accents of blue, orange and white

three ways to wear a blue sweater from a capsule wardrobe

three ways to wear a plaid shirt from a capsule wardrobe

three ways to wear olive corduroy pants from a capsule wardrobe

This cabled sweater is available in 12 colors; I love me some cables in the cool weather...

a cool-weather outfit in cream and shades of blue, based upon an Hermes scarf
Scarf– Hèrmes Etude pour un Iris Arc-en-ciel; necklace – Anna Beck; sweater – Lands’ End; shirt – Uniqlo; tote – Longchamp; pants – L.L.Bean

a capsule wardrobe in grey with accents of blue, orchid and white

three ways to wear a blue shirt from a capsule wardrobe

three ways to wear a cream sweater from a capsule wardrobe

three ways to wear blue pants from a capsule wardrobe

a cool-weather outfit in orange and brown based on an Hermes scarf
Scarf– Hèrmes Chemins de Corail; necklace – Akola; sweater – Uniqlo; shirt – Current/Elliott; bag – Sole Society; corduroy pants – L.L.Bean

a capsule wardrobe in shades of brown, red and orange

three ways to wear a plaid shirt from a capsule wardrobe

three ways to wear an orange sweater from a capsule wardrobe

three ways to wear brown corduroy pants from a capsule wardrobe

Please note that when this post goes "live" I will still be in Paris; if I'm not responding to comments and questions, it's not that I don't care!

I have to admit that every time I work with these wardrobes, my favorites change! I know that realistically the first one is the only logical wardrobe for me, but I could sometimes see being devoted to brown and shades of red and orange... or maybe going old-school navy and grey with red accents.

What's your favorite this month?

love,
Janice

For more in the 2017 "Build a Capsule Wardrobe - 12 months, 12 outfits" series, check out the following articles:

Build a Capsule Wardrobe in 12 Months, 12 Outfits - October 2017
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13 comments:

  1. Up until now the last wardrobe has been my favorite, but the addition of the L.L. Bean print shirt (which I recently purchased and really love) plus the amber clay-colored sweater to the first wardrobe has just brought this one into a virtual tie with the last one. All six collections are looking great, though, even the pastels which I don't wear. I truly enjoy this series, so thank you again for all the effort you put into it for us, Janice!

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  2. I actually love them all this month - I'm just in the mood for sweaters (although we've also had a bit of a heatwave here in Toronto over the past couple of weeks).
    I think my favourite is the red v-neck sweater. I love the look of cable knits but with my - rather generous - boobs, it's just a no-go item for me. Round neck sweaters also do nothing for me so it's v-necks or cardigans. That shade of red is lovely and bright.
    Have a wonderful time in Paris.

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  3. Snow today at our house so I'm ready for Flannel. I love that LLBean blue and green plaid in the olive grouping. Might have to use some will power. You are so right too about the rich color in corduroy.

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  4. I noticed you're in Paris and not responding, but perhaps for when you get back? I would love to see some photos of the scarves TIED/WRAPPED! I'm not very naturally good at figuring out how to wear scarves other than one or two super obvious ways and would love to change it up!

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  5. Some great stuff there. I’m hoping for links...? Love those pewter boots.

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    1. all of the items in these wardrobes were linked in the post of the month in which they were added to the wardrobes. You might have to search a bit to see when they were first featured here. But it's also possible (likely) that they will not be available any longer, especially if they were linked in the early part of 2017... - nancyo

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  6. And to think ... I donated all of my cords this past spring, since I didn't wear them at all last winter. I am much more likely to wear a dress or skirt, tights, and boots than slacks all winter long. Love this series!!!

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  7. So relieved you mentioned the corduroy noise thing and the wearing out bit. I thought it was just me! Great cosy additions to the wardrobes, Janice. Hugs, x.

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  8. My favorite capsules are the ones based on the Hermes Carre en Boucle though it’s too warm for me and the Hermes Au Bout du Monde which leans a little more towards my coloring (I’d have to cool the bright orange coral maybe push it to a cherry red).

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  9. The third, fourth and fifth continue to be my favorites but they are all lovely.

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  10. Without a doubt, the olive, blue, and orange scheme is my favorite ! I crave color variety , and the various schematics here have made that very clear to me ! It was a personal insight that I suspected , and now I am certain for sure ! That having been said, all of the groupings here are lovely and have their merits !

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  11. I've never had a pair of cords before, only 'moleskin' trousers, but I quite fancy a pair this year in a nice dark grey. Janice, could you please add a coat for November's capsule? I'm going to buy a longer coat this year in wool for a change as I've found a pale grey one of good quality that actually fits me. My favourite capsule is the Navy, which is the closest to my palette except my red is actually berry tones. Sharon U.K.

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