Tuesday, February 13, 2018

My 5th Most Popular Post - Build a Capsule Wardrobe from Scratch: Choosing Colors

It doesn't surprise me that this post was high up on the list of all-time favorites - it's a perennial topic for The Vivienne Files!

Remember 3 and a half years ago, when I built SIX separate wardrobes, from scratch? This was the first post of that series...

While these aren't the most creative or unexpected color palettes imaginable, they are certainly timelessly classic, which is a pretty good thing!

six wardrobe color palettes

I have to admit, after all this time, and after looking at all of the colors with which we've worked, I still love black and white with just a touch of red or bright blue... I'm old-school!


My 5th Most Popular Post - Build a Capsule Wardrobe from Scratch: Choosing Colors
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  1. Hello Janice ! Are feeling better ? Still in bed or the flu is less strong ? It's snowing here (in Loire Valley), so perhaps you are better at home. Happy Valentine Day tomorrow ! I read you faithfully every day. Warm regards. Martine.

  2. Still in bed - staying away from the rest of society until I'm completely better! What a terrible way to celebrate Valentine's Day...

  3. Yes, I know. But I am sure when you will be feeling better you will come to Paris and enjoy it together...Hugs. Martine

  4. Wishing you a complete and speedy recovery Janice! Thank you for all the inspiration these last few years. It's been nice going down 'memory lane' and revisiting some of these old posts.

  5. Hi, Janice, so sorry you have missed your trip and hopefully, on your way to a quick recovery!
    I just wanted to drop you a note to say that I am very new to The Vivienne Files. I stumbled upon your blog a few days ago. And, read the capsule wardrobe built around a scarf (of which, I have toooo many!). Anyway, we are going to Austin this coming weekend...(side bar...I LOVE to put a travel wardrobe together, I love the entire process). So, last weekend having the house to myself I pulled out a pretty scarf and started pulling outfits. Done and done all built around "the scarf". And, then two things happened.....the weather changed, it's going to be cold and rainy and I read todays post.
    I love all of the color combinations but, was strongly drawn to the coral, blue, white, butterscotch and black. So, into the closet I go w/ those combos in mind....I pulled just about everything I have in those colors. First I did my travel outfit w/ black knit pants and a butterscotch top and black puffer vest, a Hermes (esq) scarf in all of those colors and my water proof booties. The rest of the weekend will be built around butterscotch pants and off-white pants, a black sweater, blue (kinda colbolt) sweater, winter white top, coral top, and a print of almost all of those colors. Second layers are the black puffer vest, off-white vest, coral cardigan and denim jacket. Shoes are water proof booties and animal print flats. I'm so excited that I can put any top with any bottom and any second layer and be good to go to: dinners, jazz bar, speakeasy, wine county, bbq and brunch!
    As I said, I've put travel outfits together but rarely do I have all tops and all bottoms that will absolutely go together even if I stayed in a color combo. Dunno what I've been doing wrong in the past but, today was perfect, I love all of the options and I'm excited about dressing with ease, confidence and a little panache!

    1. How exciting! Yes, I know the feeling, shopping from my own closets is awesome. And finding the colors that dance together, and each outfit looks like everything is brand new! After several years of capsules, it never faded away for me! That is why I love TVF, too.
      Sania from Zagreb