Start with Art

Capsule Wardrobe Color Palette Inspiration

I believe you can draw inspiration for capsule wardrobe color palettes from anywhere. I draw my inspiration from things I love: art, nature, and scarves and use them to build the capsule wardrobes you find here on The Vivienne Files.

I don’t limit myself to works of art I love. I encourage my readers to submit their favourite color inspirations whether they come from a painting, sculpture, piece of pottery, photograph - practically anything. I try to pull together some outfits, and thus a capsule wardrobe that reflects the qualities of the work of art.  

It's a challenge, but we've found some beautiful ideas!

Below, you’ll find articles filled with color palette inspiration broken down by category. You’ll see art is, by far, the largest, but you’ll also find nature and, of course, by beloved scarves. The articles are listed newest to oldest.

Build a Capsule Wardrobe Starting With Art

Build a Capsule Wardrobe Starting With Nature

Build a Capsule Wardrobe Starting With Scarves

Build A Capsule Wardrobe Starting with Accessories


  1. I'd love to see what you do with - using a dark teal as one of the neutrals. I know you have a long list of paintings so I won't hold my breath.

  2. I just found this blog and I'm thrilled!
    And I wondered if you've ever considered art by Tamara de Lempicka, such as "Tamara in the Green Buggati". I'm sure you've had tons of suggestions and requests but her porraits of strong stylish women are so unique I thought you might find one (or more) of her pieces an interesting challenge.

    1. I DID THAT ONE!!! Google "The Vivienne Files Tamara de Lempica" and you'll find it easily.
      But you're always welcome to suggest more - you're clearly on my wavelength, so I'd love to hear what other art you adore.

  3. Dear Janice, A quick thought. I would love to see little thumbnails for each of these capsules so that one can scroll through looking for specific color combinations without already knowing the art or scarf that inspired it!

  4. I wondered if you've ever considered art by Tamara de Lempicka, such as Tamara in the Green Buggati.