April 11, 2012
Today, I’ve swapped out the black for a much softer camel, and you can see that with just a few adjustments to the accessories, the same 5 (core neutral garments) + 2 (white or light neutral tops) + 7 (accent pieces, including a jacket or coat) approach continues to work.
This could be particularly useful if you have a well-established base wardrobe in your best neutral(s), and were considering making a big investment in a new accent color.The seven garments, a scarf, a couple of pieces of jewelry, and you’ve added LOTS of new options to your core wardrobe.
Stay tuned; I’m still playing with this idea!
p.s. If you’re currently estranged from someone you once loved, get back in touch with them today. You might not get another chance, and the sadness will crush you. Trust me – carpe diem.
Everyday I read your blog and everyday I'm amazed by your talent to arrange great outfits! They're always beautiful and classy. You're one of my greatest inspirations, thank you!
I'm new to your fantastic blog – your style is just what I love!! But what is the '5 + 2 + 7 approach"? Mary
Five neutrals, plus two light neutral tops, plus seven (or fewer) pieces in the accent color. It's the current "system" I'm using for building these travel wardrobes. More to come!
thanks for being here,
Mary H. says
I love that you incorporate two outfits per day. After sightseeing all day it's so nice to change into something different for evening. Thanks for all your ideas!! You've helped me so much!
Very inspiring! I wish I could wear camel because I love the camel combinations you do! I could get away with camel bottoms but never on top. So I guess for me it would have to be more of an accent than a neutral for me…?
If you truly deeply love camel, you can wear it away from your face, or if you get something like a camel blazer or cardigan, make sure that you wear a more flattering color underneath it to be closer to your face. It's a gorgeous neutral, but I've never in my life worn it… sigh…
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I don't think I could wear it. But your combinations are so beautiful it got me thinking maybe I could. But it wouldn't simplify things. I need to keep it simple! :-) Also, as a summer coloring camel may not be a good choice.
hostess of the humble bungalow says
Love the romantic evening outfit!
The dress looks like one I would love to own.
I too was wondering what the 5+2+7 approach is, thanks for explaining. I love the camel not the blue but I suppose I could substitute any other color for the blue. You really rock at creating these wardrobes!
How perfectly wonderful!
Casa Très Chic says
OMG! Your blog is becoming my style Bible.
Love camel, specially the looks i"in transit" and "morning after a late night".
Wishing you a nice Wednesday.
I'm really loving your travel wardrobes. They really resonate with me. Could you do one for an active holiday? I'm going to Argentina and our main activities while there are wine tasting in Mendoza and hiking in Patagonia. (Base colour of navy) :-)
Wow, I'm so happy that I found your blog. It has really changed the way that I think about my wardrobe. I would also love to see a wardrobe for an active vacation. Thank you for posting!
New to your blog. Just got back from Paris and just craving parisian style. Love, love, love your site. I log in first thing every morning, just in case you are there. The Vivienne files make my day. Filled with inspiration!