It’s a question that’s as old as The Vivienne Files – if you’re starting a capsule wardrobe from scratch, how do you start?
What an ambitious question! But after thinking about it for three years, I’m going to give it a try – a step by step approach to rebuilding your wardrobe from the ground up.
Before you buy any garments at all, you’ve got to make a couple of decisions. One thing you’ll have to work out for yourself – which silhouettes suit you best. I’m really not qualified to answer this question for every woman, but I encourage you to address this question on your own; you know better than anybody else in the world what shapes and sizes of garments suit you best…
But the next question – truly critical – is to choose a color scheme. My personal preference is to work with a palette of five colors – two neutrals, two accent colors, and some variation of white/ecru/cream that functions well as a blouse or tee shirt. You don’t for a heartbeat have to follow these guidelines, but you DO have to make a decision in order to narrow down your options. Shopping willy nilly for clothes without a plan and a color scheme will not result in an efficient and beautiful wardrobe, unless you’re really lucky.
Moving forward, I’m going to work with six color schemes, based on the dark neutrals of navy, black, grey, caramel brown, chocolate brown, and khaki. I’ve tried to include six widely popular neutral colors, and a variety of accent schemes – brights, pastels, and muted colors. This is what I’m envisioning:
What do you think?
PS – You can find the latest Pantone Color Planner and other documents in the Planning Documents section of the website.