This is the step in which each capsule wardrobe is going to start taking on a distinct personality, based on personal needs, preferences, and desires. I’m adding a complete outfit to each of the various wardrobes, based on a variety of scenarios that might be possible.
Conversely, our Lady Caramel and Black is longing for something edgier – a leather jacket? A simple turtleneck and jeans let the jacket really stand out, and provide useful and versatile pieces for her evolving wardrobe.
Here’s where she is right now – a nice assortment of softer looks to contrast with the great leather jacket. If you’re going to buy something “investment-ish” like a leather jacket, it pays to have in mind a number of ways to wear it, so you’re sure to get your money’s worth, and have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beauty.
Quick comment before I study this some more: outstanding! I did, by the way, splurge Ina very expensive leather jacket a few years ago, and it has coco me my favorite pieces to jazz up a plain white shirt or a pencil skirt. Happy 4th!
I'm so enjoying this "start from scratch" series! Is there some link, or similar, where we can create our own color wheels? Thanks!!
Janice Riggs says
I actually create graphs in PowerPoint to make the color wheels, which is WAAAY too much work unless you love PowerPoint, and graphs, as much as I do! I'll dig around the internet and find someplace excellent, and do a post on color schemes soon. Thanks for asking!
Oh thank you Janice! I would love that too. I've been searching around a bit on the internet but to no avail. It doesn't even have to be a wheel – just a tool whereby we can create our own personal colors. Fun!
Here's a few cool links:
http://www.december.com/html/spec/colorhex.html I just love to feast my eyes on these colors…
http://www.colorcodehex.com/ this one has tools to create all kinds of color combinations (complementary, triadic, analogous, etc.)
http://www.thedressspot.com/seasons and this one to help find clothing in your season colors (if you place the cursor over each color it will give you the color code. You can them use it on the sites above to create your best color schemes/combinations)
This post absolutely is brilliant, Janice. When we thought the capsules couldn't get any better, you pull this one off! Well done!
Thank you, Janice and Luna!! This is great!! Now, to go explore these links, and look for Janice's updates!!
I’ve followed your blog for years and, thanks to you, have a wardrobe that’s basic, practical and “me”. But then you throw in a remarkable post like this – building on a base of purpose and color, tweaking for whim and whappage (acknowledging that this does happen and it is a GOOD thing) with a series of visual examples. No one else I’ve read explains and illustrates the basics so clearly, then does – this. Bravo and thanks so much, Janice.
I am loving this … it's interesting to see how each "step" clarifies a distinct style. I started out thinking the brown and beige would be "me," but now I see the khaki and olive ….
I wonder if, down the line, you might do a post on how you chose the accent colors? My guess is you started with the gorgeous scarves. Also, maybe some guidance on how to choose the two neutrals?
As if you didn't have enough on your plate.
And happy Fourth!
Janice Riggs says
I'm clearly going to have to do some thinking about color schemes, and do some posts on them. It's pretty much just a choice of things that I think look pretty, and/or colors that readers have specifically requested.
Really loving this series. I sew, and really attempt to keep my fabric/color choices within a "family". You are SO helpful! I will be re-reading this series many, many times.
Thank you – and have a glorious Fourth!
JoyceP in WI
I've been away all week, and am so impressed with how this has developed in those few days! Love especially today's post, with the personal touches. I'm looking forward to mapping my own clothes against these, will give me a lot of insight into what could be thrown away, and where there may be gaps.
Thank you for all your hard work on this
Bettsi McComb says
Bravo! What a terrific addition- can't wait to find one!
Hi – I want to tell you how I am loving your "Starting a wardrobe from scratch" series. I hope you are going to put this in a book? For my own use, I have isolated all the 'black, grey with accent' pictures with your text and made my own reference book – not entirely my colours ( I may substitute dark grey for the lighter shade you have used, and purple instead of the blue) but you have made me want to come out of my "black and white" shell and experiment a bit. Best wishes – R
I am loving this series! I too would be interested in posts on color schemes. Thank you so much for your work on this!
I want to join the list of those loving this "Start from scratch" series! Love it. So much. Thank you. Would also love to see a series on color combos and schemes.
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