August 15, 2014
The same grey clothes are going to get a bit more mileage – this time, combined with denim, and softest shades of pink and a kind of lavender-ish rose. When I built this color scheme, my thinking was that when the accent colors are so closet together and have so much the similar feeling and mood, that it sort of gives you the freedom to use any color within that entire family.First up, the finished capsule wardrobe:
This is the color scheme, with that absolutely annoying grey that will NOT show up well once it’s transferred into a PDF. Sheesh….
When using denim as one of your neutrals, it’s can be helpful if some of the denim has some texture or pattern, so that you don’t end up looking like you’re wearing the Hillbilly Tuxedo (i.e. too much denim on denim). I know that right now a lot of denim together is being shown as being quite acceptable, but it’s not a look that’s going to stand the test of time!
These grey clothes are certainly versatile…
Four tops that are wearable with any combination of denim and grey:
And some beautiful soft accents:
I’ve included boots in this wardrobe, because there are some short jeans. And a really lovely bracelet – the small photograph doesn’t do justice…
Fascinating how elegant gray now becomes sweet and soft. You are a magician, Janice!
Pam @ over50feeling40 says
I am excited to see all of the fall fashion reports talking about gray this year! I love the soft feel of gray and how you did your combinations here. Love it…have a wonderful weekend, Janice!
Loved loved seeing the denim integrated as a neutral. Much more casual set of clothing. The trousers are dressy enough for dinners out.
cheryl :) says
Denim is one of my neutrals and I just love this one. Beautiful.
Nice combo especially for "low contrast" people. Now that I think of it, that's an issue you could take on–combos for people with high vs low contrast coloring. Not that I want to give you more work.
I love love love this series. I would love it even more it you did a few outfits from the collection. No matter how many time's i've seen you do that, I still like it…and it still helps me…
I really think that I need to give grey another try now that my hair is turning more to that colou. I have always loved it paired with denim. This series is so interesting. Have a lovely weekend.
This series is so timely as I'm losing weight and will soon be able to fit into some of the smaller sizes that have been languishing in my closet. I'll use this info to pull together some mini-capsules to tide me over during the weight-loss phase.
Add black as an additional (and more formal) neutral and a soft blue as an additional color as well as white for contrast … you have my wardrobe for retirement. Grays and denim will darker and less distressed. This series so much fun but also though-provoking. Thank you again, Janice. Susan in WA
Love your site! I'm a medium-toned warm autumn (red hair, brown eyes, freckled skin), and I feel like there is a heavy lean towards cool-toned wardrobes. Would you be willing to work in navy, amber, ivory, and burgundy into this series? I'm drawn to paintings that have this feel: http://ih0.redbubble.net/image.9387549.0110/flat,550×550,075,f.jpg
and to scarves like this one:
and this one:
Thanks so much for all that you're doing.
Oh my, that painting is beautiful! The colors… Who is the artist and the painting name?
hostess of the humble bungalow says
I'm loving your core pieces in grey…as much as I love black I have a few greys in my wardrobe and can see now that my hair is getting more silver that this shade will pop up more frequently.
Thanks again for all your inspiring posts!
Madaline Grace Bassett says
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have finally found my colors. This palette really speaks to me.
I hate paper work says
I love this color combo. I'd really encourage you to create these colors in a wardrobe for a lady doctor. I only dream about a visit to Paris and London but I can't I deliver babies all year long. I don't have time to stand in front of my clothes and try to figure out what to wear. So I have followed you for years. However I'd love to encourage you to show this lady doctor what to wear .
Minya, Warrior Seamstress says
This is the palette I am most at home in. Green and yellow rarely suit me, and orange not at all. I favor blues, purples, and pinks. Grey is less harsh on my coloring than navy or black, although my work life demands black. I also appreciate the lack of skirts, not permitted by work.