Do these two look like they get along?
I’ve often thought that it’s possible to build a wardrobe with 4 or 5 neutral colors and just 1 accent. In fact, a long time ago, I built a wardrobe around SIX neutrals (here) almost 5 years ago (did you know that The Vivienne Files will be 5 years old on April 17th?)
These colors are all classic, timeless wardrobe staples.
In order to make the process of combining the 2 wardrobes as honest as possible, I’ve kept the original garments:
And in order to give us some wiggle room, and more “top” options, I’ve included a 5th neutral. The great beauty of white or off-white blouses and sweaters (beside bringing light to your face!) is that they can be worn with equal harmony with any of the 4 other neutral colors. Sometimes, all your wardrobe needs is a white tee shirt…
This is your wardrobe, as it stands. There are lots of lovely garments, and your eye can easily connect to put together literally dozens of outfits!
But in order to really show ensembles to their best advantage, we need accessories! (you knew I wasn’t going to skip over scarves indefinitely, didn’t you?)
Realistically, you could easily own shoes in all four neutral colors if this is your wardrobe. But it’s important not to get carried away with buying a new pair of shoes for each outfit – that’s not a good use of your money, it’s hard on the environment, and it keeps you from being able to buy really nice shoes (which are one of the small pleasures of life).
That said, you’d be daft if you missed the chance to own both red shoes AND leopard, if you wear this color scheme! And don’t forget that Shoes of Prey, on the Nordstrom website, let’s you design your own shoes… maybe camel flats with black cap toes?
Note that jewelry that includes both silver and gold is a wonderful little touch that pulls together warm and cool like nothing else!
And here is just a sample of the dozens of possible outfits you would have at the ready!
Tomorrow I’m going to wrap up the “1 at a Time” wardrobe with navy and beige, and some brightly-colored accents. I think it’s going to be beautiful….