Today, we’re going into warm colors, starting with a favorite outfit of a woman who wears and loves warm, soft colors:
I can see the appeal of a comfy tee, broken-in chinos, and a cuddly cashmere cardigan!
Although her “seed” outfit doesn’t include green, she makes the deliberate choice to include it in her wardrobe plan:
I may have beaten this poor horse to pieces by now, but a great place to start to expand a wardrobe is to find pieces that are different colored versions of your current favorites. In this shopper’s (now nicknamed TS) plan, a green tee shirt, just like her blush one, is a simple and foolproof place to start.
As much as TS loves her cashmere cardigan, she understands full well that it’s not suitable for everything she does. So another beige cardigan, in a completely different style, weave, and fiber, makes good sense for her.
TS understands the power of the unbroken column of clothing in one color, so green trousers will be both useful and flattering for her, too.
Yes, buying things from the same manufacturer helps (but doesn’t guarantee!) match colors. When mail ordering, always assume that a fair amount of returning is required. The most important tool you can have in house when you’re ordering clothes over the internet is a big roll of packing tape! It’s much cheaper (and less stressful) than mall parking…
Eventually, you’re going to probably want to introduce both colors and textures into your wardrobe. TS would be wise to keep her eyes peeled for any garment that includes 2 or all 3 of her colors. Sometimes it’s worth breaking out of your plan if you stumble across something unexpectedly practical and useful. You can’t plan for what clothing companies will make, so you have to incorporate a certain amount of flexibility into your system.
As always, if you aren’t a skirt wearer, you are free to change this out into another pair of pants, or shorts, or whatever best suits you and your wardrobe needs.
This is why it’s VERY important that you have a long gut-check conversation with yourself from time to time, to really define and focus your needs. You need to be able to say, literally at a glance, that something won’t work in your system. If you don’t have that kind of clarity, you make yourself prey to anybody who wants to sell you something. Don’t be that kind of easily-victimized shopper!
This top is the perfect example of something that might make you break out of your scheduled shopping – it’s got the colors, it’s great for summer, pretty without being “frou frou”, and very affordable.
Who knew that sweat clothes could look so nice?
From here, the shopping pattern repeats…
An important less here is that your accent color tops don’t have to match perfectly! I used to try to get everything to match perfectly, but then I realized that you’re not going to wear both tee shirts at the same time, so they don’t NEED to be identical! It was a very liberating moment, shopping-wise…
It’s not the most exciting purchase you can make, but don’t neglect to have enough neutral, simple pieces in your wardrobe – they are the necessary foundations upon which your more “statement” clothes have to rest. You can’t really build a versatile wardrobe with only exciting garments!
I just stumbled on this skirt – what a perfect find, eh?
If you’ve been reluctant to order from House of Fraser, in the UK, I encourage you to reconsider. Make sure you check the measurements for size, as their sizes DO run a bit different from the US (and other countries, I’m sure). But I’ve found that their packaging is excellent, and I receive things from them as fast (or faster) than I do from some places in the US. I’m not sure how they do that…
Yes, I receive a tiny commission. I’m getting wildly rich doing this, I’m sure you realize! 😉
Again, everything fits neatly into the 4 by 4 Wardrobe concept…
I could do this for a while – any requests?