This is really growing on me! Remember, on Friday, we started with the painting, “Head” by Picasso (which you may or may not really love – that’s certainly up to you!):
Which, through a couple of steps of planning and shopping, gave us this 13-piece capsule or travel wardrobe. This is a wardrobe that’s extremely versatile, giving you appropriate things to wear for every activity from a nice evening out to a hike in the park!
I also showed 15 outfits on Friday, but they were bereft of accessories! Now, let’s look at the same 15 outfits, with a few nice accessories added in to provide balance, accent, and something to wear on your feet!
Yes, the tan flats are completely superfluous, and you might choose not to pack them, in order to save space, but they do balance out the warmer-toned tops nicely. Depending on your plans, you might forfeit the pumps and wear ballet flats instead… you’d have options!
loafers – Jeffrey Campbell; flower earrings – Cathy Waterman; loafers – Jeffrey Campbell; jacquard scarf – Madewell; loafers – Jeffrey Campbell; grey bag – Coach
dangle earrings – Saranarat; loafers – Jeffrey Campbell; grey bag – Coach; loafers – Jeffrey Campbell; horse scarf – Hermès Appaloosa des Steppes;
jacquard scarf – Madewell; loafers – Jeffrey Campbell
Loafers are always the hardest-working shoes in a travel wardrobe – they’re almost certainly the shoes you would wear for the trip, and for a lot of other occasions too. That’s why it’s so critical that they be comfortable and simply-styled.
These ballet flats would be great with the grey skirt…
This is an interesting combination of pieces, isn’t it? Note that the Hermes scarf includes some touches of peach, so it might be wearable with soft rust/blush/peach shirts and sweater, too!
And this is how everything finishes up. There’s no rule, nor magic, to what accessories you put where, but I think it’s only logical and helpful to have the pumps up where your skirt is, and you canvas shoes down beside your shorts. All you have to do is close your eyes and envision getting dressed, and you’ll remember the correct accessories…
I’m going to tackle this with an entirely different piece of art and thus different color scheme, just to see how it works…
I am really loving this way of looking at it! I am still struggling to get a capsule wardrobe – I am a soft spring and black and white just don't look great on me. Working with browns has been a challenge, but I think if I apply this "backbone" and start with the bottoms I can make a perfect capsule wardrobe! Thank you for coming up with such a great idea!
The idea of a charcoal grey "backbone" is terrific. I am a soft summer/autumn blend who also feels that black and white don't work for me. Thank you for providing an "organizing principle" for those of us who badly want to build a capsule wardrobe but somehow seem to struggle with it
Thank you! Like the others who have commented, I'm a soft summer-autumn blend, so avoid wearing black and white. I love when you do navy or grey based wardrobes!
Love this color palette! I'm a soft summer blend leaning cool. If I cool down the warm colors a little, it would be perfect.
Wow! What a difference the beautiful accessories have made. An dI like the idea of arranging them in order of dressiness – dressy at the top, more casual at the bottom.
With that exquisite Hermes scarf adding a touch of blue, this could make a perfect cool-weather capsule for a beach holiday. I'm thinking driftwood, sandstone cliffs, autumn leaves . . . Still very happy with the backbone concept and seeing it rounded out here with the accessories is very satisfying. Looking forward to the next one!
Robyn in Tasmania
Cornelia Estey says
I would have walked right by this painting without ever seeing the color palette that you devised. So very nice.
What a great color combo! This backbone concept is awesome!