May 31, 2017
Let’s see what happens when we start with navy and beige as our neutrals, and then incorporate two MORE neutrals, in warm hues, to act as accents.
This is the color scheme as I see it; I’ve made 1 small alteration in that I’ve given us a range of the accent colors, from lighter to darker, in order to open up the possibilities a bit. These aren’t easy colors to find this time of year!
And this wardrobe I’m working with an assumption that we’re going to be packing for a more changeable climate – needing both sandals and a sweatshirt, so to speak…
As before, we’ll start with six neutral pieces…
Just to keep us mentally organized, let’s continue to work with a 13-piece wardrobe template:
The first accent I’ve chosen is this camel, vicuna, caramel, tan, warm sand, WHATEVER you want to call it. It’s always worth remembering that when clothing is difficult to find in your favorite accent colors, you can always keep your eyes open for accessories. Jewelry tends to be available in almost every color imaginable, and shoes aren’t far behind in their range of possibilities.
In the teeth of summer, this green is difficult to find too. (which is strange, because this is the time of year when so much of the world is green!). So I only picked up two garments – one is a shirt that can function as both a shirt in its own right, and as an open shirt over a tee shirt or tank top.
And I couldn’t resist the owl earrings….
Oddly enough, I found two different things that worked well as a bridge between a number of the colors in this wardrobe. These are the kinds of serendipitous finds than can really come in handy!
Since this wardrobe is going to be for a bit cooler environment than the first iteration of navy and beige, I thought that a sweatshirt might be useful. And since this heroine already has camel sandals, navy tennies could prove useful.
This is how all of the pieces fit into the 13-piece wardrobe template; I’m not positive, but I think that this is a pretty much “Whatever’s Clean” wardrobe. I don’t see anything here that would really clash…
I realized that I forgot the light beige sandals here… But even without them, this is a pretty complete wardrobe. These are really lovely colors!
As always, I like to be sure that any wardrobe we share offers plenty of options for ways to get dressed. I feel that this wardrobe would be good from reasonably warm weather through to quite chilly days and evenings.
Although this wardrobe share six pieces (i.e. almost half of the wardrobe!) with the one from last Monday, I think it feels very different. It will be interesting to see how other color combinations play out…
I think these colors play very well together, as I consider the navy, beige, camel, and white as neutrals and the moss green as a neutral wannabe' ! If I could add one more piece it would be a beige cardigan or shirt to create an outer column of color in beige. This whole grouping is easy on the eyes , and yet has enough variety of styles and colors to not feel repetitive nor boring . Trade the navy for brown, and it's my travel wardrobe !
This selection could be the basis for an interesting wider wardrobe. I see some bright orange and greens, as well as a smudge of turquoise in the scarf, it would be fun to build this into a capsule of around 33!
cheryl :) says
I really love that green. :)
Love this and the above idea of a larger wardrobe including some orange, green and turquoise.
Cee Pluse says
This post couldn't be more timely for me – this is the color combination I was thinking about packing for my 10-day trip to Germany in August! I don't usually wear navy, but I have two lightweight knit navy travel pants I bought years ago that are so comfortable to wear on planes they just have to be included, so navy will be one of my wardrobe colors. Since olive/mossy green is one of my standard wardrobe colors I have that option covered already. I think I just need to add a new pair of beige/khaki pants and I will be set.
Because the trip is a long one I will add a few more tops, and will probably exclude the white as I just can't seem to keep white items clean when I travel. Otherwise I am going to use this collection as the inspiration for my travel wardrobe. Thank you so much, Janice!
Very nice! I would wear most of these colours, and would also like to see this extended with orange (or coral), green and turquoise. Linda M
This collection is singing my tune!
Gunilla Dahlblom says
I'm really looking forward to seeing the "subtle" colors combination too. I would substitute light grey for the beige, but otherwise this wardrobe is just to my taste!
(By the way, when I'm looking for a specific colour, I always turn to Kettlewell. They carry at least a couple of hundred colours all year around!)
Nancy B. says
I think I'm finally getting the hang of this! Just ordered the LLBean khakis (via Vivenne Files, of course!)
This is it! This is one of my favorite wardrobes if not my favorite. Love the colors. Love the casualness. Perfect! Thank you.
roth phallyka says
I think these colors play very well together, as I consider the navy, beige, camel,
I adore these colors paired together. Lovely!