July 31, 2017
Although most of us in the Northern Hemisphere still have at least 8 weeks of hot weather in front of us, you can’t tell it by what’s in the stores. Cashmere, leather goods, lots of winter coats… Sigh…
But the August outfit last year, and again this year, is oriented to the season ahead:
As always, I like to see how the newest additions look when arrayed with the earlier pieces in each wardrobe:
It’s always wise to make certain that you can wear any new garment in at least 3 different ways, so I like to check on this too!
I went a bit mad dressy here… sigh…
Such lovely colors…
I went a bit overboard here too, I suspect…
The brooch costs more than everything else in the outfit combined… VERY illogical!
If you’re not going to own a lot of skirts, maybe a really unusual one is worth considering?
When I start looking at 3 ways to wear each garment, the power of this approach becomes really evident…
p.s. please note that a few of these scarves have become available again – in some cases there is only ONE scarf available. If you’ve been looking, strike while the silk iron is hot!
For more in the 2017 “Build a Capsule Wardrobe – 12 months, 12 outfits” series, check out the following articles:
- Evaluating our 2017 wardrobes…
Looking for more ideas? Follow along as we build a new capsule wardrobe in 2018.
Some of the items you have chosen this month are simply stunning the Ulla Johnson cardigan, the CLB NYC Brooch, the grey pleated skirt and that bronze J Crew skirt. It's interesting how much a pizzaz a single special piece can add to the total capsule.
How do you suggest wearing that orange brooch?
Janice Riggs says
On the lapel of the olive cardigan – you'd have to really coordinate lipstick if you wear it! But it would be a real pop of contrasting color…
Ivy Bromius says
I'd attach it to a clip and wear it in my hair (though orange and olive are the two worst colors for me, so as beautiful as this wardrobe is, maybe not). :)
What a fun surprise to see August's post this morning! Such a great outfit for the last – brown – wardrobe. That bronze skirt! I love the dark red of the cardigan you added to the navy wardrobe. The first wardrobe – the black – continues to be my favorite, though. A pair of leopard shoes would be amazing with that collection of clothing. – nancyo
The Bride says
I love this series – I look forward to it every month. Thanks.
Stunning outfits here, Janice–and I find dressier capsules far more useful and inspiring than stodgy LLBean wardrobe templates. If we need something to garden or vacuum the house in, well, ok, we can find that easily ourselves.
Deana Sanders says
There is something about fall clothes, isn'''t there? Lovely selections…
I also look forward to these posts. I've just gone through my fall-winter wardrobe and found some items needed to complete it. The pre-season sales are on now so ffor me it's not too early. I love how you incorporate more expensive items with standard basics from Lands End or LlBean and how you make elegant outfits with these. I've found real quality from surprising retailers by choosing well. My favorite here is the lovely beige wardrobe. Janice Collins, Washington DC
Thought you'd like this article! Washington post style section 8/1
Pat Smith, Pat's Addition
I'm another fan of these posts both for the visual interest of seeing the wardrobes build and for reading your thoughts about the whys and wherefores. It's useful to me personally to see the lighter coloured wardrobes too, since I became grey-haired. Funnily, I was wearing a pastel blue cable-knit jumper the other day (it's the middle of winter here) and enjoying compliments, when a former New Yorker who wears only black said disapprovingly, 'But it's not really a winter colour, is it.' Pah! I'm also enjoying the dressy components in these wardrobes – it's fun to gave some pizazz in the mix.
Thank you Janice, from Robyn in Tasmania
roth phallyka says
I look forward to it every month. Thanks.