Rachel asked – during a VIRTUAL Style School session – if she could build a capsule wardrobe grouping around a fashion color instead of a traditional neutral. Of course she can – and so can you. It may not be quite as versatile, but it still work fabulously. Here’s an example I shared with the class …
I typically start a grouping with a Core Four – skirt, pant, under-layer top and over-layer top. But lately I’ve been expanding to a Core Six. As you’ll see in this exxample, I included both a dress pant and a casual pair, both a layering top and a stand-alone one. I’ve labeled the pieces with color names to indicate which ones are exact color matches and which are tonal blends.
Since the crinkle scarf includes many shades in this berry family, I added the softer rose shell and draped cardigan to what I consider the heart of this capsule. Some pieces are ready-to-wear, others I sewed. (For my sew-it-yourself readers, I’ll list pattern numbers at the end of this post.)
The various wine/berry pieces can make 9 Color Columns. Mixes with the long-sleeved tee can stand alone; each mix with the cami or the cascade cardigan can host a variety of completer pieces.
Consider the rose twin set as one of those completer items. With the berry cords, it can work together as a set or split up to layer under the cascade cardigan or over the camisole. The multi-tone scarf can accent any one of thse combos. And of course those same options exist with the dress pants and with the skirt – 9 new outfits for varying levels of dressy/casual occasions!
A quick check of the closet for print pieces incorporating the berry tones yielded these 2 tops and 2 scarves. Their color schemes suggest additional solid colors to build out the capsule: Navy, Chambray Blue and various shades of Gray.
And here’s the complete (for now) capsule. How many outfits can your make from these pieces? I’m not even going to count … but it should be plenty to pack for a lovely trip, when those are again “a thing”.
NOTE: As promised, patterns for the items I sewed are:
- Pamela’s Patterns Magic Pencil Skirt, Pants Perfected, Versatile Twin Set (shell) and Drape Front Cardigan
- McCall 6513 and 7538n (tops)
- Vogue 7937 (skirt)
- Details of those designs at PatternReview.com – user name nancynrice.