Maximizing Mix & Match for Any Lifestyle – Part 3

We’ve seen how useful a column of color can be, so let’s build another one by adding a pant to blend with the tan faux suede cascade jacket.  It mixes easily with the navy shell and all the same accessories.

Now let’s see what else we can do with those “outside columns” – the skirt +topper and pant+topper.  And don’t overlook the chance to make another column by pairing your navy topper with dark-wash jeans.It’s a piece of cake to layer any shirt, blouse or shell under the topper to make a new outfit. Leaving the front edges of the topper slightly apart creates an elongating vertical band of the under color.  (That’s only a good strategy if the topper fits well enough that you COULD button it if you chose to.  Otherwise it will just look too tight and that’s never attractive.)

new underlayers

The geometric scarf gives you a road map for color combos – clearly suggesting the red and coral shells to work with both column colors.  And of course it’s the link to make the combos appear connected.

Notice, too, that the shells happen to match the red and coral toppers we used in lesson #2. That’s the new version of a twin sweater set – and over and under-layer top in a matching or blending color.  Buying items in pairs like that – I call the “two’fers” – is a valuable wardrobe stretching tactic.

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Sherry on June 24, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Nancy Nix Rice,

    I am your fan, for sure ! I have your two books on wardrobe capsules, and the print outs from several years ago on the 12 piece wardrobe. I have also seen your YouTube videos. These ideas are just wonderful and make travel packing so much easier ! I also enjoyed your scarf tying tutorials ! Thanks so much for what you do !

  2. Mary on June 25, 2016 at 1:13 am

    How I wish you had been around when I was young. I hadn’t a bit of fashion-sense then. Thanks to you, I now have a wardrobe others admire and the capsules make holiday packing easy and fun.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on June 25, 2016 at 6:30 am

      Thanks Mary! The whole point of doing what I do is to make other women happier with their appearance and make their lives easier, so it means a lot to me when you say your are getting those exact results.

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