Making The Winter Capsule Wardrobe Easy| Using Colour

As the New Year hits so does a new Capsule Wardrobe! This capsule came far easier than the last and for the last 5 days at least its been working pretty perfectly. This capsule is a little more colourful, a little more adventurous and a lot more personalized. In this post I’m gonna give you your first peek into all the pieces (or as many as I had washed) and give you a few of my thoughts on the Capsule going forward . . . as well as some tricks for choosing the perfect colour palette from into-mind for making a capsule wardrobe the easiest thing in the world.

T-Shirts & Tops

Black T-shirt: Zara, Navy T-shirt: Zara, Grey T-shirt: H&M, White T-shirt: Zara, Green Dress: Gap, Stripes and Chambray T: Primark, Acid Yellow T-shirt: Zara, Black Dress: Zara

The Sweaters & Cardigans

Paris Jumper: c/o Long Tall Sally (2014) Sale!, Deep Purple Triangle Jumper: George, Asda (2014), Long wrap Burgundy cardigan: Next PLC (2014) Same in a beautiful Pink!

Lime Green Jumper: Primark, Mustard Cardigan: Next PLC (2012) Similar, White and Grey Waterfall jumper: George, Asda (2013) Similar

Shirts

Plaid: Gap (2013) Similar, Cobalt Shirt: Marks and Spencers

Chambray: H&M (Mens, 2012) Similar, White shirt: H&M (Mens) Similar Boyfriend shirt from ASOS

Jackets and Dresses

Black Blazer: Zara, Pale Pink Jersey Blazer: H&M Very Similar, Patterned Blazer: H&M

Blue patterned Dress: Monsoon, Grey “Sexy” Dress: H&M, In store, Purple Tea Dress: H&M, Now in store more than likely, On sale.

Skirts and Trousers!

Navy embellished scuba skirt: H&M (2014) In Sale, Navy Pinstripe Trousers: Zara (2014) In Sale, in Store, Black and White houndstooth Trousers: Zara (2014) on Sale, In Store.

Distressed skinny jeans: Zara (2014/15), Black Skinny Jeans: Zara (2014), Purple Fuzzy Skirt: Marks and Spencers (2014)

Heels and Boots

“Workmen” boots: George, Asda (2014) no longer avail but I love these!, Red Heels: Clarks (2013) This style is no longer available but Kendra is just as comfy and cute! (this is a matching red!), Black and White heels: New Look (2014), Blue Suede Booties: Clarks (2014/15)- No longer available in this colour way however Lolly Dolly is available in Taupe! Knee High Boots: c/o Long Tall Sally (2014) No longer available L Similar in black!

Brown “suede”: New Look (2012/13) Pony Skin flat trainers: Next PLC, Leopard Print Flats: New Look 2013

Shoes & Accessories

Red Flats: New Look, 2013, White Furry Box: Zara, Purple Gloves: Marks and Spencer, Lilac fur Stole: Monsoon, Brown Ankle Boots: New Look, Grey Knitted Gloves, by Joshes Grandmother & Yellow Knitted Headband: therealjlow | Shop

Making a Capsule Wardrobe Easy | Using Colour

If you want to start somewhere when creating your capsule wardrobe and its not with me than like me you will go to into-mind. The blogs writer Anuschka has created into-mind as a one stop shop for all your minimalist and more importantly, dressing needs. From developing your own personal style to creating a colour scheme, Anuschka’s got you covered.

What I love most about into-mind above all over minimalist and dressing blogs is that she knows the most important part of dressing yourself is this, you. There’s been an awful lot of greyscale going on in the blogging world and although I love it for the most part I also know that for me, greyscale was never going to work. Unlike many minimalists who go straight for the black, white and grey, often to make things even simpler I found a wardrobe bereft of colour to be a very sad place indeed.

Therefore it was my mission to make my winter wardrobe a place of perfectly balanced colour and greyscale because Anuschka’s post on this is almost too perfect I’m not going to ruin it with my own interpretation but instead lead you to it here+

So here’s the Into-mind colour basics;

  • Main Colours
  • Accent Colours
  • Neutrals

Main Colours

 3 shades that represent the essence of your style concept . . .

  • Navy
  • Burgundy
  • Pink

Accent Shades

4 colours to add variety. . .

  • Acid Yellow
  • Mustard
  • Cobalt
  • Red

Neutrals

2 colours to support and balance out the other shades . . .

  • Black
  • Grey
  • & White

Into-Mind speaks about starting by choosing colours you naturally gravitate towards. Instead of what I gravitate towards I instead went for colours, which were speaking to me this fall/winter. If you are going the traditional minimalist route you’ll need to focus less on fashion. For instance, I choose the limey yellows because yes I like them, but, as I have never bought them before I also wondered if I was somewhat encouraged by fashion and what’s been seen in stores. It also helps that it went excellently with my fall colours already in my wardrobe. That being said I would have to confirm that this colour palette feels like me and my personal style as far as the colder months go I always love the warmer colours and as well as this I also suit them better as well!

The next major part? Do they all go together easily?

At the end of the Fall Capsule I hit the style jackpot, purple, blue and red. A somewhat unexpected concept I finally felt like my wardrobe was finally working for me so moving into this capsule my first stop was colour. I wanted to keep the same basics from my Fall capsule but also add a few alterations to keep my wardrobe moving and not feeling as stale as when I started with a load of basics and no idea how to make them exciting.

The yellow was by accident, it almost fell in my lap one Saturday afternoon in December this jumper literally yelled at me in Primark and it began me thinking about colour and pattern. Pattern is difficult in its limiting power, sure by spring I won’t be able to escape florals and stripes in my capsule but for now colour seemed the better option especially when having to layer pieces to keep warm. On top of the yellow, I choose a pale pink to offset the purple and give another dimention to my outfits as well as expanding my burgundy’s to bright red accents and pinker tones as well as keeping a flash of cobalt and some leopard print and plaid of course!

The colours for Winter were really easy in the grand scheme of things. Mainly due to having had most of them ready from Fall, but that’s not to say that they will stay the same year round. Unlike others undertaking this challenge I want to be able to really switch my wardrobes from winter to summer. This means come spring I am looking to have a serious overhall and although I can’t promise I won’t be including my trusty Navy I also feel like some pastels are going to be coming our way and some outrageous florals!