Jacket: Gap, thrifted (similar)
Dress: thrifted (similar)
Shoes: Cole Haan via ebay (similar)
Bag: Frateli Rosetti, thrifted (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors via ebay (similar)
Earrings: Robin Undira boutique (similar)
Lipstick: Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (similar)
I've been thinking more about outfit formulas lately. Sometimes I get myself all wrapped up in trying new styles, new color combinations, new patterns, new silhouettes.... you name it, that I complicate life for myself. Specifically, the part of life that involves choosing your outfit for the day. Which is a fairly important part of life.
Sometimes I have a new item (well, usually thrifted, but new to me) that I'm dying to incorporate into an outfit, so things are easy from that starting point, but that's not a sustainable method. I don't always want to have to have something new in my closet, as fun as that is. I'd really like to look at a more classic style formula, perhaps along the lines of a capsule wardrobe, but not that limiting or specific.
I'm not ready to take the plunge into a full-on capsule wardrobe. But, as a starting point, I've decided to make a list of color/texture combinations that seem really versatile, so that I can 1) remember these when I'm pressed for time (am I the only one who has issues with that?), and 2) I can give guidance to my shopping to see what would actually be useful in multiple outfits (as opposed to a one-off outfit opportunity, which I've been a little too prone to lately).
Here are some of the color combinations I find easy to grab, and that combine with various items of clothing:
1. Denim, black and cognac. Just like my outfit today, I love pairing black clothing (especially a super comfy dress like this one), with a denim jacket and cognac accessories. It just instantly looks polished, thanks to the black and cognac, with a casual twist, thanks to the denim.
Another slight variation with this color combination is adding a pop of red, whether a red lip or a red accessory:
Cognac, gray and black is another similar take on this combination:
You can also do chambray, black and tan (which is pretty close to cognac):
2. Blue (any shade), brown (also most shades) and orange. This is one of my favorite go-to color combinations. My only problem is that for travel you have to choose EITHER denim and red and black OR blue and orange and brown, and so I end up with good travel pieces that don't work in a capsule together. I'm trying to work on that by building up some basic travel pieces that work together. :
(I dug way back in the archives to show how I've been using these colors for years):
Less brown here, but....
Ok, this one uses black, not brown but still...
3. Blue (any shade - navy, cobalt or chambray) with mustard and ivory
Brown is a good neutral with this combo, too
This variation replaces ivory with black, but it's close:
4. Blush, olive and ivory. This is one of my favorites, although I don't do it as often as I should. It makes me feel "fashiony" without going over the top. It's very "real-life" wearable.
Blush, black and ivory also works: