When I am putting a capsule wardrobe together one of my first considerations is the neutrals that will go into the colour palette. And when you have colour and shoes to consider you may think it’s not the most important part of the wardrobe! But they are actually the foundation of a successful capsule wardrobe because they can be worn alone or with any other colour you add. In fact dressing in neutrals can be a really chic look.
While I would usually recommend that you spend more on neutrals than other pieces – because of their versatility and cost per wear – they don’t have to be out of your budget. Take the example below. A really chic look of timeless pieces and an updated pair of wardrobe staple trousers for 3 different budgets:
Neutrals worn alone can be striking, black and white for example, or look expensive and luxurious in a soft palette as shown below. Some neutrals are universal, including taupe, charcoal grey and pewter – meaning everyone can wear them. So if your wardrobe is a mish mash of colours start with these and you will find that they pull together pieces that may not otherwise work. Especially if you find a scarf or necklace that includes several of the colours plus the neutral.
Here is an example of how to wear pewter whichever colour type you are:
See how neutrals can look wonderful alone in the first two outfits below or worn with another toning colour, blush, in the third option.
Taupe Jumper John Lewis // Necklace Eclectica Vintage // Skirt Maxmara // Bag DKNY // Shoes Kurt Geiger // Grey cardigan // Top Marella // Scarf Maxmara // Bag Whistles // Trousers Mint Velvet // Shoes Miss KG // Blush cardigan Jigsaw // Top Gerard Darel // Scarf Maxmara // Bag LK Bennett // Skirt Red Valentino // Shoes LK Bennett
And look what happens when you add one coloured/patterned piece – a completely different look.
Don’t under estimate those hard working neutrals – and if you would like to know which you should include in your capsule wardrobe why not order your own personalised online colour analysis?