Like many of my readers I am in the process of putting together my autumn capsule wardrobe. Some of the pieces are from previous seasons but as I wanted to add in some new neutrals this season, there are several that I want to buy. Most of my days are spent working from home, visiting brands and doing research (my husband calls it shopping) and low key socialising so my wardrobe needs to be comfortable but easy to dress up when needed. It’s that “smart casual” look without being too casual that I aim for. One which many of my readers tell me they struggle with. I’m not that keen on blue jeans because I struggle to find a pair that’s not scruffy but are still comfortable to wear all day (the dilemmas of a curvy body) so a trouser that is slim fitting but still comfortable is at the top of my list.
In previous autumn/winter seasons my capsule wardrobe has revolved around neutrals of brown and black. But this season I fancied a change, plus there isn’t much around in brown, especially ankle boots which I have hunted for the last few seasons. My new colour scheme was kicked off by a couple of early buys from the autumn season, firstly this wrap which I fell in love with:
Then while on holiday I found the perfect navy trousers in Eileen Fisher. The stretch crepe ankle pant – they look nothing in this picture but they are incredibly soft, keep their shape and stop just on my ankle bone (longer than they are on this model – I’m 5’6″) so they look good with flat shoes, tucked into knee length boots or with heels. As an alternative I have tried on and liked these from LK Bennett which I have included in the capsule below.
So my colour scheme started with navy and grey (which is one of this season’s trend colours) to which I have also added a deep berry colour. This works for me as a Deep but you could swap the berry for a lighter accent colour if it’s too dark for you.
Here are the pieces I would like to include in my wardrobe. (I have tried the grey boots and they didn’t work for me as you need really slim legs so I will continue researching that item.)
Cashmere dress // Blue/grey wrap // Blue knit // Blue leggings // Blue knit skirt // Berry top // Berry cashmere wrap // Grey top // Grey jeans // Blue ankle boots // Blue hat // Blue bag // Blue necklace // Berry tote // Scarf // Grey boots // Merino tights – blue and grey //
And how I would wear them:
For now I will wear my chocolate boots and bag (my wonderful Mulberry that hubby is still getting brownie points for buying!) or black boots with the pieces I already have and may add in a lighter neutral of camel or biscuit later too.
Here are some alternative colour combinations you could try.
For Light colouring swap the charcoal for a silver grey, look for a light navy and add heather.
For Warm colouring take out grey and add olive as an alternative neutral then accent with paprika.
For Cool colouring add in a brighter pink accent, you could still keep the navy if you want a second neutral.
For Bright colouring work your contrast with icy grey and blue and add a bright blue, you could keep in the navy or the charcoal too.
For Soft colouring use a more muted blue and a soft blush pink.
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