10 items, 10 outfits
In these sudden days of at-home-ness, we at Kettlewell have found ourselves contemplating both the importance of wearing clothes that make you feel amazing (just because nobody else is going to see it doesn't mean that perfect Poppy red dress can't fill your day with joy) and also the sudden need to reorganise and enjoy our personal spaces. For all of us, of course, that meant starting with our wardrobes.
Whether you're working with what you've got or enjoying your favourites from our new collection, I always think a fresh feeling capsule wardrobe is possible with only a handful of items, and HQ challenged me to create that revamp - 10 items, 10 outfits to fill your days with joy and colour.
I've worked on the basis that you own a pair of jeans, and perhaps a pair of sneakers and some smarter shoes. But everything else is down to those 10 items. As it turned out, far more than 10 outfits is possible with the items I've picked, but I figured 10 was enough to get you started (and I was reasonably sure the design team at HQ would disown me if I asked them to create 27 outfit images).
If you're contemplating your own wardrobe revamp, or have recently had a colour analysis and want to start with a few key pieces, here are my top tips for picking the items which will become true wardrobe heroes and mix and match almost endlessly:
- Pick one 'neutral' (it doesn't need to be a neutral - you might opt for True Red, for example) to base your outfits around - everything you choose needs to match easily with this neutral. For my picks below (for which I've used the Spring palette, but of course this exercise is possible with any of the four seasonal palettes), I've opted for Bright Navy as my neutral.
- Don't be afraid of colour + colour. Some of my combinations rely on wearing a couple of brights together, but don't be shy. The weather's warming up and people are ready for Spring to, well, spring, so a bit of colour will never be unwelcome. Where I've gone truly bright, I've made sure the colours tone together (for example, the Breton Stripe Top in Canary Yellow tones with the Cashmere Gauze Stole in Apple Mint) so although both colours might be positive, they aren't overwhelming.
- Don't be afraid of prints. They will tie your new capsule wardrobe together, especially if they pick out colours from other pieces you have selected (for instance, the Tulip Tilly Dress in my selection harmonises beautifully with the Verona Cardigan)
- Stick to your wow colours. This means getting comfortable with your seasonal sub-type and choosing colours that fall within that - you can read more about seasonal sub-types in this blog post. This means that everything is going to harmonise totally effortlessly, and also that your new capsule wardrobe will make your eyes sparkle and your skin glow, and what better way to launch into spring than looking and feeling your best?
1 pale peach satin tie blouse | 2 bright navy cara v neck | 3 canary yellow breton stripe boat neck | 4 soft white camisole | 5 aqua chloe jacket | 6 tigerlily verona fitted cardigan | 7 bright navy ruched skirt | 8 coral bloom tulip tilly dress | 9 apple mint cashmere gauze stole | 10 blue surf print infinity scarf
Already in the wardrobe:
Jeans or trousers, sneakers and a pair of heels
* Style notes*
It is apparent how much variety - in colour, style and formality - is possible with even just ten items. From tonal looks (remove the jacket from Look 1 and the scarf from 3 and you have not just tonal but positively monochromatic) to colour pop (6 and 7) to full on colour all the way (9 and 10). There's also a mix of casual outfits as well as more formal ones - remember, no parties doesn't mean you can't wear your favourite dress!
So go on, see what you can do with your own 10 items! And if you haven't already, do come along and join the new Kettlewell Colour Club to share your own spring ready capsule wardrobe.