I recently had a client approach me, Kettlewell brochure in hand, panicked look on her face.
“What do I need?” There’s so much in here, and so much colour and I don’t know where to start!” She announced. She had been one of those clients who, having gone through her wardrobe after her colour analysis, had realised she owned no more than three items of clothing in her palette, and was suddenly desperate for a versatile core of clothes in her best colours that could help her feel her best while the rest of her wardrobe continued to evolve around it. She also had a very definite budget with which to achieve her new core wardrobe.
Together, we selected a capsule wardrobe of essentials from Kettlewell, which went perfectly with each other, but would also mix and match endlessly with her wardrobe as she made purchases in her best colours over the coming months and years (and you’ll want to choose your Kettlewell pieces carefully, as they really do last years).
Since I imagine this problem isn’t exactly rare (I know that when I had my colours analysed, I had exactly one coat, one jumper and one skirt in my colours), I thought it might be useful to show you the kind of wardrobe we put together for my panicked client.
|Print Wrap Dress in Black and Brights||£79|
|Merino Poncho in Purple||£85|
|Tara Trousers in Midnight Blue||£59|
|City Pencil Skirt in Mole||£55|
|Long Sleeve V Neck in Iced Aqua||£35|
|3/4 Sleeve Square Neck in Vibrant Pink||£39|
|Long Camisole in Silver||£25|
|Long Cascade in Navy||£49|
|Round Neck Cardigan in Light Grey||£45|
|Willow Scarf in Fuchsia||£15|
|/ / total £486|
And a small selection of the possible looks…
Note how this capsule wardrobe is made up of neutrals (mole, navy), a basic or two (pale grey, iced aqua, the combination of colours in the dress) and a couple of accent colours (the pink of the square neck top and scarf and the purple of the poncho). Having this combination makes for the most versatile capsule wardrobe possible, enabling everything from the brightest and boldest winter looks to a far more pared down monochrome outfit.
And of course the possible looks go on and on and on, especially when you start to mix in pieces from your own wardrobe. Imagine throwing in one deep green tshirt from your own wardrobe – suddenly the pencil skirt has yet another lease of life as a casual outfit and the navy cascade and trousers can be part of a much deeper, lower contrast look. Or perhaps a cobalt blue scarf, which could pick up on the blue in the dress print, or add a vibrant touch to a monochrome outfit of grey cardigan and mole pencil skirt.
If you need a hand working out your best neutrals, basics and accent colours to build a similar wardrobe, why not get in touch with your nearest consultant and ask them to help you put together your own best version of a Kettlewell capsule wardrobe?
|01||Round Neck Cardi in Light Grey and City Pencil Skirt in Mole|
|02||Print Wrap Dress in Black and Brights and Willow Scarf in Fuchsia|
|03||3/4 Sleeve Square Neck in Vibrant Pink, Tara Trousers in Midnight Blue, Long Cascade in Navy and Willow Scarf in Fuchsia|
|04||Long Sleeve V Neck in Iced Aqua, Tara Trousers in Midnight Blue and Long Cascade in Navy|
|05||3/4 Sleeve Square Neck in Vibrant Pink and City Pencil Skirt in Mole|
|06||Merino Poncho in Purple and Tara Trousers in Midnight Blue|
|07||Merino Poncho in Purple and Print Wrap Dress in Black and Brights|
|08||Round Neck Cardigan in Light Grey, Tara Trousers in Midnight Blue and Long Camisole in Silver|
|09||Long Sleeve V Neck in Iced Aqua and City Pencil Skirt in Mole|
|10||3/4 Sleeve Square Neck in Vibrant Pink, Tara Trousers in Midnight Blue and Merino Poncho in Purple|
|11||Round Neck Cardigan in Light Grey and Print Wrap Dress in Black and Brights|
|12||Long Camisole in Silver, Long Cascade in Navy and Tara Trousers in Midnight Blue|