Monday, 31 March 2014

Spring holiday capsule - staying neutral

If I'm still dithering when I have to pack for my Spring holiday, I guess that I'll settle for neutrals. This will be a lot easier that it used to be, as I have been gradually building a more coordinated wardrobe since starting this blog, inspired by other bloggers such as Janice of "The Vivienne Files" and Tish of "A Femme d'un Certain Âge".

The beauty of a neutral wardrobe for a lover of bright colours like me is that I can pack lots of colourful scarves and other accessories to change the look of my outfits according to the mood of each day. If I have packed pinks, blues, greens or another dominant colour, then I have to live with my choice for the duration of my holiday. However if I have packed a rainbow of scarves and other accessories I can wear a different colour each day.

With so many colourful accessories to choose from I would probably pack a neutral dress for going out to dinner, so that my evening look could be as different as my daytime look.

A younger, blonder version of me!
This dress can be worn with pink accessories, or maybe blue or green - in fact, I could choose any colour of the rainbow to give it a pop of colour.

Alternatively, I could take my neutral bottoms and jacket then wear them with a host of different coloured tops. That sounds like more fun to me - what do you think?


12 comments:

  1. Looks like a good plan to me! I really like the way you're adding color. I don't see a neutral shoe in your plan yet.

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    1. Thanks, Maria. If you look at my first Spring holiday capsule - in the pink - there are neutral shoes there. I usually lay out all my clothes and accessories on one of the beds in our spare room before packing and decide then whether to swap anything. That's when I would decide whether neutral shoes would be better and certainly, if I'm taking lots of different coloured tops, they would prove to be more versatile.

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    2. I thought I replied yesterday... I think I said something like this:

      Oh, I see them now. Your capsules are very inspiring. Personally, I like this one the best, but probably only because I'm drawn to neutrals. The "singing the blues" capsule is a close second.

      Hope you have a great Spring holiday!

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    3. Thanks, Maria. I'm going through a bit of a neutrals phase, having filled my wardrobe with all the colours of the rainbow over the last couple of years. It does make it easier to plan outfits, especially when going on holiday. In the past I would often find myself with two coloured items on the last day of a holiday that didn't really go together!

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  2. I simply cannot wear scarves. I keep trying but am not successful. For me, this kind of neutral palette will result in an overall neutral wardrobe. I'm now more focused on a couple of signature colors in the blue and red family (true summer shades) with gray and maybe navy as neutrals. For our next travel adventure, I'm thinking those colors would mix and match but keep me from being neutral overall. But I can see where this concept would work for many.

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    1. I have to say that I wasn't a scarf person when I was younger, but they are great for hiding an ageing neck! That colour scheme sounds good for travelling - keep an eye out for my next post!

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  3. I like the way you are thinking! When we traveled to Italy last fall, I packed black and gray and managed for three weeks out of a carry-on! My husband didn't think I could do it, but I did, and so glad I did. I'm done lugging around monster suitcases. I've switched to mostly neutrals in my everyday wardrobe as well, it's so easy to mix and match. Stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Challenge and glad to meet you, I'm over 60 as well and it seems like we have a lot in common.

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    1. Thanks, Cyndi. I've done the Ultimate Blog Challenge in the past - maybe I should have a go again this month? Well done on managing for three weeks with a carry-on! I think the most I've done is 10 days, but now that we've retired to Spain we usually go for shorter breaks of a week so don't need much luggage. When we went for a round the world trip of 4 weeks many years ago, we took huge cases and did lots of washing after 2 weeks!

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