Friday, 11 July 2014

Creating from scratch - Autumn/Winter wardrobe

Yes, I know it's only just July and it's the middle of summer for those of us in the northern hemisphere, but I wanted to show you the other colour combination that I chose from "The Vivienne Files" series: Starting from Scratch. I have designated this as my Autumn and Winter colour scheme because it includes black as well as dark grey, although admittedly I do have a couple of black tops and a pair of black linen trousers hanging up in my summer wardrobe as we speak.

The neutrals for my Autumn and Winter wardrobe are black and grey, with accent colours of red and blue plus a touch of white.  I used grey in my Spring and Summer wardrobe too so that will add to the versatility of this wardrobe as some of those pieces will be suitable for warmer autumn days as well as being useful for layering. The advantage of using neutrals throughout the year is that my accent colours will go with all my neutrals though not necessarily with each other.  Here's my proposed wardrobe for Autumn and Winter:

My lifestyle is casual, so I'm sticking with a pair of jeans plus some heavier trousers, to be worn with Converse trainers and boots. I have included a wool scarf and jackets rather than lightweight cardigans and as you can see the tops all have long sleeves and two of them are cashmere. As with the Spring and Summer wardrobe, you can create multiple outfits from this basic collection, and I already have similar items in my current wardrobe so I can gradually add pieces to my capsule.

If you were starting a wardrobe from scratch, would you include several pairs of trousers like me, or would your preference be for skirts and dresses?


  1. I really like this approach! How are you finding the correct images?

  2. Thanks, Juhli. I use Polyvore to create my sets:

    What I like is that you can limit the colours you want so, for example, I choose pants as a category then limit the colour to black. I can also add in words to search for such as "straight leg" or "cropped". It's great fun and I could waste a whole day if I wasn't careful! I try to select items that aren't too expensive, though for the basics I'd spend a bit more. You can also buy from Polyvore though, so far, I have managed to resist the temptation.