How to complete the wardrobe
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Complementary colours play a big role when you’re matching your clothing. When using the colour wheel, complementary colours are on the opposite sides of each other. Colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel are high contrast pairs. The key to matching colours together is to is to pick one lighter and one darker shade.
E.g. if you want to wear a green skirt and a red shirt (and you’re not going to a theme holiday party) instead of choosing a pure green skirt pick an olive or forest green colour that will tone down the red colour of your shirt. This way you’re using complementary colours without excess contrast which happens when you wear two pure complementary hues together.
Matching your clothing to suit you
Mixing and matching allows you to wear diversified and exciting looks even when you have a small wardrobe. Don’t throw away clothes that you don’t particularly like at the moment because you never know when your mood will change. Try styling them with different colours and accessories or even try to D.I.Y them so they suit your liking more!
Jewellery is an important aspect of your wardrobe because it can transform your outfit from casual to formal within seconds.
Lastly try tweaking your hairstyle, try different pairs of shoes (high heels, flats etc.) these small changes may really change your style.
Mixing prints can be simple and subtle or big and bold all depending on your preference.
We want to help! We want to give you a few tips and tricks on how to mix different patterns and prints together.
- Try mixing colours not prints, try mixing a polka dot top with some stripped trousers making sure that the colours both on the top and trousers match
- Mix prints that have different in size, having different sizing variations when it comes to prints helps to add structure to your look. Just make sure that the colours are coordinated!
- Textured fabrics count as prints, fabrics such as - silk, leather, lace, tweed or even textured sweaters count as prints
- Stripes are considered neutrals, you can’t go wrong with mixing patterns with staples such as stripes.
- Matching the same print in different colours, this method allows you to invent your own versions of two-piece sets.
- Use accessories to mix prints, mix and match prints by accessorising with a plaid scarf, gingham heels, beach hats or a palm print clutch.
The capsule collection
What is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is a set of clothes that can be easily combines. Usually, it contains up to 12 items of clothing plus accessories that compose up to 12-18 looks. It allows you to dress almost without looking or overthinking what you’re choosing- whichever earrings and handbag you grab will suit any of the clothing pieces.
Rules of the capsule wardrobe:
- Each garment in the wardrobe should suit every other piece.
- Decide what type of tailoring suits your figure best and which styles will bring out your strong points and hide the drawbacks.
- The basis of every capsule wardrobe are basic pieces that suit any season and are timeless classics. Meaning that you should choose from classic jeans, shirts, one colour sweaters, tops, one colour coats, pencil skirts and simple dresses.
- It’s always better to invest in high quality clothing for capsule wardrobes as they will last for many years and will always be exceptionally comfortable.
- You don’t have to fully change your wardrobe to always be in line with the trends. The only thing that you need to do is add a few fashionable pieces such as shoes, clothing or accessories that are popular for the current season.
- The capsule wardrobe should consist of no more than three to four colours. Remember that one to two of these colours should be of the same colour scheme or one shade. At least one calm colour is a must! It will help you break down any vibrant tones. You should make one bright accent in your wardrobe that will make a statement.
- The best sequence to buying clothing for your capsule wardrobe is to first buy dresses, then skirts and jeans(trousers), then tops, sweaters, shoes and accessories. Outer clothing goes last. 8 garments + 10 accessories = 17 looks
Here is a little style board that we prepared to help you visualise how the rules of a capsule wardrobe work. It consists of our patterns mixed with some trendy accessories.