We all are guilty of closet overflow. Guilty of buying items that really do not belong on us or in our closet. Having a closet filled with more items that we don’t wear vs. items that what we do wear. Last week’s post talked about how to clear the clutter, minimize your closet and create a capsule wardrobe instead (if you missed it head here). As a refresher, a capsule wardrobe is a well thought out assembled collection of timeless clothing pieces that work interchangeably with one another, allowing you to easily create looks from a small number of essential items. It allows your items of clothing to easily mix and match. Having a capsule wardrobe in place saves time and money, reduces impulse purchasing and lessens the worry about what to wear.
One of the steps in creating a capsule wardrobe is creating a color palette. Sticking with a consistent color grid allows you to maximize the number of pieces that can work together. A closet of solids and neutrals takes you a lot further then one mixed with bold patterns and colors.
When it comes to your own personal style, what neutrals or solid colors do you find yourself wearing the most? Your key pieces in your closet should center on those colors. For me, that color is-wait for it . . . navy!
Navy Capsule Wardrobe
There are so many things I love about the color navy: it can be worn all year round, it is a warmer color then black yet pairs beautifully with black, it is slimming because it is dark, it works well as an accent color or in a monochromatic look and it looks good on anyone. I never regret buying anything navy!. Yet there are a few pieces I wear again and again and can be mixed and matched into many looks. These pieces should be included when building a navy capsule wardrobe. Here are some of my favorite key pieces:
Anytime I want to elevate my look, I throw on a navy blazer. It is my power piece. I love a longer version for a more feminine look and in warmer months it serves well as a light jacket.
The most versatile bag I own is this one from Longchamp. I travel with it, take it the gym and use it anytime I need to pack up a little extra. You can even fold it down into a flat compact rectangle making it perfect for adding into a suitcase. The fact that it is navy makes it perfect for hiding spills and dirt.
I wear this navy tank all year round! From a pair of shorts in the summer to layering it under an open cardigan to pairing under a denim shirt, a navy tank goes with everything. Tanks from Splendid are always my favorite!
The first thing I reach for in my closet when denim is not an option. A cropped navy pant looks good with a flat or a heel. Keep it effortlessly chic with a navy button down. Pair with a long navy blazer for the ultimate monochromatic look.
Navy Button Down
Classic and chic, a navy button down is a crisp addition to your favorite pair of denim. I love it open and thrown over a swimsuit in the summer. It pops beautifully paired with anything white.
Whenever I am stuck with what to wear or pack, a cashmere sweater usually ends up being the solution! Similar to a button down, I love a navy one paired with denim and anything white. And Everlane of course is always my go to choice for cashmere!
Navy Capsule Wardrobe Outfits
I wanted to provide a few mood boards incorporating some of these key navy pieces. What I love about a capsule wardrobe is every piece ends up being versatile and interchangeable. Even among these boards, these pieces can work throughout! Pair the cashmere sweater with denim shorts and add a silk cami with a pair of denim and the list can go on!
As seen on me (recent navy purchases)
Photos by Julie Tecson
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