Capsule Wardrobe Colors | How To Make a Capsule Wardrobe with Prints vs Neutrals

Choosing capsule wardrobe colors is essential to making a current capsule. It doesn’t matter if you want a colorful capsule wardrobe or gravitate towards neutrals. You can make it your own by wearing prints or solid neutrals. Choosing capsule wardrobe colors is the first of 4 steps to creating a current capsule wardrobe. See all the steps and get a capsule wardrobe checklist for every season here. Read this post if you’d like to see 3 ways to wear colorful prints in the summer. Likewise, some of the most flattering and easy capsule wardrobe outfit formulas to put together are based on a monochromatic black or white color story.

HOW TO CHOOSE A COLOR STORY FOR YOUR CAPSULE

Any color story you pick will give you the inspiration to shop my links for all of the items in each capsule wardrobe checklist. Capsule wardrobe colors do the best job of incorporating your mood and personal style in every capsule you create. Continue reading for some professional tips. SKIP TO THIS POST if you want to try a color analysis of your closet now, and see how it can lead to a colorful capsule wardrobe with hundreds of new summer outfits.

PICK A PRINT FOR YOUR COLORFUL CAPSULE WARDROBE

PICK A PRINT FOR YOUR CAPSULE WARDROBE COLORS
Similar Cardigan | Black Tee | Jeans | Belt

The easiest way to choose a color story for your capsule is to pick a print. You can use the colors in the printed piece you choose to guide the selection of the rest of the pieces on my checklist. I shared 3 popular prints perfect for travel in this post and 3 popular neutral prints that are easy to work around in this post.

Best Capsule Wardrobe Brands for Prints

  1. Dolce & Gabbana
  2. Alice & Olivia
  3. Farm Rio

Animal Print Skirts Under $50

H&M has always done a good job making stylish animal print pieces that look expensive but aren’t.

Fabulous Florals

Alice & Olivia always deliver fabulous floral print pieces that look a lot like motifs you see from Dolce & Gabbana and Versace. See more Alice & Olivia pieces here.

Burberry Nova Check Plaid a Classic Neutral Print

Modern Classic Capsule Wardrobe Colors

Reversible Cardigan | Cropped Cardigan | Knit Tank | Black Pants | Hoodie | Camisole Top | Slip Skirt | Skinny Jeans | Sneakers | Cross-body bag | Reversible Belt | White Mules | White Boots | Crew Neck Tee Shirt | Animal Print Shoes

My modern classic capsule wardrobe works well when you add a subtle neutral print like an animal print shoe or a larger key piece in a bold print piece like a colorful cardigan. I just added 4 new modern classic capsules to the post featuring this capsule.

Animal Print Shoe

Designer Brand Printed Cardigans

This Gucci style is reversible. It’s like getting 2 for the price of one.

SOLID NEUTRALS MAKE GOOD CAPSULE WARDROBE COLORS

SOLID NEUTRALS MAKE GOOD CAPSULE WARDROBE COLORS
From my earthtone Holiday Capsule WardrobePants | Top | Sweater | Coat Similar | Purse | Flats

There are at least 4 color theory combinations that make great capsule wardrobe colors.

1 | Color Families

SOLID NEUTRALS MAKE GOOD CAPSULE WARDROBE COLORS
SOLID NEUTRALS MAKE GOOD CAPSULE WARDROBE COLORS
Earthtones color story outfit formula with sheer print top, slip dress, sexy socks, boots, belt, and earrings.

You can choose a color family like pastels, earth tones, or jewel tones to wear with neutrals like black and white. You can take inspiration from the season as I did in my Holiday Capsule Wardrobe.

’22 Holiday Capsule Key Pieces with Pastels

’22 Holiday Capsule Key Pieces with Jewel Tones

2 | Monochromatic or All One Color

Monochromatic or All One Color
Outfit inspiration from my post Fashion Without Rules and Better With Age. All the items here are currently sold out.

Choose your happy color head-to-toe or go with basic black or white. The secret is picking pieces with different saturations of the same color and adding texture. Choosing styles and silhouettes on the checklist that are current but still easily mix and match helps too. Get 3 ageless style tips I swear by and a recent roundup of one of my happy colors in THIS POST.

3 | An Accent Color With Classic Neutrals like Black & White

Some of the most popular accent colors are red, olive green, and turquoise. Similar to neutral prints they play well with others, not just neutrals. I recently made 65 outfits with a black, white, red, and olive green color story in my Cozy Capsule Wardrobe.

Summer Wardrobe Capsule 2022

Summer Wardrobe Capsule 2022
Summer Wardrobe Capsule 2022

My ’22 Summer Capsules were created using white, black, and denim as neutrals, and accent colors like turquoise and pink. Not all of these pieces are still available, but the checklist to recreate the capsules with this color concept still works. This color story plays out perfectly in my newest Summer Capsule.

4 | Complementary Colors For Your Capsule Wardrobe

Complementary Colors for your next capsule wardrobe

Complementary colors are those opposite each other on the color wheel and can be the inspiration for your next capsule wardrobe.

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