Whether you prefer to wear prints or solid neutrals, choosing capsule wardrobe colors is essential to making a current capsule. 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. A color story will give you the inspiration to shop my suggestions for all of the items in each capsule wardrobe checklist. Capsule wardrobe colors incorporate your mood and your personal style in every capsule you make.
HOW TO CHOOSE A COLOR STORY FOR YOUR CAPSULE
PICK A PRINT FOR YOUR CAPSULE WARDROBE COLORS
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.
Iconic Dolce & Gabbana Prints
Animal Prints Under $50
H&M has always done a good job making stylish animal print pieces that look expensive but aren’t.
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
Plaid Pieces Under $20
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 this post.
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
There are at least 4 color theory combinations that make great capsule wardrobe colors.
1 | Color Families
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.
Holiday Capsule Key Pieces with Pastels
Holiday Capsule Key Pieces with Jewel Tones
2 | Monochromatic or All One Color
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 help too.
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
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.
4 | Complementary Colors For Your Capsule Wardrobe
Complementary colors are those opposite each other on the color wheel and can be the inspiration for your next capsule wardrobe.