|Reversible Art Deco Jacket from Gump's|
The idea for this post came from The Vivienne Files, where a colorful jacket was used as the starting point for a 4x4 wardrobe that I found particularly attractive. I have had my eye on another colorful jacket for a while now, and described it in a previous post. The Reversible Art Deco Jacket from Gump's shown above is awash in bright summery colors.
|Clockwise from top left: Gump's Reversible Art Deco Jacket; L.L. Bean Women's Washed Straight-Leg Chinos in Classic Black; Coldwater Creek Crinkle Cotton Solid Maxi Skirt in Bright Turquoise; L.L. Bean Women's Premium Washable Linen Pants in White;.|
Next up is a simple black skirt plus three tops in various colors:
|Clockwise from top left: J. Crew Bi-Stretch Cotton No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Black; Coldwater Creek Essential Supima Shell in Black; Land's End Women's Short Sleeve Jewelneck Tee in Turquoise Bay; Land's End Women's Relaxed Supima V-Neck T-Shirt in Pineapple.|
The third set includes a variety of tops in different styles and colors:
|Clockwise from top left: Land's End Women's Relaxed Supima Crewneck T-Shirt in Classic Cherry; Land's End Women's Relaxed Supima V-Neck T-Shirt in Black; Coldwater Creek Solid Easy Care Sleeveless Tunic in Daffodil; Coldwater Creek Drape-Neck Shell in Bright Peridot.|
And finally, a simple black dress and three more tops in various styles:
|Clockwise from left: J. Crew Sleeveless Silk Dress in Black; Coldwater Casual Comfort Tee in Fresh Red; Pendleton Cotton Rib Tank in Larkspur; Coldwater Creek Essential Supima Boatneck Tee in Bright Peridot.|
There was a method to my madness in the arrangement of each 4-piece set. If you look at the columns in the complete 4x4 wardrobe diagram below, you will see outfit options (for example, the second column shows options for a column of black):
Because I wanted all pieces to work with the jacket, I stayed with solid-colored apparel, but tried to vary the styles to add interest. I chose tailored black pants and skirt, plus another one of each with a less-structured fit. As much as possible, I also tried to find tops with different necklines and sleeve lengths that were not too fussy-looking.
If I were to add another option, it would probably be a casual dress, perhaps one or both of the choices shown here:
|Left: Catalog Favorites Casual Knit Dress in Turquoise; Right: Coldwater Creek Capri Knit Dress in Fresh Red.|
And I had to share the perfect necklace for any ensemble from this basic wardrobe:
|Zulu Pearl Long Necklace in Gypsy fron Samantha Davimes|
I love bright color, and the colors in this 4x4 wardrobe make me happy. I think I could live for a while with just these apparel items year-round (well, maybe I would have to add a couple pairs of jeans). At the very least I should probably finally add that beautiful jacket to my clothes collection!