5. Co-ordinates, Capsules, Outifts

Co-ordinate clothes which go well together, are interchangeable to make outfits.

Click these links for groups of posts on :

– General guidelines
– Eileen Fisher

Specific Capsules – small groups of co-ordinated clothes, too few to make a whole wardrobe.
Outfits – Make stand-alone outfits. Ignore the need to choose clothes that are interchangeable.

See my Index page 4 for posts on wardrobe planning.
And Index page 3 for posts on wardrobe pattern books.

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General guidelines for co-ordination

Easy co-ordinates : reduce the number of shapes

Good wardrobe patterns for a core wardrobe
Shapes and lines
Ease for layering

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Comments on co-ordination based on Eileen Fisher capsules

Eileen Fisher’s Summer 2010 capsule
Update your capsule
Tops – second half on coordinates
Skirts and pants
Notched collar blazer
Shawl collar blazer
Jackets – cascade, revers, asymmetric
Tweak your capsule for spring

Casual chic festive wear – tops, pants
Casual chic festive wear – dresses

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Specific Capsules

This is a post about the general idea of building a wardrobe based on capsules :
4/ 5/ 6 item capsules – first half

And a more recent post on building a wardrobe (20-25 item) capsule.

These posts include specific capsules :


Capsule for summer 2013 – from Judith Rasband, patterns for very easy or advanced classics.
Summer 2012 capsule from Judith Rasband
Variations on her capsule
Looks for spring/ summer 2011


Winter capsule 2013 – blazer, pants
Trendy autumn capsule 2012
Classics for workwear 2011
Autumn 2010 must-haves
Beyond the classics 2010 – capsule suggestions at end


Some sources suggesting basic capsules
Quickly sewn capsules
Change style by changing jacket
Kate Mathews travel wardrobe plans

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1-2-3 Item Outfits

Build your wardrobe in small groups – second half
Speedy patterns for outfits – second half

Two-piece dresses

Summer kimono and dress

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Links to other sections of this index at top of right hand menu.

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