First, I thought, "Capsule wardrobe. That will make all of my vintage clothing mix and match and be awesome."
But really.... do "vintage" and "capsule wardrobe" ever belong in the same sentence? Be real. No.
So my next thought was, "I want a harder edge and more matchability, so I'll just have most of my wardrobe be neutral colors like black, brown, and gray. Classic, right?"
And alas... I. Can't. Not. Wear. Color. I like gaudy things. It just wouldn't work for me.
My thought now, the one that I think will do it, is to build up my solid basics. I can still sew lots of dresses and have fun, colorful prints, but having solid-colored basics will make all of those things far more wearable for me than they are now. My non-practical self hates to spend money, especially a lot of money, on a "boring," single-color garment with no pizzazz... but turns out they're REALLY necessary! They're not so boring to me now!
I've also found that my red dress, blue suit, and tan sweater are some of my most-worn items because they go with so many things. Major facepalm. OF COURSE solid colors are versatile. Why didn't I connect the dots before?!
Now that I understand what the problem is, I can start adding solid colored basics to my wardrobe! I already have a white 1940s blouse, brown pants, and brown suit, so it's time to fill in the gaps! Here are items on my wishlist:
A navy 1930s style skirt
This classic skirt from The Gold Hatted Lovers is exactly what I'm looking for. Extremely simple, versatile, viscose-y magic! AND they come in my size! Wooohooo! I would take a similar skirt in gray, too.
Gray 30s/40s wool gabardine wide-leg trousers
Yes, that is very specific, but wool gabardine is just the best for trousers and skirts, in my opinion, and that's what I want! These trousers from Puttin' on the Ritz would do nicely! I also adore the fact that they make these according to your measurements. I'm very curious to buy a pair and see how that goes sometime! Anyone tried them out?
A 1920s look
Preferably still in a solid color for versatility, I really want to try this decade out! I drool over it often in photos, and I think I might just be able to rock it! This suit from Revamp Vintage is pretty fantastic, and I like the option of wearing the pieces separately, too.
A 1930s dress
I tried to find another example, but let's just be real, I want Lily's dress. (She blogs at Mode de Lis, go follow her and her sewing fabulousness!) It's just perfect. A solid color makes it easy to mix-and-match, and it's an office-appropriate easy outfit. I may not be able to recreate Lily's dress, but I will try to incorporate awesome details and seaming like she did!
A gray 1940s skirt
Classic. Mix and match easiness. 'Nuff said. I liked this skirt with a drape detail from Olga Johnson Etsy shop.
An early 1930s suit
I wasn't able to find a reproduction version of this (if anyone knows of one, tell me!), but I'd like one like the one below, and I'd like it in.... gasp.... GREEN. I'm currently knitting a 30s sweater that is white and green, and I keep envisioning how fantastic it would look with a full suit! (This photo is from Glamourdaze.) OH OH, with a matching hat!
A brown 1940s suit
This suit from Heyday is fantastic! I have a brown suit, but it's actually made of a sundress under a jacket, so I'd like to get a skirt and jacket combo. I work in an office, and I just need more business-appropriate options. Plus I just plain ol' love suits!
I could really make this list so much longer. I feel like one can never have too many solids; they go with everything!
Have you gotten anything from any of the reproduction brands above? How did the garment work for you? Are there any solids you need to add to your wardrobe?
None of the companies I've highlighted above have compensated me in any way for this highlight. I just like their stuff! But if anyone happens to want to collaborate.... let's talk.