If you are constantly running late because “you have nothing to wear” even though there’s a mountain of clothes piling on your bed, you might need to start thinking about coming up with a colour palette for your wardrobe. Successfully choosing and sticking to a colour palette can actually prove to be life-changing for fashion lovers:
- All of your clothes will match and you will therefore be able to create more outfits with less clothes.
- The less clothes you need, the less money you will spend, while at the same time you‘ll get to do your bit for the environment!
- You will be able to choose an outfit in just a few minutes.
- Shopping will become a mindful experience you will look forward to, and you will learn to only buy pieces that actually go together and complement your hair, eyes and skin-tone at the same time.
Choosing just a few colours to include in your colour palette can seem a bit daunting to begin with, but it’s certainly not as difficult as you might think. Actually, a quick look in your current wardrobe will probably give you a good idea of what the colours you feel comfortable in/like to wear are. You will ideally choose three main colours that represent the style you are going for, four colours that complement the first three but also add variety to your outfit, and two neutral colours that support and balance out the other shades. Of course you can choose to have as many or as little colours as you feel comfortable with in your palette; there’s never a standard way of doing things when it comes to fashion!
If you still aren’t sure about which colours you would like to build your palette on, have a look at Pinterest for inspiration, look at the image below to get an idea of which colours go together, or invest in a book that’s meant to help you discover your personal style, such as The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees or How to Dress by Alexandra Fullerton.
Keep in mind that it would be best to choose colours that actually complement your hair, eyes and skin tone. If you‘re having trouble figuring out your skin tone, you can just look at the veins on your wrist; if they appear to be blue, your skin tone is cool, while if they appear to be green, your skin tone is warm. Another way of figuring out if you should navigate towards warm or cool colours would be to place a couple of chains on one of your wrists, a gold one and a silver one, and see which one complements your skin best. If silver looks better on you, your skin tone is cool, while if you love the way gold looks on your wrist, your skin tone is warm –if both colours look equally good on you, you probably have a neutral skin-tone and you can pull off wearing most shades! You are lucky, and we are jealous!-.
Finally, if you tend to wear lighter colours in the summer and darker colours in the winter, it might be worth to consider creating two different palettes. However, it would be much easier for you to keep all the “core” items in your closet the same all year round and just change a few pieces based on the season.
P.S. Do send us photos of your new colour palettes on facebook. We‘d love to see what your go-to shades are for this season!