A few weeks ago on Instagram, I participated in the #ColorsOfYourCloset challenge led by @Dressing_Dawn. We first got in touch when she reached out to me about my personal wardrobe color palette that I shared in my #ColorMyCloset challenge.
It’s no secret I love color. So how do I wear so much of it and while still trying to maintain a capsule wardrobe?
Here are five tips to finding your wardrobe color palette:
Find the colors that do NOT work for you.
Instead of creating guidelines for myself, I like to set boundaries. This gives me freedom and flexibility within my limits! For example, neons are just never going to look good on my very pale skin. Not even with my very best tan.
No matter what’s trendy, I avoid what doesn’t work for me. However, I’m always willing to break the rules for something I truly love. I don’t do this often, but there’s really not a fashion rule I wouldn’t break so I’m open to it!
Recognize that the colors you like on others might not be the colors you like most on yourself.
When I first started blogging, the neutral minimalist trend was in full force. Don’t get me wrong, these monochromatic outfits are STUNNING. But I could never wear them every single day! I wanted to find a way to participate in these trends without erasing color from my wardrobe completely.
So, here’s what I did: I made it my goal to find neutral basics that would work with all of my colorful pieces and would be able to be paired together when I want to go for that neutral monochrome look.
I feel this same way about home decor, if I’m honest. I love seeing photos of people’s neutral homes, but I always find myself adding a splash of color here and there!
Just because you have a few colors you love most, doesn’t mean you need to exclude the rest.
As I’ve started pairing down my wardrobe to what I really love, I’ve found that this redish-brown color is a personal favorite of mine!
I tend to go for warmer colors like this: reds, oranges, and browns. That doesn’t mean I can’t wear cooler colors, but I look for shades that work with the colors that already take up the bulk of my wardrobe.
I think having some statement pieces that you might not wear a ton but will wear several times a season for the next several years is just as great as finding a shirt you can wear every single day!
Make a moodboard to look back on before you make a purchase.
I recently organized all of my Instagram saved photos into categories, and I’m planning on creating a whole post about my “aesthetic” for home and wardrobe. What I learned from this project is that the colors I wear are more influenced by specific shades than by sticking to a certain grouping of colors.
This has been super helpful already in making purchases as well as going through my wardrobe and getting rid of certain pieces. Instead of holding up an item and comparing it to my closet, I compare it to my moodboard, which also helps me come up with ideas for how I can style it in the future!
Don’t rush it.
I’ve been blogging for a year and a half now, and I still have a long ways to go in terms of decorating and finding my style. It takes time and patience to figure out what you like, regardless of what’s trendy in the moment.
At first, I felt a lot of pressure to have a color palette, thinking that once I did I’d be able to complete my wardrobe “journey.” The reality is, the only thing that helps beat that feeling is being content with where you are and what you have!