This is the final post in my series on colour where I’ll be wrapping up everything I covered in my previous posts and explaining how you can use that new found knowledge and apply it to your wardrobe. If you’ve not read any of the previous posts in this series then I’d definitely recommend going back and checking them out; part one, part two, part three. They lay the foundation needed to add more colour to your wardrobe.
In part one I broke down the three main ingredients that should make up your colour palette:
- 4 x main colours
- 3 x accents
- 5 x accents
I also advised you to have a go at coming up with some different colour palettes of your own. The emphasis was placed on experimenting with colours to see how they combined.
Creating your colour palette
Now it’s time to create a colour palette to apply to your wardrobe. Here are some suggestions for you to get started:
- Look through your clothes and see what predominant colours are in your wardrobe
- Pull out your key pieces and make a note of the main colours that feature across them
- If your wardrobe is full of neutrals or you just fancy a change and want to start over, carry on reading
When developing your palette keep the following question in mind:
- Do these colours fit my style?
- Do they suit me
- Do they work with my other clothes – parts two and three will help with this
If you need inspiration, you can use Adobe Color to upload photos of your key pieces or wardrobe and allow it to pick out the main colours and pull together a colour palette. This is a great to give you a starting colour palette, which you can then tweak and build on.
If you’ve decided you want to start from scratch, find images of outfits that have colours you like, then upload those pictures to Adobe Color to give you some colour palette ideas.
Once you’ve settled on a colour palette you’re happy with, it’s time to check whether the colours work for you. Go out and find clothes that match your colour palette or explore your wardrobe for similar colours. The idea is to check the colours against your skin tone to see if they suit you. They may look great on a computer screen or another person but it’s important you check you’re happy with them before you go out and start buying clothes in these colours.
Using your colour palette
So you’ve got your colour palette and you’re happy that the colours work for you. Now it’s time to start working these colours into your wardrobe:
- Decide how you’re going to use your colour palette – you may want to use it simply as a guide to reference every now and then reminding you of your chosen colours. Only following it loosely and allowing other colours to fit in your wardrobe. You may want to stick rigidly to it so the colours in your wardrobe only match your colour palette
- Ultimately it’s just a guide – don’t get frustrated or worried about sticking to the palette all the time, even if you’ve decided to stick exclusively to your colour palette. Realise your taste and style will evolve over time so there’s nothing wrong with re-evaluating your colour palette in another six months. Use the colour theory I covered in the last two posts to help you determine whether any new colours will work with those in your palette
- Identify what’s in your wardrobe – go through your wardrobe and see what colours from your colour palette currently feature and make a note of any colours that are missing
- Create a list – the colours that are missing will then go on a shopping list. If you have a shopping list already, go through it and highlight what colour you’ll get each item in. If you don’t, it’s time to make one you can read about creating one here. Pay particular attention to which colours from your palette are missing. If it’s one of your main colours, you’ll need to get more items in this colour than if it’s one of your accent colours.
I hope you’ve found this series useful and if there’s anything I’ve not covered that you’d like me to discuss, I always love to hear from my readers so leave me a comment below.