You don’t have to be a color theorist just to look harmonious in your color combinations. However, having a coordinating color palette in your wardrobe is important so that you can build a closet that mixes and matches cohesively. So, keep on reading for the 4 keys to choosing wardrobe colors.
- Choose neutral shades for your basics.
Neutrals are black, white, brown, camel, grays, and navy. They’re neutrals in the sense that they basically go with anything. Since you’re building the foundations of your wardrobe, sticking to 1-2 neutrals for now, will be to your advantage, making your closet more streamlined, which is a great foundation for a mix and match wardrobe. Typically women resort to black because it’s slimming and it seems the “easiest”. However, it can be very harsh on some skin tones, especially if you’re pale. You may love how a dark gray or medium gray looks on you, while it can still be very professional and sleek. Remember, even a non-black outfit can be slimming if it’s well-fitting.
- Pick some accent colors on your trendy pieces.
Once you got some closet basics in the neutrals you chose, the rest of the wardrobe can be filled in and made interesting with pieces in accent colors. You may focus on just 2 or 3 colors as you’re building your wardrobe. If you’re not a fan of neon shades, resort to jewel tones that look more classy and elegant. Sapphire blue, ruby red, topaz, amethyst purple, emerald green, and such are some of the elegant shades you may go for. Though you can you can expand beyond this color palette, if you’re starting from scratch it’s better to stick to just a few colors to build a cohesive foundation. Much like with a building, a strong foundation will allow you to expand and add to it more effectively.
- Go wild with unexpected color combinations.
Make your wardrobe more exciting and re-mixable by wearing unexpected color combinations. Don’t feel like you have to stick to primary colors as you can totally pick a secondary color, and build your wardrobe from there with the two-thirds or complementary rules. Like fashion blogger Nicole Warne, think of wearing purple with pink that looks trendy yet daring. But, keep your bold colors cohesive by going simple and muted on the rest of your outfit.
- Create various styles with your colored ensembles.
Coordinating colors on your wardrobe will give you a more cohesive style. If you’re more of an urban style, opt for dark neutrals as well as olive green, bronze, and some metallic shades that can spice up your looks like fashion blogger Blair Eadie did, wearing a black jacket with her metallic top and green pants. If you’re looking for a more eccentric yet colorful style, think of wearing 3 or more bold hues all together in a color blocking style to make your outfit statement making. By heeding these simple tricks, you’ll be able to choose wardrobe colors that mixes and matches well.