Color palettes are not meant to restrict you but help you build a wardrobe that stylish and functional for you. Whether you’re a minimalist who’s a fan of neutrals, or a trendy woman who’s in love with bold accents, keep on reading for our guidelines on how to choose a color palette for your wardrobe.
Define your personal style.
Color palettes are not meant to restrict you but help you build a wardrobe that is in tune with your unique personal style. Step number one to building a great color palette is always to become aware of your own personal style. Also, think of shades that you naturally gravitate towards, and you would love to wear. However, there’s no need to spend ages hunting down items that fit the exact shade in your color palette and the goal also isn’t to solely own items in those colors. Simply use your color palette as a guide to help you build better outfits and make sure any new items fit the overall vibe of your style and will work well with the rest of your wardrobe.
Opt for colors that flatter your complexion.
Avoid is choosing a palette that’s nice to look at but not wearable. You may love all shades of orange and yellow, but it won’t make your skin glow then you won’t look great in it. As a general rule, cool-toned complexions must go for cool colors like blue, green and such while warm toned complexions will look more flattering in brown, oranges, and yellows.
Decide which colors to use, and which to leave out completely.
Before building a color palette on your wardrobe, think first the main colors you usually wear and you’re comfortable with. They must be the ones that would work especially well for your key pieces, like jackets, shoes, trousers, coats, and such. Also, you have to pick neutral colors that would suit your basics including your simple tops, button-down shirt, trousers, cardigans, and such. Black, white, cream, tan, and all shades of brown and gray are obvious choices, although any other shade that creates a neutral look like denim blue, khaki, and olive green. On the other hand, accent colors should work for accessories and single items that you would pair with your key pieces or basics.
Think if your colors are mixable and varied enough.
If your goal is to build a compact versatile capsule wardrobe, the individual colors in your palette should be as mixable as possible, so you’ll wear numerous outfits from them. While you want your neutrals to be able to act as a blank canvas for the rest of your colors, each accent color should work with each neutral. Also, each main color should work with each neutral and at least two accent shades. If you know you want lots of options, make sure you choose a range of different hues for your accent colors, as well as a mix of light, medium and deep shades for extra contrast. If you prefer a less varied palette instead, try including a few colors that share roughly the same hue but differ in brightness or saturation, just like a deep purple and a mid-tone purple.
However, having a closely defined color palette does not mean being confined to the same exact look each day as it actually gives you plenty of variety to express your style.