I’m a little late to the “Curated Closet” trend of a few years ago. I decided to work through it for myself, because quite frankly I don’t love my wardrobe lately. I have been at a loss of what to wear for my casual and frequently work from home job. I no longer work in a professional, public-facing office so I didn’t need the sharp suits, fancy dresses and clothes that regularly stocked my closet. I’ve kind of fallen into sweatshirts and skinny jeans every day. It all came to a head when we attended a funeral and two weddings back to back. Each time I needed to get dressed, I wasn’t happy with what I had to wear.
Since I make most of my clothes, the world is my oyster. I thought the Curated Closet would help me focus on my personal style and be able to make better choices in fabric shopping and what garments I sew. I also really want a more cohesive wardrobe where pieces go together.
While not the first step in the book, I’m sharing my color palette today as I am seeking a little feedback. I believe the colors work as intended, but some of you are much better at final decision making than me, lol. And, as noted, I get overwhelmed by choice.
Here is the Pinterest board I built of outfits and garments that I found and liked. The prevalent colors seemed to be red, camel, pink. navy, yellow, orange, olive and pale blue.
A color palette doesn’t mean you can’t wear other colors. It’s to help focus your selections to have a streamlined look and shopping experience. For me, it was selecting colors I am regularly drawn to.
Three Main Colors: red, camel, navy
Four Accent Colors: lemon yellow, cornflower blue, pale pink, saffron
Tow Neutral Colors: olive green and heather gray
Here’s how the colors should work
- MAIN COLOURS Your main colours should be ones that you can see yourself wearing A LOT, and that would work especially well for your key pieces, like jackets, shoes, trousers, coats, etc.
- NEUTRALS Pick neutral colours that would suit your basics, i.e. simple tops, trousers, cardigans, etc. Black, white, cream, tan, and all shades of brown and grey are obvious choices, although any other shade that creates a neutral (duh) canvas is also good, like a muted light blue for example.
- ACCENT COLOURS Accent colours should work for accessories and single items, like tops or skirts, that you would pair with your key pieces or basics. This doesn’t preclude you from wearing an accent color as your main color, it’s just not the foundation of your wardrobe.
- NEUTRALS – Each of your two neutrals should go with every other shade of your palette.
- ACCENT SHADES — Each accent colour should work with each neutral and at least two of your main colours. Bonus points if they go with each other as well.
- MAIN COLOURS Each main colour should should work with each neutral, each other main colour and at least two accent shades.
So… what am I looking for feedback on?
- I’d love to know if you think that they work as they should, and if you would change the hue or intensity of anything above to better work?
- Would you switch up any of the accents or neutrals for main colors, or vice versa?
- The only colors I’m willing to exchange / better select are my neutrals. I struggled a little with my neutrals. I kind of threw gray in, because I didn’t have another neutral. It seemed it would fit the criteria. I liked a lot of olive /Army green, and wasn’t sure where to stick it. So if you have a better neutral shade, please let me know (but, no black. This exercise taught me I actually don’t like wearing black).
- I would be interested in hearing an argument for the intensity or particular shade of a color to help them be more cohesive.
ETA: If you have a color suggestion change, a HEX Code would be helpful since we might be calling colors different things.
I don’t think this is an overnight project, but it will help my purge some of my stash and be better focused with my sewing and knitting.
Thanks for your feedback!