One of the first things I noticed about the way I shop is that I typically tend to stay within a color palette. While this initially wasn’t intentional, I now use it to my advantage to get the most out of my wardrobe.
Think about this. Have you ever purchased an item that is so out of the ordinary in color compared to the rest of your closet? Maybe you bought it because it was SO cute, cheap or both…but then you realized that you have nothing to wear it with. It either hangs in your closet forever or you convince yourself you need to buy an entirely new outfit just to match this one thing – yikes! While I am all about trying something new and unexpected with fashion, it helps to know what colors you already wear most and build from there!
The foundation of my wardrobe is black and white.I tend to buy a lot of grey, black, white, and stripes in just about every style. For you, this might be the most boring thing in the world (and that’s totally fine!). But I know how much I can maximize the use of my wardrobe by mixing and matching what I already have.
Choosing a color palette of shades that complement each other allows you to mix and match without worry.
When I planned my Winter Wardrobe Essentials, this was the color palette I came up with. It incorporates the neutral shades that are already in my closet, and adds a few darker tones for winter. I wanted both warm and cool colors so that I could get a lot out of this season.
The best way to start your color palette is to look at what you already have. Evaluate what colors you wear the most, what always looks amazing on you, or what you really want to start wearing. Pick up paint swatches at Home Depot for inspiration, or play around with color in Photoshop to see what looks great together!
Somewhere between high school and post-college life, I decided to work on my habit of buying cheap quality clothing, and started focusing more on quality over quantity. While I still LOVE a good thrift find, and can’t pass up Target clearance…I’m starting to grow in the way I shop.
I’ve decided to start planning my Wardrobe Essentials for each season of three months during the year. Rather than buying unnecessary amounts of trendy clothing, I will be adding key pieces to my wardrobe that can be worn again and again in so many different ways. Every three months, I’ll add a new list to the blog of items that I will be shopping for and suggestions of what to invest in to build a solid foundation for your style!