How to choose the right colours for your capsule wardrobe

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There are many reasons why a capsule wardrobe is so appealing. Every piece can be matched together, creating a mix of looks to suit every occasion. You’ll need fewer clothes, you get more wear out of your favourites and you don’t have to constantly reinvent yourself.

If you want to pack light for your next holiday or make it easier to put outfits together every day, then your first step is to decide on the colours that will feature in your capsule wardrobe.

Which colours should you choose for your capsule wardrobe?

As a guide, I suggest two neutral (or boring!) and one accent (or fun!) colour from the same colour family. If you had your colours done, your colour swatch can help you find a harmonious combination.

Neutral colours are those we can get away with without being noticed, ie. black, navy, brown, beige, white, grey, cream.

Accent colours demand attention and will give your outfit the right flavour, just like seasoning turns a boring dish into something delicious! They are fun to wear and add character and personality to your look. Some popular accent colours are pink, orange, green, coral, yellow, purple, etc.

How to build your new colours into your capsule wardrobe

If you are just starting out on your style journey, I suggest that you stick with single block colours in the beginning as they are more versatile. You can incorporate multi-coloured patterns later once you have built a solid wardrobe foundation and you‘ve gained confidence in putting outfits together.

You will also find it easier to wear neutral colours on your bottom half (ie trousers/skirts, shoes etc) and keep accent colours near your face (ie tops, scarves etc) before you experiment with bolder choices, like my pink trousers!

Which colours you choose for your capsule wardrobe will depend on:

  • What’s already happening in your wardrobe
  • The results of your colour analysis (if applicable)
  • Your personal taste and preference
  • The current trends (as they will influence what’s available on the high street)

In any case, I’d always recommend choosing colours from the same colour family that share the same undertone, depth and intensity. This will ensure that the colours harmonise with each other.

My free downloadable COLOUR CHART will give you a few examples of colour combinations that work well together.

If you’re looking to find the best colour combination for your natural features, then a Colour Analysis will determine those once and for all. Why not find out what my clients say has changed for them since they had their colours done?

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