Life is more fun when you break a few rules, right? I love my wardrobe colour palette, but every once in a while it’s nice to break out of it and try something new.
For example, every winter I get lured in by the cosy reds and plaids, and end up with a winter wardrobe that doesn’t match my typical palette.
There are a few keys to making this mini-collection work:
- Everything goes with black leggings and black boots, because in winter, I’m stuck wearing my snow boots all day, every day!
- I’ve got cardigans and scarves in red, forest green and dark grey. When the winter dresses get packed away, so do those wintery accessories!
- Seasonal make-up! I’m suuuuuper pale in winter, and dark coloured clothing makes me look even paler, so I roll with it by avoiding all orangey-coral blush or lipstick, and going for mauves and dark plums instead.
On the flip side, the last few summers I’ve distracted by fluorescents!
I’m not convinced fluorescents are actually flattering on me, but they are so cheerful that who cares?
Not every experiment is successful though – I’ve been trying to add olive to my wardrobe for a few years, and, well, I don’t wear any of these makes!
The next colour I’d like to experiment with is purple! I’ve been saying for years that it would fit well into my colour palette… but somehow I never buy or sew it!
I think the key to breaking out of your palette is either to make a complete outfit or a little capsule wardrobe. That way, it doesn’t matter if blends in with the rest of your makes or not! Also, new colours are more likely to fit cohesively into your wardrobe if they go with your basic neutrals.
What was the last thing you sewed that didn’t match the rest of your wardrobe? Was it a success, or an unworn orphan?
PS. Please go check out my new friend Caitlyn’s blog! She commented on my “Follow Your Bliss” post about how hard it is to build a blog following and community, so I though I’d share some of my awesome readers with her. She says, “I’m an almost-30-year-old living in the North Carolina Triangle who’s learning to overcome her perfectionism in the pursuit of a more beautiful life through sewing, knitting, and (eventually) DIY home improvements; I blog at http://www.practicemakespretty.com.”