A good wardrobe colour palette starts with the fabrics you buy and sew… but it doesn’t end there! Accessories like shoes, scarves, necklaces and other jewellery can help accentuate your colour palette, or tone it down as needed. As I look through my pictures from the last few years of sewing, it’s clear that I’m accessorising for different purposes: to emphasise, incorporate, or side-step my colour palette!
For example, when I want to highlight a colour from my wardrobe palette, I’m likely to accessorise with one of these three identical necklaces:
Buying the same necklace in all three colours was a stroke of brilliance! They are just cheap plastic, but I wear one of them at least twice a week, all year long.
They are bold and chunky, and pull a flattering colour from my palette close to my face. At least 75% of my wardrobe matches one of these necklaces! (If they don’t, it’s probably a red, burgundy or black shade from my winter wardrobe. Any outfit that matches one of these is good; matching 2 is a great sign; and matching all three means I’ll love the outfit forever!
Here are some other accessories that match my colour palette, and make me a head-to-toe walking rainbow. Because I like multicolour prints, it’s easy to match accessories to the fabric… but it’s also fun to use accessories to pull other colour-palette shades into a monochromatic look. I feel 100% me in these outfits!
Colourful accessories also let you pull your colour palette into otherwise neutral or monochromatic outfits, like these:
Monochromatic looks are great for experimentation. Any of the black-and-white looks above could have been paired with a different colour, with bold or dainty accessories, or with bright or neutral colours. If you aren’t sure what your colour palette is, experimenting is a great place to start!
Even in my wardrobe, not everything fits my colour palette (Gasp! I know!) which is when neutral accessories come in handy. Personally, that’s gold, silver, wood or leopard!
I’ve got one last category of accessory: the everyday essential. For me, that’s various black boots, a taupe purse, and an olive work-bag. I have all three on me every single day, and because they are neutral they are neither clashing or too matchy-matchy with any outfit!
I’m sure we all use accessories differently in our wardrobes, and I’d love to hear how you accessorise. Do you have a huge collection? Or a few favourite you wear daily? What are your neutrals, and what are your statement pieces?