If you took part in Me-Made May, then you’ve probably taken a whole bunch of selfies this month…Today I’ve got two ways to reassess your wardrobe colour palette using Me-Made May photos! Do you really wear the colours you love?
First, I tried using an online palette generator to auto-create a palette from my pictures. To start, I zoomed into my #MM17 collage, so I could focus on the colours and prints instead of the silhouettes…
…then I uploaded this picture to the Adobe Colour Wheel website! Would it find “my” colours?
First I generated a “bright” palette…
The “muted” palette was pretty good too – I do like that shade of pinky coral. Combining the two palettes, I do think the program found the most dominant colours in my wardrobe: red, coral, white, navy, blue and turquoise!
I recommend Adobe Colour Wheel for a few reasons:
- It’s handy that you can chose different tones of colours from a drop-down menu.
- You need paid access to download a high-res version, but doing a screen cap worked was an easy work-around.
- I tried a handful of other sites first, and they all generated really muddy, dark palettes from this picture! Adobe did a better job of picking out the “real” colours, not averaging everything into sludgy shades.
- They also have a cool colour wheel tool that is SO FUN! (Seriously, I just got distracted by it again!)
Second, I tried a different approach: tracking how often I’d worn each palette colour during Me-Made May!
I scrolled through all my photos, and tracked what colours I wore… and pretty quickly, decided I need a new palette to track additional colours, like hot pink, royal blue, and purple.
My new palette for 2017! And yeah… I added black. I’ve avoided adding it for years, but let’s face facts: I wear a lot of black mixed with all these bright colours!
Here’s the new palette, with the number of times I wore each colour:
I wore white 8 times, not two! Oops!
I’m feeling excited to have refreshed my palette without changing the core colours. MMM helped my identify that I should buy more royal blue and fuschia fabrics, and also make some summer cardigans some warm-weather layering!
I know all this probably seems quite time-consuming, and a bit over the top… but I find knowing my colours pays of in terms of smart shopping and creating a cohesive wardrobe. And don’t just take my word on it – Leigh happened to post about her own really similar process just yesterday!
Next up: A backlog of May sewing projects!