What’s a wardrobe color palette? It’s a palette with the colors that are the essence of your wardrobe. And why should you build one? Well for two very good reasons: easy shopping decisions and style.
Having a wardrobe color palette, even if it’s only for one theme in your closet (like work clothes), will help you make a lot more outfits because you’ll be able to match new purchases with existing clothes on your closet. You’ll easily look stylish with no effort. Plus it’s way more conscious and sustainable.
I will show you in five steps how to build your own cohesive clothing color palette.
#1 Write down the already existing colors in your closet.
Which color pieces are there that you don’t use? Is it for lack of neutral pieces to pair with them? Is it because you just don’t feel comfortable in those colors? This is important.
If you don’t know what colors to choose for you wardrobe staples to download a complete Guide + Workbook for FREE so you can find your best colors through a seasonal color analysis. This eBook will help you find your personal style. It includes color palettes and instructions on how to make your own personal color palette. You can do the exercices on your computer.
#2 Pick your colors based on your lifestyle
Sometimes we prefer certain colors for work and others for date nights and leisure. What are the most frequent activities in your daily life?
Here some examples of activities:
• office and meetings
• sport and other activities
• casual activities
• chic for events and special dates
• party and dates
• comfy daily errands
• work at home
Try to build a cohesive color palette around your main activities. Or even a capsule wardrobe. The amount of time you’ll save on looking polished could be used for other activities you love.
See below the ideal structure of a color palette for your clothing:
#3 Verify if the colors you chose are mixable
There are different kinds of cohesive color palettes you can choose for your wardrobe.
1. An overall neutral color palette
2. Palette with neutral basics, complementary key and accents pieces
3. Palette with neutral basics and key pieces with different colored accent pieces
E.g. My winter color palette. I chose the 2nd option. A Palette with neutral colors for my basics (beige, coffee and tan) and for my key and accent pieces I chose colors that are matchable so I can make outfits with any clothes I choose in the morning.
Check also these neutral colors that you can pair with any colors you choose.
#4 Try your new colors
Before you make new purchases based on your new color palette, head to the biggest clothing shop near you and try the new colors you chose for your wardrobe color palette. How do you feel in them? Are you going to wear them often? Are they good for the upcoming season?
This is the fun part, so go out of your comfort zone and try as many colors as you like.
#5 Build your wardrobe color palette
I put together 15 sample color palettes. You can download them clicking below:
Now, these are just meant to be starting points for you to create your own personalized color palette. Here’s how:
- Open Adobe Color Palette
- Explore the color harmony feature to find color combinations you like
- Import an image of your choice to add colors. (tip: snap a picture of your wardrobe)
- Save it under your themes
- Go to Coolors website to generate a new color palette
- Copy and paste the color codes from Adobe Color Wheel on your Coolors Palette
- Export the color palette in png and save it
Don’t forget the structure I gave previously. Neutral colors for your basics, your most used colors for key pieces and your other chosen colors for accents.
A cohesive wardrobe color palette will give your wardrobe or capsule wardrobe a sense of personal style. Your looks will stand out and make you look polished and stylish at the same time. You’ll be able to pair easy outfits without sacrificing your time. Keep your new wardrobe color palette in your phone and use apps like Style Book or Cladwell to save your closet online.
Tell me, what colors are you going to choose for your wardrobe?