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As part of the defining your style series in our capsule wardrobe project so far, we’ve talked about how your lifestyle activities contribute to your style and who and what inspires your style. This week we’re talking about colour – what colours are part of your style, and how colour can help shape your capsule wardrobe.

Colour is a great way of injecting yourself into a capsule wardrobe and adding personality to your outfits. It’s important though that the colours that are in your wardrobe make you feel good and make you feel happyPantone’s color of the year may be Rose Quartz but if it washes out your skin tone and doesn’t do anything for you, why wear it?

Have a look at your existing clothes, go through your sources of inspiration (be it Pinterest, a moodboard, Instagram) – what colour(s) predominate? This is your primary colour palette, and what you will use to build your outfits. It’s a good idea to have at least two neutral colours in your primary colour palette – eg. black, white, grey, taupe, nude… this will ensure that you can create outfits with a range of different colours.

After identifying your primary colours, see what other colours there are – that is, what other colours do you have in your wardrobe and/or in your inspirational images? These are your secondary colours – here you can play around with other colours such green, pink, or brown.

Then, look at the colours that you don’t wear very often – perhaps they’re used to add just a little bit of interest to an otherwise neutral outfit; or to draw attention to that part of your body. These are your accent colours – these could be vibrant colours like fuschia, orange or red.

Draw them up on a table like below. By outlining your colour palette, you can decide from your current items of clothing what could be included in your capsule wardrobe that work with and complement each other in terms of their colour. If you’ve identified any clothes that you may need to purchase to complete your capsule wardrobe, the colour table may help you decide what colours these should be.

Primary Black, white, navy blue, beige
Secondary Lilac, light blue, pink
Accent Red, orange, yellow

You may know of colour “rules” like blue and green should never be seen or never wear black and navy blue together and by and large these rules can be broken, however it’s important that the colours you ultimately choose for your capsule wardrobe go together so you have numerous outfits to create. If you’re not sure which ones work together, below is a handy guide as to what colour work well together.

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Click through to my blog to read about the colours I chose in my wardrobe!

Now that we’ve defined our style in terms of our lifestyle, our inspirations and our colours, the next step is using all of this information to start building our capsule wardrobe – be sure to check back next week to read about how you can get started!


Eileen Sioson

About the author

Eileen is a blogger at 5feetofstyle.com, where you can find style inspiration, "how to wear" tips, and capsule wardrobe ideas. She is also a full-time mum of two, Food Network addict, and unabashed dog person.

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