In my book The Life Edit, I ask the reader questions about color. What colors do they like? What colors look good on them? This can help you shape your wardrobe and stop purchasing items you’ll regret later because they just sit in your closet unworn.
I had one such item that sticks out in my memory. It was one of those rare items that really fooled me. It was a neon pink silk blouse from J.Crew back when neon was all the rage a few years ago. I haven’t really been a big fan of neon since childhood, and didn’t get back on the neon bandwagon besides some nail polish and the collar of another blouse. But for some reason I kept thinking about this hot pink blouse so I bought it. It sat in my closet for at least a year before I decided to sell it a year or two ago. Tags still attached.
I honestly feel like the in last five years I’ve really figured out my true style, and it’s very neutral. I constantly gravitate toward black, gray, tans, white, olive green, and blush. The few colors I’ll wear are usually jewel tones or blues and greens. Orange, never. Yellow, never. Maybe a little within a pattern, but never as the main color.
I figured this out because I started to notice I stopped wearing bright colors. Those clothes would just sit in my closet, so I stopped buying them. Every once in a while I’ll get a colorful dress, and that’s fun. It’s unexpected and makes a little statement. But otherwise, I just don’t feel like myself. When I’m wearing one of “my colors” I just feel like myself.
So, I want to know — have you ever thought about having a color palette? Do you already have a color palette in your wardrobe? Do you wish you had one?
If you love colors, maybe the entire rainbow is your color palette (and that’s awesome!). I think everyone should do what makes them happy. For me it’s a specific palette — for others, they might find joy in every color. To me, this is what makes fashion interesting — everyone is different.
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