It’s been a few weeks now since I finished the capsule wardrobe challenge, and although I decided that a capsule wardrobe isn’t what I need just now, I’ve been thinking what I would do if I did want to create one.
What I’ve come up with is this: pick three colours and build everything around that. This will help guide and narrow down shopping choices, and will ensure that everything goes with everything, which is key to a successful capsule wardrobe as it greatly increases remix potential. If you have few clothes, there’s be nothing worse than being stuck with a dress that can only be worn in one way, for example. And limiting the colour pallette will really help define the style, without narrowing it down to a particular type of dress, i.e. you can still have anything from glitzy evening outfits to casual sunday afternoone ones, but everything is pulled together by the colours.
You could of course go for any colour combination, but a helpful formula would be to:
* start with a neutral colour: black, navy, charcoal, brown
* add either second neutral, or a slightly more muted/mainstream colour like purple, any kind of red, turquoise or a shade of blue that isn’t navy
* finish off with a bright, bouncy colour like yellow or orange or even just a bright shade of red
I’ve made a few examples to illustrate:
Green, red and yellow. This is my favourite, as it reminds me of sunshine and holidays and the yellow stops the red and green looking christmassy. It’s probably not hugely practical for putting together corporate work outfits, but I think it could be done as long as the green was dark green and the red on the burgundy side of things.
Finally, grey, purple and pink. This isn’t really my kind of thing, since pink is the one colour I can’t really get excited about. But I just wanted to show that colour mixing can be girly and cute too.
So, what do you think? is this workable? I know I’d have a hard time sticking to just three colours, but that’s just because I am clearly not capsule wardrobe ready! Which colours would you pick if you were doing this?
UPDATE: If you enjoyed this post but thought this idea is a bit too restrictive, you may be interested in this post on how I am applying the idea in real life by building my wardrobe around a colour family