Wardrobe Architect #5, #6 & #7: My Colour Story, Palette and Patterns

waheaderI’ve decided to do these three weeks as one, because I’m impatient and I haven’t been super specific in terms of the shades of colours I wear. As such, there aren’t that many colours in my palette so it would be super boring for both me and you if I were to then go and organise them into neutrals and statement colours.

I wasn’t really looking forward to this exercise, because I didn’t see any real theme in the colours I wore, but actually it was really helpful! I think these colours could be roughly described as jewel tones. They’re big, deep, bright and vibrant. I’m probably calling some of these colours by completely the wrong names, but if the point of this is that I have a clear idea in my head of the colours I should buy, and these names are how I think of these colours, then I’m cool with that. Also, the colours below aren’t exactly how I picture them, because I’m easily distracted and quickly got bored with creating my palette. Sorry, not sorry. Screen Shot 2014-12-21 at 18.18.13 Purple feels like a really natural colour for me to wear, and I rarely feel uncomfortable in it.
Bright yellow is a colour that a lot of people seem to shy away from wearing, but I find it so cheerful. Ben really likes me in yellow, too, which is always nice.
Fuchsia is a colour I go through phases of loving and hating, but we’re on at the moment.
Teal/turquoise is another colour I like, but hadn’t really considered that much. I have a snood, a top and my Miette. I’d be open to trying new shades of green. Screen Shot 2014-12-21 at 18.12.52 I own a royal blue jacket that I love, but I can’t imagine wearing much in this shade. It was the colour of my school uniform, and too much of it would still feel uniformish to me.
Maroon is one of my favourite colours to wear, and I think it’s one of the colours that suits me the best.
Orange is not very common in my wardrobe, but I absolutely love my orange dress, and my 70s tunic features some orange, so maybe I should wear it more! Actually, wait a minute, I own an orange suit. Yeah, plenty of orange going on here!
Mustard isn’t necessarily one of my favourite colours (perhaps because I hate eating it?), but I think it really suits me. I’m coming round to it a bit more, although it is currently mostly seen in the jumper section of my wardrobe. Maybe if I think of it as gold? Screen Shot 2014-12-21 at 18.10.34 And finally, neutrals (and red). Maybe I should have put maroon down here instead of red. WhatEVER – I don’t live by your rules…

Black is my classic go to for a neutral. I wear black tshirts and blouses with bright colours,  but I don’t think I ever wear entirely black outfits.
Red is my favourite colour, but I can find it a little overwhelming. I own a bright red suede coat which I’m ashamed to say has never left the house. I need to rectify that.
Grey is another neutral which I like. I wouldn’t wear it on its own, but paired with something bright, it’s great.
Navy Blue isn’t a colour I’d thought much about, but it’s all over my wardrobe. I guess this goes into the sort-of neutral category for me.

In terms of pattern, I like it. I think I prefer a large pattern to a small one, but I don’t think I’m super fussy about what the pattern actually is. I don’t like polka dots, but more abstract spots are ok. I don’t like small chintzy patterns, but larger florals are fine. I don’t like anything too twee, but some novelty prints are too adorable to leave on the shelf.

I’ve got quite a good mix of solids and patterns in my wardrobe, so as long as I’m able to mix it up a little and have a bit of both in an outfit, then I think that’s fine. I don’t think I wear outfits made up of more than one pattern, but I do wear outfits in more than one solid colour. I think maintaining the current level of solid vs pattern would be good, and while I should be mindful about choosing prints I actually want to wear, I’m reluctant to narrow myself down in terms of pattern within this exercise – as long as they’re in my preferred colours, and I like them, then that’s good enough for me.

So there we have it. My palette. I think I like it a lot.

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4 thoughts on “Wardrobe Architect #5, #6 & #7: My Colour Story, Palette and Patterns

  1. Hanne says:

    It looks really cosy & bright at the same time. I personally love cobalt blue, but it is quite a statement color. I feel like cobalt blue gets noticed more than red (or is that just me?)

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    • Laura says:

      Thanks! Cosy and bright is exactly how I want to look, I just hadn’t really put those words together in my head! 🙂
      There is something about cobalt blue that’s really eye catching. Maybe red would be the same if I wore it in big blocks of colour, but aside from the coat which I don’t wear, I think I’ve only got a bright red cardie, the rest is patterned and therefore somehow less loud.

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