Whether you are looking to create a capsule wardrobe or are just hoping to offer yourself a more seamless getting dressed experience, discovering your preferred color palette is an integral part of understanding and embracing your personal style.
A cohesive color palette is one of the most helpful things you can do to ensure that the whatever you reach for in your closet is a piece that suits your mood, aesthetic and style structure. Not only do you want to choose colors that work well together, but you also want to choose colors that complement your look. This means the color of your hair, eyes and skin tone.
How do you know where to start? Choose your tone. A simple way to understand your complimentary tone is to take a look at the lipsticks you love to wear during Summer and that work well with your skin color.
Ask yourself: Do they have a pink, orange or blue undertone? Understanding that you may have multiple toned lipsticks, choose the one you feel makes your skin tone pop the most and gravitate more towards during the summertime.
If your undertone is pink, here is your Summer color palette:
If your undertone is orange, here is your Summer color palette:
If your undertone is blue, here is your Summer color palette:
Now, how can you break down your color palette in an easy to implement style formula? Like this...
When choosing your outfits, pick one main color, up to 3 accent shades and up to 2 neutrals.
- Your main colors should be the shades you wear all of the time and see yourself gravitating towards first. Think of the key pieces in your closet like shoes, coats, blazers etc. These are the items to choose in your main color.
- Your accent colors should be the shades that work perfectly for accessories and monotone pieces, such as a pencil skirt or scarf. These are items you will be pairing with your basics. These shades are most likely some of your favorite colors that just missed the spot of your "main colors".
- Your neutral colors should be the shades you choose your basics in. Pieces likes t shirts, cardigans, pants etc. your basics, i.e. simple tops, trousers, cardigans, etc. These are the building blocks of your wardrobe.
Once you figure out what colors you prefer and which shades compliment you best, you're then ready to start creating your color palette!