I’m using the festive season productively. When everyone has been fed and watered, I play on Pinterest and Polyvore. I’m trying to confirm my colour palette to make sure I sew clothes I like and will wear – SWAP (sewing with a plan).
One of my dilemmas is black/not black. I have grey hair and although black looks quite striking, that’s not the same as flattering. I don’t think black is a good colour for me but every now and then I have second thoughts.
I also love taupes and neutrals but, again, with grey hair, I have to keep them soft and not veer into brown. It can suddenly look very blah. I’m quite fair and the really strong brights are overpowering.
I love this colour combination.
You can see why I’m tempted. However, for me, I think this is the way to go:
Black is sharp and smart but navy is just a bit softer and a colour I can wear on its own.
If you’re not sure about the colours that suit you or how you want to combine them – go and have a play on Polyvore and build a collage. Just be prepared to lose hours of time!
This is my inspiration palette:
So, I’m going to start off with these colours. Hopefully this will give me plenty of options from neutrals to brights.
Notes to self:
- Think of the taupe as more of a warm grey – not one of the brown family.
- Use the soft brights.
- Use high contrast, rather than gradient tones.
- Keep silhouettes and styles quite definite – not too soft or frilly.
- Stick to the plan. (If I keep making exceptions or changing my mind, then I’ve only got myself to blame and will continue to have items that don’t work with each other.)
Do you have a colour palette? Has it helped give you a more wearable wardrobe?