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These be the colours

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.

Black and burgundy

Black and burgundy. What could be better?

You can see why I’m tempted. However, for me, I think this is the way to go:

Navy and burgundy

Navy and burgundy. This is better.

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:

Colour palette

Colour 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?

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