Wow, this post has been a long time coming. Not only because I’ve been letting my thoughts on the topic percolate, but also because I hadn’t got a clue how to make the lovely little colour visuals to go along with it! You’ll see below that I’ve got a handle on that now…I’m currently working on improving my graphics skills. More on that at a later date. For now…back to the matter in hand.
Historically I’ve been tempted by shiny, pretty fabrics as much as the latest “must have” pattern. And, for me, this has been at the root of the lack of style cohesion.
For several reasons.
…When you have a lovely collection of pretty fabrics in different prints and every colour under the rainbow….nothing goes together. Individually they are all lovely. Together it becomes a hot mess.
…Not all of the pretty fabrics really suit me.
…This lack of suitability means that the fabric doesn’t get sewn up, or, it does and the garment is an immediately fail because it feels off.
I’m as guilty of this with RTW as I am with fabrics.
So I flicked back through my blog posts and through my wardrobe and chose the outfits/garments that:
…Are the ones I reach for first when I open the wardrobe door.
…Are the ones that every time I wear them I receive a compliment…not always on the actual garment…most often of the “hey, you look really well today” variety.
…The ones that make me feel really good when I wear them.
Doing this flicked a lightbulb in my head. And suddenly it became really easy to identify “my” colours.
Neutrals – the basics that go with just about everything.
Nearly neutrals – like neutrals but have a little more visual impact.
Statement colours – “have a lot more visual weight, and they tend to make clothing more recognizable”
Metallics – “act like neutrals but have a bit more spark to them”
But what about prints and patterns? I’ve always been a sucker for a pretty print. They’ve not always been the best purchase for me.
Again, it’s become surprisingly clear.
I love a good polka dot and a strong stripe
Checks and “twee” florals are less my style. (Hey…look…”my style”…it’s working! 😉 )
Bold and modern prints and florals…oh yes please.
Geometrics….not so much.
What surprised me the most is that this isn’t a big list. I think I’d always thought that if I had a wardrobe full of clothes of the same colours, it would all be a bit bland. In reality it’s completely the opposite. Not all navy trousers are the same!
Having a wardrobe of garments in colours that make me feel good, in the silhouettes that I love to wear, and which can easily mix and match will be liberating and exciting.
Surprisingly this all fell into place for me last week. I was trying on some tops and knew that a tunic silhouette with a 3/4 sleeve would be worn to death. I picked up half a dozen in the colours I now know work for me, and then it was a simple issue of fit. Whereas clothes shopping is usually an exercise in frustration and futility, within 30 minutes I’d tried on several pairs of jeans and a handful of tops and walked out with one of each.
Painless. For the first time ever!
Next time I’ll bring the series even more up to date with my thoughts on planning my Autumn/Winter wardrobe. I know it’s summer, but I’m working my way through stash fabric at the moment…the stuff I do want to wear. Clearing the decks so that I can plan my next steps without fabric/pattern guilt!