A couple weeks ago I posted some slides on my IG Stories about my color palette for summer 2019 and I got quite a few responses from friends asking why I was limiting myself to just a few colors/shades.
The questions were great and the answer essentially boils down to my desire to keep working on my wardrobe.
About a year ago I started on a process that was aimed at eliminating waste from the clothing items I own. I can’t describe it but I’ve never particularly passionate about my wardrobe as a whole. I’ve always liked a few pieces – typically the pieces I bought because I loved them not just out of necessity – and even though I’m a few years out of the college experience I still feel like I’m weeding out some of my college clothes.
College forced me to stock up on clothes that I didn’t really love but definitely needed. I was heavily influenced by price point (i.e. the cheaper the better) and if it was under $15 and fit me I bought it. It took longer than I realized to snap out of that cycle and one of the best ways to break the habit was to go on a spending freeze and start to identify and eliminate items from my wardrobe I didn’t wear anymore.
I then went through a phase of really trying to determine my own style – let’s call it evolving – and find what I’m comfortable wearing across all genres of clothing.
And if that sounds like a journey – it was (is!)
So my color palette choice is the result of my love of neutrals. I’ve always gravitated toward neutral colors but because I was so easily swayed by trends in the past I’ve only really fully embraced that side of me in the last year or so.
Neutrals and I get along so well because they’re so easy to style and I’m so lazy when it comes to fashion. Sure I admire the Blair Eadie’s of the world but I just can’t find my groove with color and I’m ok with that.
And for me I’ve had to uncover what neutrals actually mean for me. For some people it’s white and tan. For me I’ve expanded the definition of neutral to include denim, blush, and olive.
Looking back over old blog posts some favorite outfits I’ve shot have been ones that incorporate those colors naturally. Earlier in the year I found myself being so inspired by safari-esque colors: tan, white, olive, black. Instead of dismissing that feeling I’ve been leaning into it and finding so much joy in styling upcoming outfits within those self-imposed restrictions.
I’m using this theme as a guide for purchasing clothes as well. Because the color palette is so natural anything I purchase this summer I know I’ll be able to wear for the long-run so I can focus on adding investment pieces that I truly love.
When it’s all said and done I’m excited to see where my wardrobe will end up at the end of the summer. I’m not promising I’ll be jumping into the world of capsule wardrobes or anything, but I do think taking the time to refine my style and hone in on the pieces makes me feel confident and happy is key to a good wardrobe.
Have you ever started this process? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram.