How many times have you taken out all your clothes from the closet and wondered for the umpteenth time that you have nothing suitable to wear? This can mean two things; either your wardrobe needs a complete revamp or you are a shopaholic who simply collects but never shops wisely! You can view this as a good opportunity to restock your closet and bring in new cuts, designs and colours.
You cannot build a colour palette unless you are aware of your own style or choice or colours. Some shades like black, brown, beige and blue are universal, they are classic and can be effortlessly teamed up with other shades. Including them in your colour palette is a good idea, especially if you are partially cleaning out the old stock. If these shades are your main colours, choose a secondary set of shades as neutrals and accents. This should be varied enough so that they can be mixed with other colours for a good ensemble. You will be wearing a lot of the main colours, so buy jackets, trousers, shoes and coats of the same shade. For a neutral canvas, you can opt for muted shades and pastel tones, like different shades of pink and blue. Your accessories like your scarves, ties, tops which you would generally pair up with your basics should be your accent colours.
Once you have decided on your base and accent/highlight colours, it is time to bring out your imaginative self and play around with the shades. Good thing about black and white shades is that you can be quite flexible with these shades and can integrate them easily in your outfits. There are many ways you can do it. With block dressing, you can one solid colour from your palette and combine with not more than two other shades. In block dressing, you can have coloured shirts, shorts or small items and mix them with neutral shades like a leather jacket or a pair of denim jeans. To add a bit of variety to the way you dress, you can opt for tonal dressing; choose a single colour which acts almost like a theme and wear different shades of that colour in your outfit. This gives you a lot of liberty in choosing your shades and experiment with shades.
While restocking, it is good to go minimalistic. You can be imaginative with colours even when you are being a minimalist. Often there are shades which make us happy and integrating them in your wardrobes can make you feel good. You may have happy memories associated with the colour yellow or feel serene in green. Do not forget to add those colours to your closet, because the ultimate aim is to feel good while wearing your dress!