Here is the second of my Coletterie Wardrobe Architect posts – on colour and pattern.
I choose fabrics because I like them, but don’t think how they will fit into my wardrobe. I think having a restricted palette will help me.
I spent around two hours choosing my palettes on the Design Seeds website. Very, very addictive!
Lots of blue (my staple is navy), with contrasts of green, red, orange. Plus a little brown and grey.
Next, I pulled the patterned garments out of my wardrobe – the ones I wear the most. Try not to laugh….
I’ll wear most of these with a brighter plain top – teal and burnt orange are favourites.
I really don’t like much colour in my patterns, do I?! I can see I prefer graphic prints, even the flowers are stylised designs. So that explains why I never wear the floral fabrics that I like to buy and sew.
Several days later…
I’ve been looking at fabrics and using a limited colour palette and knowing I don’t wear bright patterns or florals has been a revelation. Usually I’ll get stuck thinking I like something, but not sure if I’ll wear it.
I did some virtual shopping (it’s my birthday soon!) and this is what I chose -
My plan was to keep to the colours and patterns I now know I will wear, but introduce some stronger colour and a little quirkiness. A few more stripes and dots and I’m done.
I’m really pleased with this. I’m sure I will wear these fabrics (or similar – whatever I end up buying). By reducing the colour and pattern options, the process of choosing was much easier. I should have more choice in what I wear too – not just graphic navy and white patterns!