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This week, I unpacked all the Spring clothes I put away at the end of the season last year.
As I pulled out a pile of colorful floral dresses, I couldn’t help but think, whose stuff is this?
Some of them I do feel attached to. Like this vintage beauty I bought around my birthday a couple summers back. I have no desire to get rid of it.
But others, while objectively pretty, just didn’t speak to the way I feel about myself. There was no coherent story there, no picture of me in that jumble of loud colors and prints.
That’s why, this year, I’m focusing my little capsule wardrobe around a palette that does feel like me. I want to open that box next year and feel like I’m returning to old friends.
Narrowing the palette
Remember in week six when we built color palettes that reflect our own tastes, personalities, and preferences?
I decided to use that to narrow down a palette for my spring capsule wardrobe. I chose a few colors from each category: neutrals, nearly neutrals, and statement colors. I left off the metallics because, for me, those don’t tend to ever change. You can include them if you like.
My statement colors are the brighter reds and coral pinks which I tend to wear on my lips and nails, but I might include them in my clothing too.If you love bright colors, you can definitely lean more heavily on this category. Just remember that the more neutrals you include, the easier it is to mix and match for most people.
So this is my spring and summer palette.
The beauty of this approach is that, because I’m choosing from a palette of my favorite colors to begin with, there’s likely to be a lot of overlap both between seasons and between years. In other words, when I plan a new capsule wardrobe next spring, the chances are high that I’ll include a lot of these colors again. That will make it very easy to mix in things I already have!
And remember, not everything you wear has to fit into your capsule wardrobe. That vintage dress above? Totally not in my palette. But I’m sure I’ll still wear the heck out of it.
I think of the capsule wardrobe more as an organizing device to bring a little more thought and coherence to what I make, not as some strict wardrobe diet I have to stick to religiously.
- Choose your capsule palette for the season. Use the list of favorite colors you came up with in week 6, picking a few colors from each category.
Next week, we’ll start deciding what we actually want to sew!
Have you ever limited yourself to a single palette before? How did it work out for you?
I have to say, it’s really made me excited about sewing up this mini-wardrobe.