Welcome to week ten in the Wardrobe Architect series! I can't believe how far we've come through this process. We're almost done! This week we're talking about the Capsule Palette. Much like we did in week nine, where we took our favorite proportions and silhouettes and broke it down into a capsule collection, we are going to do the same thing here, but this time just with color.
In week five, we talked about our color story, where we started to think about what colors we like, what makes us feel good, what looks good on our body, and equally important, what we don't like to wear. After that, during week six, we organized our palette those colors into groups of "main colors" and "accent colors" and gave them all names.
My main colors, pictured above, are mostly neutrals in the gray, blue, brown, and black family. These are what I'm most comfortable wearing as the dominate color on my body. But to only wear these would be insanely restricting. Which is why we have accent colors, pictured below.
The job of the accent colors is to do exactly that: add accents to the fabric and your outfit. This can be in the fabric itself, in an accessory, or maybe in makeup.
To develop my Capsule Palette from the above choices, I decided to take two accent colors and six main colors to develop an ideal collection of colors that worked well together, and still provided me with a wide range of options.
How you decide to work with this capsule palette is 100% up to you. You can stick with this in a serious dogmatic way, reducing your wardrobe to only these colors, or you can use it as a gentle reminder of what you like most when moving forward with new projects. For me, I'm going to use it as a guideline. If I fall in love with a fabric that's out of this range, that's fine. But what this process has done for me, is when faced with an entire store of beautiful fabric options, it helps me remember which colors I like to wear most and try not to get swayed by other options.
There are plenty of other colors not in any of the above lists that I love, like kelly green. I love a happy preppy kelly green, and it looks good on my skin tone. But it doesn't mix and match with with anything else on my chart (in my opinion). However, when placed on its own, it's lovely. So should I find something I love in that color, I might go for it and toss this plan out the window entirely! I hope that none of us lose the joy in the spontaneous choices based on this process. Rather it's to help us focus on the big picture along the way.
Next time we will start to plan our pieces, and decide what we might want to buy, make, and what we should keep and toss in our own closets. I touched a bit on this in the last post, but we will get deeper into the process and think critically about the plan ahead.
Previous posts in the Wardrobe Architect Series:
2016 Wardrobe Architect Project
Wardrobe Architect Week One: Making Style More Personal
Wardrobe Architect Week Two: Defining a Core Style, Part One
Wardrobe Architect Week Two: Defining a Core Style, part Two
Wardrobe Architect Week Three: Exploring Shapes
Wardrobe Architect Week Four: Proportions and Silhouettes
Wardrobe Architect Week Five: Your Color Story
Wardrobe Architect Week Six: Organizing Your Palette
Wardrobe Architect Week Seven: Exploring Solids & Prints
Wardrobe Architect Week Eight: Hair, Makeup, & Beauty
Wardrobe Architect Week Nine: The Capsule Wardrobe