We have learned in previous Wardrobe Architect posts about what shapes and types of garments we are drawn to, so now it's time to think about what we want them to look like–color and print. Today we'll begin with color, then later introduce print.
Color plays such a huge role in how you look, how you feel, and can really set your mood for the day. I find for myself, if my clothing's color doesn't match my mood of the day, I feel off wearing those garments, even if I loved them the day before. I think most people fall into a range of comfort when it comes to color, though there are those that can rock it all, like our pal Marcy who can pretty much wear any and all colors, and all at once for that matter. I though am most at ease within a range with key anchor colors and key accent colors.
When finding inspiration for what colors I like, I like to look at landscapes, gardens, interiors, and don't limit myself to just clothing. When looking at clothes, I can get caught up in the shape of the garments, the styling, and the prints; but the images without clothing in them can remove that element from your head.
Try this exercise for yourself: Don't think too much about what is in the picture, just grab those that you're drawn too and group them together. Look at them and try to see the common connection between them. For my images, there were some colors that kept repeating themselves from picture to picture, making it obvious to me that I am clearly drawn to that shade for whatever reason.
Once you've collected images and colors you like, group them into your color story. Don't worry about organizing them much at this point, that's what the next post is all about. So for now, simply gather them and see how they relate to each other.
Below is my color story based on the images I found inspiring. There is a clear pattern to my tastes–I love both warm and cool grays and blues, earthy shades of browns and greens, and I will forever be a sucker for a good hot pink.
Next week we will organize the colors, name them, and then later on we will whittle them down to our core favorites that play well with each other. For your exercises this week, give this process a try! The original post about Your Color Story from Colette Patterns gives good resources for finding places with color stories. But I also found just wandering on Pinterest and pinning the things I liked really useful. Only then did I see clear patterns forming. Give it a try! And I'll see you here in two weeks to organize all this information into useful data to take to our closets!
The Wardrobe Architect Series:
2016 Wardrobe Architect Project
Wardrobe Architect Week One: Making Style More Personal
Wardrobe Architect Week Two: Defining a Core Style
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
Wardrobe Architect Week Ten: The Capsule Palette
Wardrobe Architect Week Eleven: Planning Your Pieces
Wardrobe Architect Week Twelve: Adding Accessories
Wardrobe Architect Week Thirteen: Overcoming Editing Hurdles