Picking a Color Palette for your Wardrobe

Posted by Chelsea Knott on

wardrobe with grays and blue

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Your wardrobe is an incredibly complex and detailed animal. From your shoes, sweaters, pants, and more, everyone comes together to create your own personal style you are proud to show off to the world each and every day. While you may realize it or not, one of the most important elements of your closet is your overall color palette. You may have your go-to color choices, and each one helps to match with your unique personality. Today, we will show you some important colors that should always be in your wardrobe and how to pick out specific ones to match your own unique style.

Selecting Your Base Colors

The first step when picking out the base colors you will wear on a regular basis is to determine what your skin tone is and figuring which colors and hues which best accentuate your skin tone and complement it nicely. Typically, the colors that work best for you and create the ideal effect are going to be colors which contrast your skin tone. For example, if you are very fair skinned, dark blues, grays, blacks, and other dark neutrals will work best for your skin. The last thing you want to be wearing is something neon or bright such as yellow or orange. Other skin-tone neutrals such as beige, tan, and brown will also not complement you very well.

If you have dark skin, however, there is an entirely different selection of colors that will work best for you. These include white, tan, black and light gray as excellent base choices. As far as throwing in some excitement and getting things to really pop, yellow, pink, or green can all work fantastically for you.

wardrobe from outside closet

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Knowing Warm and Dark Tones

Another important aspect of picking out the right color palette across the board is knowing what colors create a warming effect and which ones bring a cooler tone. This is especially important during different times of the year as the temperature adjusts.

When picking out the colors which bring a warmer tone, these shades and tones include red, orange, yellow, and some bright greens. Cooler colors, on the other hand, feature dark blues, purples, grays, and dark reds. It is crucial to be aware of both of these palettes for both your own personal style and your skin tone.

Your Own Style

In the end, your own fashion style will determine the kind of colors you wear. Whether you have joined the hipster movement or are a bit more reserved and elegantly, there are excellent color options to match perfectly with the look you are trying to pull off. Be sure to shop around and find styles that catch your eye, and don't forget these important color rules for your skin tone and the kind of clothes you are investing in.

How do you pick out your wardrobe color palette? Share with us in the comments!

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