I no longer wear navy.
Not because it’s a bad color, or because I have some weird anti-navy agenda. I just don’t like it enough to make it one of my core colors.
Before I cleaned out my closet, I owned every shade and hue imaginable. My organized-by-color closet stretched from vibrant reds and sweet pinks at one end to a vast array of dark neutrals at the other, with a swing through balmy yellows and deeply saturated cool tones somewhere near the middle.
When I started to simplify my closet, I started by pulling out all of my favorite pieces. It was then that I realized that almost all of my most-loved items fell neatly into a certain set of colors.
At the time, I decided to keep all of my favorites, even the few that didn’t fit into the color scheme. However, I quickly realized that I was no longer reaching for the out-of-palette items because of how difficult it was to style them compared to everything else.
It wasn’t long before I found myself in the midst of a closet solely comprised of only a few shades:
BLACK and WHITE as my two base players, because I can mix them with each other, wear with either of my “accent” colors, or put them on from head-to-toe for a monochromic look.
OLIVE GREEN made the cut because it’s as close to a neutral as a color can be. I love that it is found so frequently in nature, and it mixes well with both black and white without feeling too overthought.
BLUSH PINK as a lighter tone to play with. I can’t stand brightly colored pinks, but there’s something in the sweetness of a pale blush that works well with the clean lines and minimal tones that I’m drawn to.
By choosing only a few signature shades, I’m able to mix and match almost all of my clothing, and it’s considerably easier to shop when I know exactly what palette I’m looking for. Sticking to a signature palette has also made it easier to say goodbye to the more “difficult” pieces that I owned – the ones that can only be worn with the one pair of navy pants I owned, and so on.
While this palette works for me, your own palette will probably look completely different – you might even involve a pattern (florals, stripes) as one of your “colors”. It’s truly meant to be whatever you feel most comfortable in, and enjoy wearing the most. What colors will make the cut for you?
Keep an eye out for upcoming posts with other palette examples and tips on choosing your signature shades.