The Wardrobe Architect - Your Colour Story

I'm very excited about this weeks task on the Wardrobe Architect series - we get to look at colour.  I love colour, and have in fact been collecting colour palettes for some time.  I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to colour palettes, you can find it here if you're interested.

Most of the palettes I've pinned just because they caught my eye.  They might not be colours I'd actually wear, so now it's time to narrow things down a bit to those I would and do wear.

I'll start off by saying I don't do pastels, or pale colours at all generally.  They make me feel uncomfortable, almost in a skin-crawly sort of way.   If I was to go out wearing a pale coloured dress, or white trousers or skirt I would feel very strange.  I love white on others, it just doesn't feel "me".

So, what colours DO I like and feel comfortable in?

Here are a few palettes that I could see my ideal Autumn/Winter wardrobe falling into.

They're all pretty similar, aren't they?  I also plum and pops of bright magenta pink.   I guess the collection below would be a pretty accurate representation of my preferred Winter colours.  Kind of muted jewel tones on a grey backdrop.

For Summer I tend to favour a fairly classic nautical type palette, as long as the red isn't too bright or overpowering.  

I would omit the pale pink in the first palette and replace it with a minty/jade green.  Not too bright, not too pale.  Then I'd add a bit of coral for good measure to end up with something like this.

You'll notice I haven't included black anywhere.  I don't very often wear black - 5 to 10 years ago I used to LIVE in black, but now I find it tends to drain me.  I much prefer navy or grey for my base neutrals.

I know I've said it before, but I'm really excited about this little project.  I can see a lovely new, coordinated, mixable wardrobe developing in my head.   I've loved clothes forever, but this is the first time I've really sat down and thought about what I like and why. 

What do you think of my colours?  Are they colours you could see me wearing?  Is there anything else you'd pick for me?


  1. I love the colors you have chosen, despite having different colouring I think you and I are drawn to many of the same colours. The only ones above I can't wear (despite really loving the colours on others, in furnishing etc) are any yellws/mustards. I agree that white is difficult. Black is OK I find if I wear it with another more flattering colour. I think you do a super job of sewing colours that suit you :)

    1. I have to be careful with specific shades of mustard and yellow. In fact I don't actually have any in my wardrobe at the moment - I'm knitting a mustard scarf - but I'm slightly obsessed with the way it looks with grey.

  2. Gorgeous colours. Isn't it great to think of having a coordinated wardrobe?! I've just spent 2 hours on the Design Seeds website choosing my palettes - thank you for the introduction!

    1. Design Seeds is great! I'm pleased you found your palettes.


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