Just published in Colette Patterns‘ sewing magazine Seamwork: My latest article on using color palettes in real life! It’s called Color in Your Closet: Discover (and Use) the Palette Within.
- How to coax a palette out of your existing wardrobe;
- Identifying your primary colors;
- Ideas for using your palette to create new outfits;
- Tips for using accent colors in unexpected ways;
- Using your palette when you shop!
Once you’ve created your palette based on the clothes already in your closet, carry it with you when you shop! (Click the photo to go straight to my article. Photo is my own, also used in the published article.)
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I was in my closet a couple days ago, putting together an outfit, when it struck me that what I was doing was, in essence, creating a palette: I started with the one major item (a cardigan sweater, multicolored, but with dominant tones of green, brown. and turquoise), chose a solid deep teal top to wear under the sweater, jeans (dark blue, but of course they go with everything), then, and added shoes, fingerless gloves (striped in lime green and charcoal grey), a rakish wool cap (dark sage green), and a bag (deep gold with dark brown handles). Oh, and earrings too— freshwater pearls and crystals in deep pinks and iridescent green.
I know it sounds like a lot going on; I’ll get some photos of this outfit so you can see that really, the effect is quite soft.
So for those of you (and you know who you are!) who think color palettes have no relevance in your lives, remember this: any time you think in terms of one color “going” with another, you’re creating palettes!