I’m curious: What is your thought process when you go shopping? The reason I ask is because, for a while now, I have never had much of a plan when it came to buying new pieces. Of course, I would consider ethical standards and closet needs, but when it came to aesthetics, I never had any ground rules. If I like the print, the color, the shape, how it fits me… great! It’s a winner!
In other words, my closet has always had many beautiful pieces, but lacked cohesiveness. When it comes to getting dressed everyday, this poses a sharp dilemma: you have a wide selection of choices that seem to stand out when standing alone. A plethora of patterns and colors fighting for attention make getting dressed in the morning a frustrating event.
In recent months, I have made it a point to add more basics into my wardrobe, pieces that can easily mix and match with one another. I am working toward not just a more ethical closet, but a thoughtful, curated one as well.
As I sifted through my selection of pieces (my wardrobe is actually quite small), I noticed a color theme among my favorite garments. I decided to ponder these colors and cultivate a palette that I can springboard from when styling outfits or shopping.
Shades I find myself consistently drawn to are classic black and white. I am always gawking over a creative and busy, dark and light print. For me, these shades set the foundation of my wardrobe and I spread outward from there. My other essential? Denim. I love denim! Jean jacket, denim jumper, high-waisted, distressed, you name it. It’s a staple in my closet.
Beyond these foundational shades, I have noticed my love of all things camel, terracotta, rust, bright olive, amber green, blush, and peach. Whenever I scroll through online shops, these are the hues that immediately catch my eye.
When you consider that ethically made pieces cost more, you don’t want to purchase a piece that won’t last you long term. Was it really worth the investment? It’s not just fast fashion: you can shop impulsively via ethical brand sales, too.
Rather than making rash decisions or burying your closet in stand alone items, I encourage you to consider the cohesiveness of your closet. Do you have foundational basics that can easily pair with statement garments? Do you feel content with or even excited about the combinations you’ve styled? If putting together outfits has been discouraging you lately, perhaps discovering your palette is the solution to fresh style and an easier morning routine! Why not give it a try?