This is something that I only became aware of in my mid- to late-twenties and I wanted to share my experience. I love fashion. Always have. I tend to be an early adopter for trends and try them out before they hit the masses, which was sometimes fun and sometimes not. Anyways, I would still feel like I didn’t have anything to wear unless it was that newest outfit I just bought. I couldn’t figure out why! Then it dawned on me… my clothes didn’t really go together. I would buy outfits, but I wouldn’t buy smart pieces to add to my wardrobe.
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What has helped me tremendously is sticking with a few base colors that I know go well not only together but with the neutrals in my wardrobe, as well. My neutrals are black, white, grey, navy, tan, and beige. The colors I stick to the most are olive green, maroon, burnt orange, and black. I think it feels very autumn-like, but I stick to these colors year-round.
Why did I go with these colors? These were the colors that I consistently gravitated towards naturally and always got compliments in. My skin tone, eye color, and hair color work well with these colors. A good place to start is sort your clothes by color and see what you tend to have a lot of. I would definitely make sure to keep the colors you naturally are drawn to unless it clashes with your coloring.
Now, I’m not saying you have to avoid all other colors and only stick with your core colors, but be a little smarter when getting the more trendy colors. Maybe get a shirt or an accessory vs a dress or even pants. Think about what you already own and if you could make at least 5 outfits with it. If you can’t… I’d recommend saving your money for something else.