How do you manage moving your wardrobe from one colour palette to another?
Why Your Colour Palette May Change Directions (or Seasons)
- You are growing older year by year and your colouring has softened with age (yes it happens to all of us) and Jill and I have discussed where you may go here.
- You have had a radical hair colour change and the colours that used to suit you now no longer don’t (as happened to me when I went from brunette to blonde)
- You had a colour analysis some time back when systems weren’t as good and you were given a palette that didn’t really work fabulously well for you, but there weren’t the options I have today (which I’ve talked a bit about here).
- You assumed you were Warm or Cool based on others in your family and what they wore, yet your colouring isn’t actually the same as theirs.
- Health has changed your colours (some medications may change colouring).
In this video with Jill Chivers of Shop Your Wardrobe, we discuss how to deal with the wardrobe changes that may happen when your palette changes.
Financial Elements of Changing Colour Palettes
- Don’t just throw it all away (unless you are one of the lucky ones who has an unlimited budget to replace an entire wardrobe).
- As you replace garments, replace with great colours and styles instead of falling back on black (or the like as often people do).
- Remember that few people notice so much if you’ve been wearing the wrong colours, they are used to you in them, so making a gradual shift to your new palette is fine! Learn how to wear unflattering colours here.
- Create a plan based around your clothing budget so you can start replacing the main items in your wardrobe.
- Very often, many discover that they already have the colours that work for them are already in their wardrobe, they just haven’t realised.
- Don’t forget you can overdye items from bad to good, this will save you lots of money, particularly on pieces that you have loved that you would like to keep (read up about how to do this here.)
- Do a clothing swap with your friends and family to save money.
- Try thrift shopping to try out new colours without breaking the bank.
- Find a scarf in a great colour which will help to make the new and great colours reflect.
- Use my capsule wardrobe plan (download it here free) so that you can rebuild your wardrobe in a clear and logical way.
Emotional Elements of Changing Colour Palettes
It can be a lot to take in if the colours you’d assumed were right are actually not the ones that suit you.
If you go through any colour change it can take some time to get used to a new colour palette. You have to relearn how to dress yourself, getting the right contrast and colours as they aren’t habituated in the way what you have worn.
Ideally build on one element at a time. Don’t expect to do everything at once.
- Start choosing the right colours in your ideal value
- Start getting the right value contrast for your current colouring
- Then move onto making sure your colour contrast is working ideally for you
Don’t expect to do each of these three steps in seconds, the minute you change your palette. It will take some extra work to get there and could take weeks or months.
Make any new purchase and 8 or more or on colour so you don’t slip back into poor colour choices which won’t make you feel as great as you could be feeling (and looking).
We’d love to know, have you transitioned from one palette to another and how have you worked through this process?
Further Reading on Colouring and Colour Palettes