Is anyone else fully guilty of wearing the same colors over and over again? I know it can help make your capsule wardrobe complete and make it easier to get dressed in the morning to keep things simple. But sometimes you just want to have a little fun, right?
I do look at friends of mine who are bold and colorful with their fashion choices and think “that’s so not for me, but I love it on them”. I think this often. And I never dislike their outfits. As a matter of fact, I have some envy that they are bold and fun, and I tend to lean more muted and earth tone.
There’s nothing wrong with that either. We reach for things that we feel good in, and often times things that look good against our hair and skin tone. But sometimes you want to try to add more color to your closet and it can feel a bit overwhelming.
Where do you start? What’s worth investing in? Let’s dive into how to add more color to your closet no matter if you’re looking to go bold or add some earth tones.
How To Add More Color To Your Closet
I have been switching up the colors I lean on the most a lot lately. A major shift in my go-to colors. I don’t know if it’s from trends happening (insert the red obsession) or me doing my colors (see this post on that), but I have found myself wanting to branch out with my color choices.
While I still love all my earth tones, and more muted shades as I find they work with my skin tone and personal style best, I have found myself LOVING more pops of color. And today’s look is a testament to that. And it got me thinking that I could be adding more color to my closet without losing my personal style.
Choose Colors That Compliment Your Current Palette
Let’s start with the colors first. Then we can start narrowing down the filters on your favorite retailer’s site to add some fun things to your cart. I think figuring out a few colors you want to add that can work with a majority of what you own is a great place to start.
This isn’t a steadfast rule though. If you find yourself really loving a new color, you can always build more pieces around it. But to get started, it can be best (and most cost-efficient) to choose a color or two that will work with what you own a lot of.
Luckily if you’re mostly a neutral girl, that really allows you to wear just about anything. But also think outside the box! I own tons of olive and brown, and even some earthy tones like burgundy. So when thinking of colors to add I started to browse Pinterest and online magazines (and hi! blogs and Instagram) for inspiration.
I found that there was a lot of red happening and that it goes with olives and browns. And fuschia that can work with those two colors too. If you’re unsure, use my color wheel trick! This is where you look at the color wheel and see what’s next to it (this would be similar), or go across the color to see the contrast (usually your pop of color!).
Pair With Colors You Already Own
I think the key to making a color that feels VERY different than my usual style is to pair it with colors and pieces that feel very me. This fuschia Veronica Beard skirt I got was a real departure from my usual color palette. And I started to style it with some other things that had pink in it and before I knew it, I hated the whole thing.
Instead, I stripped the look back down to just the skirt and asked myself “what are typical Jessica pieces and colors?”. And that’s when I grabbed an oversized leather moto jacket in a muddy olive color, a cozy casual neutral sweater and my favorite low heeled mules all in olive that I feel good in. And that’s how I was able to balance it all and still make this bold piece feel more like me.
Choose Silhouettes You Already Own And Love
Another trick is picking silhouettes and fits you love but branching out into new colors. This will give you more confidence in styling the pieces because you know how to style them already. And you likely have items in your closet that go with them.
For me, that would mean maybe branching out with my go tos like mini skirts, blazers, moto jackets, sneakers and straight leg pants. I think that’s why I found myself loving my red Adidas platforms. While I felt the red was scary at first, it’s a style of shoe I wear a ton so it was so easy to integrate it into my closet.
I think we can easily find ourselves wanting to try something new and regretting the decision. But if you stick to silhouettes you know you love to wear, you’ll be more likely to reach for them in your closet.
Now that you have a few tips on how to add color to your closet, I’d love to know, what color will you start with? After trying this fuschia and olive combo, I think I’m ready to dive into more pink items.
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