Cool or warm palette: Mine is a warm palette (I’m a “Spring” in the Color Me Beautiful seasonal typing system).
Choose 3 base colors: either Cool: Black / navy / white / grey (neutral) OR Warm: Brown / tan / soft white /grey (neutral).
Choose 2 – 3 accent colors: Red / pink / blue / green / orange / purple.
Pattern: Top OR bottom? Choose one, not both – unless you REALLY know what you’re doing!
Accessories: Ring OR bracelet (cuff) OR necklace OR scarf OR hair decoration.
Seasonal typing: Learning your “season” in the Color Me Beautiful system can be a useful tool in working out how to look great, and how to create a wardrobe that truly mixes and matches. Check out Color Me Beautiful’s website or Lora Alexander’s website Pretty Your World.
Accessories: Make them worthwhile! One is enough per outfit (don’t wear a jewelry store!)
Not everyone needs a crisp white shirt in their wardrobe! Accept that some things simply don’t suit everyone. For me, accepting that I look truly awful in black and pure white was a hard lesson to learn.
By the way, black and pure white only suit a “winter”. They’ll age everyone else and make you look faded and even sickly.
Let your fashion mistakes go. It doesn’t matter how much it cost, or how much a fashion “expert” tells you that you must own it, if you don’t wear it or it looks awful on you or it makes you feel ugly, let it go.
Some fashionable colors will look horrible on you! This year, neon chartreuse is all the rage. It looks revolting on me. I’m not buying anything in that color – I don’t care how trendy it is!
Invest in “classics”, but only if they suit you. For me, a brown motorcycle jacket is a brilliant investment. But a black bomber jacket – ugh! Horrible on me. Some classics will look great on you and other’s won’t. No matter how “classic” a style is, some just won’t suit you. Don’t buy if they don’t look great on you.