That’s right. You heard me, it’s time to get some color in your life! Especially when assembling a closet, people tend to lean closer to neutral earthy tones because they are easier to mix and match, and those people are right! You can certainly get much more out of any given garment of clothing if it is not bright and bold because earth tones can act as a backdrop for anything. However, you have to understand that if you buy all of your clothes to be a backdrop, you have nothing taking center stage… so this is me telling you… to get yourself a lead singer.
There are a million and one ways to get yourself something that will stand center stage, but this article, in particular, will be about color. You probably already have a great collection of essentials and base colors in all sorts of clothing. Your next move is to find fun ways to insert color into your wardrobe.
See if you can find a really fun solid color button-up that although is nothing like what you already have, still fits in the general color family of your closet. If you have a lot of muted blues and greys and greens try going for something yellow or orange. That color will fit with the rest of your wardrobe and allow you to still mix and match what you have with this bright new addition.
Another option is to find a nice pattern that you like that incorporates the neutral colors you already have with a bright color. The beauty of this move is that you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect shades of bright colors to match your wardrobe, you can just let the designer do that for you. Plaids are a good way to start learning color families. The shirt has already perfectly paired colors for you, all you have to do is find the ones you already like and see which colors the designers are pairing it with.
Use accessories to create colorful additions to an otherwise single color outfit. No, I’m not just talking about necklaces and bracelets, although that is a good start. In fact, some do it for you as well, like Carved that pairs nice neutral brown wood with bright resin. But don’t just get stuck in jewelry, because there are other accessories you could play with. Scarves, hats, and backpacks allow you to add some fun color options to your wardrobe as well.
Finally, shoes, your shoes could be bright, and that takes the whole outfit up a notch no matter what else you are wearing. Shoes really ground the outfit and bright and bold shoes will make any outfit feel bold. Check out this pair of blue Oxfords.
These are just a couple of ideas on how to make your wardrobe stand out even if you generally gravitate towards earthy neutral tones. It really doesn’t take much, and if you start finding even one bright shirt here and there, over time you’ll notice that you can start pairing those bright items together as well to really elevate your look even further!