Friday, 7 September 2012

Co-ordination

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A few years ago I had a terrible habit of buying really nice, exciting clothes, that didn't go with anything else in my wardrobe. Consequently I had a wardrobe stuffed full of clothes and constantly nothing to wear. It was the summer after my second year of university, I was living alone and commuting most of my spare hours to an internship I hated, I was lonely, I had put on a bit of weight, and feeling pretty unhappy and a little depressed.

Somehow my mum knew exactly what to do. Unbeknownst to me she went shopping, and purchased a selection of whole outfits for me in coordinating shades of blue, red, back and white, and when I came home to visit the next weekend she said 'try them on, take what you like, and I'll take the rest back'.

I can't even begin to say how much I appreciated her generosity. It was amazing how much happier I felt, just having a handful of outfits that fitted well, went together, and that I didn't even have to think about each day. 

Since then I have been pretty good at sticking to a colour palette when I shop. As you can see from the photos above 90% of my clothes are now blue, pink, black, white and grey, and although I have a few pieces of red, brown and orange, I try to stick to a handful of colours so that I know I'll always have clothes that work together without any thought.

Over the past couple of weeks I have approximately halved my wardrobe, because apparently my boyfriend thinks his clothes should be able to fit in our wardrobe too, and it is clear that the clothes I wear the most are the pieces in my favourite colours, and which go with everything else.

Do you stick to a colour palette when you shop, or are you braver with clashing colours than me?

20 comments:

Joanna. said...

I'm only just stepping out of my 'buying everything i see and like' phase. I'm starting to think about the basics, because having a good white/cream/breton tee goes with everything and if I invest in these things a little more I might have a chance to wear the other things i bought and liked :)

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PinkBow said...

good post harriet. your mum sounds amazing!! i do find my eye is generally drawn towards a similar colour pallete,usually the cooler tones of pink/blue/green. this also makes me think about the dreaded day i may have to share a wardrobe. quelle horreur!!

Chelseyxlou said...

How lovely of your mum! I know exactly what you mean about feeling so much better in a well fitted outfit that works well. I'm very much a person who sticks to shades I know will suit me and work well with every thing else I own so I chose blacks, pinks and nudes mixed with a lot of leopard print that I know will go with those colours no matter what. Though I recently needed a new dress for a wedding and brought an electric blue dress which is totally out of my colour zone but I received so many good comments on it. The odd colour choice every now and then can definitely make you feel good :) xo

EilidhPie said...

I've started to think about why I have already when I buy clothes - I went work clothes shopping yesterday and had to think of this top would be versatile or not, so for now my pallete is creams, blacks, greys and a splash of purple! Xo

EilidhPie said...

*what I already have when I buy clothes*

Maria Fallon said...

I do tend to stick to the same sort of colours but I have so many clothes, it is bound to match something! (I do need to clear out my wardrobe though!

Maria xxx

Sherin said...

That was such a nice thing of your mum to do!
I was the same: I used to buy fun clothes that literally matched nothing else in my closet.
I've developed my style, so know what colours to buy too: Navy, black and white are my favourite!

LilyLipstick said...

That is such a lovely thing for your mum to do!
I used to impulse buy pieces that I had nothing to wear with. Since I now mostly wear dresses life is a lot easier and I'm gradually forming a colour palette of colours that I both love and know suit me. Getting to a happy wardrobe place is definitely something that takes a few years of trial and error! x

SabinePsynopsis said...

That is so lovely - what a wonderful (and brave) move by your mum. I'm not sure partners deserve space in our wardrobes... they should get their own (small) one... At least that's how it's done in our house :)

Izumi Bogen said...

I seem to stick to neutrals and am trying to be more daring with wearing color..it's hard!

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Nina said...

At the moment I'm on a 'one item a month' spend ban to save some money and to stop my wardrobe expanding. I had far too many clothes and just bought things I liked rather than thought about it the item would go with and things like that. My wardrobe is happier now and I feel like I've got a good thing going haha
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Mat said...

you grown into your own personal style and this is how it happens! knowing what works and suits your own personality. i've been doing this for a while now, it has cut down my dressing time loads. but because of that my outfits maybe aren't as exciting as they once were so hence not many photos

WeShop said...

Aw, such a lovely thing for your mum to do. She sounds brill. xx

Alice said...

It was such a wonderful and thoughtful thing your Mum did for you. I always think colours we feel comfortable wearing are those we get the most wear out of xxx

shipshapeandbristolfashion said...

That's so kind of your mum - and she obviously has good taste that you decided to keep the clothes! Sadly I'm in still in the uncoordination stage - I love having such an eclectic wardrobe but it does make it so hard to decide what to wear each day! x

Kristin B said...

That's such a sweet story about your mom! How generous of her to do that for you. Clearly the pick-me-up you needed. Mom's always know just the right thing. ;)

I used to be a lot more adventurous with colour in my wardrobe growing up, but over the last couple years, I've found myself sticking to a pretty strict colour palette too. I always gravitate to blacks, greys, whites, rusty browns, deep purples and pale pinks.

ouestladiscotheque said...

That's such a lovely thing for your mum to do :) I love hearing cute stories like that. M xo

Chloe Likes To Talk said...

What a lovely thing for your mum to have done. I'm very much a colour palette kind of girl. It has to go with either blue or black, I own LOTS of grey because I love it and find it easy to pair with black or blue, likewise for pale/nude pink. My flair of colour tends to be green, rarely anything lighter than grass coloured, and I've given up trying to make anything else work. I have a strange loathing for orange and brown and yellow makes me look like I'm about to be sick, I'm moving away from white, because it seems to always clash with something, and if anyone EVER catches me buying something from River Island that isn't an accessory, then they probably ought to shoot me.

Chloe Likes To Talk said...

P.S. How rude of your boyfirend to expect wardrobe space... what does he think it is, a partnership? Sharing?!

Reda said...

ALL CLASHY ALL THE TIME!