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?