How To Create An Easy Capsule Wardrobe Color Palette

red skirt

Capsule wardrobes are boring and bland, right? Not so, you can have a successful capsule wardrobe and be able to stamp it with your personality; you can add colour, print and texture to your minimalist wardrobe and be creative. In this post, I’ll show you how to make a capsule wardrobe color palette in a few easy steps!

In my last post, you learnt how to streamline your closet, and to strip everything back to a basic skeleton of go-to items.
If you missed it click here to follow the first step! We also showed you how to choose the neutral colors for your capsule wardrobe.

In this post, you will be learning how to create a  capsule wardrobe color palette  to bring it to life; this will help:

  • Always have a cohesive color and have matching items to hand.
  • Make dressing easier
  • You spend less money on clothes
  • Make clothes shopping far easier
  • You to choose comfortable clothes to wear all day every day.

Creating a capsule wardrobe color palette

Choosing your capsule wardrobe colours

  1. Create a basic capsule wardrobe 

    For an in-depth guide to creating an essential capsule wardrobe, head over to this post, I run through the simple steps you need to follow to create a basic wardrobe of essential items. In this post, we will discuss how to create a capsule wardrobe color pallet to add to those basics.neutral capsule wardrobe color palette

  2. Go to your closet and pick out your favourite outfit

     Pick out the outfit that always makes you feel fabulous. The go-to outfit that you can always rely on to make you feel good.

  3. Now pick out a few other favourite pieces

    Do you notice anything these clothes have in common?

  4. Lay them all out on the bed and take a good look at them, do they all contain the same colour?

    Do you notice that all your favourite clothes are in a particular colour range?
    Do you tend to wear a lot of blue or red?
    Study your favourite clothes and see which colors you usually choose to wear without realising.
    If they all have a color that stands out to you,  you’ll probably find that this is the clothing color palette for you, to add to your closet and you can eliminate the rest.
    We tend to choose colors each day that make us feel good so it would make sense to consider those colours when deciding our capsule wardrobe palette.

  5. Examine the clothes that are left.

    Check out the clothes that you never wear, the ones that didn’t make it to the favourites pile . Why don’t you like them? you may find you’ve got some disastrous color combinations for clothes and the clothes you have left behind do not match anything else in your fashion color palette . Not to worry all is not lost keep them to one side for now until you have chosen your color capsule.

  6. Decide which colour you would like to be your accent colour 

    Once you’ve chosen your accent color you can begin to add items to your wardrobe in your selected color such as a pop of red as featured here. You will only need to add a few carefully chosen pieces to wear with your essential wardrobe to create lots of fantastic outfits. 

    red capsule wardrobe color palette

  7. Try to use as many items from your closet as you can to avoid having to splash the cash!

    There is no need to spend lots of money on new clothes, remember we are trying to create a capsule wardrobe here. Choosing a capsule wardrobe colour palette from the clothes you already have in your closet will keep costs to a minimum.

  8. Don’t break the four color rule

    Every item you chose should be a block color, or if you chose a pattern, it should only contain your preferred colours.

    Using only four colors, makes it super easy to throw together a stylish, matching outfit in no time. No matter the weather, climate or occasion, everything is cohesive. Casual or smart, the possible outfits are endless, and shopping is effortless. You will also have unlimited wardrobe color combinations.
    All of the items I have chosen as an example, work well with the four neutral colours we visited in my last post, simply because I have not broken the four colour rule!
  9. Be adventurous with patterns

    As you can see, you can be adventurous with your choice of patterns as you like, as long as they don’t venture away from your choice of base colours.

    leopard print bag

  10. Capsule wardrobe shoes should go with every outfit.

    It’s essential to have only a few shoes which go with every outfit you create, depending on your lifestyle. Patterned shoes are great to add into your fashion palette as long as you stick to your color scheme.
    • Boots
    • Flats
    • Wedges
    • Heels
    • Pumps

    leopard print shoes

  11. Have fun with your capsule wardrobe accessories

    Studs, spikes, fur, prints and sequins can give your main look an edgier feel and make you feel fabulous darling!

  12. Look at a color wheel for inspiration

    If you are struggling to create a color palette and find some colour inspiration for your minimalist wardrobe color palette, have a look at some colour wheels to see how base colors work together.

    color wheel

Frequently asked questions 

What exactly is a capsule wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is a way to minimise the amount of clothing you own but increase the number of outfits. A cohesive wardrobe is achieved by creating a closet of good quality basics, using three tones from your capsule wardrobe color palette, then adding a few key pieces in one accent color. Once you have chosen your color palettes, all your items should work well together.

What is the best solution to create a basic minimalist wardrobe?

Head over to this post to follow the simple steps to create a minimalist wardrobe 

How do I chose clothes easy to combine?

Sticking to the four-colour rule when choosing clothes and shoes will ensure that all your clothes combine to make stylish outfits every time. 

neutral skirt

Where are the best places to shop for capsule wardrobe clothes

Try to create a capsule wardrobe from the items you already own in your closet first, removing anything which doesn’t fit your capsule wardrobe color palette.
Once you’ve done this, you can then fill in the gaps with good quality clothing.
I would avoid the budget branded stores and often the high-end clothing as they do tend to go out of fashion quite quickly.
When shopping for quality pieces, check the stitching and finish of the item.
You don’t have to pay a considerable amount for good quality items, shop within your budget and slowly fill in the gaps in your wardrobe. Try shopping in the sales at higher quality stores, but make sure you stick to your colour palette, so you don’t buy items you don’t need!

What color matches with gray?

Grey is a universal colour; it is one of the best wardrobe colors for matching and one of my basics. I love a blush pink with grey, but it also goes well will most other colors in the wardrobe color wheel. Choosing grey as one of your capsule wardrobe color palettes is a wise choice as it matches well with different base colours such as black, white and charcoal and gives you more freedom when choosing your accent colors.
capsule wardrobe color palette pink and grey

What are some colours that go well with navy blue?

 Blue color palettes are one of the best to choose for your capsule wardrobe colour palette, as they go well with both accent colours and your base colours. I love the nautical look of red white and blue. Navy blue is also great with denim and pastel colours.

What should I choose for a summer color palette?

All the pastel colors are fabulous for summer color if you wanted to be a bit more daring with your style you could include mustard or bright orange for a winter color palette fashion. Here is a simple example of clasic fall clothing colors.

mustard jumper flatlay

Do you have any great wardrobe tips?

Buy less and wear more! By buying fewer clothes, we can see what is in our closet and can make better choices when getting dressed. Having a minimalist wardrobe allows us to wear 100% of the clothing we own rather than the average of 20%!

How many colors in a capsule wardrobe are too many?

My advice is always to go for four or five colours maximum, this will enable you to create some capsule wardrobe color combinations that will always work together for years to come , and the lifetime of your clothes will be extended as you add to your closet over the years.

How do I chose wardrobe colour combinations when I keep changing my hair color?

Try to choose neutral colours if you tend to go for bold hair choices. They do not have to be bland; you can still go for edgy but try to stick within the four colour rule including your hair!

black and white skirts

What is a clothing color pallet for skin tones?

Some people prefer to create a colour palette to match their skin tone. For instance warm and cool skin tones will wear different colors chosen from a special color chart for clothes

Are the rules the same for a men’s wardrobe color palette?

Well, there are no strict rules here, how you create your capsule wardrobe palette is entirely up to you, but sticking to three neutral colours then adding one signature splash of color will ensure that you have a cohesive and colorful capsule wardrobe.

I want to know how to create a wardrobe color palette for kids

Creating a capsule wardrobe for kids was the best thing I ever did for my little ones. You can read all about how I did it here

Will my color palette for capsule wardrobe change if I grow out my grey hair?

Good question! I grew out my grey hair a few years ago and it was the best thing I’ve ever done. As we get older our skin tone also changes so we do need to change our clothes to suit that. I still kept my pop of color the same but adjusted my neural to include softer tones of grey and charcoal rather than navy and black.

Have you tried creating a capsule wardrobe color palette? Let us know in the comments!

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