Session #1: Back to Basics

If there’s anytime I can get away with saying “it’s okay to be basic”  it’s now.

Basic wear is the foundation of every wardrobe. It’s safe to say that the strength of your wardrobe relies heavily on the strength of your basic selection. From roll-neck jumpers/tops, to denim, to work-blouses, to plain trousers, you build on your base.

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In this session, I focus on the importance of creating a colour palette and building your basic wardrobe from base colours.

Creating and maintaining a solid colour palette is a great canvas for all the wardrobe adventures you may want to embark upon. You could create a different palette for every season, but a strong colour selection could very well take you through multiple seasons.

When creating your palette, think of the colours you already have in your wardrobe (if you’re not trying to start all over again); think of the colours that work best for you (ie. those colours that complement you); and think of the colours for the season. You don’t need to add too many colours to your palette – you can keep it simple.

To help get you started, below is my current colour palette which has only been tweaked slightly from summer.
My base colours will always include black, white and grey – but in the winter I love my navy knits and I add maroon/wine shades to compliment some of my accent colours. For accent colours this winter, don’t be afraid to keep some pastels and brighter colours from the summer. I’ve kept terracotta (perfect for my dark skin) and blush, and added a light beige, and khaki green. Other accent colours can include a light blue and copper brown.

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My current colour palette


Hopefully you’re beginning to have an idea of the colours you’d like to add to your palette. If you can, create a mini colour chart of your base colours and your accent colours, and save the picture or print it out to keep by your wardrobe. Having a visual of the colours you want to incorporate in your styling can make it easier when you’re putting outfits together.






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Once you’ve got your palette, you can sort through your individual clothing items. Your base colours and base items of clothing compliment the accent colours and accent clothes. While you can style with only base colours, it is not recommended to style with only your accent colours.

And if you’re feeling even more creative, you can think of how different textures and prints can be incorporated.
Think plain blouses with printed trousers for work (or the reverse).
Think denim paired with an accent number.
Think an accent-colour coat over a base-colour style.


Base-coloured items:

These are your most versatile items of clothing, so top up your workwear and formal-wear  within your base-colour palette. 

Bottoms (work and casual)
Shoes (work and casual)


Accent-coloured items:

These are your complementary items and should not form the majority of your wardrobe. They should be paired with base-coloured items as they can add something different to the same outfit. They can also be made up of all the items listed above, but bear in mind these are usually the most eye-catching items which will not go unnoticed if recycled too frequently in the same week. 

Accessories (e.g. Bags)

I could go on and on about our colour palettes and the wardrobe magic you can work around colours and basic items of clothing. There will be more sessions on colours and textures in the future. I will keep all subscribers updated!

In the meantime, I’m excited to see some of your styling work!
Use the hashtag #WardrobeSessionStyle to show off your styles from these sessions!

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