Over the last few years color in my wardrobe has slowly been if not eliminated, then become very limited. I buy little fabric on impulse anymore, which is a good thing! What I sew is less impulsive as well. Everything I sew has to be purposeful and fit within my wardrobe. Not just for economy, but because I really don't like a large wardrobe. I made another Girogio top in December in black merino wool. I wear that more than anything else. I could wear it every day but that's getting kind of obsessive! What I really need to do is find another pattern that I like as much.
I've been reading the Vivienne Files introduced to me by Myrna at myrnagiesbrecht.com/.
especially the starting from scratch wardrobe building. It's not specifically the clothes she picked, which on their own are a bit on the boring side. Then again I sew things that are kind of boring, at least lately. What I like is how she mixes 2 main neutrals with accent colors and how she balances the wardrobe. She uses the accent colors and accessories to give the wardrobe some pizzazz and style. A wardrobe is after all things that will last and work together so that you can easily get dressed in the morning! I like to think of this in a landscape analogy; you can't build a landscape out of accent or eye catching plants. It all has to work together in layers with underlying structure. The plants together form a beautiful whole and make a garden.
Most of us aren't building a wardrobe from scratch myself included, but I've just weeded out my closet and what's left is a good starting point. My main neutrals are black and gray. I need three accent colors to add to it and that is where I waffle. Vivienne used red, white and cobalt blue for her accents. I never think to wear red, but I bought new glasses in red and a new bright red lipstick. It's the perfect red, neither blue nor orange. So obviously I like how red accents look on me. I have three pieces of fabric with a nice medium blue in it. But I also love acid green and I have two pieces of fabric in that color. Nothing in red. Which, obviously can easily be solved! I don't like scarves unless it's cool out, and I don't like them hiding necklaces I like to wear. I just remembered that I have red linen pants. Perhaps I need a list of what is already in my closet!
I've been doing a lot of wardrobe planning lately with lots of pinning, lists and sketches on my croquis. It's fun, but I need to get to the sewing part.
How do you treat color in your wardrobe? Are you very strict or do you find yourself buying on impulse and then having nothing that works together?
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