Capsule wardrobe

Building a capsule wardrobe is a step further in your journey of practising minimalism, and it goes without saying that it will make your life much easier. However, despite de-cluttering and organizing, you may find yourself confused about how you’re going to style your limited collection of clothing. 

What you need is colour coordination, and curating a palette suited to your preferences and requirements is the ultimate way of ensuring you look stylish while still being a minimalist.  

Creating a colour palette doesn’t require a professional, you can do just as well yourself. Here are some tips on how to find the right shades for you: 

Go for colours that suit your skin tone and undertone 

What’s the difference? Well, your skin tone is the colour of the surface of your skin, determined by your melanin level. Your skin tone can change from time to time depending on the amount of sun exposure you get, ageing, and even fluctuating hormones can affect it. 

On the other hand, your undertone never changes. Skin undertone is the subtle shade that lies underneath the surface and can range from warm, cold, or neutral. 

If you are confused about what your skin tone and undertone is, there are some simple tests you can conduct at home. Once you have been able to correctly identify this, you can start researching the colours and shades of clothes that are best suited to your complexion. Stop pondering and start experimenting! 

Choose colours that go well with each other

What you want is to be able to interchange as many clothing items as you can, even within your small collection. It is important you know a few basic colour combinations: burgundy complements blush and camel blends in seamlessly with black. Not all blocks work, but some, when styled and accessorized well, do make a statement, for example, black on black, or grey with grey. 

Finding the right balance of colours can be tricky. Read the next steps to help you get more clarity on what shades are essential and why. 

You need to know some basic terms 

Like the difference between base colours and accent colours, and what value they add to your capsule wardrobe. Base simply means basic, whereas accent colours add pops of colour and different patterns to your everyday looks.

Base colours

Base colours are neutral and complementary colours. In theory, they are achromatic colours, and therefore really include your blacks, white, and greys. But fashion neutrals serve as a foundation, a backdrop that allows you to experiment with bigger, bolder colours that end up clashing, namely beige, brown, and navy. 

Neutrals have a tone. Depending on the category and season, you opt for warm or cool tones. Beige and black appear warm while white, grey, and navy are associated with a cool tone. These tones, whether winter, summer, or any season in between, will serve as the base colour of your wardrobe. They are versatile, and will be your staple – so make sure to select the right shades of every colour 

Accent Colours 

Accent colours are those that help your outfit shine. They add the edge to your look and make a statement. If you are not someone with a flashy sense of style, you don’t have to change. Accent colours don’t necessarily bold and bright, they could be muted versions of yellows, purples, greens, and the list goes on. 

You only need two or three pieces in accent colours, because when paired with your base colours, they are easily interchangeable and versatile. 

The Colours Complement and Complete Your Look 

A well-made palette will allow you maximum outfits with minimal clothing. Take your time in understanding all the tones and shades that suit your style, and organize your clothing according to seasons. Remember, a colour palette is supposed to broaden your options, not restrict them. 


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