I started off nodding in agreement at her good advice to have three neutrals for the basics in your wardrobe plus three to six accent colours. That makes sense, doesn't it? Currently my neutrals are navy, black and brown, though I am looking at phasing out the black, as it's not as flattering now that I am getting older. I have decided to replace it with either grey or camel as I already have a few clothes in both colours Three neutrals should be fine for me, so long as I can decide between grey and camel! Grey would go well with navy, however camel would be a better choice with brown. OK. Let's leave that one for the moment. I know I can whittle it down to three neutrals if I think about it. More or less. Did someone mention white? I really don't have much white if you ignore striped tops and polka dots and don't count my grey and white top.
So now, what about the accent colours? I immediately realised that three wouldn't be enough so I will allow myself six accent colours. I am going to have a beautifully coordinated wardrobe with my three neutrals (once I decide on which of the six will be my three colours) with my six accent colours to liven it up. Janice is quite right that this is the way forward for those of us who are trying to create a chic wardrobe.
|Navy, grey, brown and black basics|
What about turquoise? It's another favourite colour of mine, and I have some lovely turquoise tops, necklaces and bracelets, which I enjoy wearing. Does turquoise count as blue? I certainly hope so! My new orange scarf has to be included - but isn't coral close to orange? Could orange and coral be merged?
|Pink, blue, green and purple|
|Yellow, red, coral and turquoise|
My winter wardrobe will have basics of navy, brown and camel. The accent colours will be red, green, orange, turquoise, purple and blue as this allows me to include my long-sleeved tops. For my summer wardrobe the basics will be navy, grey and white. The accent colours will be pink, coral, yellow, turquoise, red and green, as I have several short-sleeved tops in those colours. Problem solved!
So do you have an incredibly well-organised, colour-coordinated, minimalist chic wardrobe á la Janice? Or is it more of a mixed bag of assorted colours and styles that only go together by chance - a rainbow wardrobe like mine?
As it's almost New Year, I have decided that one of my resolutions will be to buy less but shop wisely so that by the end of 2013, hopefully, I will have a small collection of good quality clothes that all go together beautifully. Watch this space!