Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wardrobe Architect: Weeks 5 and 6

So I have let this series slide a bit with all the whirlwind changes going on in real life (moving state...!).  However, I was finding it useful and once we have moved, I want to try and apply the analysis to the things I sew in my new life :)

So here is more...

Week five and six of the Wardrobe Architect Series were all about colour.  The first exercise required us to go and play with colours we liked and come up with a palette we are drawn to.

My first effort at doing this is below:


Apparently, I like blue :)

Actually, I don't think this palette is truly representative. The tool I was using made it hard for me to get to the colours I really wanted (as they aren't very colourful) and I am not sure the colours are really representative/true.  The grey-ness of palette 3 looks on the edge of lilac (definitely NOT a preferred colour!) and the mustardy colour I chose in P4 looks too yellow.

What I can say for sure is that I like these colours:
  • Black
  • Grey - pretty much all shades.  If I had to chose only one colour, it would be grey (hence I don't feel my palettes quite capture my preferences!)
  • Blue (clearly) - especially electric blue like in P2.  Nothing really bordering on the purple end, but I LOVE the teal / greeny blue shades.
  • Green, but only certain shades.  The ones above plus some kind of strong emeraldy colour seem to suit me (think electric blue, but green).
  • Cream and neutrals (you know, like grey...hahahaha).
  • Certain specific other colours like mustard - but they are more statement or fashion driven and much less about core preferences.
I don't seem to like warmer colours much at all.  If I had a red in there it would be a dark, burgundy-ish red.  I wondered if this is the hangover from being told redheads can't wear red or pink (which is total bollocks by the way).  I quite like some shades of pink too, though not as much as grey :)

Week six focusses on organising these colours into sets as follows:  neutrals, nearly neutrals, statement colours and metallics.  The theory is you can wear less and less (as a porportion of your outfit) of each category in descending order.  So you can wear just about all neutrals, but very little metallics or statement colours.  Week six didn't really add much to my skill set - I feel like I have the balance of colours and weights pretty much spot on (or for what I like anyway).  I also feel like there is some more subtlety to the balancing act - so you can't wear different saturations of colours together easily - like a light smokey grey just doesn't jive with an electric blue for example.

In my wardrobe and palette most of the colours go together well already.  The exception are things like the electric blue and stronger greens - I tend to wear those with black or possibly cream, which have enough intensity of colour to support the strong pop they give.

So that's enough on colour.  I am obviously quite boring but having recently trawled through and thinned my fabric stash, I can at least say that I have lots of the colours I like (am looking at you grey....)!!!

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