Yesterday, I went to visit Lauren Podoll at her boutique in Burlingame. And while looking at her collection, I told her something that I had never told anyone before out loud. I’ve commented here and there, but never in a conversation had I actually vocalized it.
I have set rules for my wardrobe.
The decision came after I had my baby, and I needed to buy clothes for the in-between stages as well as coming to grips with the fact my life was different. That all the clothes I had packed away before the baby had a thing in common. I bought them because they were fun, because they inspired me, because they were on sale, whatever. Thinking that just getting whatever tickled my fancy would inevitably lead me to finding my “style” it was a surprise that it actually didn’t happen. I was nowhere nearer to figuring out my style at 38 than I was at 28.
Thinking that just getting whatever tickled my fancy would inevitably lead me to finding my “style” it was a surprise that it actually didn’t happen. I was nowhere nearer to figuring out my style at 38 than I was at 28.
What’s more, was I found that I bought a lot of clothes that I never wore. That looked cute in the store or online, but weren’t really my jam. You know, like this neon yellow mullet dress. I wore it once to the beach. Never again. Ever.
So where to begin when making “rules” for my wardrobe? Trends change and no one wants to be stuck in a fashion rut. Say, quitting mini-skirts? No. I cannot swear off forever mini skirts or boot-cut jeans.
But I can limit my color palette.
Thinking back to my post about being inspired by how men approach their wardrobe, I decided to take a look at what colors are usually available season after season. Like, when was the last time you thought, “I can’t find anything black this season?” Committing to ONE color would be difficult for most people, especially me, but if I had defined my colors, I could decide which colors I love every year.
My timeless colors.
Colors that I always love. Like, how I always have an army green jacket in my closet, since at least 1992. How I always wear denim. How red is my favorite color. How I always have a brown bag. I’m old enough to know that a color I like for a couple of years is nice, but a passing whimsy (orange anyone?) And nothing names a specific time like trend colors like “Radiant Orchid.” Gosh, “Oxblood” is so 2012.
Anyway, my colors. What constitute as “Neutral” for me.
- Navy Blue / Indigo
- Light Blue / Chambray
- Olive Green
You can pair any one of these colors with each other and will always come up with a match. Of course, color is more complex than you think. How many shades of red are there? What about two browns that are too close to each other? Or a Olive and a Navy that doesn’t contrast enough. Over the past nine months, it’s proven to be a great baseline in what I purchase.
But, as far as anything else goes, all bets are off. You know I’m working on a culottes post. I’ll try just about anything.
As long as it’s black (or white, grey, brown, blue, olive or red).