The next part I needed to figure out for Colette's Wardobe Architect were the colors I tend to gravitate towards and what fit with the my defined core style: colorful, feminine, confident, happy, chic.
Almost Neutrals -
These colors aren't "neutrals" by definition, but could be consider as such. I have a love for anything Tommy Hilfiger, and navy is almost like his "black" in everything he designs. I love the preppiness of navy! The rest of these colors are happy and fun, and go with so many other different colors.
Statement Colors -
And finally, my statement colors. When I look at my closet, and the fabrics I'm drawn to when shopping, I really like pinks and blues (heck, just check out what I've made in the past few years). Purple is another color that I have a connection to and feel really good in it when I wear it. I had to include green as well, since it's my favorite color (and it's funny because I rarely sew with it!). Anything jewel-toned is a color I really like to wear and I think looks good with my fair skin.
So when this was all said and done, I picked out my palette for the colors I'm going to try to sew with for Spring/Summer 2014 - it would be great to start sewing a wardrobe that coordinates together!
I really like these colors together - they feel fresh and feminine, and seasonably appropriate. It's also great that I have fabrics in these colors in my stash, so I can start sewing right away!
Now, onto prints vs. solids...
I always thought of myself as a print girl because honestly, those were the only kinds of fabrics I bought when I came back to sewing a few years ago (prints hide sewing sins). After sewing for a year, and looking at what I made vs. what I wore, it was obvious I needed to start sewing with more solids so I could mix and match the garments in my closet.
I took some photos of my closet this week after I transitioned my spring clothes and packed away my winter clothes.
I never know how to organize my closet...anyway, what you see above from left to right are some of my dresses, zip-up jackets, casual tees, dressy tees, blouses, blazers, cardis, and button-downs.
Left to right - button-downs, three-quarter sleeve tees, long sleeve tees, sweaters, skirts, and yoga/workout hoodies etc.
Notice anything? Not a lot of prints! Actually, when I went through my closet and figured out my 10-20 most worn garments, they were ALL solids! This is probably because it's not obvious how often I wear them; if I wore my printed garments more, it would be obvious that I'm wearing that "same floral shirt" again. Plus, it's easier to make outfits out of solids. As much as I love prints, especially at the fabric store, I need to stick more to solids to get more bang for my buck in my closet.
Not to say I can't sew with prints anymore...I do love a good stripe, polka dot, or geometric print.
What colors do you like to wear? Do you wear more prints or solids?