How to mix colours to create outfits

One of the questions I often get asked is about mixing up colours to create outfits rather than wearing the same things together all the time. The concept of a capsule wardrobe should make this easy to do because everything is chosen to work together and all the colours should suit you. Once you have that established take inspiration from a pattern with multiple colours. It could be a piece of fabric, an item in your wardrobe, or in this example, a gorgeous scarf from Jigsawicon which I thought would demonstrate the theory. Shown below folded and opened out to reveal all of the colours it includes.

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I then went about finding pieces that matched the colours in the scarf:

The taupe

capsule wardrobe, how to wear colour

Sleeveless T-shirt Sandwich, Necklace Lola Rose, Biker jacket Betty Barclay, Cotton trousers Mango, Bag Mint Velvet, Shoes Boden, Skirt Pure Collection

The chocolate brown and soft white:

capsule wardrobe, how to wear colour

Satin top Mango, Tie front wrap Kettlewell Colours, Pencil skirt Boden, Sandals L.K. Bennett, Bag Michael Kors, Camisole Kettlewell Colours

The orange and peach:

capsule wardrobe, how to wear colour

Lace top Warehouse, Jacket Jigsawicon, Lace camisole Kettlewell Colours, Sandals Boden, Cashmere sweatshirt Pure Collection

The bright and pale blue:

capsule wardrobe, how to wear colour

Blue T-shirt Pure Collection, Dress, Skirt and Sandals Boden

And the yellow:

capsule wardrobe, how to wear colour

Jacket Ted Baker, House of Fraserint dress Sportmax, Jeans Boden, Sandals as before, Bag L.K. Bennett

The colours all sit happily together in the scarf so why not as outfits?

Starting with the taupe – it could be worn on it’s own as in the first outfit below. Then mixing it with other neutrals – the chocolate and soft white – and finally with the blues and the orange.

capsule wardrobe, how to wear colour

Here are some more combinations to inspire you:

capsule wardrobe, how to wear colour

capsule wardrobe, how to wear colour

capsule wardrobe, how to wear colour

What do you think? If you would like help in creating a capsule wardrobe in the right colours for you get in touch. Have some fun this weekend mixing up colour – getting dressed shouldn’t be boring!