First, let’s start with our beautiful painting:
These were the colors that I saw within the painting. For the most part, they’re nice neutrals, and thus should be easy to combine.
Here’s where I want to change things, for now. Imagine that the above painting has become something of a fascination for someone; they’ve decided that, moving forward, they want it to be their inspiration – their unifying aesthetic motif.
But they currently have a very neutral wardrobe, composed of the most straightforward garments:
Frankly, I’m going to submit that this is a great place from which to start. Our protagonist has at least 18 possible outfits already. (I’m showing 16, because cramming 18 onto a page just gets crowded and weird!)
Alright, with that as our starting point, our friend heads out shopping, with a laminated print of her favorite painting IN HAND. (nobody can remember colors with any degree of accuracy; having something literally in one’s hand makes a lot of difference)
And after a few hours of pleasurable browsing and shopping, she arrives home with this:
TONS of ways to wear these pieces, already! Here are 8 options, but I’m sure that there are more:
Our now very happy friend lives with her new pieces for a while, and then decides to venture out to purchase phase 2 of her new wardrobe. These are her finds:
Again, there are a lot of ways that her new pieces will work with her existing wardrobe:
Yes, she’s going to be very well-served to get those bright white pieces out of her wardrobe, and substitute some softer ivory shades. And maybe her next pair of jeans should be some sort of warm-hued corduroy…
Baby steps; no wardrobe was built in a day! But what can be learned from this? The importance of a solid core of neutral clothes, and that accessories shouldn’t be neglected when adding new colors to a wardrobe, I’d say.