These last few weeks of Wardrobe Architect have moved away from shape and into color. I created some boards on Pinterest to track my neutrals, near neutrals, and bold colors. I liked the idea of finding images with these colors instead of doing something flat like using a palette maker or gather paint chips because I like to see how texture and light can effect the shade and feel of a color. In all, I favor a more neutral palette (basically, every shade of grey I can find) punctuated with rich jewel tones and the occasional bright color. I find that pastels wash me out. Instead of adding a lot of color, I tend to go more for texture. I think this is a direct result of being a knitter for nearly a decade now. I rely on both thick and fine wools, tweed, textured stitches like cable knit to bring visual interest to my wardrobe.
Thinking about color in this way, has enabled me to make more informed purchases when I buy yarn. Like a wooly magpie, I love to pick up skeins of beautiful hand-dyed yarns with a lot of different colors and variegated tones. But then I go to make something with it and I just get stuck. I get stuck because I know I’ll never wear a sweater with all that variegation, so all those beauties sat there neglected for a long time. Recently, I’ve turned many of those unused skeins into gifts or things for around my home, where I can enjoy the beauty of the yarn without having it wear me. I also have a huge stash of fabrics that I bought for various garment projects I want to work on, but I’m realizing now that while I might love the colors and patterns I picked out, most of them aren’t anything I’d ever wear.
I’ll get into pattern in the next few days. I’ve been traveling and am a bit behind in these exercises. On the other hand, I think it’s good to take some time to reflect on my clothing and how I want to look. It’s causing me to be a lot more mindful not just about the clothes I want to buy, but also the fabrics and fibers I’ve been choosing. And, let’s be honest, a little more thoughtfulness and a little less consumerism is good for everyone, don’t you think?
Hope you’re having a great week!