When I first started following YLF many moons ago, my wardrobe was organized by item type and almost all the colours of the rainbow were represented. I tended to have ‘set’ outfits of items that would ‘go with’ each other. If one part of the outfit wore out, I would be left with an ‘orphan’ until I found (bought) another item that would work with the orphan.

During that first year I re-organized my closet by colour. It still looked like a rainbow, but it got me looking at things differently and I started mixing and matching. Bold colour mixers like Transconasharon and MsMary as well as Angie’s popular Friday capsule posts were hugely inspirational.

At some point I became intrigued by threads by a participant (can’t remember her handle ) who was adding to her closet, but restricting the palette of new acquisitions (to pink and blue.). I thought that this was an excellent approach to wardrobe harmony, and also a good way to work towards a tighter, curated (and smaller) collection of mix-and-match clothes. Since I tend to do two shops (S/S and F/W) it was easy to select a palette as a theme. I’ve become more precise, and more disciplined, over time. When I retired I edited my closet to a simple palette of red, white, blue, and black. Recently I’ve challenged myself by moving into a more complex palette. Early 2019 I started adding olive, late 2019 gold/beige, and 2020 lilac. I’m set for olive ATM, and my current project is sourcing lilac - which I think had a moment last year and is harder to find this year.

Interestingly, though I did add a red top this year, I haven’t added any black, blue, or white items. 2 additions are olive, 4 items are yellow/beige, and 3 items are lilac. In store or online, I ‘filter’ for items by colour and resist getting distracted or tempted into buying something outside the parameters I’ve set for myself. This kind of wardrobe management results in lots of mix-and-matchability across all the items - old and new, and no orphans. Limiting my palette supports my goal of maintaining a smaller collection of clothes while being able to create a variety of different outfit combinations.

Does colour factor into the management of your closet?

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