One of my favourite moments during a styling consult, is sharing this piece of juicy information with my clients. The look on their face and the excitement in their voice once we’re done, is worth bottling I’ll tell you! It’s at that moment, that I’m practically whisked out of the room, so they can start to experiment with this themselves. I’m telling you now – once you’ve read this post, the world is your oyster so to speak, so let’s get stuck into it.

Want to know how to get more wear out of your wardrobe? … COLOUR.

I’m going to share 4 colour schemes that will give you more mileage out of your clothes. Think button-up shirts are  for work only? Think again beauty! Experimenting with colour is the easiest way to take a piece of clothing and make it suited to a stack of different events or occasions (even lounging around the home). So next time you’re staring blankly at that button-up shirt, remember this post and use colour to style it a totally different way.

Colour Scheme 1 – Monochrome

Dressing monochromatically means wearing one colour – any colour – from head to toe in any shade or tint. This is without a doubt my most worn colour scheme. The slimming effects are fab!




Colour Scheme 2 – Analogous

The analogous colour scheme is to wear an outfit that includes 2 to 3 colours that lie next to (beside) each other on the colour wheel. This look gives a more sophisticated/ elegant feel. It’s great for power dressing, so consider it for work when you’re about to ask for that pay rise.




Colour Scheme 3 – Complementary/ Contrasting

Wearing contrasting colours is to wear colours that are directly opposite each other on the colour wheel. This is not for the faint-hearted. It’s very ‘wow’ and perfect for those who want to make an impact. It’s more high fashion. For those starting out with colour, I usually suggest starting out with accessories first – eg. a navy dress teamed with bright orange accessories or a red coat teamed with navy accessories. This scheme works wonders for parties, weddings and the races where you’d like to wear one of your favourite dresses again but give it a new look.




Colour Scheme 4 – Metals

The final colour scheme refers to gold, silver and rose gold. Are you more of a gold girl? Try wearing a particular colour with rose gold accessories and see how you feel. Yes, gold might look better on you but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear other metals as a way to breathe new life into old clothes.

So until you’ve experimented with each of these colour schemes, there’s a good chance you don’t need to go shopping. There should now be a stack of unworn, untried and unexplored outfits lurking in the back of that wardrobe.

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