For the better part of the past two years, I have been slowly removing colour from my closet. “Why on earth?” you might ask. I had never really taken the time to identify what colours actually really worked well on me, and what really didn’t suit me. Obviously, I didn’t remove every single item of colour, but those that I felt didn’t really work with my skin tone, my hair colour and my overall vibe. There has been no science behind this, so I can’t give you a formula.
So how did I do this? Literally, I went about it by taking photographs. I took daily photos of myself in my daily outfits. If I felt that the colour did not 100% suit me, for whatever reason, I removed it. It was as simple as that. I didn’t get rid of the item completely though, but tried wearing it again in a different way with other pieces, to see if the mix of tines could possibly work better. This striped tee, for example, looks better with a white bottom that with a pair of jeans. When worn with jeans, the clash of the blues, just didn’t work as well. I ended up really experimenting then with this particular, lighter blue. Sometimes, I used a bluebell colour, and at other times, a periwinkle blue, as in this photograph.
Although I have had this chambray shirt for approximately three years already, I found I wasn’t drawn to wearing it often. It is rather oversized, about two sizes larger than my normal shirt size, so I knew that was why I wasn’t drawn to wearing it as a shirt. I decided to try the look of using it as an extra layer. Where I currently live, the weather is really hot, but due to the fact that we have had a few rainy, therefore cooler days, I tried it over an all white outfit. I must say, I liked the result. I do also think that where we are moving to, will require some light layering at certain times of the year, so for now, I’ve decided to keep this item. It’s a soft, powder blue, and works great with my greying hair, so I’m pleased I have found a way to wear it that gives me more options.
This floral, linen tee, is also an older item in my closet. Honestly, I have wanted to remove it from my closet many times. I always tended to wear it with a pair of jeans or a white pair of trousers. This day, I decided to bring out the black outlines of the flowers on the tee, by adding this pair of thrifted, black culottes (which I absolutely love). This was a real win for me. The contrasting black, make the black in the tee stand out. I could have gone with black sandals too, but I like the white sneakers in this look. There is a balance here that I hadn’t expected. This tee is so cool and lovely to wear. The neckline is perfect on me, so I am pretty pleased with myself that I have found a way to wear it.
Although each of these shirts is old, the newest being in my closet for two years, I am grateful to have found that blue is a colour that really works for me. I do not count navy in this category. For me, navy is a neutral. It’s definitely a neutral I wear, but for this experiment, I’m happy to report that light blue is a colour I will keep in my closet. It works on many levels for me and I love how it brings out the colour of my eyes. I have recently invested in two new tops in this colour, and I know that they will bring me years of wear in the future.