Creating The Ultimate Mix-&-Match Wardrobe


messy wardrobe colourfulIs a small wardrobe causing you problems? Do you want to optimize the available space in your room? Perhaps you’re on a budget and want to save some extra cash for a rainy day rather than spending it on clothes? With a little creativity and imagination you can utilize your wardrobe so every item of clothing counts!

It’s possible to change your personal style if you know how to mix colours, shoes and accessories. There are hundreds of ways to make your simple wardrobe look fancy, so with a few tips and by knowing the combination of colour palettes, dressing up for the right occasion will be easy!

Bright Or Light? Pick Your Colour!

colour wheel

First on the list is working on your colour palette. Identify the best colour that works for you. Choose the colour that helps you look appealing and feel comfortable. This involves your type of hair, skin tone and eye colour. Brightly coloured eyes give you an enticing appearance. If you have a red hair, you can wear yellow or green to appear rich. Purples are good for brunettes. Red dresses are well-suited to those with long black hair. If you are lost on what best suits you, ask a friend for advice.

Using complementary colours is another option. If you have a base colour, select colours that easily match with it. You may use colour palettes in a magazine for reference or there are some handy online tools like Adobe Color CC which may help you to work out your complementary colour sets. You can also wear neutral colours so that you will stay fashionable no matter the season. Whatever neutral colours you choose will just be fine as they tend to blend easily. Wearing colourful dresses will give an impression of a circus look. Select pastel colours, accentuate it with some black, brown, white, beige, or gray and you’ll never go wrong.

Building Your Wardrobe

Now we’ve got an idea on colour choice it’s time to build out your wardrobe. Purchase some good tops and partner them with a basic button-down like a short sleeved shirt, tank top, camisole, or other sleeveless shirt. Ensure the button-down has solid colour, most likely neutral palette. Prints in the short-sleeve shirt or sleeveless are fine, but it’s easier to mix and match if there are no prints.

neutral colours wardrobe

neutral colours wardrobe

Buy some good set of bottoms. Choose a nice pair of pants and jeans. These will cover you for casual events depending on the combination of tops you combine them with. Add in a few skirts too! Something knee-length, a pencil skirt for work dos, and a maxi skirt for summer beach times. If we’re trying to make your wardrobe as useful as possible, minimize on the prints for your skirts and bottoms. This way it will be much easier to pair them with other items in your closet.

Now just a few more extras left! Look for a knee-length dress with short or three-quarter sleeve. This should have neutral colours with the main colour palette that can be both used as casual or dressy depending on the selected accessories.

You should aim to have two jackets, one being something like a button-down sweater; either simple or elaborate pattern. The other one is a blazer or formal jacket. Get a neutral blazer which is darker than the button-down shirts you have selected. For a bit of flair, you could throw in some faux fur which is super trendy right now!

basics wardrobe

Basics work/casual wardrobe

When choosing accessories, make sure you can use them with your chosen neutral colour palette as this will make matching your clothes and shoes a breeze. Buy a scarf which will work in both a casual and formal setting. Women can wear jewellery to put emphasis on a formal or casual outfits. One set may be elegant featuring some precious stones, silver or gold while the other can look more casual featuring wooden or even plastic. Need more inspiration? Check out Pinterest for some more great combo options!

With your new selection of tops, bottoms, shoes, accessories and other fashionable items, you’re ready to start experimenting with your revamped wardrobe. Create formal and casual outfits. Try on different outfits for different occasions. Mix and match your skirts, tops and shoes and see for yourself what works for you. Wardrobe combinations and fittings can be an exciting activity. It might require some trial and error but eventually you will find the best fit that you can easily wear every day without looking boring!