Harmony, that’s what colour coordination means to me…
You know, when all the items that make up the outfit blend together into a sophisticated look, with a colour palette that suits my natural colouring.
Because of my natural colouring (= pasty white skin with pink undertones, light blue/green eyes, medium brown hair) I usually gravitate towards mid-tones: slightly muted, toned-down colours. I avoid neutrals (except navy) and pale pastels next to my face as they tend to wash me out. I also avoid very dark and very bright colours as they overwhelm me, and I think I should be wearing a colour, not the other way around. I prefer cold colours; warm colours make me look as if I’m suffering from some sort of serious disease…
|cardigan: Freequent / dress: Phase Eight
So, if just stick to the cold mid-tones that suit me, I should have the perfect wardrobe full of mix and match separates that I can turn into new outfits. That should be easy…
|necklace: Anna Gav / vintage brooch: Notting Hill market / sunglasses: Tom Ford
Of course, real life is always a bit more complicated: everything is almost perfect, except for that one missing piece. More often than not, you have no shoes / bag / coat that goes with the perfectly harmonious outfit you are picturing in your mind, or even if you do, the missing item is currently unavailable (i.e. in another country, in my case…)
|bag: Gloria Ortiz / shoes: Clarks
Nevertheless, harmony is a worthy goal, in personal style as well as in other aspects of life. It may just be a bit easier to achieve harmony in style, so that’s where I will direct my energies. It makes no sense to be goal-oriented if the goal itself is impossible to achieve; my life will never be stress-free and uncomplicated, but I can control what I wear.
And maybe, in a small way, controlling what I wear can also help me make my life just a little bit less stressful and complicated when I commute between my two homes. It certainly saves a lot of time when I can just toss into a holdall some nicely colour-coordinated pieces: a cardigan, a dress, a pair of trousers, a few t-shirts… enough to mix and match at will, depending on the weather and my mood.
Do you colour coordinate your wardrobe?