The best way to add versatility to your wardrobe is to purchase basic pieces in one or two colors. If you choose your colors and pieces carefully, you’ll be able to create dozens of stylish outfits from a limited number of basic items. Before creating a wardrobe shopping list, you’ll need to choose two colors: a neutral color and an accent color.

The Neutrals

Neutral colors include black, navy, brown, and grey. These colors can go with just about anything – by choosing one of them, you’ll significantly expand the versatility of your closet. Black tends to be the most flexible of the neutrals, but you should choose a color that suits your taste and style.

The Accents

An accent color will help spice up your wardrobe. This won’t be the only color you wear, but it will be what you use to “kick-it-up-a-notch.” You can choose any color as an accent; just make sure it’s a shade you’ll be comfortable wearing often. Possible choices include red, purple, pink, green, blue, or any other favorite color.

Combination Considerations

Most accent colors will work with any neutral you choose, but you should double-check to make sure yours won’t conflict. (You may not want to wear brown and red, for example).

Here are a few great combinations to consider:

  • black and red
  • black and pink
  • navy and red
  • navy and light blue
  • brown and pink
  • grey and yellow

Don’t worry about limiting your wardrobe – choosing a neutral and an accent color will increase your choices! Your basics will be in these colors, but you’ll still be able to buy clothes in any color you please.

Record Your Colors

Once you’ve decided on your colors, record them. You’ll want to remember them when planning your outfits and going shopping.

Your neutral color ___________________________

Your accent color ___________________________

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