style concept series

Style Concept Part 3: Color Palette

This is Part 3 of a seven part series from Into-Mind, where we explore how to craft a style concept.

After following the instructions for creating my color palette from Anushka's wonderful how-to guide, I was left with lots of random colors to choose from.  All of the colors were pulled from images on my inspiration board, which was modeled after my current wardrobe (with some really dreamy pieces thrown in for good measure).

Using a color finding tool on this website was extremely helpful. Take a look at my assorted colors below.  Then, I'll show you how I separated them into an organized hierarchy.













There are 12 different colors up there.  That's a lot to choose from and process!  So I looked through my wardrobe first, to see which colors show up the most in there.  Then, I separated the colors into three groups: main, neutral, and accent colors.  I also eliminated colors that didn't fit with the rest, or were too similar to list twice.  Efficiency, people.  Twelve seemed like too many, so I cut it down.

Main Colors

These are the key ingredients in the wardrobe.  They dominate my closet and are what I feel most comfortable in.  They're my default.





Neutral Colors

Used to support and balance out the main and accent colors.  The light blue is a variation of the darker blue above, and a light tan or beige can help blend other similar tones together.




Accent Colors

While they are included in the wardrobe, they don't play a main role.  Best used in small doses, or in combinations with main and neutral colors.  Additionally, green can sometimes be found in clothing that is also blue, so it's a good blending color as well.  The green on the bottom is more of a lighter, mossy shade of green, which I think lends itself well to blending in with tans and browns.





Nine colors left standing!  This is just a starting guide for me.  There is always wiggle room to add in or subtract a color if I want to.  However, you're probably not going to see me throwing in hot pink or bright yellow any time soon.  Just as some people don't feel "right" in black or grey, wild colors are not for me.  If bright violet is you, then rock it.

What is your color palette?  Share in the comments below, or link to your own blog post.  I'd love to see what other people are doing with this and their closets.  Get ready to see Part 4 of the series soon!

Love and light,

Alyssa

Style Concept Part 2: Elements

This is Part 2 of a seven part series from Into-Mind, where we explore how to craft a style concept.

Elements are specific ideas, pieces, themes, combinations, fits, and anything else that can be included or used to describe a style.  A list of 20 or so elements is a good idea, because though it may be hard to get started, and then after getting an abundance of elements written down, you can dig deeper and really flesh out what you want to include.  My elements are listed below.

refined
classic elements
full skirts
burgundy
scarves
well-constructed shoes
bold glasses
dark brown hair
florals
minimal makeup
leopard details
straight leg pants
dark denim
wool
silk
menswear inspired pieces
statement watch
cotton tee shirts
black
stud earrings
manicured nails

Coming up with this list involved a brain dump of elements onto a Moleskine notebook page, and then a selection process of crossing things out, circling others, and revising my words.  The beauty of a style concept is that it can change by season (weather-wise and life-wise).

Link in the comments to your list!  I'd love to see what everyone is coming up with.

Love and light,

Alyssa

Style Concept Part 1: Mood Board

This is Part 1 of a seven part series from Into-Mind, where we explore how to craft a style concept.

After following Caroline for months on her style journey with capsule wardrobes, I looked through her list of recommended reading regarding fashion and wardrobe.  Within her list of recommendations was the blog Into-Mind, written by Anushka Rees.  Immediately, I was hooked on her blog, with its concise and relatable writing and simple instructions for crafting a more authentic wardrobe.  

As a mini blog series, I'll be working through her seven part style concept.  What is a style concept?  Regarding the importance of a style concept, Anushka states

A good style concept represents your individual personal style and your aesthetic preferences. It is a summary of all of the different elements you want to base your style on, woven into one coherent story line. Creating a style concept is the best way to really become aware of your exact likes and turn a mish mash of individual ideas into a refined personal style that expresses your aesthetic ideals 100%.

There you have it.  And I love it.

Part 1: Mini Mood Board

"Mini" as in "not the entire Pinterest board that you've pinned images to for the past two years of cute clothes."  We're talking about the only three pictures type of mini.  Refining and being deliberate about what you are choosing forces you to think harder about how you wish to be represented.  And the beauty is that it can change!  For now, my mini mood board is represented by the three images below.  If you'd like to see the entire pool of images I chose from, you can find my personal style board here.

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Link in the comments to your own journey in this series!  I'd love to see what you all are thinking and doing.  

Love and light,

Alyssa