How to create a colour palette for your wardrobe

Folks – you probably know that colour is SO important when it comes to your wardrobe.


If you’ve read The Capsule Wardrobe book, you’ll know that picking a colour is crucial. A good selection of colours lets you mix and match more effectively, therefore giving you more versatility and bang for the buck.


In today’s blog, I show you ways to choose a colour palette for your own wardrobe.


First up, here’s my colour palette that I’m currently using.

(You’ll want to update your colour palette every season especially for the “accent / trend” colours)


My colour palette this season:

colour palette for your wardrobe


How to choose your own colour palette:


Can’t view the video? Here’s a recap:


colour palette for your capsule wardrobeChoose 3 Primary / Foundation Colours


When it comes to your colour palette, start with 3 – 4 primary / foundation colours. These are neutral or “base” colours, eg. blacks, whites, grey or beiges / creams.

These colours will become the foundation of your wardrobe and are colours worth investing in as they will form the majority of your key pieces.



Pick Your Secondary Colours


Secondary colors are key anchors to your wardrobe. They add colour and interest and should be colours that you really love – so you won’t get tired of these any time soon. These are colours that you can feel confident in buying whole pieces in (eg a whole blazer or coat) as you will wear it from season to season.



Select Your Trend Colours


To keep things modern and contemporary, you’ll need a couple more colours that reflect the currents trends of the season.

To keep your wardrobe fresh, you’ll be changing these colours every season (Winter / Spring / Summer / Autumn) so don’t spend a lot on these pieces and consider using them in small amounts (ie accessories or just a few pieces of clothing).


Bonus tips:


1. Don’t forget accessories

Use your colour palette to guide your choice in accessories. If you don’t consider your accessories in light of your new colour palette, you won’t be able to mix and match your outfits with jewels and handbags effectively!


2. Use prints as inspiration

Struggling to choose colours for your palette? Look for prints to inspire you! Pick up a scarf that you gravitate towards colour-wise, or a printed dress you love and really look at the colours. These colours all work as a palette as some designer has done the hard work of picking the colour combination for you, so look to these as your colour palette!



Choosing a colour palette is essential to create your very own capsule wardrobe so that you don’t end up with a mish-mash, but ultimately my motto is just have fun with colours!!!

You’ve seen my colour palette, what’s yours? Let me know colours you’re thinking of in the comments below OR if you need help, just leave me a question below!


With wardrobe happiness,



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8 thoughts on “How to create a colour palette for your wardrobe

  1. Liliana

    Hello,Wendy,my question is: Do I have to choose my color pallette according to my skin (cool or warm temperature) and hair colour?

    1. Wendy Mak Post author

      Hi Liliana! great question! Determining your best colours is a big topic which we covered extensively in (our online style course) but I’ll post a summary of key tips on the blog in the coming weeks! 🙂 Cheers

      1. Liliana

        Thank you, Wendy! I love your blog and tips! I have The Terrific Thirty ebook, hope to get soon the new one.Cheers from Argentina!

  2. Kay Toussaint

    Hi Wendy
    I have your book and an email address was provided to print out a handy pocket guide with illustrations to take shopping. It is not available on your site.
    Would you please provide another address.
    Thanking you

    1. Wendy Mak Post author

      Hi Kay,

      Please accept our apologies for the delay in response, it’s been a rather busy period for us and we do apologise as we are just catching up with all our emails.

      Thanks for your comment and sorry to hear the download didn’t work for you. We have doubled checked it and it should be working, but here is a direct link to the PDF. It is a reasonably large file so please allow it some time to download:

      Hope that helps and thank you for your support of The Capsule Wardrobe!


  3. Leintje

    Hi I love this post and your book about the 30 item wardrobe. My base colours are navy, black and cream (I like a more casual classic French style inspired wardrobe). Most of my basics are navy for Winter and throughout the year and cream for Summer. I woukd say 70% of my wardrobe consist of black, navy or cream. I wear some staples in black however not usually close to my face as it doesn’t flatter me. My secondary colours that I have always loved are tomato red and emerald green. I have quite a few pieces in these colours including a red coat, top, dress, red sandals, boots, red scarf, an emerald scarf, emerald colour earrings, emerald Summer dress, t-shirt, top and jumper. Then I have added a few small cheaper bits in yellow and hot pink this season as in a pink Summer top, pink cheap sandals, and a yellow jumper and yellow bangle. I own a Summer dress in a ditsy floral print which also include tiny red and emerald as well as blue, pink and yellow flowers on a black background. I don’t own anything in any other colour apart from my tan leather shoes boots, tote and jacket. I do however have a few plain scarves (I have a scarf obsession) in other colours (coral, burgundy, peach, turquoise) that flatter me for when I fancy a change that all go well with my navy / cream outfits. And I have a few leopard items. I love leopard in small doses…

    1. Wendy Mak Post author

      Dear Leintje, thank you so much for sharing your colours!!!

      It sounds like you have your colours AND your capsule wardrobe well sorted – that’s fantastic!! The secondary colours sound perfect and the mix of items sound like they will definitely do the trick.

      Thank you for your support and for reading.

      Cheers, Wendy.

      PS. I too LOVE small doses of leopard 🙂


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