Find Your Style Color Palette in Three Easy Steps

One of the most common questions and pain points I’m approached about is on finding your style color palette. The simple, yet often confusing task can be a game-changer in your style discovery journey, so it’s time to finally figure it out.

Finding your color palette has an incredible amount of benefits. It’s also an overwhelming task that can steer people away from making positive progress. Well, your time is here and I’m going to help you find your color palette in three easy steps.

1.     What’s in your wardrobe?

Most people are surprised to discover that their current wardrobe already includes some sort of color palette. Sure, it’s not perfect or even complete, but it’s a start. An easy way to do this is to pair all your like colors together. Regardless of style or category, just divide all your items into like colors. Then, take a step back and look at what colors you wear the most.

A lot of time the most common colors are your neutrals (whites, grays, blacks, etc.). Take note of this. Then, write down all the other colors that didn’t make the common list, these will be your outliers. From this list, write down or rank how each color makes you feel. If you feel horrible in orange yet can’t seem to get rid of those tops, there’s some work to do.

2.     What’s in your wish list? 

If you don’t already have an ongoing list of inspiration, the time has come. There are countless benefits to getting inspired, and it’s one of my top tips on getting started with your personal style journey. In fact, it’s an essential part of my process with my personal styling clients. By building a style inspiration board (I highly recommend Pinterest), you’re building a roadmap that will be instrumental to your journey and experience.

Once you’ve created a list or board with at least 20 images, take inventory of what colors you’re seeing most often. Like with your wardrobe, you’ll often find similar colors making an appearance. Even if these colors don’t live in your closet now, it doesn’t mean they never will. Your wish list can quickly become a reality.

3.     Try things out

One of my favorite things about thrifting is being able to try different styles, colors, and sizes without making a big financial commitment. If you’re still struggling with your color palette after trying steps 1 and 2, it’s time to try things out. Think of this step as the test drive. You can do all the research and budgeting before buying a car, but nothing makes it more real than taking the car out for a spin.

If there are any colors you’ve been debating on, go out to your nearest thrift store and try them on. You never know how they’ll make you feel until you have the item on your body. I highly recommend Goodwill because they do an outstanding job at color coordinating their inventory. Which comes in handy when shopping for your specific color palette.

I hope this was helpful, and like always, feel free to ask any questions in the comments below. We’ll be diving deeper on the subject over on my private Facebook community Style for Success. It’s free to join, so I hope to see you there!

In case you’ve ever wondered what my color palette was, here it is: