As a graphic designer, I constantly create designs within a set of limited branding guidelines. Creating variety from a minimal selection of colour, style and font options often hones my skills to experiment with variations on a theme.
This is no different to creating variety from a limited wardrobe.
With a previous habit for just buying into the trends each season, I wondered how I could put some of my design methodologies into practise with my current wardrobe. The following design guidelines help me create interest and variation.
I like to combine different sized items to create contrast. For example, an oversized top over tight skinny jeans/pants, or a floaty skirt with a tucked in slimline tank are two of my favourite combinations. Here’s a couple of examples from my summer 2016 wardrobe:
Colour harmonies and schemes
Experiment with different colour harmonies using a colour wheel to help mix and match complementary, analogous, triad, split complementary or other colour schemes. I use a 12 point RYB (red, yellow, blue) colour wheel. Tints of a chosen monochromatic colour scheme (including shades of black) also work well.
Download the colour harmonies and schemes PDF as a handy reference.
Here are some other outfits I have put together using different colour harmonies:
Don’t follow design trends to the letter
Create your own style by taking a concept from the season and referencing it through colour, style or texture with something already owned. This is where drawing inspiration from those campaign e-newsletters and seasonal brochures from your favourite brands comes in handy.
Keep things simple
Clean, functional pieces will create a timeless and stylish look. As with creating graphic design work, if I come up against a design challenge where I am forcing a concept to work or over-complicating it, I just step away and start taking away elements to create clean lines. I try to apply the same concepts to outfit dilemmas where I am over-complicating it by e.g. adding too many accessories. Keep it simple.