Apr 18 2012
I have this strange need to colour coordinate what my kids wear when we’re going out. Not dressing them identically, but making sure they’re wearing the same family of colours.
My friend said it’s a job hazard and I can’t help agreeing since us graphic designers are so used to making sure our artwork has consistency. So ya, colour coordinating my kids has subconsciously become some kind of art.
If anyone decides to give this a shot, here are some things you can bear in mind the next time you’re getting clothes for your kids:
#1 Get more separate pieces (tops and bottoms) instead of one-piece items.
#2 Recall what you already have and see if what you’re getting matches. (When I’m lazy, I just get black, white, or grey pieces since they’re so easy to match.)
#3 Stick to black, white, or neutral-coloured footwear if you’re not intending to get many pairs.
#4 Get coloured accessories like tights, sunglasses, belts, suspenders, or caps.
I work with an imaginary colour palette. Some of the clothes in my girls’ wardrobe are arranged by colours, so when I pick out say, a blue dress with green prints, I look for something else in the green department for my other girl. I call this the automatic palette ‘cos the print on the dress automatically creates the palette.
Then there’s the “create your own” colour palette, which is much easier. I’ll just pick out something I like for the day, then go looking for everything else that matches or fits into my imaginary palette. That’s why separates are flexible and way more fun to play with. The same denim skirt can be worn with a number of colour combinations.
Of course, I don’t have everything of every colour, so I stick with plain white/black tops and bottoms whenever I get stuck. That’s where coloured accessories become helpful. I use tights and socks to accentuate the colours on my imaginary palette when I can’t find a top or bottom with the right colour.
Sometimes it feels like I’m coordinating a seasonal fashion collection. I can just imagine my whole troop strutting on the catwalk!