I’ve spent most of my life spending a lot of money on clothes that I would end up wearing once or not wearing at all. The mistake I used to make was that I used to buy individual pieces I liked because I just liked them. Other than liking them, I had nothing else in my wardrobe that would match them. Therefore, I would end up with a closet full of clothes that do not match. As a result, I kept wearing same pieces (that do match) constantly. Embarrassing (and quire stupid), I know. I’ve experimented with colors that were not “me” just because they were trendy or because my friends liked/wore them. For instance, a good friend of mine wore orange all the time and she looked fabulous. She looked fabolous in orange so I bought a pricey orange jacket just to wear it once and discard it years later. Why? Because I had no idea I actually hate orange. It’s same with brown. Many people wear and consider brown a classic/neutral color. I’ve learned that I dislike it (very much). Of course, that was after I spent some time buying brown clothes (that I never wore).
Over the last few years I’ve paid more attention to colors I actually like. I realized that I feel the best when surrounded with gray, blue, white, deep pink, purple, navy, and/or red. Interestingly, these are the colors I like wearing the best too. Today, if I see a gorgeous orange scarf (scarves are my obsession) I won’t buy it because I know it would not relate to anything in my closet. However, if I come across a nice gray jacket, I will more than likely buy it because I know I could wear it with most of my clothes.
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I know you wonder how any of this relates to photography. Well, you can (and you should) use colors as an inspiration for your shoots. I also use photos I like as a color inspiration for possible outfits. Instruct your models/clients to use photos they like to inspire them, too. Transfer colors found in a great photograph to your outfit. I’ve used this photo taken in Caorle, Italy to inspire me for a family outfit. All of these items are from Gap.com – one of my favorite stores. If you like this post, read Style Your Photos one, too. Mental note: get that dress.