Shop Your Closet Series: Practical Ideas for Mixing Colors

Shop Your Closet Series: Practical Ideas for Mixing Colors

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Adding turquoise to a brown and mustard

Shop Your Closet Series: Practical Ideas for Mixing Colors

Mixing colors is one of the easiest things we can do to make our closet work harder. I thought I’d work on a shop your closet series that incorporates a couple of different ideas. Trying to incorporate all of my thoughts into just one post would be too overwhelming thus I’m splitting it into a couple posts.
So let’s start with mixing colors.

Quote of the day: “If you absolutely can’t tolerate critics, then don’t do anything new or interesting.” Jeff Bezos

Sometimes, I’m afraid this is what happens to us. We don’t try new things because we are afraid of how others think or what they will say. I was just in a Clubhouse room(it’s a new social networking app) where one woman was commenting about midlife. Many women say by the time we reach midlife that we just don’t care what others think. And in this Clubhouse room, this woman said, it’s not that we don’t care; it’s that we realize it doesn’t matter. SO what if someone doesn’t like the color combination you wore today?
We realize by now that we are NEVER going to please everyone, right?

That’s why I think it’s more important to have fun with our style and try all different kinds of combinations. Does it take time? Sure, maybe at first. But just like anything, the more you do it, the easier it gets.
Think of all the money you will be saving by not needing to buy new things. What you have in your closet can work harder and be more versatile.

Other Shop Your Closet Ideas
Unconventional Ways to Shop Your Closet
Shop Your Closet Secrets: Mix Up Your Wardrobe
New Way to Wardrobe Purge- Sustainably and Eco-Consciously

Mixing bright colors


Recently I read an article where it was touting those things you shouldn’t wear when you over 40. And one of those things was bright colors! Gasp! I almost had a heart attack. Seriously. Why should any kind of color be off limit to an age group?
Now, don’t get me wrong, I do think it’s helpful to focus on the best colors for our complexion and personality.

Insider tip: There are many options for having your colors “done” even online. I compared some in this blog post.

Now if you already have bright colors in your closet, don’t be afraid of combining them together. Maybe you normally tend to only wear a bright color in small bits or with neutrals.
Yet there is nothing wrong with wearing more than one bright color at a time.

Color Combinations

Mixing colors to create different outfits is one of my superpowers. Yet it’s not anything like rocket science. In fact, it can be as easy as taking one clothing item, and holding it up to EVERY other clothing item in your closet. I bet you’d be very surprised at the color combinations that you can create that way, yet you wouldn’t have thought of them otherwise.

There are colors and color combinations that tend to be more seasonal than others. For example, wearing pastels in the spring or red/green for Christmas. Those are the pairings we’ve learned over the years. But just think, it’s not a human rule that you can’t wear these colors or combinations any other time of the year!! In fact, when I put on the mustard top (the very first photo) over my brown dress, even I was reminded of the fall season yet it was spring. So what did I do? I added in more colorful jewelry. Yet when it comes down to it, even if my outfit did seem fallish, why is that a bad thing?

In fact, we’ve shown ideas of wearing pink in the fall, even though you might consider it a spring color.
How to Wear Pink in the Fall
Can You Wear Hot Pink in the Fall?

Pink and camo

Color Recipe

I remember a time when I would be asked, “what color do I wear with this”, and my answer is usually any color. Because I find it rare that two colors don’t mix well together. Especially if your closet is mainly the colors that work for you.
That’s when I came up with my color recipe. What is a color recipe? I wanted a way for others to try mixing colors from their closet.

I’ve created many examples of my color recipe. With these examples, I have tried to vary the wording and particular clothing to help others with mixing colors. So while I give outfits with my definitions of the various colors, I hope you don’t concentrate on the outfits or clothing pieces. Instead, take an item that you aren’t sure what to pair with and use my suggestions in your own closet.

The Answer of What to Wear with ANY Color (for example, you will read this post and think, “no way would I wear bright pink pants like that.” That’s understandable. But what about a different pair of pants in your closet.)
What to Wear with Floral Shorts with my Color Recipe (in this post, you may not embrace shorts, but the point isn’t about the shorts. It’s about mixing colors with a print piece to have variety in your closet)
Animal Print Fashion Trend for an Interesting Color Recipe (this post is all about colors with an animal print skirt. Most animal prints are neural color combined, so I wanted to show choices to pair with it. Again, don’t concentrate on the actual items, but how the colors go together)
5 Colorful Ways to Wear Mustard Yellow Jeans (I hear over and over how so many people can’t wear yellow. But I will contend that there is a shade of every color for everyone. On top of that, there’s always the option of wearing it on the bottom half or with accessories. But this post is not about yellow even though the title would have you think that. It’s about mixing colors)

Print Mixing

Last but not least, let’s talk about print mixing. I know this idea will put many of you off because you think it’s crazy. Sure, I get it. I used to think the same thing. Until I started having fun with my clothes.
But we’ve shown time and time again, how having 2 prints in your outfit can work so well and give you so many other options!
Unique Ideas for Mixing Prints in Fashion For Beginners (Even if print pants scare you, the idea in this post is how to start print mixing with confidence)
How to Wear Wide Leg Trousers in Winter (Charlotte is becoming a pro at print mixing, and this post showcases the same print in 3 different items)

The Takeaway about Mixing Color

Sure, we all have preferences and different likes and dislikes. But I’m going to ask you to analyze and question some of the reasons you do what you do.
Let’s talk about each of the categories I touched on.

Brights– Why wouldn’t you wear them? Do you feel too conspicuous? Hopefully, you will start realizing you are a fabulous human and being invisible isn’t always the best option. Maybe you should start with bright accessories…baby steps, you know?
Color Combinations-When you put two or more colors together, be open to the “new” combination. Maybe you aren’t drawn to it because you haven’t tried it before? Maybe it’ll look more intentional with an accessory to pull it all together? And if you shudder because you grew up hearing not to wear pink and red together, question the why? For example red and pink are just two shades of the primary color red. Why wouldn’t you put them together?
Color Recipe– Just try it. You have nothing to lose.
Print Mixing– If this gives you the willies, I ask you to analyze the why? Why is it okay to pair two solids together but not two prints? If your answer is it’s too busy, I would counter that our minds are busy!! And what’s wrong with busy??

Don’t Have Many Colors in Your Closet?

Now the idea behind shopping your closet and in this example, by mixing colors is purposely so that you don’t really need to buy new clothing. However, if you are like most of us, you tend to buy the same things and same colors over and over. SO maybe you don’t have a ton of different colors in your closet.

Then my answer to that is to start bringing in totally different colors. Next time you’re shopping and you pick up a black pair of pants, ask yourself how many other black pants do you have. AND I don’t care if this pair is just a little different. Trust me….no one else will notice those differences. Buy the pink pants instead!!

I realize you don’t want to waste your money on things you won’t wear. That’s why I love secondhand shopping. The risk is much less since you aren’t spending an arm and a leg.
If you don’t have great thrift stores near you, then check out my favorite online ones:
thredUpthis link gives you $10 (and me in return).
Poshmark — here is the post about how to shop the site.
Uncommon Closet— non profit to help women
Gild the Lily–local Michigan store that sells online

AND I want to say that I’m here for you. I want everyone to enjoy mixing colors and love going into their closet. So if you ever have questions, please reach out and ask (

Mixing colors

My Goal

Thank you for visiting my space on the internet. I like to showcase how it’s never too late to look great for women of any age, size or working with any budget.
I feel I’m here to help move beyond the fashion rules of yesterday and evolve. Style and clothes are made to give you joy. Not cause us stress because we are worried about what other’s think.

My hope is that you get ideas and inspirations from Charlotte, Lesley and myself. It’s not about copying what we wear, but about using what you already have and updating items along the way.
Most of all it’s getting us to think differently and dare I say, have fun?


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