I run into this issue a lot.
A client, friend or family member finds a piece that she LOVES.
She loves it so much that she feels compelled to buy it in every color available.
Even in colors that she doesn’t really like. In colors that don’t coordinate with anything else in her closet.
Stop. Breathe. Then, proceed with some caution.
Let’s look at this a bit closer….
There are a few instances where I believe it is wise to stock your closet with the same item in several colors.
When you find a ‘basic’ that really works for you, it can be smart to buy it in a few hues.
Here are the pieces I happily own in more than one color:
Bras and panties – Find a great bra and buy it in black and nude, at least…the same goes for panties.
Jeans- If you worship a particular brand and style of denim, buy them in more than one color or wash. A perfect example of this is the AG Stevie Ankle.
Tees and tanks- In the perfect fit and shape it’s wise to grab these in more than one color. Search until you find ‘your brand’ and then buy several. TLA, Pure and Good, Gap, James Perse, Old Navy, Target, Forever 21- there are great options at every price.
Shoes- This one surprise me… I wouldn’t have thought I’d buy the exact same pair of shoes in two (or more) colors. But, I currently have two pairs of Sam Edelman "Petty" booties in my closet. They’re suede; one black and one taupe. I wear them both at least once a week. I started with the light color and quickly realized that these are incredibly comfortable, affordable, good looking boots. I bought a black pair and I’m considering adding one more in brown leather.
I could add other basics to this list, such as…
Leather gloves- two pairs, one black and one brown would not be crazy
Workout clothes- score some comfortable clothes for exercise?…buy multiples
After this, things become a bit murky. Here’s what I find tends to happen…
You are out shopping and find an awesome piece. It comes in several colors. You decide you have to have it…but can’t decide on the color. So you buy them all.
Or you figure that you will wear it so much that having the other colors will give you more wardrobe options. This rarely works as planned.
Women figure, if one is good, then more is better. If you buy a few then getting dressed will be easier but...
Buying a special item in more than one color makes none of them special.
This practice adds to the too-full closet and then deciding what to wear becomes even more difficult.
Usually, there is one color that you really, truly like best.
There is a gut feeling that lets you know which color is your favorite.
You light up when you put it on.
You are already making outfits with it in your head.
Listen to that voice. Buy that color. Leave the rest.
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Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,