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How to Create Your Own Color Scheme

Options for filling in your color scheme:

Option 1: Use the color scheme template printout to fill yours in.

Option 2: Use Canva.com. Below is a tutorial for using Canva.

Optional Pre-Step: Determine your color season type

This is an optional step: If it’s confusing or doesn’t matter to you, feel free to skip it!

What is my “color season type”?

When deciding which colors to include in your own color scheme, it’s helpful to know what colors look good on you. You can use seasonal color analysis to identify a family of colors that make your features pop.

How to Determine Your Color Season Type

Read BOTH of these blog posts and take the quiz provided in the second post to determine your type:

  1. Read Part 1: How Season Color Analysis Works https://nowthaticando.com/home/how-seasonal-color-analysis-works-explain-different-methods
  2. Read Part 2: What Season Am I and What Colors Should I Wear? https://nowthaticando.com/home/what-season-am-i-colors-should-i-wear-free-quiz
  3. Then Take the Quiz: https://nowthaticando.com/seasonal-color-analysis-quiz-worksheet-printable

Still not sure what your color season is?

  1. Option 1: Request virtual color analysis from Corina (for Frumpy to Fabulous students). If you are a student in my course Frumpy to Fabulous (an excellent companion course to your style guide!) it includes a virtual color analysis from me. You can also buy a Virtual Color Analysis Report here.
  2. Option 2: Proceed anyway. Use what you DO know for sure and choose colors that match those values (i.e. I definitely look better in blues versus greens, or I should avoid light colors because they wash me out and instead use darker colors).


Step 1: Choose your neutrals

Neutral colors are the foundation and backdrop of your wardrobe. Between 50%-100% of your wardrobe should be neutrals (100% if you only want neutrals).

Choose Some Light, Medium & Dark Neutrals

Ideally you’ll want some light neutrals like white and beige, some medium neutrals like gray or tan, and some dark neutrals like black, brown or navy.

Stick With Either Warm or Cool Neutrals

Your neutrals should be mostly cool or warm.

  • DON’T have both brown (warm) and black (cool) or cream (warm) and white (cool).
  • DO have neutrals in the same family: brown and off-white OR black and white.

Cool neutrals are: Black, navy, gray, silver, white

Warm neutrals are: Brown, beige, taupe, off-white 

There can be exceptions to blending warm and cool such as if you have some brown leather pieces mixed in with your mostly-cool neutrals. You just want to mostly stick with either warm or cool.

Here are some example sets of neutral colors you can choose for your wardrobe.

Neutrals Only by Corina @ Frump Fighters

Step 2: Choose an easy framework to add pops of color to your wardrobe

Do you love COLOR? The capsule plans are designed to incorporate plenty of color so don’t shy away from it! 

Use one of my simple frameworks below to easily add pops of color to your neutrals.

Using Canva to Create Your Color Scheme

I use the free program Canva to provide you with templates you can use to plan your color scheme. This way you don’t have to use your kids’ crayons to fill in your color scheme sheet, you can design it with accurate colors and then print it or keep it saved as an image on your phone.

To use any of the templates, create a free account on Canva.com. There is a Canva mobile app in both the Playstore and Appstore, but I recommend editing on your desktop computer to enjoy the full program features.

Click any of the template links provided in the next sections and then click “Edit Design”.

(if you get a Forbidden Error message please email us using the Contact page below. Thanks!)

Your color scheme is not set in stone! Just start with something basic and change/adapt/add to it over time.

🟢 Easiest Frameworks

Framework #1: Neutrals Only

If you’re not a fan of color and just want to stick with neutrals in your wardrobe, you can! This is the easiest to mix and match. 

Choose a set of neutrals from these examples and fill in your color scheme sheet in the printout available at the top of this page.

👉 Use The “Neutrals Only” Template to Create My Color Palette! 👈

Neutrals Only by Corina @ Frump Fighters

Framework #2: Neutrals + One Pop of Color

Like color but feel overwhelmed planning your color scheme? Start with just ONE pop of color you’ll try to incorporate into your wardrobe for the current season. When the weather changes, consider adding one more color that will work best in that season. That way, you’ll have neutrals + 1 color for fall/winter & 1 color for spring/summer.

👉 Use The “Neutrals + One Pop of Color” Template to Create My Color Palette! 👈

Neutrals + One Pop of Color by Corina @ Frump Fighters

🟡 Medium Difficulty Frameworks

Framework #3: Neutrals + Color Only In Prints

Love fun prints? You can simply have a neutral wardrobe and only bring in color in your print pieces! Since you don’t usually wear two prints together, this allows you to throw caution to the wind and get each print piece in ANY colors as long as they work with your neutrals.

Note: If you use this framework you would get solid color pieces in the capsule in neutrals instead, ignoring the suggestion to get them in color. You would ONLY get your print pieces in color.

You don’t need to limit WHICH prints you use, you only need to limit prints to the pieces specified as print pieces in the capsule plan you’re using.

Below are some examples of prints you could use to bring color into your wardrobe. One example print is shown for spring/summer weather and one for fall/winter.

👉 Use The “Neutrals + Color Only in Prints” Template to Create My Color Palette! 👈

Neutrals + Color Only in Prints by Corina @ Frump Fighters

Framework #4: Any Colors in Your Subseason (Color Season Analysis)

Want total freedom with colors while still being able to mix and match? A secret about colors is that they will mix and match when they share the same properties.

Instead of picking specific colors to add to your neutrals, simply focus on always getting colors that share characteristics, such as clear jewel tones (winters & springs) or dusty colors (summers and autumns). Colors that share characteristics look good together and are often found mixed in prints.

Examples:

  • Any clear jewel tones (these share full saturation of color and will look good together in an outfit)
  • Any shaded tones (these colors all have gray in them making them look shaded or muted and will look good together in your outfits.)

Note: It’s helpful if you know what colors look good on you. If you don’t know your season yet but want to use this method, go back to the “Optional Pre-step” above.

Below are some examples of the groups of colors that share characteristics.

👉 Use The “All Colors in Your Subseason” Template to Create My Color Palette! 👈

All Colors in Subseasons by Corina @ Frump Fighters

🔴 Advanced Framework

Framework #5: Neutrals + Main Colors + Accent Colors

Are you confident about what specific colors you want in your wardrobe? You can use the same framework shown in the example color scheme in your book. In addition to choosing your neutrals, this involves choosing about 2-3 main colors per warm/cold season.

👉 Use The “Neutral + Popular Color Combos” Template to Create My Color Palette! 👈

Neutrals + Popular Color Combo by Corina @ Frump Fighters

Was this helpful? What framework will you use? Feel free to leave us a comment below.

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