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How To Add Colour to a Minimalist Wardrobe


5 Ways to Make Your Minimalist Fashion Colourful

When it comes to creating a minimalist wardrobe, most people will start with monochromes. As capsule wardrobes are all about being able to mix and match your clothing to create different outfits, neutrals are often the easiest way to go.

However, this doesn’t always have to be the case, especially if you’re someone who loves to have colour in your everyday looks to help you feel good. Here are some easy tips to follow if you’re looking for a way to add varying shades to your life and everyday style.

How Many Colours Should a Wardrobe Colour Palette Have?

One of the key elements of the capsule wardrobe is having colours. Having a simple colour palette to follow helps dictate the individual items in your wardrobe and leaves less room for mismatched clothes. 

For the most part, the most common shades we’ll see in a minimalist wardrobe are neutrals like black, white, grey, navy blue, brown, or beige because of how easy these are to put together with pieces in similar hues and match with more than one skin tone. Starting with such an amount of hues in your capsule wardrobe can help make picking pieces more straightforward, but you can definitely branch out from there once you’ve got your personal style pinned down.

Can Minimalist Be Colourful?


One of the easiest ways to add colour to your everyday style is to wear accessories in brighter and bolder shades. If you already have a pretty neutral wardrobe of dresses, shirts, and trousers, to begin with, wearing bags, jewellery, shoes, hats, and more will help add a fresh paint of colour to your outfit without too much effort.

Have an Accent Colour

One easy way to add colour to your existing wardrobe is to pick an accent colour. Whether it’s a bright skirt paired with an otherwise monochrome outfit, accents can offer a fun pop of colour and add a sense of drama to your look.

To make things easier, you can pick the types of hues you want to incorporate based on the seasons. A splash of burgundy or bright blues will look good when paired with cold weather looks, while warm hues like pink and yellow are complementary for warmer months.

Experiment with Patterns and Prints

If you’re inspired to add some fun to your style but are still a bit scared to venture too much out of your comfort zone, you can start small and choose prints that have a base colour that fits in naturally with the colour palette of your existing wardrobe, as they will be easier to mix and match and seem a little less intimidating to wear. Be it a white striped Breton shirt with contrasting burgundy stripes, or a navy blue skirt with yellow polka dots, there are many ways to pair patterns with your neutral clothing.

Bold Solid Colours

A pop of colour makes any outfit more fun, and opting for bolder solid colours is an easy way to stick to your colour-blocked and minimalist lifestyle while being able to experiment in a big way. 

You can opt for an all-yellow theme throughout your outfit from your shirt down to your shoes, wear a suit in a light shade of purple, or anything of the like. The best part as well is that these pieces can easily be incorporated with the neutral pieces you’ve already been wearing.


Aside from accessories, another way you can add colourful details to your everyday fashion is through your makeup. A bold pop of eyeshadow, lipstick or blush that flatters your skin tone can add so much more interest to your entire look, no matter the occasion.

Final Note

While neutral pieces will always be a classic, adding more colour to your minimalist life is a fun way to experiment while staying true to the easy style you love. Whether you’re just starting out or are an experienced minimalist looking to enhance your existing wardrobe, these are some super easy tips to keep in mind.

Imani Jackson

Imani Jackson is a writer born, raised, and based in South London. She developed a keen eye for style through her habit of observing people’s clothes in the street every day. When she isn’t doing that, she likes to spend her time writing about the trends she sees, going out and dancing with the girls, or curating her R&B playlist for the next round of people-watching.

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