When I used to shop, I would never think about what I had in my closet so even if the item was awesome, it might not have worked with anything I owned.
Now, in order to simplify my wardrobe and make it easier to coordinate outfits, I’ve narrowed it down to some ‘base’ colors that look good on me and that I use as a backdrop.
The base colors I chose were:
That said, I also think about whether an item is a top or bottom because some colors work better as a top or bottom, or as an accent item.
It’s not to say that I don’t inject other colors in my wardrobe but I research outfit ideas to make sure I can make a few outfits with them.