Today you’re going to learn how to add more colour to your wardrobe and stop playing it safe when it comes to wearing colour.
One of the biggest concerns many of my clients have when it comes to their wardrobe is often how to incorporate colour. Maybe it’s the bleak summers? Perhaps it’s the belief colour looks better with a tan? Whatever it is about wearing colour, it seems for many in the UK, working bold colours is a bit of a challenge.
Remember the 80s …?
Neither do I, but from what I know of it, there was a particular boom in colour analysis and dictating what colours people can wear by putting them into ‘seasons’. Call me a poor image consultant but this isn’t something I advocate. I think colour is a very personal thing and over time you’ll know which colours suit you best and which ones to leave on the rail. Besides, if I tell you never to wear orange but that colour is in every store, what are you going to do?
Are you crazy about colour but don’t know where to start?
Then this post’s for you.
- Pinspiration – I’m a massive fan of using Pinterest, particularly for mood boards, sources of inspiration and look books. You can tailor your search specifically to find outfits that contain colour. Do you want to find the best ways to colour clash? Search for it. Need some guidance styling the latest shade of tangerine? Pinterest’s got you covered. Just create a board and off you go. It’s a great way to find stylish people rocking the colours you want to wear. Are you always on the go and don’t have time to search? You can follow my colour board and I’ll keep it topped up with tons of colourful outfit ideas.
- Brand Yourself – Often the problem with wearing colour is not knowing what colours work well together. Have you ever thought about trying a new colour, but not done so in fear you wouldn’t know what colours to pair it with? This is a neat little trick to help you. Have a look at big brands and how they use colour, someone, somewhere has been paid big money to think up that colour scheme, so you know the colours work together. Use that as a spring board to help you understand combining colour. Sports teams are also great, cobalt blue and tangerine work beautifully together. I knew this way before I knew anything about fashion because they also happened to be the team colours of the New York Knicks.
- It Starts With a Pop – If you’re a little unsure about combining colours don’t worry, you can still taste the rainbow. Take one colour and accessorise with it. So you may want to stick to neutrals or even black as the main colour of your outfit, then add your favourite colour when it comes to your shoes and bag. This concept can be scaled down even further if you’re a fan of painting your nails. A bold colour on your nails can really jump out against a neutral outfit. It’s a relatively inexpensive way of experimenting with new colours that you may just want to try out. I’m a big fan of painted nails in general as you can read about in my old ‘heels & nail polish‘ post.
- Experiment At Home – Once you do feel comfortable combining different colours, go through your own wardrobe and try out combinations with the clothes you already own. Now is also the time to see if you can nail down which colours best suit you. Hold up different coloured pieces and pay attention to how they change your skin tone. Any colours that make you glow need to be noted, and those that suck the life out of you will be the ones to avoid in the future. If you’ve very little colour in your wardrobe, the next tip is for you …
- Put That Black Down – You’re in your favourite store and see the perfect dress, excitedly you skip over to the rail to examine it’s beauty. Upon getting closer you realise the perfect shopping trip just got a little tricker. Sitting along side the black number is the same dress in a gorgeous tangerine. Your mind starts racing, which colour do I get? You’re always telling yourself you need to start wearing more colour and this is the perfect moment. But what do I wear it with? Your mind suddenly goes blank. Your hand reluctantly grabs the black as you tell yourself black goes with everything, justifying the money you’ve spent on another black number. Once home you open your wardrobe and hang it up amongst the blacks and greys that dominate. Another opportunity passed …
You get my drift? The only way you’ll really start to wear more colour is if you actually invest in it. It can be difficult at times as you’re naturally drawn to the ‘safe’ option of black. But unless you actually buy clothes in bold colours you’ll never actually end up wearing them. Ultimately there comes a time when you have to take the leap, ditch the black, and actually invest in colour if you truly want to embrace it.
When was the last time you wore something colourful?
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