You may have noticed by now that I am on a mission to get people to inject a little more colour into their lives. Not only does wearing the right colours make you look more attractive and vibrant, it can really lift your spirits. A colour analysis will show you your most flattering colours and how to wear them. For those of you who haven’t had an analysis yet or would like a refresh, here are a few tips:
Neutrals are fairly low-key colours – browns, greys, blues, taupes, dark greens etc and they provide a really good foil for your “accent” colours. If in doubt about which your best neutrals are, your hair and eye colour can be a good guide. If you’re brunette, chocolate should look pretty good, for a very dark hair bitter chocolate or black, for blondes taupe, cocoa or stone and for redheads camels, tans and rusts. If your eyes are a definite colour then using that as a key neutral will also work. If you have hazel/blended eyes, picking out one or two of the colours in your eyes for your key neutrals will make them sparkle. You will find that your eyes appear to change colour depending on which colours you wear.
Neutral colours are great for investment buys such as bags, coats and shoes as they tend to work very well with other colours and won’t “date”.
Accent colours are more vibrant and attention-grabbing. These colours can be particularly uplifting and confidence-boosting when you know you’ve got them right. Personally, I love wearing red as a single block colour. It makes me feel confident and a bit sassy. I don’t tend to contrast it with other colours though as this is too harsh for my natural colouring which is quite soft (see Contrast below).
Accent colours are more likely to be “in” or “out” of fashion than neutrals. This season, for example, yellow is very much “in” so buying a yellow tee shirt is a great way of bringing your wardrobe up to date. Investing in an expensive yellow trench coat, however, may not be your best buy as this time next year it could be looking very obviously 2017!
How you decide to wear your neutral and accent colours will be dictated by a number of factors:
- Your personality
- Your natural level of colour contrast
- Your shape
More retiring types who don’t want to stand out in a crowd, will probably be more comfortable in a largely neutral colour palette with perhaps a scarf or piece of jewellery in one of their accent colours. More outgoing personalities who like to be noticed, on the other hand, may forgo wearing a neutral colour and instead opt for a riot of accent colours.
If you have a lot of natural contrast in your colouring, say very dark hair, bright eyes and pale skin, you will look fantastic in bold and contrasting colours. If, on the other hand, your colouring is less dramatic, wearing a single block colour or a blend of similar colours will look altogether more classy and harmonious.
Clever use of colour is a great way to camouflage or draw attention to different parts of your body.
Everyone knows that black is slimming. What not everyone seems to know though is that there are loads of other neutral colours that are slimming too and infinitely more flattering on most people.
If you want to disguise a particular part of your body, think of wearing one of your darkest neutrals (navy, charcoal, black brown, pine ) there and your lightest, brightest accent colour(s) on those areas which you’d like to draw more attention to.
If you’d like to understand more about the colours that will work for you and how to wear them, a colour analysis is the best possible starting point. If you’ve already had an analysis and feel ready to find out more, how about joining me for my Advanced Colour workshop on 12th October or perhaps you’d like to come along for an individual colour review