We live in a world surrounded by colors. They are everywhere, yet many of us don’t incorporate them into our closets. It is no secret that color can trigger certain emotions, furthermore, color psychologists say your favorite colors can convey certain information about yourself. Additionally, with your wardrobe, colors (if chosen correctly) can make your skin glow, and can even visually correct your figure.
Why do most women avoid adding colors to their wardrobe?
Adding colors to your wardrobe can feel intimidating for a couple of reasons. You may not know what colors look best on you or perhaps you’re unsure of how to combine colors in your outfits. These common style issues are why many women often opt for a black, beige, gray and denim palette with (maybe) two or three colorful pieces. Let’s be honest – it is safe and easy to mix and match the basics but it can often be boring.
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Understand YOUR colors
So how do you figure out what colors look best on you? You may have heard about the concept of seasonal color analysis which assigns you specific colours for each season: spring, summer, autumn and winter. This method is based on your natural colors (undertones) within your body. Essentially, the most flattering colors on you are the ones that fit within your seasonal colors.
If you think your color choices will be very limited, no need to worry about that. You are provided with tons of colors to choose from and you might even be surprised that you can wear more colors than you thought.
Highlight your natural colors with your clothes
Here’s a stylist trick: select clothing that highlights the natural color of your eyes and hair. For example, let’s say you have blue eyes with a little bit of brown-yellowish pigment around the pupils. Besides shades of blue, you can also use shades of yellow and brown. If you have cool skin undertones, you can also use those same warm colors (yellow-brown and yellow) around your face in smaller proportions. For example, a pair of yellow earrings or a necklace will “light up” your eyes.
So once you know your colors, how do you pair them together? Color blocking.
Where to start
When putting an outfit together, start by choosing a focal piece – it can be any pattern or colour.
For example, take this skirt:
We see the pattern consisting of black, gray, white, beige, red, and little bit of light blue. So, the trick is to find the color that is used the least in the garment and repeat it somewhere else, such as a top, jacket, shoes, handbag, earrings or bracelet. It can be lighter or darker. Naturally, red, beige, black, gray and white accessories would look great with this skirt, too. You can go for a beige top and blue earrings or shoes. You can also go with burgundy shoes (if you look closer, this color is within the pattern, it just doesn’t pop up as much as the blue) and then a blue top and a brown bag.
Alternatively, it could be worn with black shoes and a top or even a brown jacket. It is always easy to start adding colors with accessories – you can wear them with any achromatic wardrobe. Achromatic colors are black, white, gray. Nude/beige colors are close to achromatic as well.
Tip: try to avoid using the same color in accessories (for example, blue shoes, purse, necklace and earrings); otherwise, it will look like you put too much thought into it. Your goal is to create an interesting, fresh, and sophisticated look.
You can use colors to correct your shape
Colors can not only make you appear younger and fresher, they also can be used to correct your shape.
The best way to correct some imperfections in your shape is to draw away attention from it to positive features of your body. The ideal body shape is known to be hourglass – it is when your shoulders and hips are basically the same size and your waist is well defined. Note, this doesn’t mean you should wear size 0 or 2. Shape type is not about size, it is about balance. Hourglass is a very rare shape. Even models rarely have it. However, any body shape can be visually balanced out using some styling tricks. And using colors for these purposes is one of the stylists’ tricks.
Let’s take a look at several figure correction examples:
Pear (Your hips are larger than shoulders)
Dark colors are known for slimming down the figure. However, if you wear dark colors from top to bottom, it may slim the figure but won’t balance out your shape. The trick is to wear a dark color at the bottom and then a light color at the top.
Personally, I have a pear shape, so below is an example of how I corrected it using colors. I used dark bottoms and a light top. I also added an eye-catching red cardigan with horizontal lines that visually widen my shoulders to bring them into balance with my hips. Red and white also draw attention away from my problem zone.
Besides that, the vertical lines contrasting between white and red visually made my figure appear taller, hence slimmer.
This combination works great for the fall/winter season. During the spring/summer season, I pair light bottoms with a bright or patterned top.
Apple (your shoulders are wider than your hips)
For this body type, you would do the opposite to a pear shape. Draw attention to your slimmer hips using either a lighter bottom/darker top, bright bottom/light top, or patterned bottom/light or dark top combination. Also, if your top contrasts with the bottom and the line drops on the widest part your hip, it visually makes your hips appear wider. Thus, your hips look balanced with your shoulders.
If you want to give the appearance of a slimmed down figure, create vertical color lines with a cardigan and a top of contrasting color.
To make your figure taller
Besides vertical colors, lines and heels, there is another trick that stylists use to visually add an inch or so of height. Use the same accent color for your shoes, scarf or hat.
Those are just few tricks that you can try! Don’t be afraid to experiment and let more colors into your wardrobe!