Having followed far too many excellent fashion blogs for more time than I care to mention (and enjoyed every single stolen minute of my guilty pleasure) I've noticed that very few savvy style bloggers talk about colour and the effect it has on you. No I'm not getting all spiritual and deep, I'm talking about how colour can actually be ageing if you get it wrong or indeed if you get it right, make you look younger. Yes I said younger! Now that's got your attention......
I trained as a colour and image consultant some years ago and followed 'the rules' to the nth degree. As if my life depended on it. No room for negotiation, nope. And for 3 years I was as bloody miserable as sin. Ha, bet you didn't see that coming did you. Don't get me wrong, I do believe that wearing the right colours can actually make you look fresh and more vibrant but denying yourself the colours that you love, well, it's like never, ever eating your favourite cake again. A travesty indeed.
I remember looking at the different colour palettes (there are 6) and hoping I wasn't the 'soft'. Surprise, surprise I was! Soft, muted, sludgy colours. Stone, sage, spruce to name but a few. I mean who the hell wears sage? I nearly walked out of the course there and then. It was only the considerable investment that I had made that kept my bum firmly on my seat.
And so I trained, I qualified and I consulted all the while feeling a fraud because I hated my colour palette. Phony I hear you cry. I was! And then one day I threw caution to the wind and bought a bright yellow top (yep I sure know how to live on the wild side). And actually it looked ok. No one died. Alright I do have a warm skin tone (more about this in a future blog) and I did have a lovely tan at the time (always helps) but it started me thinking. Maybe I could bend the rules just a little, sometimes rather a lot.
That's exactly what I did. I'm still glad I trained in colour. It's given me an understanding of why something works really well and why, when I bend the rules so much they nearly break in half and I look like poo.
I hope to share with you what I learnt along the way and how I adapt naughty colours to make them work for me!
So just to whet your appetite....a colour that is seeing a bit of a revival....
Navy - ok not the most exciting colour but it's definitely around this season. We're seeing it in tartan, checks even boots and bags (I drool, I want).
So, a plain navy blazer from Next (and just £60). How can this be made to work for everyone...
Lights & Softs
I'll keep it simple, blondes most definitely need to wear a light colour with navy. Mousey haired (me) likewise - for both we're still seeing oodles of nude tops around which would work really well. In fact treat navy as your new wardrobe staple - black is slimming yes but so is navy and it's far less forgiving on you - trust me on this!
If you have warm tones in your hair or skin tone then that good old navy needs an injection of warmth too - I thought I'd be helpful and offer a scarf visual that would pull the look together but epic fail! I was thinking navy with a corally (is that a word) orange leopard print. Oh yes it does exist - I have one from Marbella market that I wear regularly but that doesn't help you does it. So, the one below will suffice - it has warm camel tones which pulls the outfit together
For you ladies who choose to go au natural with fab grey/silver hair give that jacket an injection of colour....bright pink would look stunning. My mum always looks gorgeous... I can't wait to turn a shade of silver.
Dark haired, dark eyed ladies are Deeps. As you can imagine, they have a strong look so can wear strong colours. In fact two deep colours together look stunning (I'm thinking navy and black combo for starters)
And finally we have the ladies with dark hair and bright eyes - you know the ones, where you see their eyes before anything else and you're almost drawn into them (not jealous at all). These are Clears. Bright jewel colours, emerald, sapphire, ruby will all look devastatingly gorgeous.
And there we have it, some very, very basic rules to get you started.
Thanks for reading, hope I've engaged you enough to stay with me. Back soon
p.s. sorry for the crappy visuals - just getting use to this blogger milarkey. You can see them better on my Polyvore account (iwon'twearsludgebrown)