We’ve all heard the sayings, ‘Black makes you slimmer’ and ‘Find the perfect Little Black Dress’, but is black the answer to everything? Is black actually a colour? Are you starting to get fed up with only having black items of clothing in your wardrobe and wish you could add a little colour but do not know where to start? Do you now want to stand out from the crowd rather then blend into the background? Well if so, here’s your chance to brighten up and give yourself a splash of colour make over. It’s very easy to get inspiration if you know where to look, so have a look at our simple colouring tips and get ready to explode onto the fashion scene!
Cool or Warm?
Your first step is to find colours that you like and that go with your skin, hair and eyes. Find out if you are a ‘cool’ or ‘warm’ toned person is the best way to move forward. This chart displays the difference between warm and cool colors. Warm colors are based on yellows, oranges, browns, yellowish greens, orangish reds, and the like. Cool colors are based on blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens, magentas, and blue-based reds. Now that you can see exactly which colours are cool and which are warm, you can move onto getting inspired onto which ones you like the best. So where to look?
If you have any home interior magazines lying about have a flick through them and search for rooms that have been made over using a new colour scheme. This will give you an idea of what colours go together. Sometimes they will revolve around one particular hue but then they’ll add contrasting colours that you may not have thought would compliment them. Keep the pages of the rooms with colours that you like the most. You will find that at places like B&Q, Wickes or Homebase keep paint palettes that you can take away for free and they create brochures with colour collections in mind. Another idea to get inspiration from is your own house. We tend to decorate in the colours we like so what have you painted your walls in and what accented colours have you used for the accessories such as cushions, rugs or vases and pictures?
Not Ready to Fully Give Up Black?
Then try adding colour with your accessories. Start off small by adding bursts of colour in a necklace, a bracelet or a super large handbag. Or why not try a scarf with splashes of colour to brighten up a dark suit? If you feel a little braver then add a brightly coloured shirt or blouse to a suit combo, or try a funky coloured tee shirt with black jeans and top off with neon eye make up. Or you could brighten up boring neutral colours like taupe, khaki, or black basics by adding a jacket in a more vibrant colour like mustard, coral, turquoise, or magenta.
This is for the truly brave amongst you. Colour blocking is right on trend at the moment and involves wearing two drastically contrasting colours together in a dress or trousers and shirt combination. Think orange and purple or red and blue, primary colours that you would never dream of putting together, they actually work! For work, try a charcoal grey jacket with a lemon-lime blouse or a turquoise blouse paired with cream pants and a navy blue boyfriend jacket. If you are heading for a cocktail party or a night out on the town, how about a ruby red or sapphire blue dress instead of your black dress? Just remember to have fun with colour and not take it too seriously!