How To Wear Colour If You Live In Black

According to style icon Coco Chanel “The best colour in the world is the one that looks good on you”. But how do you know what colour looks best on you if you always wear black?

It’s time you take a leaf out of Taylor Swift’s book and ‘shake off’ your aversion to bright colours, so that you can embrace a more colourful, bolder you!

If you have in fact spent most of your life wearing black because it’s comfortable and ‘safe’, then it won’t be so easy to step out of your comfort zone and let some colour in.

So, I’ve compiled a few tips to help you start slowly.

Find the right colour for your skin tone

Save yourself time and money, or that horrible feeling of buyer’s remorse, by finding out which colour best suits your skin tone. Don’t rely on colour charts either, as they went out with Amway in the 80’s.

Does your skin have warm or olive undertones? Then you should opt for earthy tones (orange, yellow, olive green). If your skin is cooler toned, try rich jewel hues (ruby, sapphire or deep emerald).

Not sure which one you are? Look at the veins in your wrist: Red/blue veins = Cool. Green veins = Warm. If you can’t really tell, then you’re probably a neutral and can wear most colours.

Start slowly

If you’re used to wearing black all the time, then you’re not exactly going to turn up to work the following day in a bright yellow dress, right?

Start slowly by beginning to incorporate vibrant colours into your outfits one piece at a time.

For example, you may want to start simply by exploring colourful accessories like a yellow handbag, an eye-catching bracelet, a scarf or a pair of embellished shoes to add to that little black dress.

Stick to solids

AIf the thought of jumping aboard the colour train still scares you senseless, don’t worry. This isn’t the only way to get to the city of colour. Try wearing one colour from head to toe and try navy if you’re a beginner or red if you feel bold – You will know you are doing the right thing as you’ll start to receive compliments!

Another option is to create an entire look without any black items, use deep navy, brown or beige tones, for example.

Invest in some ‘forever wear’

One of the most important items in your wardrobe are items you are bound to wear forever. Such as a classic leather jacket, or a little black dress.

What particular ‘forever wear’ you choose to invest in will depend on your personal style. Once you’ve found some good quality forever pieces you will not want to stop wearing them.

Now that spring has well and truly arrived, it’s never been a better time to get out of your comfort zone and add some colour to your life.

Unsure of what colour to start out with? Need a little help in doing so? I’m here to help!

Contact me to arrange a style consultation today.

Yours in style,

My Stylist Juliet

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