April is here, and with it the promise of warmer weather! This is the time of year where we are likely to be contemplating summer clothes, and perhaps indulging in a bit of colour after the darkness of winter.
Many people love the idea of wearing colour, but they are a touch intimidated by it too. If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that I love wearing colour – some of my lovely readers have got in touch to ask for some tips, so I thought I would write this post with some pointers.
The main question people ask is:
How do you know what colours suit you?
I think it’s helpful to ask yourself what colours you are attracted to. If you have little colour in your wardrobe because you’re not sure where to start, think about what kind of colours you would like to see in it when you open it up.
If you’re still not sure, experiment by holding items of various colours against yourself and see how you feel. A good way of dipping your toe in the water of bright colour is by wearing a brightly-coloured scarf, or necklace.
Don’t discount a colour you are enamoured with because you feel it doesn’t suit you. There are so many different shades for any colour you can think of. For example, I know I suit jewel colours best – so bold sapphire, emerald, amethyst, ruby, etc. My favourite colour is purple, while lavender can wash me out. I am not keen on green – a legacy of years of wearing bottle green as part of my school uniform – but a glorious bright emerald green looks stunning. As for yellow, a glorious sunshine yellow is perfect but any paler shade looks dreadful on me.
Feeling more comfortable with colour? Ok, our next question is…
How do you wear colour?
So, you’ve got an item of clothing in a bright colour of your choice. That item might be a scarf, a necklace, or a cardi perhaps. What other colours do you integrate in to your outfit?
It’s tempting to wear bright colours against black – this look can definitely be very striking but you’re not showing off the colour to its full potential. I think building an outfit with complementary yet contrasting colours works really well, and makes the colours ‘pop’ in a striking way.
These outfits are good examples:
Worried about looking like a clown or peacock? Don’t be!
I work with palettes – colours that contrast yet complement each other.
No idea what I am talking about? I have set up a Pinterest board with loads of different palettes to give you an idea of what colours work well together. There are bold brights, and pale pastels of all sorts of shades as well as everything in between so you are bound to find something you like, that suits you, and that you will feel confident wearing.
Follow Leigh // Headspace Perspective blog’s board Style // Complementary Colours on Pinterest.
As you’ll see from the Pinterest board, another idea to understand complementary colours is to seek inspiration from nature. A good example is flowers; if you look closely a blue flower is never just blue, but likely to have flecks of deep indigo and purple, perhaps some yellow and green in the petals and stamen too. Or take a look at interiors magazines, which often contain ideas for colours that work well together.
I do love a statement necklace – let’s think about…
Bold, Colourful Statement Necklaces
Statement necklaces are a brilliant way of injecting colour in to your outfit as well as yes, making a statement!
Here are some of my looks:
Don’t worry too much about colours and styles. Just have a bit of fun and experiment!
My favourite statement necklaces are from Joules, White Stuff, and Oliver Bonas. You can get some good deals if you wait for a regular discount event. Statement necklaces can be timeless and will keep year after year.
Not just for keeping you warm, scarves come in so many different fabrics, shapes, colours, and patterns you are bound to find one you like. A good way of testing out how you feel about colour – you have the comfort of knowing you can easily take it off.
Drape a scarf around your shoulders or your neck at any time of year to liven up an outfit, make it look like you’ve made an effort, or make a wardrobe staple you might have got a bit bored of feel different.
So what do you think? Will you be indulging in colour with confidence?
I hope so. Colour is beautiful, and it can help brighten my day. It can help brighten your day, too!