One of the fundamentals of style is colour, and choosing colours can be one of the hardest aspects of building a signature wardrobe.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Ms Blaelock’s Book of Signature Wardrobe Planning says “You can build a wardrobe with any set of colours you like, but
Here are Blaelock’s tips for choosing colours:
- Pick a theme: Your theme, (e.g., beach chic, abstract modernist or Toky boho) can reduce your choices. For example, beach chic is unlikely to include red, but abstract modernist probably will. Tokyo boho might share a faded blue with beach chic, but abstract modern will probably be a crisper blue.
- Work with your personality: It’s commonly thought that introverts prefer cool (blue/green) colours, and extroverts warm (red/yellow). Or that sombre people wear dark tones and happy people wear bright ones. But colours can change the way you feel, and you might benefit from switching them up a bit.
- Work with your natural colours: The best colour choices enhance your skin, hair and eyes. Try different colours (without makeup) and pick the ones that make you look healthy and vibrant.
- Pick a scheme: Colour schemes come in different types:
- Monochromatic: different values and intensities of one colour.
- Analogous: a combination of adjacent colours (e.g., blue and blue-violet).
- Complementary: contrasting colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel (e.g., yellow and violet)
- Neutral: contrasting neutrals (e.g., black and white).
- Get a colour consultation: It can be hard to get colours right, and if you’re not confident you can do it, consider a colour consultation. Just remember that the ambient lighting, as well as your hair and makeup colours, change the way colours look against your skin. And make sure you understand what makes these colours the best ones for you so that you can replicate them when they are out of fashion.
These five tips will help you choose colours that suit you, and form a cohesive look.
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