Colour is so important, especially at this time of year. As the days get darker, it seems our wardrobes follow the weather too. But it doesn’t have to be like this. Colour consultant and personal stylist Nicola Davis reveals how the right colour not only makes us look good from the outside but can also cheer us up on the inside.
You may have noticed by now that I am on a mission to get people to inject a little more colour into their lives. Not only does wearing the right colour make you look more attractive and vibrant, it can really lift your spirits. A colour analysis will show you your most flattering colours and how to wear them. For those of you who haven’t had an analysis yet or would like a refresh, here are a few tips:
Neutrals are fairly low-key – browns, greys, blues, taupes, dark greens etc and they provide a really good foil for your “accent” colours. If in doubt about which your best neutrals are, your hair and eye colour can be a good guide. For a brunette, chocolate should look pretty good, for a very dark hair bitter chocolate or black, for blondes taupe, cocoa or stone and for redheads camels, tans and rusts. If your eyes are a definite colour then using that as a key neutral will also work. If you have hazel/blended eyes, picking out one or two of the colours in your eyes for your key neutrals will make them sparkle. You will find that your eyes appear to change colour depending on which colours you wear.
Neutrals are great for investment buys such as bags, coats and shoes as they tend to work very well with other colours and won’t “date”. They are also an excellent choice for occasionwear because of their timeless tones. Nudes complement a white wedding dress beautifully. Neutral shades also work well with most wedding themes. They offer a sophisticated and stunning look without being over-the-top.
Accents are more vibrant and attention-grabbing. These can be particularly uplifting and confidence-boosting when you know you’ve got them right. Personally, I love wearing red as a single block. It makes me feel confident and a bit sassy. I don’t tend to contrast it with other colours though as this is too harsh for my natural colouring which is quite soft.
Accent colours are more likely to be “in” or “out” of fashion than neutrals. How you decide to wear your neutral and accent colours will be dictated by a number of factors:
- Your personality
- Natural level of colour contrast
- Your shape
More retiring types will probably be more comfortable in a largely neutral colour palette. You can brighten this up with a scarf or piece of jewellery in one of their accent colours. More outgoing personalities who like to be noticed, on the other hand, may forgo wearing a neutral colour and instead opt for a riot of accent colours.
If you have a lot of natural contrast in your colouring, say very dark hair, bright eyes and pale skin, you will look fantastic in bold and contrasting colours. If, on the other hand, your colouring is less dramatic, wearing a single block colour or a blend of similar colours will look altogether more classy and harmonious.
Clever use of colour is a great way to camouflage or draw attention to different parts of your body.
Everyone knows that black is slimming. However, not everyone seems to know is that there are loads of other neutral colours that are slimming too. These are also infinitely more flattering on most people.
If you want to disguise a particular part of your body, think of wearing one of your darkest neutrals there. For instance, navy, charcoal, black brown or pine green would be good choice. Then, wear your lightest, brightest accent colour(s) on those areas which you’d like to draw more attention to.