There’s no doubt that color affects our mood and because last year was the pits, most of us began reaching for more of it to lift our spirits. It may not always feel like an easy process so let’s look at easy ways to add color to your wardrobe. Today I’m back with my friend Cindy for our Monthly Fashion Edit. This month we’re joined by Sandra to share our thoughts on color.
I adore neutrals! If you look in my closet you’ll find a sea of black, lots of white, grays, beiges and a smidgen of color. I find neutrals soothing. They make it easy to put a cohesive look together and they’re just so effortless. But are they boring? Have I gotten lazy by always reaching for a neutral?
Sometimes it feels that way so I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone and experimenting with both color and pattern. I may never wear a bright floral but that burgeoning spot of color in the corner of my closet feels delightful. I can’t think of a better adjective to describe how clothes make you feel than fun, which we could all use more of these days.
How to add color to a neutral wardrobe
If you’re a neutral lover, the thought of adding color can be scary. Start small and dial down the intensity. If your wardrobe is predominantly black…add navy, charcoal, or deep brown for a low-contrast addition. Wear mostly beige? Add brown, taupe, pale yellow, peach, or other delicate shades. It’s easier to introduce colors with similar intensity if you’re not used to wearing them.
This Sabina Savage scarf has soft, subtle shades that coordinate with almost everything I own so it’s on frequent rotation in my wardrobe this winter.
Metallics add color in a neutral fashion so they’re perfect for the color phobic among us. A copper shoe looks fabulous with brown, khaki, beige, or black. Silver perks up cool tones and gold is the perfect complement to warm colors. A metallic belt may be out of your comfort zone, but how about a statement necklace in hammered gold?
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Layer on a scarf
These are a natural way to add color to your outfit. Patterned scarves will add several colors at one time and the bonus is they add a level of polish to your outfit that jewelry just can’t give.
If you’re not comfortable wearing the scarf near your face, try tying it onto the handle of your handbag. This handbag added a bright pop to my outfit but this scarf allowed me to introduce touches of other colors I would never wear near my face.
Add a pop of color
Most people think that adding a pop of color means it has to be bright. But if you’re wearing a neutral or pale outfit, the exclamation point you’re looking for can be as simple as a warm tone worn against a cool one, or a slightly more intense version of a color you’re wearing. It also needn’t be seen from down the block and they’re often better when they’re underplayed.
This pale mint sweater was one of my first dips into color a few seasons ago and while it’s a large item, the soft tone dials down the impact of the ‘pop’.
Choose a signature color
A signature color is one that you’re known for and/or wear a lot. For some women, their signature color is obvious because they’re almost obsessed with it. How do you find your signature color? You could get a professional color analysis or simply pay attention to what attracts you and what you feel the happiest wearing. The bonus here is if you love it, it’s usually flattering too.
I may have a ton of neutral’s in my wardrobe, but I think of blue as my signature color. I love it in every shade, intensity, and nuance so I’m happy whenever I wear it.
What’s your favorite way to add color to your wardrobe?