Look of the Week: Stretching Your Color Palette

Look of the Week: Stretching Your Color Palette

Last week it seemed that our summer would never end but yesterday we awoke to fog and crisp temperatures. I couldn’t be happier about it. The leaves are turning color and falling plus there’s a crispness in our air that I adore. Looking to push the season ever faster I opted to wear a classic fall color that’s not common for me.

Many women have pigeon-holed themselves into a limited color palette… based on seasonal coloring analysis they had done years ago. If you have warm toned skin, you must only warm based clothes. The same goes for cool complexions.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Covered Perfectly

I’m here to tell you there are many options which allow you to expand your horizons, in flattering ways. Case in point, me. I have cool coloring with visible pinkness in my complexion. There’s not one speck of warmth in my skin. My hair has always been solidly ash toned with no gold.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing olive by Covered Perfectly

My eyes are grayish blue but have a yellow star around the pupil which can make the blue portion appear turquoise,  gray or olive…depending on what I’m wearing. I love to experiment with colors that compliment my match natural coloring.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Covered Perfectly top in olive

Yesterday I wore this Cross Draped Wrap Top from Covered Perfectly in Olive. At their last photo shoot, I modeled it in all the colors, but olive was my favorite. It’s soft on my complexion and coordinates with denim, black, pink, navy…you name it.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Covered Perfectly

I love that this wrap top is already tacked at the cleavage so when I bend over… I’m not showing everything.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing fall colors

Look at the different tones in your hair and eyes then think about how you can incorporate them into your wardrobe. Even if you color your hair, those tones still count because that’s the color you’re wearing.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing wrap top from Covered Perfectly

Experiment with color combinations to find a balance that looks great on you. Don’t limit yourself to the old fashion color rules because rules are made to be broken and fashion is meant to bring us joy.

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When is the last time you had “your colors done” and do you limit yourself to those options?

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  1. November 1, 2017 / 9:49 am

    Having my colours done years ago helped me at the time. It encouraged me to branch out and try colours that I hadn’t worn before. In recent years, however, my colouring has changed and I’m experimenting with different colours and tones.

    • November 1, 2017 / 10:48 am

      Me too Elaine! It gives us even more options.

  2. Creal
    November 1, 2017 / 4:01 am

    Great outfit and your jeans are flattering!

    Have you done a post recently on jeans? I’m struggling. At 52, while I weigh the same, the weight has shifted and now I have a newfound tummy and zero backside. Needless to say, my jeans no longer fit properly. In order to get the right fit in my thighs and legs, the waistband cuts in. I can’t stand it. I’m depressed that my jeans are all tight around my waist, but next size up isn’t the right answer either. I have a closet full of uncomfortable, I’ll fitting jeans with price ranges all over the place. I’m only 52 for goodness sake. I want to look great! Ha ha!

    • November 1, 2017 / 8:01 am

      I haven’t done a post on jeans for awhile but I will now! My shape has shifted too so I’ll put a post together. Do you wear pullon jeans? I’m a huge fan but they’re not always the answer. Post to come soon!

      • Creal
        November 1, 2017 / 11:06 am

        I have one pair of pull on jeans that I got at the Chicos outlet. They are very nice. I went back for another pair and with outlets things aren’t always accurate… Same pair in different color didn’t fit the same. My search for jeans continues. My long time favorites have been Lucky Brand jeans, but I’m finding that they aren’t always the best fit as anymore and the gillion styles are overwhelming. Jeans are something that you have to try on. The 20 year old sales people always say go smaller and tighter. that’s great except I can’t breathe! Ha ha

        Thanks for considering a post on the topic.

        • November 1, 2017 / 11:24 am

          I won’t go smaller because they bind! I’d rather buy what fits. Working on it!

  3. Julie from Melbourne,Australia
    October 30, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    The olive you are wearing is very soft and cool and suits you immensely.The quality of the fabric helps.

    • October 31, 2017 / 3:39 am

      Thanks Julie. The fabric is amazingly soft!

  4. Steph
    October 30, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    What brand are your jeans?

    • October 30, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      There’s a link in the post Steph. They’re from Soft Surroundings. I love them

  5. Pam
    October 30, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    I love the Olive top on you. It makes your whole face light up. I love greens. Black is such a harsh color, and drains the life out of most complexions.

    • October 30, 2017 / 2:38 pm

      Black is tough on me too. Some days it drains me worse than others so a brighter lipstick can help.

  6. Kathy
    October 30, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    The olive top is very flattering on you, and I love the length and style. Olive is such a versatile color; it’s the new neutral for me this fall. I am a fall color, by the way, and tend to wear fall colors a lot, but that won’t stop me from trying a different color if it works for me.

    • October 30, 2017 / 2:37 pm

      Good for you Kathy. I think we need to expand our horizons and have fun with style.

  7. Allison
    October 30, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Hi Jennifer, the olive looks lovely on you! I am a true winter with very dark hair, very fair cool complexion and ‘sea green’ eyes ( I am often asked if I wear coloured contacts!!) I find that certain olives do work for me especially with a Allison coral lip, although my favourite olive is found in a martini;)
    Question: are your pants petite? the website lists petite leg length as 27 inches which would be an ankle pant on me. I am an odd body at 5’1″ with longer legs on a short torso. Some petite lengths fit just fine others are too short. Wondering what length in this style you are wearing.

    • October 30, 2017 / 2:35 pm

      These are not petites. I prefer a longer rise so usually get regular length pants and hem them. These are a touch too long for me and could use a hemming.Love your comment about the olive in your Martini:)

  8. Barb
    October 30, 2017 / 7:30 am

    Hi Jennifer! I had my colors done in the 80s by a “Color Me Beautiful” consultant and am a Winter. I really have stuck to wearing those colors–black, white, navy, gray, red, jewel tones–because I’m naturally drawn to them and feel good wearing them! I also like the way everything mixes and matches easily. You look great in the Olive CP top. It’s helpful to me to see how “non-petite” items fit you, as I’m only 5′ 3″ tall.

    • October 30, 2017 / 8:04 am

      I always wished I had the coloring of a winter. The saturated colors are so appealing to me but seldom look flattering. Being short has its challenges 🙂

  9. Terry
    October 30, 2017 / 7:19 am

    The last time I had my colors done was the late 70s! I do stay true to my summer color palette , for the most part. Black and white are plentiful in my closet, though. Thanks for “permission “ to stray!

    • October 30, 2017 / 8:01 am

      If it’s been that long, you should know that your colors do change as we age. Branch out! Have fun. Technically I should never wear black or red…go figure

  10. October 30, 2017 / 6:31 am

    You look great in olive and should wear it more! It is one of my favorite colors.

    • October 30, 2017 / 7:58 am

      This is my second item in olive and I’ll be looking for more!

  11. October 30, 2017 / 5:25 am

    Olive is such a great color! And that olive suits you…it’s a bit cooler maybe, more blue than yellow undertone?

    • October 30, 2017 / 7:55 am

      It is a bit cooler but still has some warmth to it. I think the red lipstick helps it work on me too.

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