Every advertisement on television, magazines and billboards reveal people wearing color, even reflections of street style show the average Joe rocking these magnificent colors, except me.
I am a so monochromatic and I just can’t help it. Almost every day – especially to work – I wear black, gray or cream/white and sometimes…I mean sometimes…a splash of color. When I was in college, I always wore black because, as I would say then, “I am in mourning for my life.”
Well today, I live in sunny Southern California and spend most of my time outside so I have no excuse why I’m not the bright light of my life. I mean, being a compulsive shopper, I have purchased my fair share of effervescent Spring fashion but it is just sitting in my closet with the tags dangling.
Although, I have to give myself some props: my first colorful purchase of the season, which I have been wearing pretty much non-stop ever since, was earlier this winter. At a sample sale, I bought a magenta-colored Tano bag (http://tanobag.com) that was like a cool drink of water. From the minute, I tried this bag, in which the leather felt like butter on my arm, I had to have it. Since they only took cash, this meant actually leaving the sale and going to the closest ATM. Seriously, I haven’t actually carried cash or been to a bank in forever. The bucket-style purse is my go to bag and, I am proud to say, I actually wear it even if it does not matchy-match with my entire outfit.
I also purchased a bunch of tops in every class of cnidarians – the many shades of coral. I have this belief that any color pink which fades to coral and then to orange on the Pantone spectrum looks good on me. I also believe that yellow is my new go to color for this season, not to mention all the floral tops, skirts and dresses I now own.
But I just don’t put them on in the morning. For some reason, my favorite black boyfriend cardigan, black trousers – in any style since I own (no joke) about 10 pair – with black and gray color blocked flats are my work uniform.
I’m a little better on the weekends, but typically adding a brightly colored tank with a neon scarf, boyfriend jeans and thongs. Hello, weekend uniform.
So I am making a pact with myself – right here, right now – to get some color back in my life.
But, I know there are some neon rules that need to be taken into consideration. For example, if you are wearing one bold color such as a dress or two bold top and bottom, please keep everything else simple. Don’t pick a brightly colored article of clothing with ruffles or loud designs, it is all about simple aesthetics. For accouterments, go nude…well not like how it sounds…choose nude or neutral-colored shoes and purse. Same thing with jewelry: go minimal.
Another issue to worry about is how to wear make-up and hair. Since I have a fair complexion, I also need to think about those hues washing me out. In order to avoid such a dilemma, I choose lip and cheek color that emulates the tones in your clothes. This is not to say you need to match to a T, but keep it in the family if you know what I mean.
Rule of thumb: these bright colors should pop on your face and complement your look. So put the pop in your eyes or on your lips to do the trick – but remember to keep your lips nude if in doubt.
Also beware of colors that have red in them. Personally, there are some browns that I just can’t wear because they have too much red and make me look like I have pink eye. Similarly, I have a coral colored shadow from Mac that makes me look like I went against Brad Pitt in fight club. The best thing to do is play around with this palette by using your face as the canvas, this way you can cultivate a color sense.
Hair is easy; just keep it simple if you are rolling out in bright colors. Keep it straight or a low pony.
So with all this self-effacing advice under my belt -- okay an entirely different trend in which I have a gazillion and never, ever wear (but that will be a future post) – I am committed to this new mid-spring resolution. So the next time you see me on the street, I won’t be wearing black or gray or tan from head to tow, I will be working the runway of my life in color.