March 29, 2012
When it comes to fashion, colour is our best weapon. With winter fast approaching, we look to what colours are going to be seen and how we can wear them according to our own colour groups.
You may feel the need to wear what you think is on trend, but be mindful of that fact that the wrong hue can give you a pale, washed-out appearance. Wear a flattering shade so your skin (and appearance) will in turn give you an undeniable (and well deserved) radiance, all the while enhancing your best features.
Your complexion and colouring determines which colours work best for you- and these are three main colour groupings which can be known as the Base, Cool and Warm colours. Take into consideration your skin tone, natural hair colour and your eye colour. If you’re familiar with what colour group you are then that’s half the battle! You will use this as your foundation to help shape your fundamental and also seasonal wardrobes. If you’re new to the colour world, there’s plenty of information through books, internet, workshops and tutorials around. It will open your mind and make you more aware of your styling for the future and beyond.
There are a few colours flying around for this winters season’s wardrobe that is providing both men and women with a diverse colour palette to play with.
For men, this season can be categorised into a few colour groupings. There’s the classic and luxurious soft (yet polished) palette which can be incorporated through layers of fine healthier mixed wool. A cooler contrast which is based around icy blue shades will be seen through sleek wool and tougher cotton as well as a large wintry range which takes in those perkier pops of mustard and brick tones which look best with twill and mohair. If wearing multifaceted textures, be sure to team them up with a medley of earthy browns, camels and greys.
Women this winter season should expect to see an array of colour palettes. Muted pastels and soft neutral tones are a good start to any styling with tailored lines and woolen suiting.
One of this season’s biggest trending is the 60’s styling and incorporating those retro elements (back) into your life; so be on the lookout for those vibrant and evocative colours either through blocking or prints, graphics, spots and shapes. These colours give life to delicate layers and elegant silhouettes, and introducing some metallic accents will look incredible with silken elements. Also be ready to have fun with rich, jewel-like and earthy shades. Some dramatic blues and deep brown tones will show through beautiful silks while intense tones of turquoise and violet will also play a big part for winter.
Get those colour wheels out and start experimenting with your own individual colourings. In the process you will discover your own personal ‘how to’ in colour styling, which will then give you your ultimate winter wardrobe.
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