October 13, 2011
Whether you’re in a style rut or you just can’t seem to commit to trying something new with your wardrobe, sometimes we all need a little help for that extra push in the right direction. Especially when it comes to color. Many of us love to keep an eye on the trends, but implementing them is a whole other story. The same is true for color. How many times do you tell yourself that you will break out of the neutral colors and embrace brighter, happier shades for everyday? Well – as with everything – the road to change starts with a small step. If you’ve been afraid of taking the leap into mixing up your closet with some cobalt blues or lemon yellows, all you need to do is take a few steps in the right direction and then you’ll have a rainbow of color choices ahead of you.
For anyone suffering from a uniform of solid black (or brown), the simplest way to embrace color change is to add a scarf. Choose one in a solid or pattern – there’s only one rule – no black allowed. Now, the next time you put on a monochromatic outfit, wrap the scarf around your neck to brighten your face.
Costume jewelry transforms any look and it’s available in all price ranges so you don’t have to spend a bundle to add some to your collection. From jewel-tone colors like emerald and ruby to brights like turquoise and yellow, a chunky necklace or drop earrings will make an everyday white tee look special without making you feel like you’ve gone over the top.
If wearing vivid colors near your face is too much for you to handle at first, start with your shoes. Almost everyone goes for the daring shade on their toes when getting a pedicure while going neutral on the fingertips. Clothing is no different. It’s much easier to embrace a teal pump paired with a simpleLBD than a red dress with black heels if you’re a little color-shy.
Once you get addicted to the variety in your accessories and shoes you will start to be more open to adding additional hues to your go-to pieces in your wardrobe. Caution: Color can be mood-altering. You might find that your clothes aren’t the only things that are lighter and brighter. Pretty soon, your closet filled with head-to-toe black will transform into a large array of hues that will become your go-to items for everyday.