Every day is a great day to consider: What colors make you look your absolute best?
You know that feeling you get when you’re all dressed up and think you look pretty good … and someone asks if you’re feeling alright?
That’s because 1) either you don’t feel well and it shows or, more likely 2) you’re not wearing your best colors.
Or how about this: You go to get dressed one day and realize everything you own is in one of three colors — black, white, and navy — and this makes you feel stuck and boring.
If you’d like to get out of your color rut, how about you:
- Visit a paint store. Go to the paint-chip display, collect a bunch, and shuffle them. Which combinations do you love?
- Visit a museum. Take an hour and walk around a museum, focusing particularly on the colors. What appeals to you — and what doesn’t?
- Browse magazines and art books. Try this same approach with magazines or art books. Open yourself to new colors and combinations.
- Pay attention to the world around you. Mother Nature and pairs colors together beautifully, so take your cue from her. So do architects and designers. The muted yellow strip on a brick-color basketball court?
- Color your accessories. Instead of black bag, try one in ivory, gray, camel, bottle green or royal blue. Tie on a colorful scarf. Or add a colorful necklace or pair of earrings to your outfit.
- Create new clothing combinations. Take your colored pieces from your closet and toss them on your bed or place them on a rolling rack. Which colors go together in an appealing way?
- Shop for color. Branch out in a small way by bringing a new color or colors into your wardrobe. Take it home and play with it — see what it works with that you already have in your closet, using your new-found color skills.
- Find your best colors. Try this quick test: hold a bright white up to your face and compare it with a warmer white, like an ivory. Does the bright white or ivory flatter you more — making you look younger and prettier? This may be a clue to figuring out whether warm or cool colors suit you more.
(Ketura Persellin is a wardrobe and style consultant in Washington, DC, and surrounding suburbs. Contact her to book your one-hour color consultation.)