Firstly I would like to thank those of you who joined the conversation in my previous post “shall we wear purple?” Not all of us agree about liking and wearing a certain colour and that is fine. We are all individuals with our own preferences often based on our personal histories. This is all part of the rich tapestry of life.
Also, colours do have psychological, religious, social and personal associations. A couple of you referred to these in the comments. A few of you mentioned that you wore colours that you liked regardless of fashion trends or what others thought. I heartily agree with this sentiment, even though I trained as a colour and style consultant way back in the early 90s and worked in the industry for over twenty years. I feel that when we reach a certain age we are entitled to please ourselves.
What I have been discovering recently is that the colours that suit me and that I am drawn to have changed since I became older and my hair went grey. I used to wear softer tones but now strangely I can carry off the brighter hues. So it may well be worth your while trying some colours that you might not have thought would work for you when you were younger.
We can so easily get stuck in a rut with the colours and styles we choose. Maybe it is time to be a bit more adventurous, or possibly get a second opinion from a professional or a friend that you trust.
I recently put this to the test and got together with two former friends and image consultant colleagues to have a fun afternoon trying colours by draping fabrics of different colour families around our necks (scarf fashion). We then observed how various colours lifted or drained our complexions.
Feel free to wear the colours that you love however you might like to check in the mirror to see if it loves you. This is where I find that scarves and jewellery in your most flattering tones are invaluable worn near the face. They can rescue an otherwise lacklustre outfit and add sparkle to your eyes.
As you will notice in the photos I continue to wear and enjoy my favourite colours. They lift my mood as well as my complexion. My new pink coat is by Cos. The description says that it is an oversized blazer style coat in cotton twill with a silky lining. Personally, I would call it a duster coat. There are two things I find it hard to resist one is a duster style coat. I find this style flattering and so useful. You can fling one over a pair of jeans, trousers or skirt for a casual yet chic look. My other passion is pink, definitely one of my favourite colours at the moment.
Brightly coloured coats:
Here I am wearing it over my pink V neck sweater by Hopefashionuk and a pair of their foundation trousers in grey. (both now reduced in their sale). Finishing touches are a pair of metallic ankle boots (a few years old by Vionic) and a purple wool scarf from St.Tropez.
Change the accessories change the look. From formal to more casual. Above I am wearing my pink coat worn over my purple polo neck sweater by WinserLondon, my Levi jeans and a pair of white trainers. I like to be brave with my colours. Here I am combining purple, pink and green.