I am a neutral lover thru and thru. Yes, if you’ve been here a while you know that I’m also that woman who had no less than 4 virtual color analyses last year. Obsessive? Yes. I was curious to test the viability of virtual analysis, (not very accurate) and looking to try new colors. Throughout the process, I did discover colors I’ve never worn before that I’ve wholeheartedly embraced and they happen to be, you guessed it, neutrals. Today I’m chatting about wearing colors you love.
There’s no question that color lifts our spirits but I’m seldom drawn to an outfit with color the way I am by an outfit made up of neutrals. It’s a personal preference for me, but it’s also part of my personal style recipe. I find neutrals elegant in a way that I don’t find colors and elegance is a big part of my style formula.
While walking the seawall in False Creek yesterday, I passed a young man dressed in a camel overcoat, gray crewneck sweater, deep navy pants, and black shoes. I tried to not stare but don’t think I succeeded because he gave me the stink eye:) The color combo was arresting in its simplicity and totally inspiring to me.
As always, you can click the red text for more info and to shop the item.
I looked down and realized my dog walking outfit, wasn’t that far off the mark. It wasn’t anywhere as crisp because my jeans were a mid-wash and my sneakers were…well, sneakers. The neutrals were similar but the entire effect was downplayed by texture and saturation of the colors.
I ditched the sneakers and heavier jacket when the weather got milder but that did little to add polish to my look because of the faded denim and rustic suede booties.
Now I’m thinking about what I have in my wardrobe at home to recreate his outfit. I think I have a lot and it will be dead simple. Have you ever used a man’s outfit as inspiration to create a look for yourself?
Wearing Colors You Love
Our personal style recipe needs to feel authentic. Forcing ourselves to wear a style, shape, or color simply because it’s in our pallet or “flattering” can be a recipe for disaster. The colors that flatter our personal coloring is only part of your style equation. Pay attention to your instinct and wear what resonates with how you want to feel. If you’re tagged a bright spring but prefer to wear quiet colors that don’t draw attention, listen to yourself and dress for your comfort level.
That said, I have an in-person color analysis scheduled for Saturday and another one scheduled in January. Both practitioners are trained in the Sci-Art method which I’ve long been a big fan of. We can stab in the dark doing a color analysis online, but to see your skin react, you must be draped in person. I’ll let you know how it goes. To be honest, the only season I would be surprised to be typed at this point is a winter because I’ve been called everything else…several times.
One final note…I was shopping yesterday, big surprise, and a saleslady oohed and awed over how a canary yellow coat looked on me. Her exact words were, “oh, that’s your color!”. In truth, I looked sick as a dog in that yellow and she has no clue what she’s talking about. Her opinion is just that, an untrained opinion so beware of where compliments come from. Listen to your instincts. How do you feel in the shape and color? Is it sending the message you want to be associated with you?
Thanks for reading my ramblings this morning ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident because that’s all that matters.