Wardrobe strate­gies to suit the colour-shy

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A com­mon lament heard from fash­ion­istas far and wide is the blind homage paid to the cor­po­rate iden­tity of the colour black.

Colour equals con­fi­dence, and, let’s be hon­est, it takes a great deal of courage to wear vast amounts of colour if you pre­fer to blend rather than stand out from the crowd.

While many a stylist would ar­gue the colour black is a no-no for cer­tain com­plex­ions, it is a wardrobe es­sen­tial for ev­ery­one.

The re­al­ity is as a con­trast colour with few shade vari­ances, the em­pha­sis should be on how you wear it and with what.

Firstly, any colour worn away from the face has min­i­mal im­pact on your com­plex­ion.

Se­condly, when black is worn in a block foun­da­tion for­mat bro­ken up by colour, it of­ten cre­ates a more flat­ter­ing ef­fect.

When colour is the main foun­da­tion bro­ken up by black it loses im­pact. Darker colour ab­sorbs and re­cedes, while lighter colour re­flects and high­lights.

But for the colour-shy this may be a rather daunt­ing prospect to be­gin with, as is chang­ing a whole wardrobe to your per­sonal colour pal­ette.

It is a well-known fact that the medium shade of any colour can be worn by most – it is depth, light and tone that has a greater bear­ing on suit­abil­ity.

This is why sea­sonal pal­ettes are con­sid­ered a really pop­u­lar way of shades.

Add to this that 70 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion suit cooler (blue­based) colours ver­sus 30 per cent suit warmer (yel­low-based) colours and you have the fun­da­men­tals of colour the­ory.

Those with green­ish eyes tend to be lucky enough to flow be­tween the two more eas­ily.

A good start­ing point for the really colour-shy is to find a ver­sa­tile vi­brant hand­bag to love and use with a va­ri­ety of out­fits.

Com­pli­ments al­ways fly fast and fu­ri­ous when it comes to the per­fect se­lec­tion of a woman’s bag and shoes.

Al­ways no­ticed by oth­ers, it is the fastest way to feed con­fi­dence into some­one who lacks self-es­teem.

Coloured shoes work well, be­cause they are fur­thest away from the face and not the first thing that hits like a light­ning bolt when look­ing in the mir­ror.

Next might come a lit­tle hair colour by way of a few foils to

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colour add con­trast or light, and some lippy for those who wear none, or a shade one or two tones darker than nor­mal.

One can add belts, jew­ellery or a scarf to con­tinue build­ing on that colour pal­ette.

Other op­tions in­clude chang­ing the foun­da­tion colour of your out­fit from black to grey or stone.

A much softer, muted ef­fect is achieved with ad­di­tional colour, even with more vi­brant shades due to a less dra­matic con­trast.

White as a foun­da­tion can also be con­sid­ered quite harsh and this can be eas­ily re­placed with pas­tel tones to cre­ate more colour and soft­ness. Pat­tern and tex­ture is prob­a­bly the most un­der-utilised tool for adding colour in a sub­tle but ex­cit­ing way.

Clever colour ad­di­tions by de­fault of­ten come as a re­sult of wardrobe plan­ning fo­cused on life events as op­posed to colour pal­ettes.

Wed­dings are a good ex­am­ple of this strat­egy in ac­tion. If you ap­ply this strat­egy to other life events you may find this a more ef­fec­tive way of in­ject­ing colour into your wardrobe pain­lessly.

Next month: In­stant God­dess – a per­fect tan.

Paula Birnie is a hair and wardrobe stylist who lives in Ti­tahi Bay. For more in­for­ma­tion about hair, makeup and wardrobe styling go to www. com­ple­teenvy.com.

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