How To Wear Bright Colours With Confidence

You may have seen my tweet last Friday about my final emergence from a three day migraine attack; because you hang on my every word – obviously πŸ˜‰

No, missed it? Well, let’s put it this way: I spent three days in a dark room, intently studying the back of my eyelids. And this enforced stoppage of all activity left me a little bit behind in the work department.

So it was with a heavy heart that I thought I may have to give a whole new shoot for Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb’s first #iwillwearwhatilike Monday Link Up a miss, and share something from one of my older shoots πŸ™

And then, well then I had two of the most productive days ever! I think I cleared more work in those 48 hours than I usually do in a week. Who knows, maybe the migraine cleared a few cobwebs from my brain. So with my work schedule firmly back on track, I had the time I needed to squeeze in a quick photo shoot.

The theme of Catherine’s first style challenge was colour. She encouraged bloggers and readers alike to share with her our most colourful outfits – although sticking to her theme isn’t a requirement for taking part in her link up; she’s nice like that. So I ditched the black and orange outfit that I was going to wear to an evening wedding reception on Sunday, and wore this instead:

Sitting on a wall wearing a very colourful dress and red shawl.
Looking sideways showing my red shawl.

My hands folded on my lap.
 Close up of my hands.
Looking and a garden ornament and smiling.
My hands holding a garden ornament.
Back of my head showing my hair and earring.
sitting on a bench wearing a very colourful dress.

Dress – Autonomy / Shawl – Debenhams (old) / Shoes – Chix / Black And Silver Stack Ring –  Super Drug / Nail Varnish –  No 17 High Gloss in Risky Red / All Other Jewellery – Gifts from Andrew / Fascination With Garden Ornament – I think I may have been trying to tell my own fortune πŸ™‚

Bright eh?! If you’re anything like I used to be before I decided to grab life by the throat and live it my way, you may be struggling to wear bright colours with confidence. I know I used to live in black and beige, hoping that it would allow me to melt into the background. So how did I evolve from a shadow-seeking-beige-wearer to a wearer-of-bright-eye-catching-colour?  The answer is – slowly!

If you have decided to throw off your cloak of beige invisibility – do it one step at a time. There’s nothing wrong with throwing caution to the wind and dressing from head to toe in colours that scream, “Look at me!” And for some of you this may very well be the way forward. For others? Well, if you’re like the old me you may lose your nerve and not make it out through your own front door.

So try taking it one step at a time. Let’s imagine that you’ve decided to add red to your usual look, here’s how to do it:

  1. Start with nail varnish. It doesn’t have to be pillar box – adding a top coat of red glitter (panic not, there are plenty of subtle glitter varnishes on the market) will give a neutral varnish just a pop of colour.
  2. When you’ve road tested your new look nails and are comfortable to do so, add a red scarf to your outfit.
  3. Now that your confidence is growing, it’s time for my favourite step (no pun intended) – the shoes. Get yourself a pair of red pumps, or killer heels – whichever suits your style and comfort.
  4. Next, take your colour confidence up a notch by adding red to your jacket. I’m not talking Joseph’s coat here; try sewing some red buttons onto a black/grey jacket, you’ll be amazed at the difference this small touch will make.
  5. OK, now push those beige and black boundaries into touch by adding a red top.
  6. You could stop there, or keep going. Build on the foundations of your outfit until you’re happy with the look.
  7. Don’t worry about getting it wrong – there is no wrong! Wear what feels right for you; it may be a splash of colour, it may be a pick and mix of rainbow brights.
  8. Take a wander around the shops with an open mind, and allow yourself to pick up any garment that calls to you. You don’t have to buy it, but if you are drawn to a particular item of clothing it may very well help to stretch your colour glands if you try to put an outfit together based around the piece that you have picked up.
  9. Don’t worry about what other women are wearing. This isn’t about them, it’s about you.
  10. Above all – have fun!!!

Of course, you don’t have to follow the tips above. If diving into colour head first feels right – do it! Follow all, follow none;  just colour yourself happy.

Here’s to a colourful life!


  1. September 7, 2015 / 3:04 pm

    I love you ideas to get started wearing color! I live in the North East and Black is everywhere to the point it is basically a uniform. I bought one colorful top to wear with my black pants and got more compliments the day I wore it than I had for a year. The same thing happened when I bought a colorful purse. I think as I get older black can give a very drained appearance.

    • September 7, 2015 / 3:04 pm

      whoops! should be your not you…typo

    • September 7, 2015 / 3:20 pm

      I do love black, but you’re right – it sometimes feels as if everyone in the world is wearing it! Sounds like you’ve taken a few steps down the road to a more colourful wardrobe. I’m so glad you’re enjoying it and getting compliments πŸ™‚

  2. September 7, 2015 / 3:11 pm

    You are fabulous and I am glad to have found you through CatherineΒ΄s lInk up

    • September 7, 2015 / 3:17 pm

      Isn’t it a great way to meet other like-minded blogger?! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comments πŸ™‚

  3. September 7, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    Love your spirit and attiude about style. Color has been my friend for a long time. Thanks for putting this post in the universe. I hope others will join the color bandwagon!

  4. September 7, 2015 / 5:54 pm

    I love wearing color! For years I didn’t wear black at all…today I’m more balanced. Red though is a color I rarely have in my arsenal. Tried nail polish (and lipstick)…but no! Oh now that I recall…I do have a red clutch!! Thank you for stopping by my blog! PS I’d never guess that you’re 50!

  5. September 8, 2015 / 8:36 am

    I must admit I do wear a lot of black , often with a pop of colour , always with a bright lipstick. Lately I have added more colour and will include more as we head into Summer (I am in Australia).
    Your tips are really helpful for a gentle nod to more colour.

    • September 8, 2015 / 12:24 pm

      Hi Jill, glad you found my tips useful. I’m rather jealous that you are heading into Summer – I’m not looking forward to a British Winter πŸ™

  6. September 8, 2015 / 4:25 pm

    Point #9 – Amen, I say, amen.

  7. September 8, 2015 / 11:39 pm

    Great tips! I do love this shade of red on you. It goes perfectly with your dark colouring. You look lovely.

    • September 12, 2015 / 5:38 am

      Ah, thank you Lorna. Can you believe that I avoided colour for about twenty years or more (confidence issues)? I wish I could go back and have a stern talk to myself :
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.
      Michelle x

  8. September 9, 2015 / 5:20 am

    Yes, we should wear what we want, and we should wear more color!

    You look great!

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