I’ve spoken in the past about wearing gold even though, in theory, it doesn’t suit me. Having Italian heritage, my skin is olive. It tans easily, has a yellow undertone and can make me look a bit sallow or like a Simpson in the wrong light 😉.
This means that the colour yellow isn’t really my friend and ‘experts’ urge me to avoid it at all costs. Yet yellow is such a friendly colour and never fails to make me smile. Enter the dilemma, if you love a certain colour: how to wear colours that don’t suit you?
I’ve never had my colours done, nor have I ever thoroughly investigated what I should and shouldn’t be wearing when it comes to colour. But it only takes a long hard look in the mirror to know that some colours drain any life from my face and, unfortunately, yellow is one of them. Yet here I am wearing a yellow/mustard coat and absolutely loving it. I’m sure the colour analysers out there will be gasping in horror!
Now I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with having your colours analysed and learning which colours compliment you and which to stay away from. But what if one or more of those colours that you’ve been told to turn your back on is your favourite? What if your wardrobe is already stuffed with colours that you ‘shouldn’t’ be wearing? Is there a way to wear them anyway?
How To Wear Colours That Don’t Suit You
Choose wisely. Not all colour analyst are created equally. I have known women who have spent quite a bit of money learning what not to wear only to find out that they were given completely the wrong information. Springs wearing Winters, Winters wearing Summers – an absolute nightmare. If you are going down the colour analyst route do your research and choose one that you feel completely confident with.
Rules are there to be broken. Although I believe that there are certain colours that suit us more than others, I don’t really feel that we should stick rigidly to a colour chart. After all, our skin tone changes throughout the year, and the chart that has been designed for us may not suit our personality. A friend of mine was dismayed to find out that she ‘couldn’t’ wear bright colours anymore. She stuck to to her chart for a while then ripped it up in a frenzy of frustration. A colour chart is supposed to make you feel more confident in your colour choices, if it doesn’t make you happy don’t stick to it! Just look at Catherine rocking colours she ‘shouldn’t’ be wearing!!
Accessorise. If you have been told not to wear certain colours but it breaks your heart to walk past them in the store try adding accent pieces. If you really do want to stick to the rules then keep these colours away from your face. Think bags, shoes, belts, boots, etc.
Think seasonal. There are definitely times throughout the year when colours look better against our skin tones. Even with the obsessive applications of sunscreen (just me?) our skin changes colour throughout the year. Which means we can certainly wear some of the colours we love seasonally.
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One last thought: don’t overthink it. I am not a lover of rules and they are almost always there to be broken – not the laws of the land though, I am a model citizen ☺️. If something makes you happy then wear it!
So, taking my own advice, I bought this yellow coat because my skin is pretty tan at the moment which means it looks fine. Come the depths of Winter I’ll be teaming it with chunky knits and scarves in colours that will sit next to my face and that I know lift the pale/sallow tone that my skin becomes.
So there you go, a few ideas on wearing colours that don’t suit you. Let me know if you stick to the ‘rules’ or are a bit of a colour rebel. Also, have you ever had your colours analysed and what was your experience like?