How To Wear Colours That Don’t Suit You | A Yellow Longline Collared Coat

How to wear colours that don't suit you | Longline yellow collared coat, grey ankle grazer trousers, gold sparkle trainers, black and white check hat, colour block small handbag in mustard, brown and black | The Barefaced Chic, a UK fashion blog for women over 50

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?

How to wear colours that don't suit you | Longline yellow collared coat, grey ankle grazer trousers, gold sparkle trainers, black and white check hat, colour block small handbag in mustard, brown and black | The Barefaced Chic, a UK fashion blog for women over 50

How to wear colours that don't suit you | Longline yellow collared coat, grey ankle grazer trousers, gold sparkle trainers, black and white check hat, colour block small handbag in mustard, brown and black | The Barefaced Chic, a UK fashion blog for women over 50

How to wear colours that don't suit you | Longline yellow collared coat, grey ankle grazer trousers, gold sparkle trainers, black and white check hat, colour block small handbag in mustard, brown and black | The Barefaced Chic, a UK fashion blog for women over 50

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?

Yellow Longline Collared Coat – New Look
White Spot Print Hem Shirt – New Look
Colour Block Top Handle Bag – New Look
Hat – Vintage
Trousers – New Look (out of stock online but a few left instore)

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16 Comments

  1. September 18, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    Great blog. I had my colours done years ago & although I stick to It most of the time, but, like most of us I still buy my “wrong” colours! I have just come back from Ibiza where I bought a black top & a white top – neither of which I should be wearing! But like you said, I will just make sure to wear the “right colour” , necklace or scarf, next to my face & all will be fine! I agree with you that we really know what makes us look our best just by looking in the mirror. Thank you for the great blog – you’re rocking that mustard coat!

    • September 24, 2017 / 9:28 am

      Thanks Suzi! I think we should take all the advice about what colours we should or shouldn’t be wearing with a pinch of salt. The mirror really does tell the true story and wearing what makes us happy is always ‘right’!!
      xx

  2. September 20, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    Now you see Michelle you’ve proved in that first picture something I’ve been saying since the 90’s. “What the hell is the point of getting your colours done?” I just don’t think it’s that simple. Colour is perceived differently by different people & the gradients of colour are infinite so I can’t imagine how one person can possibly say what suits many. Regardless of that, I think we can have an inexplicable aversion to certain colours. I hated pink my entire life. Up until two years ago I swore it didn’t suit me but guess what? I bloody love it now & wear it as often as I can! Love this post mate xx

    • September 24, 2017 / 9:29 am

      Absolutely Michelle!! I too hated pink until a year or so ago. Maybe our tastes change with age? Glad you enjoyed my ramblings xx

  3. September 22, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    Beautiful photos, Michelle and I also never did a colour analysis. I just know certain warm tones don’t suit me, this curry yellow is a perfect example. Yet it looks so good and soft on you paired with grey.

    xx
    Annette

    • September 24, 2017 / 9:31 am

      I don’t think I’ll ever get my colours done Annette. If I was completely lost and had no idea what suited me or not then it might be a stepping stone to building a wardrobe. But I’m happy looking in the mirror and making a judgment – then breaking the rules! xxx

  4. September 22, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    I tend to wear most colours and don’t know yet if they suit me! I just wear what I want to! I adore this whole outfit and those photos are AMAZING!!! Thanks for sharing. Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

    • September 24, 2017 / 9:32 am

      Thank you so much for the compliment Jacqui, I’ll pass it on to my husband who takes all my pics. Keep wearing what you love – you look great!! xx

  5. September 24, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    We tend to naturally gravitate to the colours that suit us. I’ve had my colours done 3 times: the first time was when CMB was new and I was a journalist, so wrote about the experience. The second time colour analysis was included in a women’s management course. There will be a perfect yellow for you, only snag is that sometimes the exact colours are hard to find.

    • October 5, 2017 / 5:41 pm

      I found that too Gail. A colour becomes fashionable then it’s hard to find different tones of it. Interesting that you’ve had your colours done so many times, were the results the same each time?

  6. October 5, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    I totally agree – softening the yellow with grey really works. Yellow is quite definitely not my colour, so I tend to stick to pops of it away from my face. A citrus handbag and stilettoes works well.

    • October 5, 2017 / 5:42 pm

      Thank you for the comment Susan, I really like the idea of your app. I’ll be sure to check it out in January!

  7. October 9, 2017 / 9:01 am

    That coat is amazing, the colours all work so well together, even the soles of your shoes match perfectly – now was that chosen or by luck?? Looks fab whichever way Hun – nice job. xx

  8. Jane
    November 8, 2017 / 9:20 am

    First visit to your blog – so pleased to have found it. Great advice and fab look. I might jave missed it but where did you get the gorgeous pumps?

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