Some people feel at odds with the colour palette that flatters. For example, a bold or dramatic personality (loving bright colours) whilst the colours that flatter may be softer and smokier and lack that obvious drama.
Ideally you want to create balance between the inner you, your personality, and the outer you, your appearance and natural colouring.
In this video Jill Chivers of Shop Your Wardrobe and I discuss how to feel congruent with your personality and colour palette and show you how to manipulate the colours that flatter to express your personality authentically.
The most important factor in understanding how to express your personality using your colours
We mention this post on value contrast being like a set of stairs.
I show you how to create the illusion of boldness or brightness by changing the colour or value contrast by using a higher colour contrast such as a complementary, split complementary or triadic colour scheme.
If you are more dramatic in personality (but not in colouring), you will naturally want to break your colour or style ‘rules’ (aka guidelines) to express yourself fully.
This is particularly useful if you have been used to wearing brighter colours and as your skin, hair and eyes softens and mutes with age, and the bright colours start wearing you (instead of you wearing the colours), it’s good to be able to give yourself the ‘feeling’ of brightness without the colours being too overwhelming and unflattering for you.
We discuss how to add contrast, whether colour or value by adding the higher contrast as an accent in a small element, a piece of jewellery, a hint of cami or a layer that peeks out.
You can also take this concept and do it in reverse if the brighter colours suit your colouring, but you prefer a more subtle look. Instead of wearing a high value contrast, take it down a level by adding in an extra element of colour in a ‘step’ down so that you are blending the colours instead of jumping from a light to dark.
Wearing a more monochromatic palette – such as pink with burgundy, instead of pink and blue, will make that pink look more subtle.
You want to feel like you when wearing your colours as they can work in concert with one another, bringing out your true beauty, and also reflecting your authentic self.
If you’d like to discover your personal colour palette and contrast levels, this is part of my 7 Steps to Style program.
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