One of the things that can change as we get older, is our colours. For most of us, our colours change with each decade. What you could wear when you were 40 you often cannot wear when your 50 or 60. BUT, you may well be able to wear it again when you hit 70!
This happened for me with Lilac and all things of the purple family. Lilac was always one of my colours until I entered my fifties when I started to look worn out whenever I wore it. And yet today, at 70, it works for me again. My hair is different, my skin tone is different and my clothing colours are different to complement the changing colour of my skin tone. Has this happened to you?
I think one of the keys to choosing the colours best suited to your hair, skin tone, eyes and personality as you age is to learn how to use a colour wheel.
What is a Colour Wheel
A wheel showing you how each colour is created from the three primary colours: red, blue and yellow. Give yourself a head start this spring and get a Cox Color Wheel 9-1/4″ So easy to use …
When you understand a colour wheel’s basic layout and how secondary and third-stage colours are created, you will see the colours that complement each other and those that should never be paired together. Although having said that we all remember such adages as Blue and Green should never be seen which are clearly false!
Always go for threes. Or stick with twos.
In every outfit you choose, wear three colours or less. For example, complement a blue dress, with two matching colours from the colour wheel such as wearing emerald-green shoes and carrying a light-green handbag. Do not add a yellow scarf! Four colours is overkill.
Pair an analogous colour with another. Analogous colours sit next to each other on the colour wheel. They are similar to each other in hue and tone, so wearing an outfit combining two or even three analogous colours will work for you. This Shades Color Swatches System Guide is fabulous if you’re not sure if this goes with that. Love it!
Colour mixes that are better avoided are:
□ Black and brown
□ Black and navy
□ White and cream
BUT, you can get away with using these colour duos if the colours are very different. For example light brown combined with black will work. Choosing the right brown can be tricky, so if you are not a professional stylist, either get some help or just leap in with both feet!
These are colour combinations that don’t match. The only time you can get away with using one of these colour duos is if the brown combined with black is a light brown. But choosing the right brown can be tricky, so if you are not a professional stylist, either get some help or stay away from it.
Start thinking of colours as fitting into one of four categories …
▸ neutral colours
▸ cold colours
▸ warm colours
▸ warm neutrals
Learn the rules for choosing colours from different categories. An example is combining blue, yellow and white … two colours and one neutral which work well together. We all know black & white or black & grey, are two neutrals that create stunning outfits.
Match lighter and darker shades of the same colour to create a chic, stylish outfit. Dark green and light green, or navy blue and pale blue, are simple, but stylish combinations.
Play with your colours and use the colour wheel to help. It’s unlikely you will be able to wear the colours you wore when you were younger, but now you have a way of finding what really works for you.
And always remember Fashion fades but style is eternal If the colours of the season don’t work for you, don’t wear them! BUT, if this season’s colours are what you need, stock up!