A little while ago I was given a fascinating introduction to the world of colour by my good friend and mentor, Felicity Watson, a personal branding and communications coach, and colour consultant. A handy kind of friend to have, hey?
It was quite the eye opener as I learned about colour mistakes I’d been making and also reassuring that I’ve been making better choices in recent years. I use the knowledge from my colour consultation on a daily basis when making decisions on what clothes to wear, accessories, make up, nail colours, shoes, bags, the works! I’ve had great fun cleaning out my wardrobe and make up drawer.
I’ve been amazed at the impact wearing the right colours has. I’m more adventurous now I know the ones that are best suited to me and wearing brighter clothes instantly lifts my mood and makes me feel more confident. I so often get compliments when I wear the right colours, and never do when I break the rules! I’m also saving money on bad purchasing decisions and my shopping time has been halved as I can now skim past clothing racks that don’t carry my colours.
As the days get sunnier and longer it’s great to get more adventurous with the colours we wear, so I asked Felicity to give us her expert tips on how to go about giving your wardrobe a colour injection this spring.
1. As the sun begins to shine it’s time to lighten up our wardrobe. Begin to introduce colour into your daily choice of clothes and lighter fabrics too. Banish the black. Seriously. Yes even we Melburnians should do this. Take the lead from nature. Everywhere you look there are bursts of colour – beautiful roses in every hue, lush green grass and glorious blue skies.
2. Now is the perfect time to spring clean your wardrobe. I love the KonMari Method from the book “The life-changing magic of tidying up”. She encourages you to clean category-by-category (not by room) and in a specific order. Clothes are the first cab off the rank. Her advice is to remove every single piece of clothing from your wardrobe (not forgetting those items in the laundry basket) and place them in one area on the floor. The next step is to consider each piece and whether it “sparks joy”, if not it is destined for the bin or a charity. Only what remains should be returned to your wardrobe. Simplifying your wardrobe has so many positive flow on effects for your life. Please do buy or loan the book. I scoffed at the title but now believe Kondo is right when she states: “Life truly begins after you have put your house in order.”
3. For those donning a fascinator or hat for Spring Racing Carnival if you want it to complement your hair consider the following: purple will look lovely on blondes, blue looks stunning on brunettes, green is fetching on a red head and for those with a sleek mane of black hair, consider white or perhaps blue. Remembering that certain shades will suit your individual colouring better than others, so it’s important to experiment and compare. If you don’t want your head piece to play a starring role, choose one that matches or is a similar shade to your hair.
4. Hay fever sufferers – don’t draw attention to your poor red eyes and nose more than you need to. Avoid wearing red clothing items up top as they will accentuate/highlight the redness on your face. Green is the colour that helps downplay red so consider a green toned concealer (applied with a light hand), green and/or blue clothing close to your face and some antihistamine.
5. Use colour to help put a spring in your step. It’s impossible to wear yellow and not feel brighter and happier. Plus you’ll be amazed by the positive reaction you get from others. It could be a clothing item or perhaps add just a touch of yellow with a lovely necklace, scarf or even a notebook.
6. It’s time to come out of hibernation – so to speak – and get back into our parks and move our bodies. Now is the time to replace any worn lycra. When purchasing, if you don’t want to stand out from the crowd when exercising avoid lighter colours like yellow, orange, red and lime or reverse if you do. To blend in, wear darker colours but not necessarily black. Black can be very harsh and unflattering for many of us. As a super basic guide, if you don’t have it (black) on your head avoid wearing it on your body.
A personal branding and communications coach, Felicity works one-on-one with women to create a brand they are proud of and greater industry visibility. As a colour stylist she assists women to look and feel their best. Wearing your best colours takes years off your appearance and ensures you make your best impression.
With close to twenty years in marketing and public relations for much loved Aussie and global brands, Felicity is the perfect coach for women looking to increase their in person and online profile. Get in touch with Felicity at firstname.lastname@example.org visit her at felicitywatson.com.au