Colour (Clothes and Accessories)

Colour: Personal Style Board (Collage)

A few years back when I realised I seemed to be wearing a lot of black, I created the following simple collage using cuttings from my magazine stash, to help inspire me to inject more colour into my wardrobe.

If the same seems to have happened for you, why not create your own board too?

If you have a selection of magazines, go through them and cut out images of outfits, garments and/or accessories in colours that appeal to you and pin or glue to a board or in a scrapbook.

OR if cutting out and glueing to boards is not your thing, use Pinterest and create boards to help you curate, define or refine your colour style.

Check out my board: Personal Styling for Baby Boomer and Generation X Women, for ideas on putting your board together or just for colour and style inspiration.

Colour: Purple

“Be eccentric now.  Don’t wait for old age to wear purple”. ~ Regina Brett

Visualise and Bloom/Chi Chi GemmesPurple, associated with the crown chakra, is known as a cool colour (mix of red and blue).  I think its quite timeless and can classy or boho.   It contrasts well with black, grey, aqua blue, lime or olive green as well as yellow and even red.  It is said to be one of the colours that suits all skin tones.

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Positive associations - spiritual awareness, luxury, royalty, regal, truth, self-knowledge, sophistication, calmness. 


Negative associations - decadence, inferiority, depression, confusion, flaunting of power, fanatical.

Some purple gemstones/crystals - amethyst, garnet, fluorite, opal.

Colour: Pink

“I don’t think I will ever get tired of wearing pink” ~ Emma Bunton

Associated with the heart chakra – pink is said to be the colour of universal love.  Colour authority – Pantone, named Rose Quartz  (a lovely pastel pink) one of its colours for 2016.  Therefore, pink has been a hot favourite this year on the catwalk – from light pastels to strikingly strong fuchsia or raspberry shades.

Did you know – Kitten Kay Sera (known as the Pink Lady of Hollywood), aged 52,  has worn nothing but pink for the past 35 years and lives in a pink themed house.  Even her pet dog is dyed (with vet approved beetroot juice dyes) pink  (source:  Alison Lynch, Metro.co.uk, Jul 2016).

Good to know then, that pink is not just for little girls.  I (at aged 56)  can wear pink and you too can wear pink.

Visualise and BloomBUT….it’s about knowing which shades of pink suit ones skin tone.

Pink goes well with blue, green, cream, brown, grey, black, silver, metallic gold and even orange.

Positive associations: soothing, nurturing, feminine, comforting, romantic, frivolity, imagination, girly.

Negative associations: inhibition, emasculation, physical weakness.

Some pink gemstones/crystals:  rose quartz, rhodonite, rhodochrosite, morganite.

Pink has also become associated with breast cancer awareness – via the international symbol of a pink ribbon.

Colour (Clothes and Accessories): Black

“Women who wear black, lead colourful lives” ~ Neiman Marcus

In 1954 Christian Dior said of the colour black  “The most popular and the most convenient and the most elegant of all colours. And I say colour on purpose, because black may be sometimes just as striking as a colour. You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. You may wear it for almost any occasion.”

What I love about black, is that it works well with so many other colours, white for example or warm colours such as red, violet, pink, yellow and green.  Also black doesn’t date does it?  I mean, the fashion industry brings out new shades for each season, but if you buy a black dress this week  – you could still be wearing it 5 years later (depending on the style of it of course).  Coco Chanel creator of the little black dress (LBD) dressed mainly in black and is quoted as having said “women think of all colours except the absence of colour. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony”.

Visualise and Bloom (Valerie Lewis)

Black looks good on most skin tones, although, too much black near to the face may not suit your complexion.  If you are pale skinned it might make you look washed out, tired or older.  As for the debate as to whether or not black is slimming….I personally think it is – especially if the outfit is well cut and suits your shape/figure.

Positive associations:  power, protection, glamour, formal, mystery, strong, sophistication, sexy.

Negative associations:  cold, aloof, depressing, mourning.

Some black gemstones/crystals: tourmaline, jet, onyx, obsidian.

Colour

In my late 30’s I undertook an introductory interior design course – the principles and psychology of colour was an important component.

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But, I have always been fascinated by colour – from the colours in the fabric or wool used by my mother in her sewing, crocheting or knitting, to the colours of the interior wallpaper and paintwork in our family home, painted and decorated by my father.   Oh, and I remember ‘seasonal colour analysis’ by Colour Me Beautiful (Carole Jackson), which was popular back in the early 80’s, do you?  It was based on the seasons and depending on your skin tone, eye and hair colour, you were classified….. either Autumn, Winter, Spring or Summer.  This analysis helped you choose clothing and makeup in colours that flattered you.  Naturally over time the system has become more sophisticated with further classifications and sub-divisions, plus other companies have developed their own versions.

Colour came up again as I discovered complimentary therapies in my early 40’s.

A background of hydrangea flowers, in a colour palette with complimentary colour swatches

As author and Feng Shui expert Mary Lambert says ” colour permeates the world, and all cultures are influenced by it.  We see it all around us in nature – in the blue of the sky, the yellow of the sun, the green of the grass.  We take in colour from the rays of the sun, absorbing the entire spectrum of colours through our eyes, our breath, and our skin.  The colour’s health-giving vibrations help our bodies to function normally.  Colour also works deep inside us, on our mind and emotions, changing the balance of our moods and feelings of wellbeing – even our spiritual psyche” (The Colour Compass, 2001).