How to implement colour in neutral wardrobe? 10 Tips you will love
Most people’s wardrobes aren’t exactly colourful, especially winter ones, and some people simply are just a bit too shy to wear very colourful outfits, but you don’t need to resort to extreme colour blocking to add a splash of colour to an outfit. In fact, a subtle touch of colour against an otherwise neutral outfit can look even more effective than a colour overload. Whether you want to brighten up your winter wardrobe, or if this is your first time for getting a bit more colourful, here some tips on how to go about it and some ideas on ways that you can add colour to a neutral wardrobe.
1. Make sure that the colour doesn’t detract from the outfit
When you first start experimenting adding pops of colour to your neutral outfits, don’t let the colour become too much of the focus of attention and make sure that it doesn’t look out of place. If, for example, you were wearing all black, pink shoes will draw attention away from the rest of your outfit, whereas, a small red belt and red earrings, would not.
2. Start off with small touches of colour
If you are new to adding colour to outfits, then you might want to start out small. You could begin with more colourful accessories, like bangles, a bright clutch, or sunglasses with coloured rims. If you start out with small items, it won’t feel like such a giant step and you can gradually add more colour to your wardrobe.
3. Primary colours pack the biggest punch
Pastels and lighter shades can be effective, but for the biggest impact, you should look at using blocks of the primary colours of blue, yellow and red, and the secondary colours of orange, green and violet. These are the boldest colours in the spectrum and they will stand out the most against a dark coloured outfit.
4. Brighten up your makeup
Rather than tacking the clothes and the accessories straight away, you could try adding more colour to your makeup. Start with painting your nails a brighter colour, using colourful eyeliner or using a bolder lipstick. Adding colour through your makeup is easy to do and it also won’t cost a lot. It will, though, brighten up your overall appearance.
5. Don’t forget that there are bright neutrals
Brightening up a wardrobe doesn’t have to mean using garish colours. If your clothes are predominantly dark colours, you could add some interest by using some light greys, browns or pastel colours. This would also be a good place to start, if you are not used to wearing bright clothes.
6. Wear a bright scarf
One of the easiest ways to add colour to a neutral winter outfit is to wear a colourful scarf. Even if it is tucked in under your coat, the small amount of colour that does show will still be very effective. The other great thing about scarves is that, if you own a collection of them, you can easily change the look of an outfit, over and over again.
7. Carry a colourful bag
If you are more comfortable wearing dark colours in the winter months, then a brightly coloured bag would add a splash of colour to your outfits without being overpowering. Pastel colours, or the bold primary colours, will create a focal point for your outfit, without making you feel too conspicuous.
8. Try some brighter necklaces and bracelets
You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference that statement necklaces and bracelets can make to a neutral outfit. A colourful string of beads, or a stack of bright bangles, will really stand out against dark coloured clothes and, if you wear both, you will have balanced up your look perfectly.
9. Use colourful belts
Colourful belts work well with a neutral outfit, especially if you want to accentuate your waist. You can use red on black, orange on brown, and blue on grey works very well too. You can pair the belt with matching shoes and/or bag, or it is just as effective as the only colourful item in your outfit. Do remember, though, that a bright belt on a dark outfit will definitely draw attention to your waist.
10. Have fun experimenting
Brightening up your neutral wardrobe doesn’t mean that you have to throw out all your clothes and start again. By adding just a few colourful accessories, you can carry on wearing your neutral colours, but add a new and colourful twist to them. When you are experimenting with colour, the most important thing to remember is that outfit must still look balanced.