Vogue Portugal September 2013,Photographer: Pedro Ferreira,Model: Natalia Uliasz
Winter can be a dark time of year, that it can be very natural to want color back into your life half way through the season. Introducing some brighter colors into your wardrobe will help your mood as you face a largely gray and dark brown landscape from day to day. Here are a couple ways to get color into your winter collections.
Green Winter Shades
Green is always a color you simply cannot go wrong with. A bright kelly green or bold emerald green is a spectacular shade for making impressions at evening events. From modern lime green to classic forest green, there are so many different variations of this color that will work with your winter slacks, sweaters and accessories. Black, dark brown, camel, and gray for boots, gloves, and leather handbags coordinate very well with green. Gold tones work as embellishments with a green colored coat.
Blue Winter Shades
Sapphire blue has always been a popular shade because of it’s brilliance. Sapphire is a shade that looks good on pretty much everybody regardless of the complexion, hair color or skin tone.
Stunning Long Skirt, Seen In Vogue UK Feb 2011 By Patrick Demarchelier
Canary Yellow and Pink Shades
Pastel tones have been featured in runways this season, so don’t think that choosing pink, means your in the wrong season. This year, fall and winter are claiming pink for their own. With so many shades of pink available, you can go soft or vibrant. Pink will always highlight your skin, so you cannot go wrong with this shade. If you are working with a pale pink coat, consider pairing it with a mustard colored scarf. For bolder fuchsia shades, work with gray and silver accent shades. Canary yellow is a brighter version of traditional yellow we are used to seeing in the fall. If you don’t want to go too bright, try pairing a brighter yellow accessory with a muted mustard yellow or rust. These colors look terrific paired with gold and rose gold accents. Work yellows with camel brown and navy blue.
Go Bold With Red
Red, is bold and vibrant and often a step up in vibrance from red wine shades that are usually really popular through the winter seasons. Pair a vibrant red with shades of burgundy, rum, chocolate and beige to soften the color.
How To Incorporate Color Into Your Wardrobe- The 1o1……
1. Color Integration- It’s All About Layering:
Layering is the name of the game through the winter seasons. Wearing a couple layers is practical in my house when the temperate drops. While dressing for your day, go for a couple layers that can add depth to your outfit. There are great choices out there for the base, mid, and outer layers. For your first layers, consider staying away from non breathable fabrics and and choosing wool. Wool under shirts tends to let your body breath, where as man made fabrics tends to traps moisture. For your under layers, keep them loose. Buy one or two sizes extra large, which will keep your body breathing, and warm.
For your base layers work with corduroy pants, linen tops, and wool sweaters. Work your outfit in such a way that when you do take off that outer layer, you will still look put-together.
Have fun mixing and matching colors. Working neutral slacks and tops allows you to include a pop of color in either a layer or an accessory, and change your look from day to day without your main pieces changing a heck of a lot.
Choose a well fitted jacket that allows you to wear a thick sweater without feeling constrained. Longer coats allow you to leave them open, while at the same time allow you to feel warm. Shorter jackets will show off your figure more, and allow you freedom of getting in and out of your vehicles with ease.
Sutton Studio Jacket In Rouge or Cobalt $79 From Sutton Studio
2. Change Things Up With A Couple Scarves
Scarves aren’t too expensive, which allow you to change up your look without having to invest in a pricey new jacket. Buying a neutral colored coat, (pink, beige, black, cream or white) allows you to introduce textures and patterns with your every day jacket. Why not wear a boldly colored scarf to offset the monochromatic tone of your coat? Scarves with bold patterns can also offset the solid look of the coat you’re wearing. Go for long and bright, or soft and subtle. This is a very inexpensive way to change things up with color.
3. Work A Belt Over Your Jacket For A Designer Edge
You might have a belt or sash that comes with your coat, an if not, buy one that will work with your coat. Go for leather, or work with color. You can match the belt or sash to the color of your slacks, shoes or handbag. This trick helps break up the ensemble, which can add definition to waist and add length to your legs.
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Daria Werbowy on the September cover of Vogue UK, sporting a coral-hued leather jacket.
MADELEINE group – Purple leather!