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How to Look Beautiful Dressing Up in Your Essence Colour

colour elevate your style how to look stylish May 24, 2023

Hi there,

You might have been adding more colours to your wardrobe lately, thinking you want to be bolder and more expressive. Or maybe, you'd like to brighten your day with colours that can lift your mood.

We can think of all the reasons to add more colours to our wardrobe, and this list goes on and on. But then, achieving your true style isn't just about putting together an outfit with different colours out of the closet and hoping for the best. For the record, being or feeling hopeful is never a strategy that promises a result. Please don't get me wrong. Hope is important because we need optimism to embrace possibilities.

However, randomly adding colours to your wardrobe without understanding the fundamental colour styling techniques, colour theory, and colour psychology is unlikely to help you achieve your true style. Without the concept of your essence colours, you may end up buying lots of clothes and owning a wardrobe full of outfits that don't flatter you.

Looking stylish and loving how you look is easy when you know how to style yourself, and that's what I aim to do for you. I'm here to bring you tips and tricks on achieving your true style, and you'll love how you look using my proven step-by-step personal styling techniques to bring out the best in you. And here's how you can look beautiful and stylish wearing colours.

Determine the colours that suit you based on your skin's undertone

We all love to incorporate colours into our personal style. That's why I always advise my clients to consider what colours complement their skin's undertone, not just the colours they like.

Are you warm, cool, or neutral? Knowing the answer to this will help you choose the colours to wear. To do it, hold a piece of white paper next to your face.

Does your skin look pink, blue, or rosy? It means you are cool, and your complementary colours will be blue-green, blue, magenta, purple and red with a blue base.

Does your skin appear brown, green, or yellow? It means you're warm. Colours that flatter you are yellow-green, orange, and orange-based reds. You'll also look good against colours like cream, honey, and coral.

Do you have a neutral skin tone? If so, you'll look great in most colours. But then, you must consider the colour's intensity, though. You can look your best in pastel shades or bright vibrant colours. You're also suited for the muted varieties of brights like lagoon blue, jade green, or cornsilk yellow.

Still trying to figure out if you're warm, cool, or neutral? Look at the veins on your arms. If they look green, it means you're warm, and purple or blue if you're cool.

NOTES
Skin undertones aren't associated with your skin's colour. For example, darker skins can still have cool undertones, and fairer skins can have warm undertones.

Although skin undertones can help you pick the right colours to wear, you are free to choose and experiment with a wide range of colours – which can make you feel very confident and happy.

Do you love a particular colour that doesn't suit your undertone? That's fine. You can wear it for your bottom, not for your top.

Start small and learn how to achieve visual balance.

Dressing up to express yourself is about wearing your essence colours and having clarity about the colours that support your lifestyle needs and boost your confidence. And as I always remind my clients, they should wear colours that look good on them and make them feel good about themselves. The key to wearing your beautiful essence colour is to wear colours that reflect your real personality, mood, and qualities.

Dressing with colours can give us a liberating experience, breaking free from self-limiting thoughts, like "I like it, but I don't have what it takes to wear something so bold, bright and vibrant."

That's why a lot of us stay within our comfort zones. That said, I'm also not advocating that you step out shopping right now and fill your wardrobe with loud and fiery colours. The colours you wear have to match your energy and support your emotional needs.

When unsure, start small. Pair your outfit of the day with accessories that bring you a little vibrant colour pop. Start small and examine how the colours support you, or maybe not. Over time, you'll develop a keen eye for colours that work for you and those that don't and how to style your essence colours to achieve visual balance.

Explore ways to wear colours

Determining your colours is one thing, and then exploring ways of wearing them is another.

Part of colour coordination is knowing how to wear your colours and what colours to pair with each other. This will help you achieve your objective, like coming up with a sophisticated look.

For example, you can pair neutral tones, such as grey and nudes, with pastel colours for a fun but elegant look. Interesting colour combinations or having some colour contrast are styling strategies to avoid wearing clothes that may appear too monotonous as a result of playing too safe.

Pairing neutral tones with pastels or adding a touch of accent will also prevent you from looking dull because doing this will balance out the colours.

Determine how colours make you feel

It's not enough that you know your colours. Learning to wear colours and use them effectively to support your emotional needs while looking stylish is an instant image and mood booster.

Explore the different colours by determining how they make you feel, elevate your confidence, and enhance your personality. Colours are powerful communicators because they have the power to convey different messages, sharing certain aspects of your personality and even your mood.

So if you want to make the most out of colours for your personal style, consider what the colours reveal about your personality and mood. Examples are –
Red may mean boldness and fierceness; it may also exude passion and aggressiveness.
Yellow may reveal your intelligence, energy, and optimism.
Blue may convey positivity, trustworthiness, and independence.

Try prints, but minimally

If you'd love to incorporate prints in your outfit, it's also a cool idea because it allows you to express yourself in more ways than you were used to. This will make you feel awesome, knowing that you're not limited to the confines of your comfort zone.

You can start minimally with prints, such as stripes, leaves, polka dots, animal prints, and so on. This is one of the secrets to a nice wardrobe that isn't too simple or overdone.

You can also add a pair of heels, a printed shirt, or a pencil skirt, which you can match with some complementary block colours, such as neutral colour block.

This will help balance out and tone down the prints. Alternatively, you can choose a colour from the design of the print and wear that as a block colour in your outfit if you want to be a little bold.

Stick with the classics and avoid too much design in print. In addition, know that the print size can also influence how the clothing will look. For example, a larger print can be more eye-catching than a smaller one, which can be subtler.

Last but not least, confidence is the key!

Choosing and wearing the right colours shouldn't pressure or worry you. It must be a fun, enjoyable, and rewarding process. Adding some colours to your wardrobe requires you to step beyond your comfort zone on what you feel is safe. Unlock more possibilities with more colours that make you feel confidently beautiful.

Would you like to learn more personal styling tips? I've prepared something for you. '6 Steps to Elevate Your Style' will help you review your wardrobe and gather insights into elevating your style by taking simple steps. You'll feel empowered and confident when you love how you look. Click here to download your free copy now.

If you need help, I'm here to guide you, so don't hesitate to get in touch using the form below.

Stay beautiful, and have fun styling yourself.

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