Friday, 11 February 2011
Friend Friday - Colour Wars
Friend Friday is run by ModlyChic. To participate email firstname.lastname@example.org. This week we are talking about the use of colour in our wardrobes.
1. What color dominates your closet?
It is most definitely black. Through grey seems to be catching up! It's not that I am unadventurous with colour or don't like wearing it. I actually love wearing colour. I own many colourful pieces that I wear in warmer weather, but by far black seems to rule the roost because I wear it during winter and the winter here is loooooong!
Although I complain I wear too much black, I find I continually return to it when getting dressed as if I rather relish the challenge of remixing all my black pieces to make them interesting. To be honest - I like black and really embrace wearing it in a myriad of shades, fabrics and textures. I love the mystery, the drama, the glamour, the Gothic overtures, the rock and roll, the sex appeal and the luxuriousness of black.
When I am time strapped to think about getting dressed I find wearing black is a fail safe way to create a sophisticated, stylish and elegant look. It also suits my skin tone. Some years ago I had a colour analysis done, ironically to try and introduce more colour into my wardrobe, and my colour season is, even more ironically, Winter! I was told if you are a Winter you fall into the only season whose colouring will find black very flattering. The first thing I did after the analysis was to buy a black dress!
Known as the colour of protection black also serves as a form of armour in dress. As a dancer I almost exclusively wear black in class and rehearsal (apart from when I did ballet and had to wear pink tights and shoes - the only non-black items I wore). You spend a lot of time in front of a mirror being extremely self critical about everything you are doing and wearing black becomes a form of emotional protection against your own view of your self!
I've become a bit of an expert on mixing black with black, black with grey and grey with grey. It would seem I'm gradually diluting towards white over time but I could do with moving sideways out of this part of the colour spectrum sometimes!
2. If money weren't an issue how would you change the color emphasis in your closet?
I would move to a warm country and wear all my pretty summer prints and whites all year round! My summer and winter wardrobes are like chalk and cheese and I do have a lot of colourful summer clothes.
3. What is your mantra about mixing colors?
I'm not a bold or particularly great colour mixer. Blocking clashing colours or mixing clashing prints has never really worked for me. I don't go near acid brights or fluorescent colours. You won't see me working neon unless I'm having to wear high visibility clothing on a building site or riding a bike.
If I work a colour it is generally in one printed piece or I'll wear a piece in one colour, say a red top with denim jeans or with a skirt or pair of trousers in a more neutral colour. I do have a couple of good dresses in block colour which I will wear with a denim jacket or a black or neutral toned jacket.
I generally stick to the advice I got when I had my seasonal colour analysis done and avoid wearing the colours and tones of colours which don't suit me, especially near my face. Having the analysis done has been really useful in that it sets boundaries for clothes shopping. For instance I love canary yellow but I look hideous in it, so I would never buy something with yellow in it. The exception would be if it was only a minor accent in a print where the base colour suited my skin tone and it wasn't worn near my face.
4. For you, how do you incorporate color into your outfits?
If it is warm there's no problem - I'm usually wearing something colourful!
Really black and darker colours like charcoal and navy are the basis of my winter wardrobe and these colours have been my staples for office work wear. If I want to avoid all black/all grey/all navy I use nuetral accents in tones of paler greys and whites to break up the darker tones.
I also incorporate colour using accessories like shoes, scarves and bags (I rarely carry a black bag actually). I do also like wearing printed pieces to break up an all black outfit.
5. Which blogger(s) do you think do a good job of incorporating color into their wardrobe?
I do really enjoy seeing how other bloggers mix up colour. Tops marks go to the fearless Franca of Oranges and Apples. A few of my other favourites would have to be Be Fabulous Daily, No Guilt Fashion as it is very rare to see them in all black, and I love the colourful outfits of vintage clothing put together by Vintage Vixen.
But I don't want to only acknowledge good use of bright colours here because to me mixing black on black well is truly an art form. The absolute master in the blogosphere in my eyes has to be The Divinitus.
People can make the scientific point that black is technically not a colour but in terms of pigments, combining all three primary colors (red, yellow and blue) and their second derivatives and you get..... black.