We all have favorite colors, special ones that we love and that remind us of all that is important to us. A memorable evening. The first flush of love. A place or a time.
Or perhaps you are intensely practical about your favorite colors choosing those that make your complexion glow, your eyes sparkle, and your hair shimmer or better yet attracts compliments from anyone and everyone whenever you wear it.
I subscribe to the philosophy of choosing my absolute favorite colors, (with some exceptions), for accessory items. I like to build a wardrobe of basics in clothing that I find flattering and then adding all my favorite colors and textures through beautiful and high quality, timeless accessory items. Building my wardrobe this way helps me live efficiently. I always have just the right thing to wear and I can dress for any occasion, pack for any destination, meet with any kind of person, go to anyplace, without much effort at all.
I stay away from trendy clothing choices. I can’t always say that I do this perfectly; I have a few mistakes in my closet, some dreadful things I was talked into or bought in a moment of stupidity. For these sad items I try to give them away as quickly as possible. With all of the mistakes that I have made in my life I don’t need a few “bad” garments hanging in my closet to remind me of things I have done when not thinking straight.
So I choose flattering garments carefully and that means fit, style, age appropriateness and of course color. Often I find myself doubling up on items that are my real favorites, those that I “go to” regularly and those that make me feel most attractive. Perhaps you do this too; in fact I’m sure you do. We all like to look taller, thinner, younger, prettier, sexier, more powerful, chic and most of all confident. If you’ll read on I’m sure you’ll agree with some of my comments here on building a perfect color philosophy for you own self.
Of course black is always everybody’s first choice because of its ability to make anyone look more slender. It is sophisticated, appropriate anywhere in the world and always available.
Black is then followed, no, not by white, but by three classic shades of denim including dark classic indigo, slightly faded and washed mid denim and chambray. Keep in mind that the third of these, chambray is the most casual and the dark classic is positively formal in some office settings. The slightly faded mid denim is always a safe bet falling somewhere between formal and super casual.
Shades of White
Next is your basic white or winter white which would also include soft neutral grays, beiges and tans.
Navy is next if you find that the look of denim is simply too casual for your place of business or lifestyle choices.
Khaki or camouflage green is important on the list because it pairs so incredibly well with all jewel tones, pastels and white tones. Therefore, it edges out brown because it is simply more flexible with a larger variety of partners. Think of it as a color of the garden. What blossom clashes with green?
The Brown Family
Brown and all warm tones that surround it like camel tones are last on my basic color 101 list mostly because it has a lesser selection of color partners and it tends to make a strong independent statement on it’s own, (despite it’s own blandness). Brown can drain color from the complexion unless it’s perked up with some exciting partners. (Who indeed wants to walk the streets looking like a little brown wren?) But brown is spectacular with crimson, fabulous with powder blue, pretty with pink, smart and stylish with pure white and classically chic with jet black. Also, it’s a natural with certain animal prints, so without a doubt it belongs on this list.