Shades Of You
I have a lot of fashion philosophies and one of them involves colors...or rather, one particular color ;). I believe everyone should, at some time in their life, choose a signature shade. It's one of those little details that makes fashion fun. You can tell everyone your choice. You can tell no one. You can keep it as a secret you only share with a cherished few. You can change it over time, you can keep it the same forever. A signature shade can be your favorite color, or a color that just looks amazing on you. Or, it can be both those things. The only real, true, critical aspect of this game is that it be a color you absolutely love and adore, would walk through fire for, would rescue from drowning.
I know, I know: there's the little matter of being able to find said color and of it being in style or not...because colors go through fashion cycles just as silhouettes and materials do. There are a couple of ways around that. One is to choose a color that's so iconic that it's always in style. Red is the classic example, but most iterations of pink and blue are never far off fashion's radar, even though certain shades may be super hot at the moment. Cobalt blue is a great example. It's cray trendy atm, but you can find bits of it around pretty much always and forever. A second option is to choose a shade that's so out of fashion's focus that it's always around a little bit, but never really *the* color that's on everyone's lips. Lilac is an example of this, as is aqua. A third alternative is to pick a general signature color, as opposed to being super-specific, and swing with the times. For example, your signature color might be "orange" or "green", but you lean toward peach or lime shades when those tones are fashion's darlings and pumpkin or emerald when those hues take center stage. The fun part about doing that is it brings more variety and lets you change things up if you're prone to boredom, while still maintaining an anchoring color theme.
Ok, so now that you've got one, what do you do with it? :) There are so many ways to make use of a signature shade! I'll reach for mine if I know I have a tough day coming up, because just seeing the color makes me a little happier. Ditto if I have an important event, because it makes me feel confident. If I'm deciding whether to splurge on something, color becomes a deciding factor - I'll buy something special, unique, out of my comfort zone, or something that's a bit more expensive than I usually will go for, if it's in my signature shade. If I don't wear a certain type of piece all that often, but I want to have one in my wardrobe besides a neutral, I'll look for it in my signature color. It's also the first color I choose for investment pieces when building a collection; my first colored belt, my first colored purse, my first expensive pumps, my first silk scarf were all my signature shade. Your signature color can also help you pare down your wardrobe if you're looking to edit your fashion choices. You select neutrals and then reduce your colored items to primarily your signature shade. It allows you to brings pops of brightness to an outfit but dramatically reduces how much color-coordinating you need to do, allowing you to clear and refresh your style palette and simplify your life.
It's such a jazz to connect with a shade that's just madly, wildly, completely, thoroughly YOU - to be able to have it around you and within your style on a consistent basis. It's like...instant joy :)...or color therapy to go! A little more brightness in life is always a good thing and choosing a signature shade is a tiny, accessible-to-everyone way to bring some in :). Have fun doing your Signature-Color-Choosing (if you choose to choose ;))! ...Maybe we should do like... home parties... for this :)
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Brie (Hi!) More re: me under About. I'm the moving spirit behind this little life-meets-fashion fairy tale world, the home of my non-wrestling-related style musings and loves.