I tend to stick with the basics. Navy, grey and white. I just find that they're the colours that suite me the best.
Some days I feel like I should make an effort to wear something different. Something with more colour. The problem is, I wasn't sure how, or what would suite me.
I've been told countless times "You're so lucky! You've got gorgeous olive skin...". And that is true. I am lucky. But, my gorgeous olive skin has some yellow undertones (thanks to my Asian genes. So as soon as I wear something which also has some yellow undertones or so I thought, I just look like I have jaundice.
The thing is, I was getting it wrong. The same shade of a colour can have different undertones. So whenever I picked one that was too cool, I looked yellow.
THEN, I bought this book. And it CHANGED MY LIFE. Well, that might be a bit of an over-exaggeration. But "Style Yourself" with a foreward by Jane Aldrige is very insightful and full of ideas.
If you love blogs such as Delightfully Tacky, Sea of Shoes and Late Afternoon, you should definitely get the book!
But back to the point. Here are a few dot points on the things I learnt. I'm going to separate how to wear colours in two categories. One for those with cool undertones and another for those with warm undertones.
Let's start with warm undertones. These are a few of the colours that might suite you (and me).
I find that these are great colours not only for clothes, but for makeup and nail polish as well :)
If you want to try wearing bright red lipstick, try one that is slightly orange-y. Trust me, I've tried the bright red one, and it makes me look grey somehow.
Kate Hudson, Nicole Ritchie and Leona Lewis are a few example of celebrities who have warm skin tones.
And now for cool undertones. Which sometimes I wish that's what I was! The colours are so much brighter and fun.
As for celebrities with cool tones? Anne Hathaway, Keira Knightley and Alexis Bledel. They've all go gorgeous porcelain skin. Though Penelope Cruz, who's got a gorgeous tan colour, also has cool tones.
If you've got cool tones and like the warm colours and vice versa, I'm sure there are lots of ways to incorporate the other group's colours into your outfits. Earings, pretty bracelets, nailpolish maybe even your shoes!
Now you know a bit more of how to wear colour. If you didn't already. Which maybe, I'm the only one who doesn't... Hope that helped/inspired you a little!