How to Wear Colour and Pattern to Suit Your Colouring

This week I have combined some new season pieces – you can still wear most of them now – with some ideas on how to wear your best colours.

In the Style Club this week there have been some discussions about colour and in particular combining colours to suit your dominant colouring and which patterns are right for you.

First of how to wear prints and patterns…

How can you tell whether a print is right for your colouring and how do you determine which is a bright pattern and which is a muted pattern?

A bright pattern will have either, fairly obviously, bright colours in it, but it could also have the same colour, for example blue, but in a combination of light and dark shades, therefore giving a contrast. See the dress below in the Bright dominant example. It has several shades of blue but there is high contrast between them.

A muted pattern will have either shades of the same colour but they will be closer in range than a bright pattern. Alternatively it could be a blend of different colours but they will all be of the same depth, none lighter or darker than the others. The scarf in the Soft outfit below is a perfect example of a muted pattern. Think of it being smudged or slightly faded.

Combining colours to suit your colouring works in the same way.

For Deep colouring combine two dark items together, for example a black jacket and a dark green dress or use a dark colour mixed with a brighter colour. Prints should be rich and strong and may have contrasting colours.

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For Light colouring mix items that are of similar depth, but keep them all light, like the lavender and blush pink below. Or find prints in a combination of light shades.

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For Cool colouring use contrast. Your colour combinations should be a mix of light and dark or light/dark and bright. The dress in the example below is a muted pattern so I have shown it with a bright contrasting cardigan.

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For warm colouring choose either tone on tone shades or bright and contrasting shades but the key for you is to make sure they are all warm combinations.

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For soft colouring wear a blend of the same depth of colour or tone on tone of the same colour. This doesn’t mean that soft colouring can only wear neutrals like biscuit, taupe, pewter etc. You can still wear reds in a print but you need to make sure that none of the colours in the print are brighter than the others and that there is little contrast.

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For bright colouring, as I mentioned above you need contrast. So if you wear a light top put a dark cardigan or jacket over it. Or wear a bright top and a light jacket as i have shown below.

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If you are still confused by colour and how to wear it get my free guide to wearing colour. Alternatively if you would like a fully personalised colour analysis order yours here.

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1 Comment

  1. Pat
    July 1, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    This really helps, Maria. I love color but it must be muted….for some reason my eyes simply do not like bright!

    Thanks for your help dispelling the mystery of color.
    Have a great summer holiday (if it ever gets there) with your family.

    A faithful fan,
    Pat