What did you think of the Golden Globes and the parade of LBDs the other night?
I’m not usually into this type of dress, but I enjoyed watching the red carpet to see the interesting play of texture, cut-outs and bright pops of color. It was a good lesson for anyone looking to break up their style tendencies toward all black because knowing how to mix up your outfit in a flattering way isn’t easy all the time.
Take the color pop, for example.
Getting it right doesn’t always come natural. Whether it’s in coordinating the right match between shades, or choosing which piece to pop, when the bold choice of color popping goes wrong… it can look like a style SOS.
It’s like this, a bright red hat can be amazing when seen from the store window. But once on your head, it may translate to Santa’s cap which turns that purchase into a mistake glaring back at you from the closet. (And impossible to ignore because it’s so damn bright!)
To achieve the right balance of bold color and your individual style, you must make sure you’re choosing well — pick pieces that complement your hair and skin tone while staying true to who you are.
If you’re ready to mix up your all black wardrobe, read on for my stylist tips on how to introduce color without looking and feeling like you’ve gone overboard.
1. Be Strategic On Where You Place It
A bright hat can be a pretty big statement. It is, after all, the first thing someone may see when looking at you. If this feels like too much, use a different area for your color pop. How about trying neon-ish nails or a strong lip instead?
2. Start Small
Use bright accents to offset a neutral outfit. A yellow collar makes a nice color pop underneath an olive green sweater.
3. Look To Neighboring Shades
Rather than wear daring red, check out a similar tone — like burgundy? Or oxblood?
4. Don’t Reinvent The (Color) Wheel
Did you see Allison Williams at the Golden Globes? She had a pop of orange in her black dress…it looked pretty fab. Take a cue from this idea, and find pieces that already have the color pop happening.
Most importantly – ask yourself if what you’re doing feels like you. Sometimes we love the idea of something, and then once it’s on it feels all wrong. Stepping out of your comfort zone is encouraged, but not at the sacrifice of expressing your true style. BE YOU, but maybe a bit brighter with color.
Got a special occasion outfit that you’d like to make pop? I’ve got more stylist tips to help you here.
PS: Instead of posting a video today, I’ll be going live on Facebook this Friday Jan. 12th at 4pm EST to talk even more about how to color pop your look. Click over to my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/elyshalenkin/ where I’ll be broadcasting and say HI!