Have you ever attempted to add bold color into your outfit, but ended up looking like a clown?
One afternoon, I was strolling down Second Avenue after a cozy lunch with an old friend. As I passed the cute Tibetan shop with the prayer flags and colorful details, I got swooped inside, and ended up buying a ridiculously loud, red hat. My mood of the moment told me it was cheerful, and would be a great addition to my wardrobe. For weeks, I tried everything I could to integrate my new purchase into my life, thinking it would be the perfect pop of color to my winter wears. But each time I put it on, I felt a little off. Like I was trying too hard to be bright. The red hat wasn’t my best style.
I love a strong color pop. But sometimes, getting it right — whether it’s in coordinating a nice match or choosing which piece to pop — can be tough. A bright red hat can look amazing shining out from the store window, but once on your head, it could translate to Santa’s cap… turning that purchase into the mistake that glares back from the closet. (And impossible to ignore because it’s so damn bright!)
To achieve the right balance of bold color and your best style, you must make sure you’re choosing well — picking pieces that complement your hair and skin tone, and stay true to who you are.
Here are some simple ways to go bold with color in your look without going overboard.
1. Swap Spots
A bold hat can be a pretty big statement. It is, after all, the first thing someone may see when looking at you. 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 Hues
Rather than wear daring red, check out a similar shade — like burgundy? Or oxblood?
4. Don’t Reinvent The (Color) Wheel
Find something that already has a color pop in its design, like this adorable sweater.
Most importantly, ask yourself if the item feels like you. Sometimes we love the idea of something, but when we actually put it on, it feels all wrong. Stepping out of your comfort zone is encouraged, but only if you still are speaking your truth.
How do you color pop your look?