Coloring a Classic Wardrobe
A classic wardrobe is one in which you can find an outfit that is chic and not too loud for any occasion. For most people, even those who know how to build a classic wardrobe, coloring the wardrobe can be difficult. Coloring the wardrobe means choosing the colors for them. Since a classic wardrobe will probably contain mostly neutral colors and patterns, it is important to understand the different ways in which you can bring color to it so you don’t look monotone and, well, boring as you go about from day to day. The two major ways to incorporate color into a classic wardrobe are accent pieces and accessorizing.
Accent pieces are pieces of clothing that are worn simply to set off another piece of clothing. If you’ve ever seen a man wearing a bright red tie against his navy or black suit, you’ve see an accent piece at work. Accent pieces are also generally used to describe a piece of clothing, which is much different from accessorizing. Empire waist dresses with a wide belt at the waist, for example, would constitute an accent piece. Many women find it easy to look for these, while others find it extremely frustrating.
First of all, decide for yourself what the main colors of your classic wardrobe are and what two or three colors you’d like to use as accent colors – think bolder colors in smaller areas for a nice accent. For example, if your wardrobe is made up of lots of grays and khakis, you may want to decide on brighter (not neon) green or blue colors for your accent pieces – a green belt, a robin’s egg blue blouse or undershirt for your power suits, etc. Belts and jackets both fall into the category of accent pieces as well.
Accessorizing can be a fun way to pull a look together while adding color that doesn’t overwhelm the outfit. Accessories are not clothes, which is what sets them apart from accent pieces. Think jewelry, shoes, handbags, scarves, and even hair pieces as accessories. Many women believe that accessorizing is “prettying up” a little too much for a professional or classic look, but in reality it brings new life to a classic look. The trick is to know how to pair accessories with outfits from your classic wardrobe for a look that is chic and still classic.
With accessorizing for a classic wardrobe, it’s still very important to think about the general color theme of your wardrobe. However, accessories tend to have a little more give to them in terms of how loud the colors can be. Imagine pairing a navy suit set with pretty purple bangles, for instance. With accessories it is also very important to take into account your skin tone. Headbands, jewelry and even handbags to a certain extent can look severe or too bright on certain skin tones – always make the accessories colors appropriate to the occasion and outfit from your classic wardrobe. The good thing is you can never have too many accessories to make a different look every time!