Too much black in your wardrobe? We’ve heard this often: “If I bring home one more piece of black clothing, my husband or daughter will kill me!” Well, we have another prominent colour choice to suggest: NAVY BLUE!
Brands have made black the dominant wardrobe colour for years because of its versatility. Let’s face it, basic black bottoms are essential travel and work wear, and flattering as well. Navy blue is the perfect replacement though!
Fashion designers have listened and all of our brands have put navy front and centre in their spring collections. Since we have already bought our fall 2018 pieces for next season, we can tell you that it’s here to stay!
Navy is just as versatile as black and just like black, it makes you look thinner because it is a receding colour, which minimizes. Other slimming colours include dark brown and grey, but navy is more universal because it complements all skin tones.
This winning fashion colour is excellent in professional settings and is quoted as the #1 power colour for business wear. It works well to project strength and lift your confidence. It’s a must for your work wardrobe.
Navy blue is an excellent alternative to black, especially if you find black too harsh. If black washes you out, go with navy tops instead for a flattering look.
If you’re still not convinced that navy is for you, remember that navy exists in almost every closet in the form of denim! Dark navy denim goes with everything and gives you an elevated look without resorting to black. You can even wear dark denim in the evening and still look chic.
We tend to have every wardrobe piece in navy including capris, pants, and jackets, plus complementary pieces to suit your navy choices. Hot pinks, reds, lime green and white all look fantastic with navy. Whether using navy in a casual, travel, or evening outfit, it’s a winner!
Adding colour to our outfits as we get older is a great way to look young and stylish, and it’s an ideal way of looking on-trend, while still keeping an outfit less fussy.
Jewel colours such as crimson red, emerald green, or amethyst look particularly good against older skin, plus women over 50 have the experience and maturity to pull them off.
However, bright primary colors can look draining against the face.
That good old wardrobe staple black can also make some older skins look washed out, in which case, add a hint of metallic in an accessory, or wear a brighter colour near the face in the guise of a necklace or scarf.
Colours such as plum, deep red and chocolate brown look sophisticated on women over 50, and wearing black with beige or navy looks both expensive and elegant.
There are certain universal prints that will flatter any age such as stripes, leopard print and polka dots.
However, some floral prints can be incredibly aging, such as dark wallpaper florals.
It’s also time to avoid those silly prints that look better on 20- and 30-somethings, in favour of a medium-sized print, or one with a solid background of single color.
Choose a print that relates to your body frame – i.e. if you are petite then look for a smaller print (such as on-trend polka dot or swallow prints) or you will look lost in an oversized one.
The opposite is also true; a tiny print on a large frame will make you look bigger than you are.
On the West Coast, we can wear colour all year round. Some of the most popular colours include red, hibiscus, coral, royal blue, ocean aqua, yellow, magenta, lime green… there’s something for everyone!
If you’ve bought bright-coloured capris or jeans and then get home and think they might be too bright, you can tone it down by adding a white or cream-coloured top to tone them.
If you aren’t comfortable in the brighter tops and bottoms or you want to freshen up your neutral wardrobe, be sure to use brightly coloured accessories to carry you into the sunny months. Add a colourful scarf, bracelet or necklace to update or modify your look.
Fashionistas – wear all the colour you can! It’s in style and always makes you feel great when you step out the door!