As we age, we lose color. This is no surprise to us maturing women. But, what is surprising is that our go-to neutrals may no longer flatter
Some of you might remember my very popular blog: NEUTRALS ARE NOT IN THE COLOR CLUB, where you learned that neutrals like black, white, off-white, gray, and brown are Not Actually Colors at all. (The literal definition of “neutral” means: not helping or supporting.) In the case of color, it means a neutral doesn’t actually draw your eye to it.
In Quintessential Style, we describe a Color Break as the addition of color at your face, that separates the less than flattering garment color you are wearing. You can accomplish this break with the addition of complementary accessories such as jewelry, scarves, or makeup.
For many of us black is our go-to color. And, of course, all of us own some black. But, there is a danger of disappearing when you wear black, especially in evening wear, if you don’t add something colorful or light-filled that will bring attention to your face.
Consider Vogue Editor, Anna Wintour. When she wears black, she pairs it with what has become her signature necklace–one or more strands of colored crystals, that bring both color and light to her face.
Here are a few more examples of successfully using a color break when you wear a neutral.
Well, you get the message. So the next time you are tempted to wear a neutral, consider adding a colorful accessory at your face, to lighten and brighten your look.
One more example: This was Kate Snow anchoring the evening news a few nights ago. Good job, Kate!