My staple colours for clothing are black and (to a lesser extent) navy. Even in the summer these colours form the basis of my wardrobe. I sometimes add a small splash of colour – a scarf, a string of beads, a pair of bright shoes – but this is something I could improve upon….vastly! I mentioned recently that I’m too often in the habit of grabbing my black handbag even though I have others that I like so I’ve been going through my cupboards and drawers taking out a few things that I use far too infrequently. I have lots of other options but here are a few that I’ve decided to make an effort with over the next week or two.
An old favourite Gerry Weber scarf . Goodness knows how old but really….years! Such a useful one too, giving me the opportunity to wear colourful shoes. I can see as I’m about to add the photos that I omitted to take pictures of the red bags I have, or the yellow one (I also have a green one but not in the correct shade for these shoes though). I wonder if matching bags are a considered a bit too ‘wedding-like’ for every day?
The green shoes go perfectly with the brightly coloured mac that I hardly ever wear. I love it to look at but every time I put it on I feel it’s a bit too …well, bright…, and back in the wardrobe it goes. Why?
I like green and if I want to use it as an accessory, I’ve lots of choice but I’m more likely to go for a lime shade. The ‘make you feel a million dollars’ gorgeous lime suede shoes generously gifted by my lovely friend L are somewhat higher in the heel than I am used to and therefore used only on minimal-walking-sitting-down occasions.
Purple is another colour that I like a lot. The coat is quite a dark colour already, so why do I so often team it with black boots and bag? Boring! More effort required.
These wine coloured shoes (Bordeaux on the box) are several seasons old but the soles are like new because they are rarely worn. I have boots this colour too (in this instance they’re called ‘oxblood’) but I’ll bet I only wore them a couple of times last winter. Again, I’ll take the easy option of wearing black with the dress shown in the left hand picture. The shoes also match well with an appliqued scarf and now I think about it I have a rather quirky (and yet again, barely worn) taupe jersey jacket that one of the flowers on the scarf would co-ordinate nicely with.
Cerise looks good with either navy or black so why are these lovely shoes so rarely out of the box? I can’t offer a credible answer, and it’s ages since I wore the dusky pink scarf or necklace. The pink sling-backs have seen the light of day at a couple of weddings but again, they spend far too much time hiding in a box.
These coral shoes don’t exactly match the tunic but with a pair of black leggings in between, I felt ok when I wore them out recently (surprising friends with such a bright colour), I’m sure. I think I have a cardigan this colour somewhere too.
How about these for the ultimate coloured sandals. On the few occasions I’ve worn them I’ve received very positive comments – so why is it that I’ve lived most of the summer in either convenient black or gold ones?
There are colours that I haven’t even mentioned – scarves, bags, shoes, costume jewellery. I need to go ‘shopping’ in my own home and root out some of these long forgotten brights.
How about you – do you wear bright colours or stick to the same few?
P.S. There’s a definite improvement in the colour stakes when it comes to my hands. If you’ve been reading my posts for a while then you’ll have read all about my collection of leather gloves: You have to hand it to M&S…