If you struggle with how to wear
I confess, I am an avid lover of all things black (including nail polish). and if I had the chance to raid anyone’s closets, it would be Janelle Monae (Watch out Janelle).Embed from Getty Images
My wardrobe is filled with black, navy blue, nude and a few other mellow-coloured pieces.
Recently I have been more deliberate about stepping out of my comfort zone in various areas of my life; travel more,
Research has shown that colour is a confidence and mood booster.
If you are thinking about adding some colour to your wardrobe, here are some tips you may find useful:
#1 Accesorise with colour
I am experimenting with
I find that depending on the weather, a colourful scarf can be a handy companion to match with a monochrome outfit.Embed from Getty Images
In addition, colourful handbags and shoes can transform an outfit from boring to check-you-out.
#2 Pair a bright colour with a “safe” choice
Take out that orange skirt and pair it with something safe.Embed from Getty Images
Try colors that you find totally extreme –
Think a bright pink top with a navy blue skirt, a black gown paired with yellow shoes, a bright green jacket
#3 Add a pop of colour by lipstick
Even as a lover of all things black and minimal, I have always loved red lipstick.
I must admit that I have been less eager to try out other lipstick colors, but purple and pink hues seem to be growing on me.Embed from Getty Images
If you’re a fan of eyeliner, you could try brighter
#4 Lighter shades count as color
A mix of block and lighter shades also count as a pop of
This is a comfortable route if you would like to take baby steps and not go full neon at the first attempt.Embed from Getty Images
You can always start with soft
You may even wear one tone as the dress, and the other as your lipstick or accessory.Embed from Getty Images
#5 Nail polish is like the icing on the beauty cake
If you are into nail care, it is another way to try out new
Take a temporary leave from nude, black and grey nail polish.
Close your eyes and take the plunge. Your nails complement your look.
Try new colours over the weekend, and if you don’t like the varnish, make it vanish before the new week begins.
#6 Your hair is not off the limitsEmbed from Getty Images
Changing your hair
You could decide to wear a wig in a different
Good practice makes perfect
Habits don’t break overnight, and a wardrobe
Spend your weekends and holidays experimenting with how to wear colour in ways you find comfortable.
Wear that yellow dress you bought, but can’t give away because you know you loved something about it, or those red-colored boots you got as a birthday gift.
How do you incorporate
About Morolake Dairo
Morolake Dairo is a marketing communications professional and a PhD student at the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria.
Her research interests include fashion communication, city branding, development communication and socio-cultural studies.
When she’s not at work or trying to complete her thesis, you can find her at a vintage singer machine sewing, reading a book or hibernating.
Feel free to read some of her short poetry on her Instagram page @rolake_dairo