It’s a true fact: most of the French women are rather prudent when it comes to wearing colors.
It’s a strong difference with other countries. It’s a part of the French style DNA. Maybe we should be more bold about it… Maybe not… I tell you why.
Mixing colors can be « risky ».
It can be a success
But sometimes, with just a little difference, it’s just not working
1/ Basic colors for costly pieces
What do we call basic colors? It’s generally neutral colors that you can easily wear whatever the circumstances or the business environment. They are easy to mix with other colors.
The most common are: black, white, beige or camel, dark brown, navy blue, gray.
Then we have dark green, burgundy and red.
Theses colors are usually chosen when we buy costly pieces that we’ll keep for a long time as a coat, a trench, a jacket, a nice pair of shoes, a cashmere sweater, an expensive bag…
They are classics colors, easy to live with and they stay chic and fashionable years after years…
A lot of nice combinations can be done among them, as:
Dark blue + camel or Dark blue and burgundy
Black and gray – Black and beige- Black and dark green
Grey and white – Camel and white
Burgundy and camel
PS: If you want to look more slim, always use the darker color for the bottom
Red and beige – Red and grey
Even Navy + Black!
2/ A touch of unusual color for less expensive pieces or accessories
We can play with more unusual (and trendy) colors when it comes to tops, scarfs, belts, shoes, jeans… anything that we buy for a season or two. These fashionable colors will light up the neutral ones and it will be easy to get rid of them when we’ll get tired of them…
Like this mustard yellow sweater
or this yellow blouse
this pigeon blue top
3/ Playing with subtle shades of the same color (a « camaïeu »)
If you want to wear punchy colored outfits, why not playing with the different shades of the same color?
Use a maximum of three different colors.
As this three kinds of blue…
Or for the Summer a nice combination of orange and pink
Mixing together opposite colors is more difficult. I will talk about it in a next post ;-)
NB: all the pictures are from Pinterest