It is one of life’s true facts that the weather has an effect on our moods that consequently influences our choice of clothes. Even if you work in an office with the most rigorous dress code, some small details of your outfit could reveal your mental state of the day.
So it was no surprise that when I woke up last Sunday morning and saw a bright blue sunny sky and felt the warm breeze on my skin (it is winter at its peak in the Southern Hemisphere) that I wanted my mood to match the colour of the clear sky, and hence my true blue outfit.
Dressed in the same blue from head to toe could sometimes be plain boring, but if you think about how many adjectives describe the colour blue: such as royal blue, duck egg blue, baby blue, navy blue, turquoise and even Tiffany blue, you can easily transform your look from boring into a true fashion statement.
They key is to build monochromatic layers of the same hue where each layer represents a different shade, tone or intensity. In other words, do not distribute the same colour evenly throughout your entire outfit. I like to use 70:20:10 formula that is quite often used amongst interior stylists, where 70 is your principal colour, 20 – is the contrast colour and 10 - is for the colour pop.
Jumper: Cotton On
Jeans: Mason Scotch (I wore them here)
Hand bag: Coach (I had it here)
Jacket: Country Road
While my main outfit is predominately light neutral blue, a dark royal navy colour scarf is not just an attribute to winter but together with an even a darker hued jacket they add a sharpen contrast to the outfit. I am a big lover of colour pop, hence my choice of a hand bag and jewelry. The mannish duck-egg blue shoes add a street edge and an extension of colour palette.
A small injection of whites and neutrals will effortlessly help to anchor a single colour outfit, add an interesting texture and bring another dimension to the final look.
How would you wear one colour? Would love to hear your comments, suggestions or anything else you want to share.