Hi again fashion fiends! I'm back again sporting some of my favorite vintage looks this week, while offering quick advice on how to comfortably incorporate color into your wardrobe.
While scrolling my twitter timeline the other day, I came across women discussing a recent fashion post. More specifically? ... They were admiring the look, but feeling completely helpless on how they could pull off the style.
The picture in question showed a woman confidently posing in an outfit filled with color and looking completely fabulous while doing it. The consensus of the conversation? ... "I could never pull something like that off."
Why? Despite popular thinking, incorporating color into your wardrobe can be really easy. One sure fire way to tackle this mystery is to master the skill of color-blocking. What's "color-blocking?" Simply put, its pulling together a group of solid colors that work well together and using them to create your look. Sounds good, but if you're like me, then you're probably wondering "where do I pull these colors from?" ... "How do I know which colors look great together?" To solve this problem, I advise people to grab one of there favorite accessories and take a look at the color scheme.
Like many African women, I absolutely LOVE incorporating color into my wardrobe. In my case, I decided to use one of my favorite kente headwraps. Not only is it bold and designed with traditional Ghanaian Kente patterns (you know I'm all about repping my culture), but it's also full of color options ... Perfect for pulling a few colors for my color block plan. In this case, I pulled green, burnt orange, blue, and brown.
Now, you might be wondering, why I would pull brown if it wasn't part of the colors directly seen in the wrap? Protip: Brown and "burnt orange" are pretty close on the color wheel and compliment each other very well. If you notice, I also used this tip this by pulling two shades of blue as well. You can pull off this trick too if you're looking to experiment or if you're missing a specific color from your wardrobe at the time. Just think, "what's the next best/ closest color to the one I need" and work from there. You'll be surprised the color combinations you come up with!
Once you have your funky base accessory and your group of solids selected, your new look for the day is ready to go! Ultimately, let's be honest. Stepping out of a fashion comfort zone and trying something new can be a bit of a challenge and somewhat scary. No one wants to leave the house feeling like the whole world is looking at them with a stifled laugh or a confused screw face ... but like the Ghanaian symbol of strength painted on the brick wall behind me ... all it takes is a bit of courage. Fashion and dress should be all about self-expression and like life, part of the fun, is the journey along the way to discovery! Good Luck and happy mixing!