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How do you wear dark, subtle colours without looking drab? Are there any rules I can follow?
Due to my colouring (cool-toned, pale skin, dark hair and eyes) I look best in dark, wintery colours - greys, navy, black, deep dark purple. But it can look quite drab I think - I tried to find a scarf to lift the overall look, but most of them are really bright and make me look ill, or are too patterned and don't suit me either. It doesn't help that I'm rather skinny and small and big accessories, even scarves, can overwhelm me. Where am I going wrong?
try stud earrings? either pearls or maybe that kind of roughed up silver (there must be a technical term for that) - because they're near to your face they can really brighten a look and pull it together.
Theghost you are really tempting me to go and get my ears pierced now. MN is far too influential!! Like the idea of pearl or silvery studs. I never got them pierced because at the height of my wanting-pierced-ears stage as a child I wasn't allowed to get them done, and I never bothered in the end.
Of course, its always possible that if bright stuff really overwhelms you that you aren't a winter, but a summer...... Sorry - don't want to throw cat amongst pigeons. The most important thing about winters is the contrast - it is a high contrast season. So with your dark hair and very very pale skin, that makes sense to me. You should be looking for the same level of contrast in your clothing look, as in your face/eyes/hair. The middle scarf looks the best, Fox, the pink one looks a bit summery on my screen, and I'm worried about the print size of the green one. Too big for a gam.
I think you should, in that case! I have similar problems to you but with summer colours rather than winter and it's amazing how easily simple earrings transform a boring/neutral outfit to something subtle and (apparently) thought out.
Italians seem to master this look. They wear dark monochrome a lot - when they do, they make their face, eyes and lips the focal point (subtly defined neutral eye makeup that accentuates the eye color, rosy/ terracotta blusher, berry-stained lips, perhaps an interesting earring).
The rest of the outfit is simple, dark and minimalistic (go for clean lines), but they have some color near the face. One of those circular scarves in a softer or brighter blue would work (and it would break the long vertical lines) - I have seen several of those looking great on the street. Or the brighter accent is somewhere else - perhaps a contrasting bag (I saw a stunning off-white calf leather bag with tan straps today - the rest of the outfit was gray/indigo). Footwear can work too, but it's trickier.
Don't go overboard with the accents. Limit yourself to one in the beginning. Too much and you'll get this.
Thanks for those links MadAbout. I'm not exactly like any of those dark winter or cool winter people - I have more contrast than the cool winters as my eyes are very dark, but not a warm chocolate colour, more a cool dark sludge colour! And I am not olive skinned like the deep winters, which is probably why too-bright colours drain me. I need to look for jewel tones instead of bright I think.
Thank you this is so helpful, I thought it might be too boring a thread to get any replies!
Queef I often wake up looking like the girl from The Ring! Agree dolly pink blusher is a lifesaver. I've recently discovered Mac Frankly Scarlet blusher - blended well gives you proper Snow White cheeks.
DonaAna I'm going to look for a royal blue circular scarf I reckon
I'm definitely very cool toned MadAbout, so probably not an Autumn - taupe, salmon, beige and camel look unbelievably hideous on me. Maybe my problem is having mixture of English and Polish/Czech/Hungarian blood - my genes are confused!
You sound Wintry to me. The seasons are good but they're not one size fits all. In my palette I have stone, ice lemon and ice green. Theoretically I should be able to get away with them, but I avoid like the plague. Ice pink not so bad, ice blue at a push (for socks or something...). I'm what HoC calls a sultry winter so the deeper hues suit me best. You can be really pale and be a sultry winter I think, it is the closest winter to autumn of that makes sense.
Yes I'm pretty convinced I'm a Winter of some kind Amber. Pale icy lavender seems to work really well on me, and ice pink pretty well, though more in a cardigan than a whole jumper. Pale blues look a little bit drab somehow.
Yes lavender good on me too. Have you tried a burgundy lip colour? I find it the most flattering on me, quite dramatic as it is such a contrast, but I wear a burgundy gloss in the day, full on lipstick at night. Can seem startling at first but I got used to it quickly.
Travelin I've had them done quickly and informally by a HoC consultant that I know! What kind of coats do you wear as a gamine? My favourite is a black cropped leather jacket, that's the one that seems to go best with all my outfits and not drown me, but obv it's not warm enough for winter. My winter coat is a nice navy peacoat, but it's still a little bit flarey and fussy and not quite me.
Thanks Amber Chaotic Currant looks gorgeous and has gone straight on my shopping list It's dark, but I dressed up as a witch at Halloween and wore a heavy layer of Revlon Black Cherry lipstick - and strangely looked more attractive instead of more witchy! I haven't made it a staple though, I'm too lazy for proper lipstick everyday.
Being a Summer would explain the drabness. Summers are inherently drab. We don't get to wear black and white, we get charcoal and oatmeal (sigh) <Fellow Summer sufferer here>
If that's true, you need to give up the high intensity high contrast cool colors and go for softer shades and low contrast (ie, smoky blue instead of royal blue). They can look incredibly flattering.
I'd love to be a Winter, but I've learned to like Summer colors. Blusher and lipstick are super important for Summers (if I stand against a beige wall, you won't notice me otherwise).
If you are a Winter, you are high-contrast, and need to create contrast in your looks. Head to toe black with black accessories will actually be low-contrast, unless you have Snow White's skin tone and blood red lips.