Colour me happy

Posted on: 10th May, 2016

Category: Image

Contributor: Louise O'Dwyer

The clothes that we wear are like a second skin so you simply must recognise and understand the importance of the colours that you choose to wear and the effect that they have. Summer 2016 fashion has transported us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express ourselves. Fashion Weeks in London, Paris and Milan left us ‘feeling warm inside’ the way the palettes worked together and there was also a lot of experimentation when it came to ‘mixing and matching’. So what are these ‘hot’ colours and what do they say about us when we wear them?

Rose Quartz conveys a feeling of compassion and mirrors a serene sunset or a flushed cheek. This colour looks amazing when it is teamed with a dusky pink or a serene blue. Stella McCartney and Emporio Armani made sure that this colour was centrestage on the catwalk for this season.

Serenity — that shade of blue that invokes tranquility and is weightless. This colour, and the wearing of it, emanates love in the most gentle form (you can see why we put it on a baby) and has an air of ancient wisdom about it. This is the colour that you wear when you are heading to an occasion where you might be a little ‘on the back-foot’, if you know what I mean. This is a non-threatening colour, the complete opposite to red, which can provoke a negative reaction from people. Not only will this colour send a calming message to all around you, it will also soothe ‘your’ soul and disperse any stressful thoughts. How powerful! Christian Dior showed ‘serenity’ in abundance on the catwalk.

Buttercup is the colour of SUNSHINE, the colour that warms our bodies. This colour will bring a smile to anyone’s lips, it is contagious, you just cannot be near this colour and not feel happy! Valentino chose this ‘sunshine yellow’ as the centrepiece on the runway and it’s easy to see why. Obviously not a colour for a sombre occasion, Buttercup is the ideal colour to wear to a fun day or night out. A little tip…you might need a little extra make-up or bronzing powder when you wear this strong hue. Moschino chose to mix this shade with orange and white, adding feathers, turning the female form into an exotic bird — perhaps this is more of a look for Brazil, rather than Ireland.

Lilac Grey, most of us love grey but we sometimes need a little something to warm it up…hey presto, adding a lilac hue to it warms it up wonderfully so. This is a very calm and charming colour. It doesn’t stand out or scream for attention; perfect if you want to look good and don’t want to be the centre-of-attention, but when you are ‘noticed’, a study has shown that this colour leads people to believe that you are wise and non-judgemental. WOW, all because you are wearing Lilac Grey. Yves Saint Laurent and Prada showed some ‘chic’ looking pieces on the runway, including a puffed-up mini-dress or three.

Fiesta — this is the colour of excitement, for the ‘party girl’. It is a ‘feverish’ bold colour, perfect when you have the confidence to carry it off. It is the colour of ‘strength’, a wardrobe staple in everyone who is a free spirit. Beware where you choose to wear this colour — in the business world it can be seen as indicative of a ‘fiery personality, invoking a reaction that you might not necessarily mean to invoke. On the other hand, in a non-professional environment, this colour has been proven to give you energy, making others feel that they are only trailing behind you…tortoise style! If you are afraid of the power of fiesta, choose to accessorise with it instead – shoes are always a great way to go. This colour looks amazing when it is teamed up with lilac grey or a deep blue.

One of my all-time favourite colours is ‘iced coffee’. This is an unusual colour in that it is calm but also full of energy. Earthy neutrals are much-loved, they reveal a lovely soft-ness about your character with a hint of racy caffeine. The ‘neutrality’ of this colour means that it goes exceptionally well with almost every other colour. I LOVE IT; so does Stella McCartney as she created multiple pieces in it. If you are ever undecided about what to wear, this is a colour that helps you to focus — it is non-threatening and very flattering.

I guess we all tend to wear our ‘favourite colour time and time again but did you ever stop up to think exactly what it meant? Now, maybe you will. Sometimes we can have a major fashion faux-pas if we wear a colour that sends a message that is quite contradictory to ‘who we are’ or what impression we would like to make’. I’ve just given you a taste of some of this seasons’ hottest colours, with some of the psychology of colour behind you, so make sure you shine this summer.


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