I always love getting feedback from my readers especially when I get questions on; How to Style their outfits. Last week I received a mail from one of my readers asking the color question.
Question: How do I add color to a work outfit yet maintain a formal style?
With this in mind I remember styling a colleague who had also approached me on the same issue about the color rule and remembered I should have done a post on this topic. Thankfully to my reader, who has put the same topic forward, let me share some tips and outfit ideas on how to style your work outfits using base, accent and pop strategy.
There is a three part approach to adding color to work outfits, and this applies to any other style purpose. This is known as the Base, accent and pop strategy. I also apply this strategy when applying eye makeup, so this is a good practice when dealing with colors.
The Base: serves as a foundation for any outfit and examples are your suits, jackets, blazers and tailored pants I call them reliable friends. Because they are the classic items worth investing in for any wardrobe, they are important and very functional. Usually in colors like brown, grey, camel, black etc. Note, they may not only be neutral and can be colorful however they core is that they are important pieces and should be long-term wearable items.
The Accent: These are the pieces in your wardrobe that can revive your classic base items. They may not be as expensive as your core pieces; however I call them mood-lifters. Because they always add the sparkle to an outfit and revive the classic base items, these pieces can be anything from bright cardigans, to flowery pants, a funky blazer or dress etc. Accent pieces unlike base items may not have the same lifelong usage of a base item. However can transition into base pieces if paired with another base item, they mainly form a minor percentage of a complete outfit.
The pop: Did you know that your wardrobe is made up of mostly base and accents, because you may be naked without most of these items that fall in this category. But Guess what your wardrobe is most likely missing a pop item which happens to be the flavor in the pudding. The finisher to an outfit is what adds the va-va-voom and effortless chic look and this is what the pop fashion item does for am outfit.
- When combining your outfit, ensure the pop and accent relate to each other, an easy way to do this is to have tones in mind. I.e. accents and pops should have the same tonal base and should complement each other, like white and grey, white and pink etc.
- If working with prints or a flowery item, you can pull out a shade from the print and use that color as the pop.
- Add colorless jewelry if you want less color.
So don’t get bored with your wardrobe go get creative and create some style.
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