The Vogue Series: What Colours should I Wear?


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One common question ladies battle with every morning is as regards what dress colour would fit. Many guys battle with this too just as the ladies. In this edition, we would deal with some tips on how to tackle the big question. This would also be a guide in building your wardrobe and choosing the best colours to suit exactly how you want to look. Remember, the way you're dressed is the  way you would be addressed, so this isn't a joke for many.

Firstly, permit me to say that choosing colours to wear won't be possible without talking about the ancient form of color referencing - the "colour wheel"
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Let's start by explaining some features found in the colour wheel.

Primary colours, which include Blue, Yellow and Red.

Secondary colors, which is the combination of two primary colors and they include Green, Purple and Orange.

Tertiary colours, which are gotten from the mixture of equal amount of primary and secondary colours together. It includes: Yellowish Orange, Reddish Orange, Reddish Violet, Bluish Violet, Bluish Green and Yellowish Green. Note that Violet is the same as Purple

Monochromatic colors, which are colours gotten from the shade, tint and tone of a particular reference colour which is the "Hue" and this can be any color. Here is the formula;

Hue+ black=shade
Hue+ white=tint
Hue+ grey=tone.

Having a monochromatic look implies that you mix the tones, tints and shades of that color. Imagine wearing red top and complimenting it with a shade of red skirt or a black skirt itself. Perfect!

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Analogous colour are colors that are beside each other on the colour wheel, just like a colour that is next to one another. They are sometimes called family colour, for example, yellow, greenish yellow and green are analogous colour. They are called harmonious colours.

Complimentary colours which are colours adjacent to each other on the colour wheel.

Now, with these, let's starting unlocking some tricks that would help you make choosing colours to wear easy and beautiful


Please note that all I will be talking about here is pertaining to how it deals with colour combination in fashion not in other artistic areas like Graphic designing, Photography etc.

Trick 1

Monochromatic and analogous colours are harmonious to the eye while complimentary colours aren't and can give rise to color clashes which the human eye doesn't like e.g. blue and orange. Just for imagine this for a little while, you don’t want to appear for that birthday party and look like a Joker, right? They might not be completely out of the way as they might make you look daring and actually require a sort of experience and fashion knowledge. For example, you could make the combination less loud, which makes it more attractive, by simply making a tone, shade or tint of one of the colours. You could also simply make use of the colour of your shoes, accessories or hair to mellow it down. You can also colour mute or simply make one of the colours a touch on the other colour. To be on a safer side, or when you aren't too sure and really inexperienced about this, simply avoid this combination, my humble advice though.

Trick 2

It is better to where a black dress during cold season and white dress during hot season. There is a little physics here as black generally has the capacity to absorb heat energy more, which simply makes you sweat more while a white dress would radiate heat and make you sweat less. You can as well target areas where you are likely to sweat more and cover such areas with anything asides black as you don't want to be out there in the presence of your crush, sweating like a Christmas goat. lol.

Trick 3

Choose a dark colour especially black if you want to look and appear slimmer than you really look. To get the opposite look, just do the opposite! get something bright like white to make you look bigger. It really doesn't make you bigger in the actual sense and literal translation, it just psychologically makes you appear like that because it gets to emphasize and really draw attention to your body because it is bright and can be easily noticed.
You can play the trick of highlighting the best areas of your body (e.g. legs, breadth, hips, waist) with a bright colour and cover places you really don't want to show with a rather dark colour, black especially or any other dark colours. Be careful to also sew styles that won't add to your body but instead give it its exact size.

Trick 4

This is quite simple and straight forward, especially when you're going for a dinner and you don't know the colour of a ball gown to wear. To look Royal, wear purple! This is actually historical. Royal blue or red could be a substitute, but they wouldn’t give a stronger look of Royalty like purple would. Royal banquets and dinners were the reasons why most ladies own a ball gown in the ancient times and you really have to look Royal to make the prince notice you! Guess what? Purple will never go wrong to make you achieve this look.


Trick 5

Wear blue or black for job interviews. These colours are neutral and convey trust, confidence, and professionalism because they are darker. Blue and black also signifies maturity, seriousness and great qualities in a job candidate. This is more of human psychology.
Avoid loud, bright colours such as orange for interviews.
If you’re interviewing for a non-conventional, creative job, you may add more flexibility to express yourself with your wardrobe. Brighter colours may be appropriate in this case, use your discretion, but be careful not to look like a teddy. The interviewer should be able to focus on you and your skills, not your dress.

Trick 6

To look taller, simply be on a monochromatic look, that is, wearing the same colour from your upper part to your feet. You can decide to make a tint, tone or shade with your scarf and other accessories depending on how flexible you are. The lesser the obstruction, the taller you look. Now, this is a little bit tricky. Imagine wearing a black top, shoe, trouser, hair, necklace, lens and bag, lol, when you are not the devil. So, what do you do? let me make it simpler, simply wear the same colour of dress and shoe and mix your accessories with a touch of other colours. For a long leg effect, simply wear the same colour of trouser and shoe. Always remember, the lesser the obstruction of colours, the taller you appear to be. To make this more effective, ensure you are on a vertical striped clothe, never try the horizontal stripes!!! It’s a total no go area if you really want to appear taller. To appear shorter, simply mix colours and be careful to follow trick #1 so as to avoid colour clashes.

Trick #7

In cases of confusion and doubts, simply use your available shoes, accessories, hair, sunshade, bag etc. to choose what to wear. This makes you versatile, daring, flexible and simply elegant. And you generally tend to be more fashionable as you make yourself look elegant by accompanying your dress with a cute bag or any other accessory.
Imagine you have a black dress, a purple dress and a red shoe, which of the dresses should you then wear?
The black of course! Do you actually want to match a purple dress with a red shoe?? No No. This goes for other things like your necklace, wig, sunshade, bag and any other thing that compliments your dressing.


Trick #8:

Now, the simplest out of all, your wardrobe should never lack dresses of colour black, grey and brown. They are neutral and virtually goes with any other colour of dress.

I hope with these simple tricks, you would totally eradicate that big question at every instance while dressing up for a particular event.


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Till our next edition, Have fun!!!

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