AKA: I can’t wear brown in…
Happy day, reader dear!
It’s time for another round of Style Myth Busting! I feel like I need a special cape and a Wonder Woman type outfit every time we do this… Like I’m fighting on the side of style truth and justice. The enemies of style have met their nemesis. Her vision? To make the world a more beautiful place! How? By empowering women with bright ideas for their style and wardrobes so they can make their corner of the world a little lovelier! Can I wear my scarf like a cape?
Sorry, I got a little carried away there.
Although… If you’ve been hanging around Closet Play any time at all, you probably weren’t surprised. Which means I’m overdue in thanking you for reading and commenting. Thank you! You are appreciated. If this is your first time here, Welcome! Every few months I remind you lovely readers that not only is this blog my hangout, it’s part of my business and my livelihood, so please feel free to share what you find helpful with friends or family on social media. Pin away on Pinterest, please! (And follow me while you’re there?) Share on FB or just text a link. It’s good for the blog and hence, for me. Many thanks!
A Historical Perspective
Back to the matter at hand. Colors and seasons. I sometimes hear people say they can’t wear a color because it’s not the season for X color. For example, I can’t wear brown in the spring, brown is a fall color. You can’t wear pink in the winter, pink is for spring and summer. Where did this silliness come from? For generations, nay milliennia, people wore the same colors all year round! You didn’t own enough clothes to have seasonal wardrobes. (Gasp!) Colors were colors. (And not everyone could wear the colors they pleased.) Depending on where you lived, you probably tried to wear more light colors in hotter months, and fewer layers, but that was the extent of it.
If you’ve spent any time at all following the Pantone color trend reports, or even browsing catalogs that (still) come in the mail, you’ve seen brown in the summer, and white in the winter. Orange in the spring, and lavender in the fall.
I am of the firm belief that you should wear colors you love and that love you back! If a color you love, doesn’t, here are some ideas how to finesse that… The season of the year is irrelevant. And color trends are, too! (Unless you are shopping. In which case they are both a blessing and a curse.) When a color you love is on trend, it can be frustrating to see yourself coming and going, but it’s also a great time to stock up for the lean years. I have a client who has been looking for teal for quite a few seasons now… She’s still waiting. It was everywhere a few years ago. Now? Nowhere.
Seasons and Color
There are colors we traditionally associate with seasons. We think of golds, browns and oranges for fall, but there are plenty of other “fall colors.” (Note: I am not talking about color seasons here.) Here’s a post with other fall color ideas! We often associate colors with warm overtones with spring and summer dressing. Think reds, pinks, corals, yellows. These colors make a reappearance along with spring’s green. I think of them as flower colors. Green stems, vibrant tops. The trick? A warm overtone doesn’t make for a warm undertone. Reds, pinks, yellows and greens all come in warm and cool undertones, so if you are inclined to get more colorful for the warmer months, find one with YOUR undertone.
So wear YOUR best colors ALL year long! Don’t worry about the season! And if you do want a change, you can do that within your palette. Here’s a year’s worth of capsule wardrobe color inspo from the Sublime Palette
Yes, you will find denim blue every season. I have a denim habit and I’m good with it! No, there’s not a HUGE variety of color, but that doesn’t mean there couldn’t be! There are all kinds of blues, greens, teals, aquas, and purples in the palette that you don’t see here. (I need to come up with a consistent way to visualize these. Some have the neutrals first and others the accents first. That’s not very helpful. Consistency. Working on it.) If you want to see this summer’s palette, pop on over to my Summer 2021 Capsule Wardrobe post…
How About You?
Are there colors you gravitate towards in different seasons? Are there colors you only wear for certain holidays? Do you wear more color in the summer and darker neutrals in the winter? Or are you the reverse, colors winter and neutrals summer? What is your color M.O.? Why? Who told you what colors were appropriate for the season? Was it a person? Did you pick it up from the stores or media? Is that still working for you? Do let me know! There’s plenty of room in the comments below… (I called ahead. They’re making extra room on the internet for your response!)