When winter-time begins to kick in, and the weather gets a bit dreary and the evenings start to roll in earlier, it’s easy to pick the safe option and go for shades of dark grey and black.
But if you’re willing to take a bit of a risk, even a slight dash of colour here and there can help you to stand apart from the rest of the crowd – and improve your mood in the process. You don’t have to go all-out from the word go: introduce those colours in stages, and be amazed at what an impression those small steps make.
Here, we’ll take a look at how to inject a bit of vibrancy into your winter wardrobe.
High-quality purses are a must-have accessory. Not only do they fulfil an important practical function (that of allowing you to carry money around), they also fulfil and aesthetic one. Go for a bold, striking colour for your purse, and it’ll stand apart form the rest of your outfit. Glossy reds and yellows, for example, will nicely complement a dark grey coat. Another advantage of a brightly-coloured purse is that you’ll be able to easily locate it when you’re looking to leave the house in a hurry.
Everyone needs at least one winter coat. Given that it’s the largest item of clothing you’ll buy, it’s tempting to play it safe and go for the boring, neutral colours we’ve talked about. And that’s precisely what most people do: go to any British city centre during winter, and you’ll see darker grey and black coats than any other shade. But if you’re willing to be a little bit bolder, then you’ll be easy to spot from a mile away. Be sure when picking your coat that you get something that matches the rest of your wardrobe, including all of your jeans and jumpers.
Along with the big, statement-making one-off purchase like coats, you can also introduce a bit of colour with the more inexpensive items that you buy in bulk. Tights are a great example. Track down a few coloured ones, and match them with the rest of your outfit. If you’re wearing big boots on a snowy day, you can layer them with a complementary pair of big, woolly socks.
Here’s another opportunity to set yourself apart from everyone else on your commute: the overwhelming majority of boots sold in the UK are either black or brown. If you choose a bold shade of some primary colour or other, you’re near-certain to attract attention. If you’ve taken the trouble to brighten up the rest of your wardrobe, then don’t stop there; choose a set or two of brash-looking boots to match.
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