When not watching the games of March Madness, I was out in the garden a lot on the weekends in March. Where I live it was time to plant more herbs and to get my vegetable garden going. Mostly though the mission was to wake up the garden from it’s winter hibernation and to add some fresh color.
I especially like the vibrant pink tones of the fuschias, and geraniums. The yellow and orange tones provided by the marigolds and ranunculus are already making the back yard a happier place. The colors of spring and summer have a way of doing that.
Color is a favorite topic for most any publication about design, be it fashion, interior design or creating the best landing page for your website. A uniquely potent medium, color is full of emotion and energy – a powerful resource for your image and personal style/branding. The colors that you wear and how they are combined can dramatically impact how you are perceived by others. Doing it well immediately increases your level of influence.
No matter the season, there are occasions and venues that require dark, neutral clothing, but lighter shades of blue and gray, as well as earth tones (tan, olive, brown) are the perfect backdrop or frame for the colorful shirts, ties, and pocket squares (and socks) that the warmer, brighter months invite. For Spring, think LIGHT and BRIGHT! Lighter tones inspire comfort and ease – a certain cool, while brighter tones energize and command attention.
Here are five ways to use color to get some Spring into your appearance:
- Depending on where you live and what business you are in, you might work more color into your suits, blazers, jackets, and pants. Why not consider a blazer that is bluer than navy or a light weight jacket in a favorite color made from linen or cotton, or tropical weight wool?
- Depending on your natural coloring, as well as your profession, lighter clothing may not be your best choice. Introducing stronger, brighter colors with classic charcoals or navies can create a more dramatic, more powerful, and more flattering look. Pump up the volume with bolder colors in your shirt and/or tie, and turn a subdued, staid outfit into a true star of your wardrobe.
- Wear shirts with color other than your basic blue. With light to medium shades of blue or gray clothing, introduce shirts in tones of orange, green, pink and lavender.
- Point #2 applies to your casual wardrobe especially! In that case you have even more latitude with color and pattern. Have fun! If not now, then when?
- With respect to neck wear and pocket squares, who’s to stop you from throwing caution to the wind? I still prefer and recommend the more classic patterns, solids included, but as far as color, wear what you like that coordinates with your shirt and jacket. By all means, go bright and go light. That being said, a sharp navy tie with a seersucker, summer tan, or light blue suit is elegance personified.