Q. I have always been afraid of color. After my mom passed away, I am feeling the need to incorporate some brighter colors into my life, as part of my ongoing personal makeover. Almost all of my clothes are black. My friends say that I would look nice in colors, but I’m not sure how and whether I should build a new wardrobe up from scratch. How do I start building up from the basics again?
A. There’s no need to start from scratch when all you need is to begin adding a few new pieces of bight color until you find the colors that work with your skin tone and elicit the most compliments. And believe me, you always receive more compliments when you wear color. Black might be safe and it can be classy and sophisticated, but rarely does someone say, “wow, you look like you’ve got a tan in that shade of black.” Or, ”you look so fresh and young in that black top.”
Begin by mixing a few colors in with your black pieces. You may need to try on many colors to find the right hues that work for you. I used to think yellow would wash me out and make my skin appear sallow, but I found a sunny color in two tops this past summer that were a hit. I couldn’t wear them enough before the cooler temps hit. So don’t be shy, grab some sweaters and head to the dressing room. Start with a v-neck sweater that can be worn alone or under a fitted jacket and a bold colored jacket in a classic cut.