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Fifty Shades

Sorry, I am not referring to the erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey by British author, E.L. James :). Though a good read, I am really talking about switching up your wardrobe to include darker hues, let’s say fifty shades darker than the bright colours, pastels and neons we have been rocking for summer. As warm days make room for cooler evenings, your wardrobe may require some updating and like many women, you want to do this effortlessly and for less. Fall colours such as the many shades of gray, taupe, brown/chocolate, black, plum/burgundy, purple, deep jewel tones and dark rich blues are usually best for evening and night time events but they also can be wearable in the daytime. Whether or not you are in a country blessed with sun all year round, you can still pair your lighter shades with these dark hues for a complete outfit.

Luckily, I am in the tropics 🙂  but cooler nights are arriving with full throttle and so are fall’s finest fashions. Light woven/cashmere sweaters, tweed jackets, dark florals and embossed details. The looks are classy and sexy: a swing skirt or a belted dress. Hemlines are now mid knee to well below the knee. For all gal pals who love the color black, don’t worry the designers got you… black is in many fashion looks for fall. Fall/Winter of 2012/2013 has a mix of black with dark gray, white, as well as lots of shades of dark mid-night blue.

Tips to Wearing Darker Shade Clothing:

  • If you have a dark complexion or dark hair, adorn yourself with primary colours: red, green and blue in darker shades. You will also look amazing when you pair these shades with whiter and lighter tones.
  • Always check out colours in the natural light whenever you get the chance as there is a distinct difference in the appearance of colour under a store light than in the natural light.
  • Choose brighter shades of red, orange and yellow if you have light hair and eyes as it tends to be the most complementary color palette for blonde hair.
  • Once you find a fall colour that looks really great on your skin tone, try to get 2 to 4 pieces in that shade, in different styles and brands, of course. A shade of gray from one designer’s line is often different from similar name shade of another designer, so you can get away with purchases more than one pieces in the shade.
  • All black goes well with persons that have blue undertones to their skin. Others may have to stick to black on their lower half to prevent black from overpowering them. Navies and the many shades of gray also go well with persons having blue undertones to their skin type.
  • Persons with darker eyes should go for earth tones like brown, olives, deep yellow or rust. Also blends well for persons with red highlights in their hair (and reddish hair colour). Copper and Sea green makes lighter eyes really stand out.

“Most consequential choices involve shades of gray, and some fog is often useful in getting things done.” –  Timothy Geithner

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