Making Your Worst Color Look Terrific in Your Outfit

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Worst color in a skort

Making Your Worst Color Look Terrific in Your Outfit

What if you know your worst color but still like to wear it anyways? That was the suggestion from a reader and both Lesley and I will approach this idea quite differently.

Quote of the day: “There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them.” Phyllis Battome

Lesley will tell you that not only is green her worst color but she also doesn’t like it. In fact, it’s only recently that she has ANY green in her closet. This skirt is one of the pieces. And this isn’t the first time she’s worn it on the blog.
Do you know what I mean when I say “worst color”? Depending on our complexion, hair color and eye color, there are colors that tend to look better on us than others.

Insider tip: I have explored 2 online methods of learning “our” colors. If you ever have questions about your colors, feel free to ask.

So let’s talk about the easiest way to wear those unflattering colors. Wear them on your bottom half of course!!
Lesley even shares more secrets below on how to make your worst color work in your closet. And I have many tips too in my outfit wearing (gasp) black.

Ways to wear your worst color

Skort: thrifted ~~ Top: Spense-thrifted at Clothes Mentor ~~ Shoes: Anne Klein ~~ Necklace: Cold Water Creek~~ Earrings: ~~ Purse:

Your Worst Color as a Terrific Addition

Even though Lesley has an aversion to green, she has been surprised at the fact that she has prints with the color in it. And since many of these print pieces have colors that she does like, then it makes styling an outfit easier.

Therefore, while it’s good to have a closet that concentrates on our good colors, you might be surprised at how incorporating our worst color for the bottom half opens up so many different possibilities.

Insider tip: Lesley was inspired to try this color after we styled each other and she found my lime green pants in my closet. Having this styling session with friends could be a terrific exercise for anyone.

Wearing your worst color in a skort

How Accessories Can Help

Since our earrings and necklaces can be close to our face, they can certainly add a better for us color to an outfit. Lesley has had this necklace for YEARS in her collection (even though there is green in it) and was surprised at how perfectly it went with the top. It goes to show you might have jewelry with your worst color in it too.

Insider tip: Lesley has shared her jewelry thoughts in the past about how to create a great collection inexpensively.

If you are surprised that there are no bracelets or rings, it’s because we were going out to eat at the Angry Crab Shack right after this. If you’ve ever been there, then you know it’s messy.

Thinking About Your Worst Color

Even if you’ve never had your colors analyzed, you can often see how some colors make you look alive, while others drain you.
For those of you who LOVE black because it seems sophisticated and easy, beware as we get older. Black can be harsh for our complexion as we age.

Insider tip: What changes in our coloring as we age? If your hair is going grey, then you lose that color around your face. In our skin, the pigments of melanin and carotene decrease and even the brightness in our eyes diminish.

That’s why its good to consider other ways to wear your worst color and update your closet from time to time.

Styling your worst colors in an outfit

Other Secrets to Wear Your Worst Color

Lesley admits that she doesn’t often purchase colors that aren’t complimentary to her complexion. Yet she has a couple of pants, skirts and skorts that aren’t good colors near her face. Since she knows she can pair them with the tops she already owns, they still get a lot of use.

Here are 2 other ways to make bad colors work in your wardrobe:
1-Scarves. This is her rationale for having many, many scarves.
2-Colorful necklaces. In fact, Lesley recently incorporated this exact idea for her belt post since tan isn’t a color that makes her look alive.

Blue sandals for summer

Colorful Sandals

Again, the idea of bright and colorful shoes works its way into a blog post. Lesley has a wide selection of colorful sandals now that we are in Arizona.

If you are unsure of how to start your colorful footwear collection, start with your favorite color. I’m sure you have many tops of your favorite color, so then the shoes would tie in nicely.

How to wear your worst color
Make your worst color work

Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

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