In nature, winter marks the absence of color - fiery fall leaves are replaced by bare trees and snow covers the ground. Likewise, traditional seasonal colors for winter are neutrals, punctuated by deep, rich jewel tones that are representative of the festive nature of the holidays. Seasonal winter colors include:
* White * Cream * Shades of Brown * Black * Medium to Dark Gray * Deep Ruby Red * Dark Purple * Emerald Green * Sapphire Blue
How to incorporate seasonal colors into your wardrobe
In addition to these standard seasonal colors is a range of trendy colors that are in vogue. These colors vary from year to year, and are influenced by the Pantone color of the year as well as the colors showcased on the current runways during New York and International Fashion Week. Sometimes the current trendy color of the season bucks the traditional seasonal colors entirely, such as when electric neon hues made a splash on Spring runways a few years back.
Because the trendy seasonal tones vary widely from year to year, building a wardrobe around the more traditional seasonal colors is a safer bet that will stand the test of time. Incorporate the trendy seasonal colors through accessories such as jewelry, shoes, purses, scarves, sunglasses, and one or two statement wardrobe pieces that can be worn that year and retired once they have lost their relevance.
Wearing seasonal colors throughout the year
Incorporating seasonal colors into your wardrobe is a cinch if you create capsule wardrobes. Capsule wardrobes typically consist of 20 - 30 pieces of seasonal clothing basics that can be mixed and matched together to create quick outfits without digging through your entire closet. Building a capsule wardrobe is an easy way to batch your seasonal clothing to ensure that you are dressing your best for the current season, and it also eliminates the problem of peering into your closet and finding 'nothing to wear.'
Here's how to ensure you wear all your seasonal colors with your capsule wardrobe:
1. Begin by sorting through your entire closet and grouping clothing into each of the four seasons based on color and style
2. Even if the items in your wardrobe are seasonally ideal, make sure they are the right color to flatter your own skin tone and hair color. Each season has plenty of colors to choose from, so don't keep anything that doesn't look great on you - even if it is a trendy or seasonal color.
3. Once you've narrowed down your wardrobe to your best pieces, for each season choose-
lThree casual tops lThree dressier tops lThree sweaters - lighter sweaters for spring and summer, heavier for fall and winter lTwo jackets - rain jackets/ windbreakers or linen jackets for spring and summer, heavier ones for fall and winter lFour pants (two dressy and two casual) lThree skirts (add two shorts for spring/summer) lThree to four dresses (two casual, plus one or two cocktail dresses) lFour key accessories such as belts, hats or scarves (choose two traditional seasonal accessories and two trendy) lThree pairs of casual shoes and three pairs of dressier shoes
Look your best all through year
Once you have created each season's capsule wardrobe, your clothing will be sorted seasonally. This makes getting dressed a cinch, and ensures you are rocking the perfect hues and styles throughout each season. When it's time to transition from one season to the next, simply retire your capsule wardrobe to the back of your closet and move the new season's capsule to the front.
The author is the style editor at www.lovetoknow.com