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How to Wear Color – Fashion Trends Spring 2011

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By Patricia Davidson

One of the major trends this season is color, from cobalt blue to tangerine, neon brights and clashing jewel tones. In other words, you can keep your neutrals in their place but at some stage you’re bound to be tempted by the riot of color to be found in the stores.

Having recently invested in a rich red Diane von Furstenberg dress, yards away from the neutrals (mainly black) I normally wear, I know full well that this is a seismic shift and that you have to be very careful. There are so many shades of each color to choose from. There’s a red for everyone from a deep blue red to red with more than a hint of orange. Darkest blue everyone can wear, it practically becomes a neutral. Teal blue and turquoise is good for all skin tones. Tangerine is definitely not and cobalt blue is very tricky.

Experiment with them all if you don’t mind the fact that some will immediately make you look tired and wan, draining your skin tone of any natural color. Be very very careful if you do.

There are several things you can do to follow this trend and make sure that it works for you:

Go to a major skincare makeup counter them to recommend the right shade of blush. Make sure you check in daylight. It will either be cool with a blue overtone or warm with a peachy one.

Do a test, again in daylight, to find out if you are basically a ‘cool’ or ‘warm’ color person. Red is a very good color to do this with, some reds will drain your skin immediately and others will give it a glow.

Keep any bright colors away from your face unless you’re absolutely sure they’re right for your skin tone.

Wear color for accessories rather than as clothing
Don’t make any major color decisions in artificial light. You are bound to get it wrong.
Don’t invest too much in a colorful piece unless you already own it in your favourite neutrals. Neon pink may not be in next spring ..




Patricia is fashion blogger for US Unlocked and author of The Shopaholic’s Top 1000 Websites, editor of and also you can find her fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog at

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