Happy New Year!

What better way to begin the new year than trying a new colour! Unusually for me, I thought I’d opt for a neutral, and this one is definatley one to try.

Since browns have been back in fashion, one of the colours I get endless questions about is Chocolate – Can I wear it, and if not what other shades can I try?.

This once unpopular colour has come right back into fashion again, but so many customers are unsure whether they can wear it, or what to pair it with to keep it looking fresh and modern rather than drab and dated, remember how we all wore it in the 70’s?

Can I wear it?

If you belong to one of the warmer palettes, or have a warmth in your hair or skintone then Chocolate lives in your palette. This rich and warm but not-too-deep shade of brown suits both yellow based seasonal palettes equally.

However, if you fall into a cool-toned palettes you’ll already have noticed a decidedly limited range of shades of brown in your palette, and this one is one of the many that simply doesn’t work for you, its likely to give you a sallow complexion, leave you looking grubby and drab rather than warm and rich.

Not sure what I’m talking about, or which palette suits you? Why not book on to one of my Colour Workshops or book a Colour Analysis. Discovering which group of colours will make you look and feel your best, your skin glow and your eyes sparkle is a must to feeling good this year.

As with all multi-season colours, the way you wear Chocolate will affect how it fits in with your palette. Indeed, one of the most common queries I get around Chocolate is how to wear it with other colours without looking drab. Depending on your palette, my notes below will ensure that you love the colour Chocolate at least as much as a bar of the real stuff!

Chocolate for Warm Colour Palettes.

Chocolate can, at first glance for Soft Warms can feel a little heavy and earthy, compared with light bright neutrals like Bright Navy and Dove Grey, but the key is in the combinations. Rather than pairing it with colours like Cinnamon, Tan and Leaf Green, opt for clear and fresh shades such as Cream, Aqua, Canary Yellow and Watermelon.

Chocolate is easy for Warms and Deeps with a warm complexion, pairing effortlessly with the vast majority of your palette. For a deeper, richer look, pair it with Dark Olive and Moss, or for a bolder, fresher look, try it with Soft White and a brighter shade such as Poppy or Fiesta Orange. The key to keeping the rich vibrancy of your palette is not to get too lost in sludgy shades – make sure you include a little brightness in your outfit, even if it’s just a scarf or a peek of a base layer.

Your alternatives:
If you are a softer cool or have a very light colouring chocolate will be too much for your delicate palette. So make sure you opt for rose/pink browns, such as Truffle, Mushroom and Rose Taupe.

If you have Deep or very Cool Colouring brown is simply never going to feature heavily for you. The closest your cool, clear palette gets is either a stone grey, or (usually better) deep burgundy shades such as Merlot and Deep Claret.

Remember its easy to discover your best colours for clothes, accessories and makeup when you book a Colour Analysis. So why not have a look at my website www.appearanceandattitude.com and find out how so many women have benefitted from this service.

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