Color coordinating clothes is one of The Three C’s of Smart Choices for womens business clothes (the video at the bottom of the page shows you how simple it is to do this, one ladies business suit is the cornerstone of the 10-piece wardrobe that's presented). Finding business attire that compliments your complexion, properly communicates your image and coordinates within an outfit and with other pieces in your business wardrobe for women is an essential key to a versatile professional wardrobe.
And something to think about, color coordinating clothes decreases your need to have an excessive number of pieces in your workplace wardrobe, which in turn saves you money...
...after all, who needs an overcrowded closet anyway? Hmm…
Some stylists believe expensive color analysis is necessary to find out which colors best complement your complexion. Perhaps they can be helpful, but here's an inexpensive way to find out what colors are your personal winners. Consider these two simple questions:
#1: What are the colors that you wear and often get complimented on how great the color looks on you?
#2: When you’re putting together an outfit, do the colors of any of the pieces make you looked washed out or ill?
Well, the latter color(s) are the colors you want to avoid or, at the least, keep away from your face. The former may be the color(s) you’ll want to be sure to work into your wardrobe, especially near your face.
It can also be a great idea to invite a friend, whose judgment you can trust and who has a good sense of fashion style and color, to join you for a little “shopping” trip. Go into one of your favorite clothing stores and select blouses and scarves in a variety of different colors…don’t hold back…we’re shopping for colors here, not clothes per se.
Once you have on a blouse, stepping out of the dressing room light might help give you and your color consultant/friend a better since of how the color of the garment complements your complexion or not. Take notes (e.g., colors to avoid, colors that look great, acceptable colors).
When you get home, see if your existing wardrobe has pieces that include any of the colors that looked best on you. Try them on, go out into the daylight and evaluate the appearance of the color again. If you get another two thumbs up, it’s probably a good color for you.
John T. Molloy encourages women to consider the power of colors, especially when it comes to womens business clothes. Wearing orange in a professional setting can peg you as a clown. Don’t throw it out, but, even black is a “conservative/steady” color, it can also be harsh on a woman’s complexion. If you’re large in stature and wear a black suit with menswear overtones, it can also contribute to your being seen as overly authoritative.
Sometimes charcoal gray can be a softer option, while offering some of the same benefits as black. Red is a power color, using just the right amount of it, in just the right shade can work wonders for helping you to be heard and respected. Wearing brown can make you appear less dependable than wearing navy blue does.
Yes, clothes within an outfit should coordinate, but so should the clothes in your wardrobe. By starting out with a neutral suit, like charcoal grey, you can then add pieces to your wardrobe that can each be worn with the suit or parts of the suit.
Here’s an idea: identify two to three neutrals for your wardrobe, they should look good together and against your skin…then identify two to five complimentary colors in addition to your neutrals…ideally all of these colors can be worn together, or with at least 75-80 % of the other colors and again, they should complement your complexion. If you add pieces to your wardrobe in these colors only, you should create a diverse wardrobe.
Neutrals: white, black and charcoal grey
Colors: multi-color, crimson
All of these colors match and should make putting together an outfit a breeze.
Check out the video and photo gallery below to see how we’ve applied the idea of the first of The Three C’s of Smart Choices for womens business clothes, Color Coordinating Clothes.