If you’ve been with me for awhile, you know that I used to show outfits with bright, bold colors and prints. But when I looked back at those photos, I thought the bright colors and bold prints were making me look older than I already am. So I gradually started shifting my wardrobe to a neutral color palette…and the results were SHOCKING.
While I expected the neutral colors to be more flattering against my skin, what I did NOT expect was how limiting my wardrobe to one generally extended color palette exponentially increased the number of outfits I was able to create. By mixing and matching neutral color wardrobe pieces, I am able to create an almost limitless number of outfits. This “stretches my closet”…and the money that I put into buying those wardrobe pieces.
Remember, the key is to embrace your own unique beauty and let neutral colors enhance rather than overshadow it. Experiment with different shades, textures, and styles until you find the combinations that make YOU feel confident and beautiful in your own midlife skin.– Valarie
Why a Neutral Color Palette Wardrobe?
Neutral tones have a magical ability to enhance our features and allow our inner radiance to glow, allowing our natural midlife beauty to show through. Let’s explore how wearing neutral colors can elevate your style and empower you to embrace your unique beauty. Here are some tips:
1. Choose the RIGHT Neutrals
Opt for neutral shades that complement your skin tone and hair color. This will help enhance your natural features rather than overpowering them. For example, if you have warm undertones, go for earthy tones like beige, camel, or warm greys. If you have cool undertones, choose cooler neutrals like taupe, dove grey, or soft blues.
2. Play With Textures
Incorporate different textures into your neutral outfits to add depth and interest. Mixing fabrics like silk, linen, cashmere, or satin can elevate your look and draw attention to the textures rather than just the color. Consider wearing a silk blouse with a cashmere cardigan or a satin skirt with a textured knit sweater.
3. Don’t Be Overly Concerned with Fit
While the standard fashion industry advice is “choose well-fitted clothing flatters your shape and size”, I would not be too concerned with this. What I’ve actually found is the opposite: wearing slightly loose-fitting sweaters and pants conveys an aura of effortless style…as if you just threw on something and headed out the door but still look fabulous. (Think of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s style in this regard!)
4. Accessorized Strategically…and Thoughtfully
Choose accessories that enhance your natural beauty and complement your neutral outfit. Consider wearing delicate jewelry, such as dainty necklaces or earrings, that add a touch of elegance without overpowering your look. Opt for neutral-toned bags and shoes to maintain a cohesive and understated appearance. Think twice about statement or oversized jewelry…it can add age to your look.
5. Emphasize Natural Makeup
I know this sounds strange coming from me when I wear heavy lashes and eye makeup in the videos. The truth is that I only wear that makeup for the camera so that I don’t look washed out. My daily makeup routine takes 3 minutes or less. I use a cream makeup that is perfect for midlife skin because it sits on top of my fine lines and wrinkles rather than settling into those areas like liquid makeup. The result is a radiant, natural glow. Let me know if you would like more information on the makeup!
Remember, the key is to embrace your own unique beauty and let neutral colors enhance rather than overshadow it. Experiment with different shades, textures, and styles until you find the combinations that make YOU feel confident and beautiful in your own midlife skin.
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