Autumn is nearing. To many of us, this means swapping bright colours out for muted tones and bidding a reluctant farewell to the summer sunshine. However, the Autumn/Winter runways for 2021 have transferred their attention to pops of playful colour, and we can do the same. Gone are the days when colder weather meant looking dull and feeling the same. By strategically scouring your wardrobe, you can use this season’s go-to shades to enhance, enrich, or even elevate your mood through colour psychology.
Bold, attractive, and sensual; are just a few of the adjectives which spring to mind when considering this intense colour. The ability of this shade to raise the blood pressure of human beings makes this the go-to colour for traffic lights and caution signs. However, these attributes can be used in a positive way. Helping to make you appear confident and passionate, red is the perfect choice for a date (but keep in mind that with great power comes great responsibility).
The little green monster
Green is a natural colour that comes across as calming, peaceful and even comforting. The association of green with growth and vitality gives it many positive connotations. However, like all colours, green may have a very different effect on some people, perhaps making them think of envy or even illness. Designers this season have decided on the former. Green has been seen in every shade, ranging from lime to emerald, to army – any shade goes this Autumn/Winter. Avoid going green with envy by jumping on this trend before you miss it!
Pretty in Pink
Throughout 2021 we have been in love with this colour, and thankfully it isn’t going anywhere. From flirty fuchsia to a more neutral-toned hue, this colour has been a consistent presence on this season’s runways. Depending on the shade, the effect of pink can vary. As a combination of the passion of red, and the purity of white, pink is at once highly romantic and tenderly compassionate. Therefore, this is the perfect colour to experiment with different shades until you find one that has the desired effect on your mood.
The colour blue is the epitome of tranquillity. Associated with a blue sky, good weather, and water, this colour is calming and can even appear trustworthy. This year, designers have settled on a beautiful indigo shade to dominate the upcoming season. Sure to turn heads as you strut down the street, this colour did exactly that on countless runways. From denim to dresses, designers have fallen in love with this shade and we are falling right alongside them. Try an indigo look next time you have a lot of work to get done as it is even believed to increase concentration. Now that is what I call fashion-focused!
Nothing says royalty like the colour purple. The luxurious and dignified aura that this colour creates is incredible and not for the faint of heart. If you want to be noticed, this is definitely the trend to take up, and designers have adopted it in different ways, so you are sure to find a way to incorporate it into your wardrobe. Pick out a muted lilac for a fun and youthful look, or opt for a deeper tone to embrace the mystical and royal associations of the colour.
Despite the perhaps dauntingly daring intensity of some of these colours for the upcoming season, there are many ways that you can tone them down. In order to dip your toe outside of your comfort zone instead of jumping all the way in, try pairing the brighter shades with your go-to neutral pieces that are already in your wardrobe. However, if you are feeling brave, you can also take a page out of some of the designer’s books and pair a few of these colours together. Don’t be afraid to be adventurous with your fashion, wear whatever makes you feel great because nothing looks better than a smile!