Apart from black that is! Black was sophisticated, dramatic, sexy and if in doubt, like the majority of other young women, I would settle for black. All of this was fine until I reached my forties and realised that most of the colours in my wardrobe looked better on my two daughters than on me, with my ageing complexion. Time for a re-think.
For a while I played safe and (if I'm totally honest) boring, by selecting neutrals. Please don't get me wrong when I say that a wardrobe full of safe colours like navy, grey, camel, white and the inevitable black is a bit boring. Some of my favourite bloggers have a wardrobe full of clothes like this and they are all stunning. Many other over 60s look amazing in neutrals, though I suspect that most of them would look amazing in brighter colours too.
However once I retired I wanted to lighten up a bit and as a consequence my rainbow wardrobe evolved, full of reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, indigos and violets. This became more obvious when I decided to take part in Project 333 and had a wardrobe cull, getting rid of anything that didn't fit, was becoming shabby or didn't suit me any more. With a more limited wardrobe (33 items to last 3 months) it was possible to see what was actually hanging up, and it became obvious that there were loads of different colours. I had started this blog by then and was lucky enough to have many readers who were happy to give me some feedback about whether I looked better in the cooler or warmer shades. Not that they all agreed with one another!
I tend to agree with one of my regular commentators, Robyn, that on the whole warmer colours suit me, though I do get away with a few cooler shades. Robyn said recently that she thought the pale pink top wasn't my best choice, so here it is with another picture of me in a brighter pink top. I've just noticed by the way that I'm wearing the same necklace and bracelet in both photos, though with different coloured watches. What do you think? Pale or bright?
So far this post has been all about me, however the title I have given it is "Choosing our best colours". So what advice can I give all of you out there?
First of all, be aware that as we age our colouring changes, so don't assume that what suited you in your 20s and 30s will make you look fabulous in your 40s, 50s and 60s. Even if you have had a colour analysis, that was presumably done when you were younger, so you may need to re-think your wardrobe like I have done.
Be prepared to try out different colours and if possible get feedback. I chose a dark brown dress rather than the proverbial black for my 60th birthday outfit, which was on the advice of a personal shopper, and it proved a great success. Incidentally, this service was free!
I am fortunate in writing a blog and having readers who are willing to give me great advice. If you're not a blogger, then take a good friend with you when you next go shopping. My best shopping friend is my youngest daughter Kate, who has a good eye for colour. Encourage your friend to tell you the truth - Kate always does!
Be honest with yourself. Don't go for a colour just because you've always loved it: make sure that the colour loves you too.
Remember that the right colours can take years off you and make you look fabulous even when you're in your 60s (or more). You deserve to look amazing no matter how old you are!