True Colours

I recently was lucky enough to see Cyndi Lauper in concert and have had the song True Colours stuck in my head ever since. Although Cyndi is amazingly funny, talented and inspirational, she’s not one whose personal style resonates with me, for example I could never rock pink hair even though I love it on her. The fact is we all need to let our own true colours shine through if we are to become our most authentic version of ourselves. So naturally I decided to do a little bit of research on it and share with you some of what I found.

Lisa O’Neill in Look Gorgeous Be Happy: What a Woman Wants talks about using colours to help you and others feel the following way:

Blue                       Peaceful, patient, calm

Navy                      Intelligent, reliable, logical

Purple                  creative, spiritual, precious, royal

Lavender             graceful, elegant

Orange                 exciting, energetic, warm, attention seeking

Green                   healing, relaxed, nurturing, fertile

Red                        confident, passionate, assertive, intense, powerful

Pink                       playful, sweet, loving

Yellow                  happy, joyful, idealistic, cheerful

Black                     mysterious, sophisticated, depressed

White                   pure, innocent, peaceful

Brown                   earthy, wholesome

 

Sarah Ban Breathnach in Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy talks about the importance of choosing classic colours for your wardrobe in order to give it longevity.

These are the colours she recommends for a classic wardrobe:

Black

White

Navy

Grey

Beige

Camel

Tan

Khaki

Ivory

Red

Wine

Russet

She recommends surrounding yourself with the colours you love in other ways like:

*Getting some fabric to be made into a couch cushion

*Painting a piece of furniture or room

*Brightening up your desk with coloured files, paper clips & note pads

*Getting perky paper napkins to pop in your lunchbox

*Getting a bright ceramic fruit bowl for your kitchen counter full of fruit

*Getting art postcards for your fridge, noticeboard & desk

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