Let’s talk comfort colors

With all the variety of colors, patterns or prints there are to choose from, many of us will only wear the same pool of colors we are the most comfortable in.

D'Nieka Hartsfield

D’Nieka Hartsfield

For example, my boss wears a black shirt and khaki tan colored pants most days so when he came into work the other day wearing a really cool textured brownish toned sweater I did a double take to make sure it was really him.

Likewise, I find myself gravitating toward blacks, grays and other dark colors. But I tend to mix my dark solids with a pop of brighter color. I don’t like wearing matching tops and bottoms or head-to-toe bright colors.

One thing I do like to mix/match are prints. My mother would say wearing polkadots and stripes absolutely do not go together but I say go for it — as long as your prints have a color coordination and maybe pair them with a solid shoe.

If one piece is more subtle than the other, this can work. In other words, only one of the mixed pieces should make a louder statement than the other.

There are so many ways to make mixing patterns or prints work when you pick the right colors.

One color I have never liked to wear is red. Although this is a color that is slowly growing on me, I still overlook it when shopping.

I once wore a plaid red suit that was given to me by a family member. I was just trying to be nice and polite when I accepted it, but it turned out to be very nice when I tried it on.

I admit I have always wanted to wear red lipstick as well, but the color just doesn’t work for me. Maybe one day I will find the right tone. For now, I will stick with the colors I love and that work for me.

D’Nieka Hartsfield’s favorites are gray T-shirts and plum lipstick. You can reach her at dhartsfield@cnjonline.com or find her on Facebook.

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