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How to Add More Color to Your Wardrobe Beyond Basic Black

Have you looked into your closet lately and it's a sea of black? Or maybe a sea of blue? Wondering how to add more color to your wardrobe? Black is OK some of the time...but it can become a bit boring. You don't have to be bored of your wardrobe. It's time embracing color! Here are some ways to add color to your wardrobe.
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Solid Tops

Colorful knit tops or a jewel-tone silk blouse can add a splash of color to a blazer or suit jacket if you have to go out and about. But, solid color tops are a work-horse for looking smart around home too.

Say It with Shoes

There are so many options for colorful shoes these days, and when you're talking color, the cheap ones are not necessarily more or less colorful than the expensive ones. Go for a pair of colorful pumps or jazzy flats, or even dress sandals (wear colorful toenail polish!). Unlike boots...pumps, flats, and sandals can be colorful without being distracting.


Necklaces and Jewelry

Put some sparkling color around your neck with necklaces. There are so many possibilities here, from polished glass beads to rhinestones on colorful cords. Stay away from tacky or heavy necklaces, but choosing something with a nice pop of color can dress up even a drab outfit.

Bracelets and earrings can be worn for the same reasons, adding a splash of color.


Handbags are where you can bring a bit of whimsy and jazz into your life without catching a lot of flak (from your mom or best friend). Patterns and colors can spice up a plain suit and show a bit of your personality. If you like, start small - carry a little handbag with pretty colors. Then, depending on your outgoing-ness, maybe you can work up to a large, patterned handbag.


Scarves were a workplace stand-by not too long ago, but you can bring them back in all kinds of ways. They are great for when you've been at home but need to run out for an errand. They are a quick way to dress up your look.

Folded scarves can work as a headband for your hair, or you can find various ways to tie them around your neck. You can also use them as a creative alternative to a belt. Solid colors might be a good place to start, or subtle patterns that match your outfit.

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Tucked-in shirts and elaborate belt buckles were popular in the 80s, but you can still dress up an outfit with a solid band of color around your waist. Belts can add color to pants or skirt outfits, and you can add a matching handbag for color coordination.

Colored Suits

If you want to really go for it, wear a solid-colored flattering suit. You can be conservative and colorful all at the same time.

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Have a bright and colorful day!

Mrs. Bauer


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