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Understanding the Colors of Fashion

Jun 24, 2008
It seems like styles and colors go in and out of favor so often that it's almost impossible to keep up with what's in style at any given moment. Try as you might to keep up with what's going on in the fashion world, before you know it the trend has passed and you find yourself wearing something that's tragically out of fashion. Don't fret, it's not as hard as it seems when you learn a few basic secrets about the fashion world. One of the first things you should understand is the colors of current fashion trends and why certain seasons seem to be made for certain color groups.

If you have absolutely no other sense of style, you should at least understand that most fashion revolves around the different colors of the seasons and how those influence the way we dress ourselves. For example, light airy colors are generally more accepted in the spring months because they symbolize the awakening of everything from the cold grasp of winter. The days are getting longer, people are emerging from their homes to begin running and walking again and the sun is encouraging the budding flowers to leave their winter shells. These kinds of pastel colors are also closely associated with Easter, May Day, and other various spring time holiday events.

Going into the summer months you'll start to notice people wearing brighter colors. Most bathing suits are bright blue, red, yellow, and orange. They're meant to draw people's eyes and to celebrate the wonder and excitement that's part of summer. If you think about most of the decorations that are put out for summer or the clothing you see people around you wearing during these hot months, you'll find that some of the most vibrant colors and patterns are being used during this time. If you're shopping for a new summer wardrobe, try to choose some of these bright colors and stay away from dull browns and grays.

The fall is often a little bit trickier than the colors associated with spring and summer because most of the colors that you see in fashion in the fall center on some type of bronze look. There are many different shades of brown, burnt orange, navy blue, and some of the darker, dustier pink shades, off white, and maroon. These colors too, are a reflection of the season and the mood that grips us during this time. While the changing of the colors may not be as noticeable in climates where the temperature doesn't drastically sway from hot to downright cold, there's still some subtle changes that seem to make people more conscious of their fashion color palate.

Winter is probably the most noticeable of the seasonal color changing. Most often you'll find people wearing dark colors during this time, including black, navy, dark brown, and forest green. Sometimes you'll also find people wearing white, but not as often as the traditional black coat and navy suit. This is because the days have gotten shorter, there is no longer as much daylight left to bask in during a normal day and most people find themselves going to work and coming home in darkness. Therefore, their entire fashion world starts to mimic the outside world and how they are feeling.

Of course, these are just general rules - no one will laugh at you for wearing a black suit during the summer time. However, being aware of these guidelines and their implications will help you plan a perfect wardrobe for any time of the year.
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The author writes for websites about shopping, and prom dresses and also maintains a popular female lifestyle blog called http://TheEclecticFemale.com
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