Last year the colour of my hair changed when I stopped highlighting it. I went from a platinum blonde to a honey blonde. Still blonde, but darker. My warm complexion has stayed the same. I think a colour professional would call me a “Warm Spring.” 

Hair Color

With my change in hair colour, there have also been some subtle changes in my wardrobe palette.

Neutrals

My dominant neutrals and metals are the same. Navy, ink blue, shades of white, shades of denim blue, and gold rule the neutral component of my style. I don’t mix metals, so no silver, although a warm pewter can work. No black, grey, or chocolate brown either. Here is most of the navy, white, denim and gold in my wardrobe.

Banana Republic
Ramie Blouse
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Saskia Trench Coat
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Katy Cotton Sweater
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Everlane
The Way-High Jean
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Nordstrom
Paul Green Lil Flat
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Nordstrom
Vince Slip Skirt
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Everlane
The Cashmere Scarf
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G-Star Raw
Workwear Shirt
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Everlane
The Arc Jean
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Boden
Bell Teddy Lined Coat
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Boden
Holywell Tote Bag
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Boden
Clarissa Midi Dress
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COS
Silk-cotton Polo Shirt
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Yoox
Furla Across-body bag
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Furla
Minerva
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I continue to LOVE wearing white and cream clothing, especially footwear, because it matches my white pearls, white watch, white bags, and visually complements the clear sour brights, navy, and white that I wear. The whites add a clean and modern touch that I like to incorporate into outfits. Additionally with my darker hair, I can successfully bookend an outfit with taupe and toffee footwear, and bought two pairs. I got the matching bag as an anniversary present to create a complement with the shoes.

Oatmeal and a peachy toffee are more flattering with my dark blonde hair. I’ve added them as solids or in patterns and feel fab. I got a new herringbone and textured oatmeal coat and peachy toffee pleather moto that have become workhorses. I often wear them with a bright item. The patterned horsey cardigan incorporates the same two, new-to-me neutrals.

Olive has never featured strongly in my style. Now with my darker hair, I don’t feel happy wearing it, despite it matching my green eyes. It makes me look and feel tired, and un-energized somehow. So I’ve passed on the one last solid old olive item in my wardrobe. I will wear olive in a pattern, though.

Pastels

I used to successfully wear watery pastel pink and blue with my platinum blonde hair. But with my darker hair, they wash me out. I’ve passed on items in watery pastels and kept items in saturated pastels like the items you see from my wardrobe in the collection below.

My light blue specs look better with my darker hair because they create a more striking contrast. The darker hair somehow brings out my eyes when they are enclosed with the light blue of the specs. Bonus!

Brights

Sour, clear, and bright reds, oranges, yellows, greens, pinks, and turquoise remain close to my heart, work well with my darker hair, and I have a wardrobe full of them. Fittingly, Dutch orange looks particularly good, and so do neon colours. I used to stick to tomato red, but now wear darker reds and wine red too. I continue to wear burgundy as long as it’s more red than brown.

COS
Pure Cashmere Scarf
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Boden
Rosie Jersey Top
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Boden
Westmoreland Sweater
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Boden
Knight Coat
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Boden
Viola Multiway Bag
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Cashmere Scarf
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Roll-neck merino jumper
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Cashmere jumper
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Karen Millen
TIE-NECK COAT
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Yoox
Furla Handbag
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COS
Cashmere-blend Beanie
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Zappos
Cole Haan Cole Haan
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COS
Cashmere scarf
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Boden
Classic Belt
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Boden
Cashmere Crew Sweater
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Yoox
Furla Handbag
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Hackness Wool Jacket
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If anything, my dark blonde hair has made the palettes of my wardrobe more versatile. I don’t miss wearing olive and watery pastels, and happily welcome the gentle earthy shades and darker reds. I’m feeling fab about the palettes in my wardrobe, and thoroughly enjoy wearing hectic colour combinations and high contrast. They calm me, make me happy, and feel authentic.