If you have been following me for a while, you know I shine in the color purple. Specifically, I am a fan of darker, eggplant purples. I'm also a huge fan of the color yellow, I consider that my secondary signature color, although yellow and purple flip back and forth for me all the time.
I wanted a chance to show off this adorable dress I got courtesy of Lane Bryant recently. I am in love with the details of this dress you'll see soon; you can pick it up here if you need it in your wardrobe as I did. For reference, I am in size 14/16 in this dress. I tried on both this size and the 18/20 version, but this one was just the right fit, and it wasn't tight or anything. This size just looked way more put together than the larger size.
Let's chat about how to find your signature color!
Note: This post contains affiliate links, and I received this dress courtesy of Lane Bryant. All opinions are my own! Thanks for supporting the brands that support The Happy Arkansan.
1. Take A Look In Your Closet
You may already be attracted to certain colors without knowing it. I find that when we see a color that works for us, we want to fill our closets with it, even if we don't label that thing our “signature color” right away.
So, look through the pieces that you have gathered in your closet. Do any colors stand out to you?
You also want to look at other parts of your wardrobe like your makeup and jewelry. Your signature color may manifest itself in so many ways. For example, I think I am on a mission to pick up every purple lipstick known to man. In today's photos, I am wearing the NYX Butter Lipstick in the shade Hunk. I paired this lipstick with an Almay Goddess Gloss in the shade Rainbow.
When you look at the entirety of things you put on your body, you'll often see a better picture of the colors you are already leaning towards.
2. Check Out Your Instagram Feed
Our Instagram feeds, whether we like it or not, are our highlight reels. We hardly ever post content on Instagram unless we feel and look amazing in the photograph. Because Instagram is so curated, you can easily use it to find your signature color. What colors pop up often on your Instagram feed?
Make sure you are following your feed for a while before you make your final decision. You may even find that you are attracted to a particular signature color during different seasons.
3. Go Shopping
Okay, you don't have to buy anything, unless you want to. Window shopping is a great way to experiment with different colors. I love a good online shopping session, but for this, I would encourage you to go to a store. In a store, you can try on all kinds of pieces without making a purchase right away. Then, you can usually head online to pick up the pieces later if you didn't happen to buy them in store.
I was so in love with my recent shopping experience at Lane Bryant. They had many gorgeous pieces on display in the store. It was fun to look and see what pieces might catch my eye. I shopped with the most wonderful Lane Bryant employee named McKendreah who helped me find everything I needed for some cute blog pictures this fall.
You want to shop at a store that speaks your language. I honestly left Lane Bryant that day feeling like a million bucks. If you need an excellent shopping experience, I encourage you to go to your local Lane Bryant store.
4. Look At Other People Who Have A Similar Skin Tone
Yep, now is your chance to stalk your favorite friends, influencers, and celebrities who have a similar skin tone to you. What are they wearing? What looks good on them? Sure you can't lean on that completely, but you may find a color that you didn't think would look good on your skin tone.
Spend some time flipping through magazines, browsing Pinterest for fashion inspiration, and just getting more involved in the fashion scene. There is a lot of fashion coming out right now thanks to New York Fashion Week, so you are sure to find inspiration around every corner.
5. Get A Personal Stylist
Getting a personal stylist has become so much easier with the onset of personal style boxes and the internet. Even going into a store and letting an employee point you in the right direction can be so helpful. At my recent stop in Lane Bryant, I left with a leopard print blazer of all things. If you know me, you know that I am not usually a fan of leopard print. I let McKendreah point me in the direction of a few pieces, and I liked the blazer over the bomber jacket I was initially coming to the store to look at.
It's honestly amazing how just letting go a bit can help you gain more knowledge on what works for you.
Another option, go on shopping exchange with your best friend. She can pick a few pieces for you, and you can pick some pieces for her. You may not walk away with an entirely new wardrobe, but you may find one or two items that you wouldn't have been drawn to on your own.
6. Don't Be Afraid To Experiment
Last, but not least, you may just need to experiment and get out of your comfort zone a bit. It's easy to fall into the rut of what has made us look good in the past. I know that shopping doesn't bring every one legitimate joy, I can completely understand that! You'll never know what works until you try it on for size. Things you thought you love, you might hate and vice versa.
So, experiment with colors, patterns, shapes, sizes, and so much more. You might wind up with your new signature color just because you opened up your mind a bit to experimental fashion.
Here are a few “bloopers” I felt inclined to share:
Conclusion: Find Your Signature Color
Now, the task is up to you. It's time for you to go out into the world and find your signature color. This project may be easy or hard for you. You may want to go through all of these steps before you make up your mind, or one of them. Either way, I am excited to see what you've decided on as your signature color. Don't forget to check out my dress on the Lane Bryant website! It's called the 3/4 Bell-Sleeve Lace & Mesh Swing Dress. So pretty, as you can tell by now, you need this dress!