As a stylist, I’m often asked ‘Is there a colour that suits everyone?’
On a practical note, it’s important; I’ve seen bridesmaids take on the hue of rotting cod because the bride wanted their dresses to match the cake ribbon, and I often wonder who at The CoOp took one look at screaming lime and thought: ‘Yep, staff with a nuclear glow will make our customers buy more!’
There are a handful of colours that are universally flattering, and the good news is, one’s about to get trendy.
And I think it’s a colour the world truly needs.
It speaks of serenity and the certainty of nature’s cycles.
Safe, expansive and calm.
Healers use it to balance emotions, and in Feng Shui it’s aligned with creative flow.
It’s reminiscent of warm seas, shady foliage and glossy feathers.
And this season it’s cool-as.
And this super-colour is…
Well, it’s blue-green, a myriad of hues spanning turquoise, teal, duck egg and aqua.
In 2017 one particular shade, Marrs Green, was voted the worlds’s favourite colour based on a survey of 30,000 people across 100 countries worldwide by Hull paper company GF Smith. People were asked to choose their favourite hue from a range of public suggestions.
This particular colour was suggested by Dundee woman Annie Marrs and named in her honour. She said: “The colour was inspired by the landscape that surrounds me in Scotland. Deep green with a tinge of blue has always been a favourite of mine”.
In fashion terms, turquoise and teal plug that seasonal hiatus – deep enough to be autumnal, light enough to keep summer alive. It works for holidays, interviews, weddings, and popping to the post office.
Turquoise is created by mixing cool blue and warm limey yellow, so flatters most skin tones.
- If your eyes are blue or green, it’ll make them MORE blue or green.
- If your hair is auburn, it’ll bring out warm highlights.
- Cool brunettes and those with almost black hair will dazzle in bright turquoise.
- Warm brunettes and redheads will suit teal and peacocks.
- Golden blondes glow in aqua.
- Cool blondes smoulder in soft teal and duck egg.
- If you’re grey, clearer shades usually work best.
Can wearing turquoise change our lives?
Well, what we wear sends out a message.
And what we give out, we get back in spades.
Colour specialist Mark Wentworth at Colour For Life travels the world exponing the power of colour. He said “Marrs Green is an emotional balancer, it brings equilibrium to the whole self. It’s a colour to use if you are feeling emotionally bruised.
“It regenerates and gives a sense that no matter how bad things seem now, there is hope and things will change.”
Teal, duck egg, aqua and turquoise are unlikely to upset anyone or incur prejudice, unlike red or orange, which can be seen as angry, flirtatious or cheap.
Therefore blue-greens may be good interview colours, or when you need to exude calm and diplomacy.
It’s a colour embraced by world-renowned stylist Linda Rodin (one of my Girl Crushes) whose sea-green sofa features large in her Instagram feed and has spawned many copies.
Designers say teal is the colour most often requested by clients for logos – think Tiffany & Co – and I can’t remember a time when Laura Ashley didn’t feature ‘duck egg’ in their decorating collections.
So if you want to add some serenity, clarity and creativity into your life, embrace green-blue.
It may just change your world…
Until next time,
Sarah, Being Lois x
Sarah Morgan is a personal colour consultant and stylist and owns Lois Reloved boutique dress agency near Norwich, Norfolk, UK.
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