A true diva shares the spotlight with nobody...And a diva colour does not want to share the attention, either. There can be only one star, maybe a few supporting actors, or even just extras to blend into the background.
You think I'm talking about red, right? Well, not necessarily. Many colours can be divas, just as they can be very happy team players on another occasion.
But even though a diva colour is not a team player, it doesn't mean that that there is no team to back it up. Quite the contrary: it takes a dedicated and competent team to make any diva shine. Somebody has to set the stage, after all...
Now, look at these two outfits. Yes, the hot pink is definitely a diva colour, but so is the light blue-green / aqua on the left. It is the attention grabbing element in the outfit, even though the colour is only used in accessories.
What really makes a colour the focus of attention are the other colours in these outfits: on the left the dark blue provides a neutral background that makes the aqua seem more vibrant (original post). On the right the beige bag does not compete with the colour of the dress but sort of fades into the background (original post). And in both, the contrast between the diva colour and the supporting colour is high.
So, we're back to contrast, then...To some extent, high contrast is important. However, it is not the only thing that elevates a colour to diva status.
I'm wearing the same hot pink top in both of these photos. In both pictures the contrast between colours is high. Yet, hot pink makes a bigger impact when it's paired with white. (original posts: left / right)
The coat on the right is dark grey, not black. Yet, like black, it makes hot pink seem just a little bit muted. At least if we compare it to the picture on the right...
Of course, a lot of people accessorise neutral outfits with colourful accessories: it's an easy way to inject colour into a wardrobe in predominantly neutral tones. It also creates a strong visual impact.
I do wear neutrals, too, and would certainly accessorise with bold colours. But that's mainly because most neutrals do not exactly flatter my natural colouring...
So, instead of a completely neutral outfit, I add a bit of colour somewhere near my face. I want my diva colour where it makes the biggest impact: (original post)
Yes, I know: the coat is pale blue, hardly a neutral colour...
That's my point: you can wear diva colours with other colours besides neutrals, as long as they are happy to play second fiddle...
Here's an other example. Well, navy and white are neutrals, of course, but stripes make a strong visual impact. Yet, here the navy and white stripes became supporting actors to the red poncho (original post). And the beige trousers, beige and brown two-tone shoes and the brown bag completely fade into the background, without calling any attention to themselves. And this, of course, is one of those tricks I learned from my very elegant mother, and I've talked about this in a blog post before (HERE).
So, this concludes this 3-part series on colour (part 1: YOUR BEST COLOURS, part 2: COMBINING COLOURS).
I hope it doesn't ruin the magic, now that I've revealed my bag of tricks when it comes to combining colours with maximum impact while flattering my natural colouring... Anyway, these are by no means 'rules' or even guidelines, just my way of making the most of my rather small wardrobe and put together outfits that make me feel good and get positive attention.
Do you wear diva colours?