Fashion is about self-expression. You choose outfits that appeal to you. You desire that your clothes say something significant to the world around you.
There is also research indicating that the more powerful we consider the type of clothing we are wearing, the more powerful we feel.
Adire bold colours are typically African, Nigerian specifically. The palette of colours make for the perfect bold and colourful look.
Color does much the same thing. It sends feedback to our brains. Wearing our neutral colors makes us feel safe while wearing brighter, bolder colors makes us feel more extroverted, alive, and engaged with the world.
Many of us spend our lives in black, brown, navy, white and grey, but by choosing safe shades instead of a brighter wardrobe, we could be missing out on the health benefits implicit in colours.
Looking at warm, bright colours, such as red or pink, releases dopamine (the feel-good hormone) which can improve our mood, heighten the attention span and even boost our sex drive.
‘Cool blues’, on the other hand, have been linked to the release of oxytocin, making you feel of calm.
It is true that perceptions of colors and their meaning are somewhat subjective. Cultural factors must be considered as well. But here are some of the traits and qualities commonly associated with colors.
You do not need to overhaul your wardrobe to introduce color into it. A few pieces or accessories such as shoes, bags, scarves, and jewelry can change your usual look. Imagine wearing an all-black ensemble and adding a bright fuchsia bag or sunglasses with a red frame!
It actually isn’t that difficult to find great color pairings. You can always go back to your basic color wheel and check for complementary colors, contrasting colors, and adjacent colors.
See, adire is so cool and you can make it work in all sort of different ways. You can wear your Adire as colorfully as you want.
Here are a few tips that can come in handy.
Pick a fabric that has colours that make you happy, Wear Adire as separates, a trouser or as a top. From the adire pick an accent color. A accent color is a color you chose to take centre stage in other arts of your outfit. Use your accent color in accessories; shoes, bag, even sunglasses.
Learn about the magic of color and what it says about your personality, and you can always present your best image to the world.