Colour of the month - peacock
New month, new colour! Even if the May bank holidays have become somewhat meaningless for many of us, May feels like a time for joy and fun and warm weather, and just maybe a fresh injection of colour into your wardrobe to go with it all. And for an injection of colour which is bright enough to feel bold without overwhelming, will mix and match with half your wardrobe, and will flatter most skin tones, I'm thinking we need to celebrate Peacock this month.
Can I wear it?
The answer for 3/4 of you is a resounding yes! Peacock isn't quite what we call a universal colour (one which suits every single skin tone), but it does work brilliantly for three out of the four seasonal palettes. Spring, Summer and Autumn can all wear Peacock - only Winters find it too light and soft for their needs.
The reason Peacock works so well for three seasons is because of where it sits on both the warm/cool spectrum and the clear/soft spectrum. The balance of blue and yellow means it can work for both cool (Summers) and warm (Springs and Autumns) skin tones, and the fact that it is just barely soft means it works for Summers and Autumns, but isn't too muted for Springs either. If you want to learn a little more about multi-season colours, this blog post contains everything you need to know.
Knowing your seasonal palette will be key to knowing how to style Peacock so it ties in with the rest of your wardrobe. If you're not sure where your skintone belongs, it's best to get started with our Colour Quiz, then come back for styling tips for your seasonal palette.
The key to making Peacock work for you is contrast. Add light/dark contrast without losing the tropical feel by pairing it with Soft White, and keep things warm with a splash of Corn Yellow.
Keep your look smoky and tonal to make Peacock work for you - I absolutely love Rose Brown as an alternative neutral to Summer's blues and greys.
Autumns do teal so well, so I've embraced it in this look by pairing Peacock with yet more teal in the shape of Marine Navy. If you are a particularly warm Autumn, a scarf in Old Gold or Burnt Orange will add that golden glow near your face.
Winters - your alternative