How To: Wear Dark Lipstick In Summer

I think it's kind of funny that there are certain colors that the world has decided only belong in certain seasons. For example, the old rule "no white after Labor Day". I get that white is a great spring and summer color. It's light and airy and works well in heat, but why does it have to be exclusively a summer color (this article says "it had to do with snobbery")? 
Anyway, the other day I found myself looking at my dark red and berry lipsticks, wistfully thinking about how excited I was to wear them again once Fall comes around. And then I decided I was too impatient to wait another three weeks. So I needed to figure out how to make dark lipsticks work in the summer. 
In Fall, everything is orange and red, and people are bundling up in flannel shirts and warm jackets. And winter is grey and cold, and full of Christmas lights. So dark lipsticks fit very easily in those two seasons. But summer is all about being outside in the light and fresh air, and maroon isn't a very light or fresh color. So to make a dark lipstick work in summer, I figured out that the rest of my outfit has to stay true to the mood of the season. Think light, bright colors- like my cardigan (and my hair). By keeping the rest of the outfit lighter and more colorful, it keeps the outfit from looking dark, which would come across as hot and heavy in summer. 

What other color rules do you find silly? I'm thinking next I'll try to find a way to wear pastel pink in the Fall. Let me know if you have suggestions.

1 comment

  1. I dont wear pastel pink much but I think that if you did a lovely pastel pink top or dress with darker colored accessories (tights, boots, open front sweater) and clothes that I think it would lovely in the fall and winter. I think it would also be very cute to have a pastel pink button up underneath a burgundy or maroon sweater. Take it or leave it. I am not anywhere near your level of being a fashionista but I say wear whatever color you want, whenever you want, as long as you feel great doing it!