Thursday, April 30, 2009

How do you combine the colors of your wardrobe? (2)

Work with your color swatches to find exciting new color combinations. Here are some guidelines to get you started.

1. In a multiple-color ensemble, choose

  • a major amount of one color (the suit, for example)
  • a secondary amount of another color (blouse)
  • just a dash of a third accent color (scarf or jewelry)

2. Equal amounts of several colors can create an awkward appearance. Choose a scarf, jewelry or blouse that picks up the skirt or trouser color to balance an ensemble.

Hope you will try these tricks and share your comments - Till next week. - Cheerio

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Is your wardrobe full of advancing, receding colors or both?

How do you create your best illusion?
  • Light colors advance and can be used to increase apparent body size
  • Dark colors recede and can be use to decrease apparent body size
  • Bright and warm colors advance and are most easily seen. Use them to emphasize or increase body areas
  • Dull and cool colors recede and are less visible. Use them to camouflage or de-emphasize body areas.

I promise you, when you use these principles at your advantage......... the way the other perceives you will change.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Do you wear red or red?

Do you wear red or red ? Once considered purely a social-occasion color, red is today a mainstray in many women's career wardrobes as well. Everyone can wear red. If you have warm coloring, wear reds tinged with orange; if your skin tone is cool, select blue-based cheery reds.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Your Eye Color and Your Colors

The composite color of your eyes is one of your most effective wardrobe colors. Worn near your face, it causes people to focus on your eyes - a big plus in any one-on-one communications situation.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

What color is your White?

Few people can wear WHITE effectively. Creamy or softly grayed whites are often more flattering. WHITE attracts attention, so use it to spotlight an area you would like people to notice. It will simultaneously distract they eye from a color or style element that is not so good for you. I would like to quote a famous Image Consultant. Her name is Sandy Dumont, owner of The Image Architect. "Fashion writers and “experts” agree that white can now be worn year round. Pure white shirts have always been worn year round, but it was once “the rule” that a white suit could only be worn in the summer. Depending upon the shade of white, this may still make sense. For example, a stark white suit (or dress) worn in the middle of winter may stand out too much. A suit in “winter white” would look more at home in the dark of winter. Of course, if you have a good eye, you might add black accessories with your stark white suit and get away with “blinking white” in the dead of winter. Sometimes we must respect our natural surroundings when choosing colors, so that harmony is also achieved. That is not to say that we must revert back to the dreadful habit of wearing colors that match our surroundings with each changing season so we blend in and feel safe." Now is the time to check your wardrobe. What color is your white? - Can you clean up the cluster :-).

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Neutrals - The Building Block of Your Wardrobe

Last week, I shared with you how to combine colors between your neutrals, your best basic colors, and your accent colors.

You may wonder what colors are your NEUTRALS? Did you? -

  • You have a COLD undertones as your coloring, these colors are: Black, Gray, Brown (with a blue undertone), White, Navy, Taupe, Burgundy, Forest, Cherry Red.
  • You have a WARM undertones as your coloring, your colors are: Grey (with yellow undertone), Brown, Rust, Cream, Camel, Teal, Olive, and Tomato Red.

Why are NEUTRALS the Building Block of Your Wardrobe? They are the most versatile colors and provide maximum fashion mileage because they can be work repeatedly without being remembered. They are also the easiest coordinate. NEUTRALS can be warm or cool. Use the ones with the same undertones, as you own coloring. - Select top-quality basic pieces like jackets, skirts, trousers, and fine blouses in your NEUTRALS. They will provide the building blocks for a versatile wardrobe.

How do you combine NEUTRALS? Dressing in head-to-toe NEUTRALS can be a sophisticated, elegant look if you avoid monotony by using two of the following:

  • Contrast in light and dark values
  • Interesting texture (tweed, mohair, brocade, etc.)
  • Interesting print, or fabric design
  • Unusual or dramatic design lines.

I hope your wardrobe-puzzle is getting into shape. Do not hesitate to contact me for any question you may have or give your comment and tell me about your tricks.

Next week, the subject will be about white. There is white and.................. there is white. Until then, share this message with your friend and thanks for your interest and companionship.