Monday, January 18th, 2021

Have You Stopped Wearing Your Most Important Accessory?

 

Did you think it was your smile? It’s not, but it’s a close second. Colour is the most important accessory. Why? Because it’s a detail – the most important detail you can wear. If you know how to work with colour you will look exceptional!

Like accessories colour brightens your outfit, adds interest and expands your wardrobe. Why then do so many women limit the amount of colour in their wardrobes and opt mostly for black? Simply put, black is easy to find, it’s easy to match, it doesn’t show dirt and it is slimming – dressing is much easier when you’re working with one colour (well, neutral). Is easier better? Do we look our best because what we’ve chosen to wear is easy? Are we maximizing our best features? Are we feeling as confident as we could? Of course the answer is no.  In a sea of black, we blend in with everyone else, there’s no fun in what we wear and in most cases black in not a suitable colour near our face. It’s draining, so we look dull and older.

What would our world look like if women became turned on to colour?  Psychologically, we would feel better – there’s power in colour. For example, wearing a yellow top instead of black would instantly make you appear more cheerful and approachable to those around you. If the yellow is your best yellow (there is a yellow that looks great on you) your skin will look clearer and vibrant. So naturally, you will get positive feedback which will lead you to feeling better. Now just imagine, if everyone wore colour – blue, green, pink, red – wouldn’t life be more interesting. I’m not saying to get rid of black entirely, just reduce its use and sprinkle in more colours.  To introduce colour into your wardrobe correctly there is a learning curve but it’s worth it.

Would you like to learn a little about choosing a great colour? Did you say, “Yes”? Let’s get started. Which looks better on you clear vibrant colours or subdued muted colours?

Some women look great in bright, clear vibrant colours while others look better in more subdued or muted colours. How can you tell which looks better on you? You can experiment using a mirror in good light – daylight is best. Let’s use the colour red. Every woman usually has something red in her closet but first a little about colour and intensity.

Intensity and Colour.  Intensity has to do with the amount of lightness and brightness in a colour – how clear or how muted a colour appears. Reds come in different intensitiy:

Bright, bold, vibrant clear reds – fire engine red

Bright, but more delicate reds – like strawberry

Slightly more subdued, more muted – like ruby

More Subdued and toned-down reds – dusty rose

Start with a comparison of bright colours – one bold, bright (fire-engine) the other delicate and bright (strawberry). Holding the boldest, brightest first just glance at yourself and see if your eye goes right to the colour or to your face and the colour at the same time. If the colour is too bright and bold for your colouring it will be overpowering and your skin will look washed-out and pale. If it’s right, your skin will look clearer and dark circles and blemishes will look less noticeable. Tip: If your glance brings your eyes immediately to the colour it’s too bright and bold for your colouring. Your eye should go to your face and the colour at the same time.

If this is the case, try a more delicate bright (strawberry) colour next. If your face lights up and your skin looks clear and radiant you’ve found your best intensity. However, if the colour is the first thing you see and you look pale and washed-out you’ll know that you need a more subdued muted colour red. Continue using the two subdued and toned-down reds to find the one that blends better with your skin.

Now you know which intensity is best, Bright bold; bright, delicate; slightly subdued or more subdued you’ll know that you will find the same with all colours. For example, if slightly subdued reds are most flattering then slightly subdued blues, greens, etc will be most flattering.

 

Related Blogs:  Your Wardrobe Doesn’t Have to Be Black

                             Are You Wearing the Right Colours?

 

Style Mistakes That Are Aging & How to Fix Them

Whether you’re a fashionista or a woman who just wants to look great, I’m sure you don’t want to wear styles that are aging. And, let’s face it, if you’re not paying attention to what you wear, making these style mistakes is possible.

I’m here to help you prevent that from happening. Here are some  aging style mistakes I see and how to fix them.

#1  Long vests and shapeless jackets. How your clothes drape your body is major when it comes to your appearance.  If you wear tops that are too big in order to camouflage, you are bringing attention to the areas you want to conceal and you will appear larger.

Avoid

Avoid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead, choose jacket styles that accentuate your shape –  a short jacket that nips at the waist.

Best Choice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2  Elastic waist pants and jeans that get baggy  are aging.

 

 

Avoid

Avoid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead  wear slim fitting pants that fit well and choose jeans that have enough elasticity to stretch but not enough to become baggy.

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#3 A Frumpy Handbag: No matter how well you dress a single element that is out of line could throw you whole outfit off into the aging category. One item that is sure to do this is the frumpy handbag. What is a frumpy handbag? It’s a handbag that is one colour, is usually a square or rectangular shape, and has a wide strap

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Instead choose a stylish handbag one that complements your outfit. Or choose one in a colour that brings out a colour in your outfit.

 

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# 4 Undergarments That Aren’t Doing Their Job and Avoiding  Shape Wear : Undergarments are the foundation of all great looking clothing.  Avoid bras that don’t fit and don’t forgo shape wear when wearing clingy clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bumps are aging and shape wear (they don’t have to be super tight to work) can fix this problem.

 

Choose shape wear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 Turtlenecks and Chokers:   Are aging because they bring attention to the neckline. Don’t wear these unless you’re young.

Avoid

Avoid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead choose V- necks and long necklaces which draw the eye downward and create more space and length.

Great choice

Great choice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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