Your skin is glowing!

 

 

 

 

 

Now that’s a woman who knows what colors look good on her!

It’s not your tan or new makeup, it’s what you are wearing!  Using the right color for your hair and skin tone makes a big difference in how you look.  Try this test:

In natural light, these are the indicators to look for when selecting the color of an item.

• Does the skin glow? Does the color cause skin imperfections or wrinkles to be less noticeable? Does it cause the face to have fewer shadows?

• Does the color bring out the highlights in hair?

• Do the eyes sparkle with this color?

Color should be an important part of creating an outfit.  It can change the look in an instant and it’s a great way to create balance in your shape and make you look great. First, some insight into using color.  Do you know the easy way to determine if colors go together?   Some people have an eye for that, but if you don’t here are some tricks.

Colors that are opposite on the color wheel are complimentary colors.  This means they work well together in your outfit.  Colors that also work well for an outfit are adjacent colors.  These colors are usually found in nature and have you ever see anything clash in nature.  They will create harmony in an outfit.  And last there is the concept of color families.  They give you a great monochromatic look that creates a long slimming effect. Take a look at the color wheel below.

Color Wheel

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there is still the old rule of white and black are considered neutral, but also gray, brown, navy and cream.

Now let’s move on to color in relation to your skin, hair and eye color.  There are some colors that should just not be worn by some people.  I personally cannot wear most shades of blue.  You want the color up against your skin to make it glow.  Some of you may have heard of the concept of “color me beautiful.”  These were usually in-home shows that determined what category you were – spring, summer, fall, winter.  I can still remember attending one of those parties in a stunning black pinstripe skirt suit I had just bought, at a discount of course, from the store I was working at.  I was crushed when they determined I was a spring and should never wear black.  Up against my face, true, never, false and this is where accessories come in.  Add a scarf that complements your skin tones and that great bargain can be added to your wardrobe with confidence.

Tips:

• Use a contrasting color to your hair (on the standard color wheel) next to your face.

Example: Green with red hair, purple with blonde hair. And of course if you have purple hair, yellow would look great or you just decide to go punk and have organ hair, wear blue!

• Combine a dark or bright color with a neutral.

Example: Light pastel with dark brown hair or skin.

• Repeat a large amount of the same color in a lower intensity (in a more muted tone or one that is less bright) near it.

Example: Grayed blue with clear blue eyes

• Repeat the same color in a brighter intensity, but in a small amount.

Example: Emerald green scarf with green eyes.

If you love a color that doesn’t work well, find a different shade in the same color family, try incorporating it into the outfit via accessories (an orange shoe, a red belt or bag), or use the color far from the face.

Universal Colors

Jewel tones: emerald, sapphire, ruby, turquoise work well with virtually any hair/skin/eye combination – and they’re versatile enough for both foundation and accent clothing pieces.

Coral is a color that works for almost everyone. It flatters every skin tone!

Black and white does not go out of style; they are timeless, classic and versatile. They are, however, extremes on the color wheel. As such, they can be harsh on older skin and reveal imperfections, so use it carefully. Maybe add a red scarf at the neck.   Grey, charcoals, navy, chocolate brown and creams may be better options for those of us starting to show lines of experience.

And last, colors for your body type:

    • Bigger on Top  – use a light color on the bottom and dark on top
    • Bigger on the Bottom –  put that bright splash of color on top
    • A little extra in the middle – focus color around the face
    • Curvy  – you can use color to the extent you want to accentuate
    • Not Curvy  – use color to add volume

What outfits are hiding in your closet?

 

Trends for Spring/Summer 2018, Color and Style

Color Trends

The color trends for spring are moving away from the traditional shades that one associates with spring and are moving to a more expressive trend.  The Pantone Institute has expanded the color selection to be used as another form of self-expression.  In addition to the 12 colors for spring, for the first time this year, the report also includes four classic colors, which transcend seasons and provide structure to any wardrobe. The classic colors are a wonderful way to keep continuity in a wardrobe and push the boundaries to color outside the lines.


Meadowlark

This bright yellow shade speaks spring.  It’s a color that says I am confident and outgoing.

Cherry Tomato

This color is a mix of orange and red that will make any outfits come alive and exude energy. If you are bold, I could see this mixed with Meadowlark.

Little Boy Blue

Similar to a clear blue sky, it’s calming.  This color mixes well not only with Meadowlark, but some of the pastels and neutrals in this season’s palette.

Chili Oil

This color is an earthy brown based red that adds flavorful definition to the spring 2018 palette.

Pink Lavender

Pink Lavender is a soft and romantic violet rose that will have you thinking of soft spring breezes and blossoming trees.

Blooming Dahlia

A wonderful mix between peach and pink, it mixes well with some of the bold colors of the season like Arcadia and Chili Oil.

Arcadia

This color is cooler than green yet with some blue undertones which makes it a color that works for more women.

Ultra Violet

This Pantone Color of the Year, is a bold statement and not for the faint of heart.  Not a bold person? Add a splash of this color in a scarf or belt will look great or pale it down to a shade of lavender, another important color this season.

Emperador

This rich chocolate is a great neutral to mix but can also stand alone.  Mix it with Blooming Dahlia or Pink Lavender if you don’t like to wear brown tones alone.

Almost Mauve

This color adds a sense of nostalgia to the spring 2018 palette. It works great as a neutral in lieu of white.

Spring Crocus

A more toned down shade of fuchsia, it works well with Emperador and Arcadia.

Lime Punch

This sharp color is another one that makes a bold statement. 

Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette:

Sailor Blue

This and any shade of navy is always in style

Harbor Mist

Shades of gray have been important for many years.  This hint of gray will be seasonless.

Warm Sand

Warm Sand is a comforting neutral shade that effortlessly connects the seasons.

Coconut Milk

A great alternative to white or off-white that can carry through the seasons.

 

Style

Many of the spring trends this year are a throw-backs to trends of the 90’s.  Here are the ones that I think will be around for a few seasons and seen in many ready-to-wear fashions.

Rubber

We are not just talking accessories here, but entire outfits.  These items are made out of 100% Nitrile / Synthetic Rubber.  I don’t know that I am ready to try one of these as I can just feel the sweat rolling off me during the steamy Maryland summers.

 

 

 

Ruching

This is not just in small sections of the bodice but will be found over the entire dress as well as down the sleeve.  Done right, it can enhance the balance of an outfit based on your body type.

 

 

 

Asymmetrical Necklines

Fashionable for several seasons, the trend continues strong.  It’s not just about exposing a shoulder, but having various cut-out areas of the garment.

 

 

Square Necklines

If the asymmetrical neckline is not for you, how about the square neckline?  It is very flattering and will be found in everything from cocktail dresses to everyday tees.

 

 

The Fanny Pack

I remember the last version of this well; it was a staple for the skier in years gone by.  Now it is showing up as a mainstream accessory. It does give you the convenience of freeing up your hands.

 

 

 

Lavender

I have already seen this wonderful color in garments in my NYC preview a few weeks ago.  It is definitely color for day or evening.

 

Dark Denim Sets

This wash is not just for casual wear and is by no means replacing your light-wash jeans.

 

Black and White Polka Dots

If floral prints are the number one pattern for spring, these dots are number two.  Don’t be afraid to mix them with your favorite floral that has a predominant black or white in the pattern.

 

 

White Tank Top

The basic white tee will always be a staple, but for this season, add to that the white tank.  Wear it either alone for under a top for layering and you can’t go wrong.  Although they will be seen with screen printing, I prefer the basic with no pattern.

 

 

 

So check out your closet before you run out the door to shop for spring.

 

What outfits are hiding in your closet?

You look thin. Did you lose weight?

Aren’t those the words every women loves to hear?  If you did drop a few pounds;
congratulations on the hard work!  But if, like me, you are still a work in progress, there
are a few things you can do to look thinner without hitting the gym more often or passing on some of your favorite foods.   No matter whether it’s the time of year for your spring/summer or fall/winter outfits, as you have heard me say many times, the goal of the perfect outfit is to give you the hourglass figure.  This could be in reality, if you are one of the lucky 7% of the population, or by illusion by balancing your natural figure.  But you can also look thinner by illusion.  Below are tips and tricks on putting together outfits that will make you look taller thus thinner.

Vertical Pattern – using a fabric with stripes, lines or a vertical pattern makes the eye
travel up and down, thus making you look thinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monochromatic Outfit – using one color family for your entire outfit does the same
thing as a vertical pattern.  It creates a unified look making the eye travel vertically
creating a visually unbroken line.  And it’s not just about wearing black.  Any
monochromatic outfit will make you look thinner.  Pick a color that makes your skin
glow and you can count on getting compliments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hemlines – you may not think the position of your hem has an impact on how you look,
but it does.  It could be the difference between  looking slender or adding attention where you don’t really want it.  The rule of thumb should be: the skirt hem should hit at the slimmest part of the leg.  For most women, that is either just above or just below the knee. If you are wearing a midi length skirt or capris, it should be just under the heaviest part of the calf.

Accessorize– heels or flats with a pointy toe and a sharp crease in your pants are other tricks to have in your style toolbox, but accessories also play a role.  Chandelier earrings and/or long chain necklaces (particularly the current trend of multiple strands) make you look taller.  Adding a color to your neckline (necklace or scarf) that coordinates with your skirt or pants will help the eye move around your outfit.   Are you on the petite side?  Smaller bags can help you avoid visually overwhelming your frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What outfits are hiding in your closet?

Shop Like a Pro…

Being a stylist, my job is to help you find the right look for your lifestyle and your comfort zone.  It is not about me trying to get you into the latest fashion or subscribe to my look.  It’s about you and what image you want to project, whether it is at work or at “play.” Now I will tell you to push outside of your comfort zone a bit.  You never know, you may find an inner you who has been longing to get out.  I know I did when I got out of the world of being a Federal employee and back into the fashion business which is my true passion.

In my style tips last month, I talked about the first step in finding the right styles for you by clearing out the things in your closet that don’t bring you joy.  This will simplify your morning dash out the door. Are you ready to move on?

The next key to looking great in everything you wear is to identify your body type.  Yup, this means you have to get out the tape measure. It’s not about the number, but about the proportion.   Are you bigger at the bust than the hips?  Do you have a little extra in the middle? Whatever the case may be, this body typing is key to knowing the styles that will compliment your body.

You need to take 3 key measurements.  Using a fabric tape measure and a friend takethe following measurements:
Bust    –  Measure around the shoulder blades, under the armpits and over the fullest part of the bust.
Waist  –  Find your natural waistline and measure.
Hip      –  Measure the fullest part of the hip (usually about 7-9 inches below the waist)

This is not designed to determine what size you should wear but what styles to look for when you shop.  For example, if you are bigger in the hip area, you don’t want to buy pants that sit at the hip.  This will only add volume where you don’t want it.

Armed with this information, you can now classify what body type you have:
§    Bigger on Top – proportionally broader in the bust then the hips and waist
§    Bigger on the Bottom – proportionally broader in the hips, thighs and bottom
§    A Little Extra in the Middle – middle is wider in the middle rather than hips and  bust
§    Curvy – top and bottom are proportional with a smaller waist
§    Not Curvy – waist is in line with the hips and shoulders

From this information you can use clothing style, color and accessories to create balance in your body type and the illusion of having that perfect hourglass figure which only about 7% of women have.

In my next post I will give you some tips on style for each of the body types and how to create an illusion.

What outfits are hiding in your closet?