Beginning wardrobe color

Beginning wardrobe color

I love color

but I didn’t know what to do with it in my wardrobe. I fretted over what were my best colors and it often seemed nothing I had matched anything else I had. I tried diagnosing myself using online quizzes that confused me more than anything else. This is why I want to help you gain color clarity.

Why should you care about color?

Wearing colors that don’t fight with your natural colors and repeating those colors found in your eyes, hair and skin will allow others to focus on you and not what you are wearing. If you want to create discord then wear colors that don’t match you. Nothing you choose is right or wrong if it feels right to you.

 

How do you find these colors?

Let’s start with the warm-cool-neutral test. Most people have undertones in their skin that are either warm or cool. The best way to find this is to go to the fabric store and get a square of silver fabric and a square of gold fabric. Wearing no makeup,placing yourself in natural light, and wearing white in a space with a white background will greatly improve the accuracy of your results. Now simply drape  those fabrics around the front of your neck? Which color looks better? Does one make your skin look clearer than the other? Does one make those wrinkles and under eye circles fade away better than the other? If so you have an answer to the first question. You are either warm or cool. If both look equally good you are probably neutral and can wear either tone.

Grab yourself a color wheel and use it a guide to begin finding colors in the right tone for you. Start in your own closet. If you are warm (gold looks best) then locate the colors in your closet that have some yellow in them. If you are cool (silver looks best) then locate the colors in your closet that have some blue in them. You can do this by holding the yellow and blue of the color wheel up to that item and seeing which color is more harmonious with the item you have selected. This can be an item of any color. Blue items can be cool or warm and yellow items can be cool or warm. It has to do with what dyes were mixed to produce the fabric your item of clothing is made out of.

This simple exercise will begin to help you select good colors for yourself. And remember wearing colors that are similar to you will enhance your chances of being noticed, being memorable and helping make the world a cheerier place! 

Up next week tints tones and shades! Go forth and have fun.

 

If you want help gaining color clarity drop me a line.

What makes you memorable?

What makes you memorable?

There are times when you want to blend into the crowd and times when it pays to be memorable. Attire is an easy way to do that and your attire reflects to the world what you want to happen.

What you wear doesn’t need to scream “look at me” unless you want it to. Like Lady Gaga and Madonna. Screaming clothes can be a great gimmick that certainly worked for these 2 smart business women. If that is part of your plan then I applaud you and would love to help.

But you can also wear clothing that fits, that complements your colors and you can wear silhouettes that emphasize all the right things to be memorable in a different way. You can take just a moment to put on a little makeup. You can seek out a new hairstyle and find the perfect stylist to execute it.

Your style is your own. Make it memorable.

What times matter for you to be memorable?

Your image brand

In October we toured southern music towns. In Louisville we attended Bourbon and Beyond. The artists all had a distinctive image which matched their music style. Lenny Kravitz was cool rocker dude superstar, Sheryl Crow sexy older woman who didn’t have to try hard to look sexy, Joseph was delicate ethereal, David Byrne was studied suited and barefoot, John Maier was relaxed in a robe. These folks are superstars. They can wear what they want. What came first? Did their style evolve as a result of their music or did their music and style evolve together to create an image without dissonance?

As a side note I was looking forward to seeing what styles the audience brought to the show but the deluge of rain was the semi- great equalizer. There were still distinct styles.

  • The hiker rain gear and hiking boots (that was mine) of gore tex and breathable rain gear. This did not make the functionality cut. In a torrential downpour that went on for hours I was soaked.
  • The did not prepare at all for this type of weather group wearing normal concert clothing and flip flops and sandals or tennis shoes under see through ponchos purchased at the show.
  • The well prepared wearing the type of heavy rubber rain gear and knee high rubber boots you would wear out in a fishing boat.

By the end of the night it didn’t matter. We were all clay mud soaked to the ankle and beyond depending on whether or not you had fallen into the mud pit that used to be a grassy park.

What you wear can project your brand. If your brand is unclear it may be a result of you being unclear about your personal path or identity. And that is OK. We change over time and we lose our way at times as we go through these changes. It takes time to adjust mentally and the style we project to the world doesn’t catch up that fast unless you take the time to work on it.

How about you? Does your outer image project what is on the inside? I am happy to help you evaluate your image and help you reach the image you want to project.

Sew Chic Pattern Co.

Sew Chic Pattern Co.

 

My local Seattle fabric store – Pacific Fabrics (the one that sells great garment fabric) recently sent out a notice about a Sew Chic trunk show. If you are interested it is at their Northgate location from 10 to noon on September 1.

I loved vintage clothes when I was younger and would find them at thrift stores and by raiding my mom’s closet. I found as I aged they didn’t look as fabulous and made me look vintage. As an experiment I browsed the collection to see what would work with my triangle body shape. The website sewchicpatterns.com is broken down into 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s style patterns along with several other categories.

Today let’s look at the 1930’s collection. The Myrtlewood dress is my favorite. That belt at the hip line would not work for me so alas I must move on to the other choices. The Fantasia dress moves the sash up above the waist and would be a perfect choice for a triangle. The Constance dress, Ehlen and Portrait blouses are three more fabulous choices because the details are above the hips. These beautiful styles would be perfect for a triangle.

Next week I will tackle the 1940’s collection  to see which of these great patterns I could use. Which of these 30’s patters do you like the best?

 

The Fall Winter 2018 colors – Are any of them YOUR colors

The Fall Winter 2018 colors – Are any of them YOUR colors

What are your colors? Do any of them fit the fall colors Pantone is suggesting will be popular this fall and winter?

Check them out here: https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/fashion-color-trend-report/fashion-color-trend-report-new-york-fall-winter-2018

 

Images courtesy Pantone

There is no need to race out and get the latest colors. If they are your colors they will already be in your wardrobe. Now is the time to use those colors that fit both your palette and the latest trends to look great.

The colors above are the fall colors that also fit my palette.

Here is an outfit that challenges the style I usually wear and incorporates some of the fall colors. How will you incorporate the colors for your fall outfit?

Trail Style

Trail Style

Even on the Pacific Crest Trail which stretches from Canada to Mexico you will find a wide variety of personalities and styles. It added a little interest to my recent hundred mile walk on the trail to observe trail styles.

There are 4 categories of hikers on the trail:

  • Dayhikers
  • Thruers
  • Section hikers
  • Lashers

Their gear and outfits tell a lot about them.

Throughers are attempting the whole trail either north or southbound. You can usually tell them by their stick thin yet muscular figures (eating enough calories to walk 20-40 miles a day is a tough job) and smaller packs. Most of these folks wear low hikers, running shoes or (hard for me to believe) sandals.  Attire and personal hygiene varies greatly. There are the folks who embrace the trail and leave behind the razors and combs (which is my personal trail style). This year I saw a fair number of long hair and long bearded men and one woman who had chosen to leave the razor behind – she had the most bold style with a lovely shade of purple hair and long leg hair that had a marvelous striped pattern.

Then there are the people who are nattily attired in their lightweight camping shirts, hats and pants that screen them from the sun and bugs. Most carry a packable down coat for the times when it is cold. And they can probably leave their bug juice and sunscreen home.  I admire these people and may even try out their style one year. When I see them they look freshly laundered and groomed no matter how deep in the woods they are.

Section hikers (like myself) and lashers (long ass section hikers) tend to dress like the throughers only the beards and hair are shorter.

There is a catergory in the section hikers who are brand new hikers. You can tell them because none of their equipment is dirty or worn yet and they may be traveling slower than I am! There were a lot of these folks doing the timber ridge trail this year. Welcome! May your packs get a lot of use!

Dayhikers also have varied attire. There are the spandex suited running crowd carrying no packs and timing themselves on their 50 plus mile runs. (I will never be in this group).

There are more camp shirts and pants and there is the general tourist crowd wearing cotton shirts and jogging shoes.As they are Freshly showered and shaved and have a cold beer waiting for them at the end, I envy them.

Here is what I saw that was different on the trail:

  • Neon sleeping bags – I only saw two and that may be because they had chosen to sleep under the stars and were quite noticeable in the meadow as we hiked by. I can see this would be a big advantage in a snowstorm or other weather event. It would be much easier to find you and your bag. I found some similar bags here at Moosejaw. Neon green sleeping bags
  • Purple hiking boots 

I found these  at hiking boots .com purple hiking boots

  •  Retro style – back to the camp shirts and zip off cargo pants for hiking. This long sleeved women’s shirt with pockets also has built in sun shade to protect you from the sun.

 

I found it here at REI.com sunscreen camp shirts and found some zip off cargo pants with insect repellent built in here cargo pants with insect repellant

Last bit of eye catching trail style was the mother of the bride dress we saw while inadvertently semi crashing a bridal reception at Timber Line Lodge.

It was similar to this dress

only sleeveless and with silver instead of black detail worn by an elegant woman with a glorious head of silver hair.  image from https://www.ebay.com/i/273013350286?chn=ps

What is your trail style?