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Friday, February 3, 2012

Color, Glorious Color

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

If you’ve been around a while you may remember THE trendy image consulting fad from the 80’s- everyone had their ‘colors’ done, and found out what ‘season’ they were. With this diagnosis came a palette of colors suitable for you- a vast, and to my mind, overwhelming array to choose from.  I’m not really surprised at some of the feedback from my last blog- people get turned off to the whole concept of ‘wardrobe planning’ as just too much work. Choosing color for your wardrobe can indeed be simple and easy.  Here’s one simple way.

Step 1.) Determine your color family- warm or cool, and choose either muted or bright versions.

Step 2.) Narrow this down to your very best 4 or 5 colors.

Step 3.) Add up to 4 or so neutrals.

First, let’s say you know you look good in warm colors; and you’re also aware that bright colors are what bring your complexion to life.  That narrows it down considerably to say, 15 or 20 colors that are commonly found in fashion. Second, after eliminating any colors you don’t like, narrow what’s left down to the colors that really, really make you look your best- there should be at least 2, more likely 4 or 5.  Don’t just choose your favorite colors- the ones we are looking for here are the colors that make you look your best- not just colors that you are attracted to.  Save that for a featured wall in your home, cushions on your couch, your car, your twitter page…. Take your time with this- make sure you’re happy with your choices.

Now that you’ve finished the first two steps, let me tell you a little trick- most likely the colors that make you look your very best will look good together too.   This can expand your wardrobe considerably as it means that color wise at least, everything will work together. 

For the last step- neutrals; I literally don’t know anyone who doesn’t consider black a wardrobe staple, so we’ll use black as one of our neutrals. You might also pick white, or beige if white overwhelms you. Add a third if you’d like- just so long as it works with all the other colors.

You can choose to wear the universally chic all black, or, now that you’ve determined your best colors, all black with color accessories, or wear all black and white, or pick one of your best colors and wear that and 1 neutral, or 4 colors and 2 neutrals….the options are nearly endless- limited only by your budget and spirit for adventure.

If you carefully choose the colors and neutrals that you know make you look your best and stick with them you’ll find you’ll consistently look better, and can easily streamline your wardrobe, cut down on clothing costs and simplify your life in general.  What’s not to love?

Happy dressing!