Archive | April, 2013

Your Best Colors

18 Apr

Last week I told you about Dominant Color Characteristics and the category you belong in based on those dominant color traits. This week I want to share with you the colors that are your best colors based on the category that is best suiting for you.

You may have to refer back to last week’s blog post to remember which category you fit into.  Of course, remember the best way to determine your Dominant Color Characteristic category is to have me conduct a personal Style Analysis and use the test drapes on you.

If you put yourself in the CLEAR category, you are going to look best in the brightest colors out there.  You have a high contrast in your coloring (usually darker hair with bright eyes) so clothing combinations of dark and light together are going to look fabulous on you. For example, black and white or navy and lime green are great contrasting colors together. You will want to stay away from browns and beiges which will make your skin look dull and lifeless.  Always go with the vibrant colors instead.

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If you put yourself in the WARM category, you are going to look best in all the shades of autumn.  In the spring and summer you will just choose softer colors in those same shades.  Brown is going to be a much better neutral for you than black.  Olive green is going to be a fabulous color with your beautiful red hair.

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If you put yourself in the COOL category, you are going to look best in colors with a blue undertone. You will need to stay away from browns or muted colors.  Stick with bright or light colors and no yellow undertones.  A beautiful silver haired lady always looks great in royal blue or hot pink.

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If you put yourself in the DEEP category you are going to look best in the deep, dark and rich hues.  You will want to stay away from the pastels.  Go with bold colors to match your usually darker, bolder hair and eyes.  Emerald green or dark purple are going to be fabulous choices for you.

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If you put yourself in the LIGHT category because of your blonde hair and pale ivory coloring, you are going to look best in the lighter color shades.  The darker colors are going to make you look older so you will want to stay away from those.  Gray and camel are going to be good neutrals for you paired with beautiful aquas, pinks and lavenders.

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If you put yourself in the SOFT category and you have medium hair and eyes, you are going to look your best when in the softer shades of clothes.  Black is not going to be a good color for you as it will wash you out.  Choose a medium brown as your neutral instead.  You don’t want to go too dark or too light but stick with beautiful soft shades of peach, coral, lavender or turquoise instead.

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As you can see, there are lots of beautiful colors for you to choose from whatever your Dominant Color Characteristics are but you are going to look your very best when you choose the shades closest to the ones I have outlined here.

Your Dominant Color Characteristics

12 Apr

I have mentioned in previous blog posts that you should pick your clothing colors based on what looks best on YOU.  You may be wondering how to find out what those colors are.  Most of us usually have a pretty good idea of certain colors that we know we look good in based on compliments we receive when wearing those shades. Did you know we each have our own Dominant Color Characteristics that are essential in helping us decide what colors look best on us and are the most flattering?  Our Dominant Color Characteristics are based on our hair, skin and eye colors.

As you may know, I was trained to be an Image Consultant by Shari Braendel, the nation’s most sought-after Christian speaker on the topic of fashion and beauty. Shari  created six dominant color categories based on a person’s dominant color characteristics and this allows us to determine what are going to be your very best colors for clothing and makeup.

In this post I am going to be giving you the basic descriptions of these categories to give you an idea of which one you may be.  However, the best way to tell is to have me do a Personal Style Analysis on you and use my test drapes to clearly define which one is the best for you.  Hopefully, this will help you when reading future posts to know what I am referring to as your Dominant Color Category.

You are a “LIGHT” if you have:

  • naturally blonde hair or white hair
  • fair skin tone 
  • light to medium eye color

You are a “DEEP” if you have:

  • Medium to dark brown or black hair
  • Medium to dark skin tone
  • Hazel, brown or black eyes

You are a “SOFT” if you have:

  • Light to medium brown hair (mousy or dishwater blonde)
  • Light to medium skin tone
  • Medium intensity hazel, brown, blue or green eye color

You are a “CLEAR” if you have:

  • Dark medium  brown or black hair
  • Very fair to light or medium skin tone
  • Bright green, blue or hazel or dark brown eyes

You are a “WARM” if you have:

  • Red or golden blonde or brown hair with reddish highlights
  • Any skin tone, sometimes with freckles
  • Green, blue, brown or hazel eyes

You are a “COOL” if you have:

  • Silver, gray or ash brown hair
  • Light to deep skin tone (often with a pink undertone)
  • Blue, green, hazel or brown eyes

I hope this will help you know which category you fall into so when I refer to these in my future posts  you will know what I am talking about.  If you are interested in learning further what your personal Dominant Color Characteristic Category is, along with other helpful styling information, please contact me to schedule your personal Styling Analysis Session.

Colorful Spring!

4 Apr

Even though we haven’t really had much Spring weather yet, the vibrant colors of Spring are certainly in the the stores!  If you have been shopping recently, you have seen the rainbow of colors that are out there.  They are in clothing, purses, shoes and accessories and I am LOVING it!

While I am still seeing various shades of Tangerine Tango (Pantone’s color of the year for 2012), I am definitely seeing this year’s 2013 color of the year, Emerald, and other various shades of green showing up everywhere.   I have never really been a huge fan of the color green so I was a little worried when they announced this color of the year for 2013.  However, I must admit I am loving some of the shades I am seeing and have even added a little green to my spring wardrobe this year.  Green is a color that most everyone can wear but you just need to make sure you are wearing your best shade of green based on your Dominant Color Characteristics.

Pantone Color of Year 2013.

With all the beautiful colors out there right now, there is NO reason why you shouldn’t have at least a splash of color in YOUR wardrobe!  {organize by color}

If you aren’t comfortable wearing a bright and colorful dress just yet, you can break into color gradually by adding a splash of color with your shoes or handbag or in a fashionable statement necklace.  Check out these colorful tote purses from Belk.  I am seeing colorful handbags everywhere!

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Or add a splash of color in one of the many “Statement Necklaces” that are out there and freshen up all that black and white I know you have in your closet!

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I recently worked with a client who’s closet was filled with only dark (mostly black) colors and she was ready to make some changes.  And boy, did we ever!  After a shopping trip to find some things that flattered her beautiful “Warm” coloring, she was able to turn her closet into a bright and colorful selection of some Fabulously Fashionable clothing!

Check out the picture below she put together after our shopping adventure.64749_10101363118591305_440381123_n

So…where are you going to start adding that splash of color for Spring to your wardrobe?!

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