Clothing colors are a little bit like magic. They can literally make you look five years younger or an entire weekend happier. Unfortunately though, the opposite happens too. When the colors you wear in your clothes “collide” with the colors in your skin, they (and this is very un-scientific) gather and create shadows under your eyes and next to your nose. They can even make your features look unbalanced.
Color can heal as well. When you surround yourself in certain colors they sooth you, relax you and help you reconnect with yourself. You’ll find lots of references about how color can be very healing, give you emotional support as well has help you express yourself. Michael Kors says, “I wear the same thing every day. I always pack two black jackets, loads of black T-shirts, loads of white jeans. I feel a little fresh and glamorous and graphic.”
Before you purchase one more piece, read this color guide. Take it to the store and pick up the item, note the color and wait to feel energized or overwhelmed. Colors easily affect your mind through the associations you make. They shift your mood and your soul by the feelings they inspire. And they surround your body in comfort or uneasiness.
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Stylist’s Tip: Navy exudes confidence, power and authority or it encourages wisdom and self-reliance in yourself. Wear it in a shirtdress, a long cardigan, a high-waisted wide-leg pant or add a touch with a brooch, watchband, or patent leather pump.
Stylist’s Tip: The emotional tone of white is sincere, fresh and hopeful. Wear it when you want others to know they can rely on your expertise. A crisp white shirt is an excellent choice, or try a white wool skirt or an oversized white tote. Wear it from head-to-toe and it’s creative and elegant.
Stylist’s Tip: Black sets the stage for elegance, sophistication, high authority and formality. It can also be mysterious and sensual. Wear it when you want to command authority or look like you have it together. A black suit will quiet a room and focus attention on what you have to say. Or a touch of black in an overall pastel outfit adds edginess to your sweetness.
Stylist’s Tip: Wear brown to say you are stable, genuine, and persevering. Wearing brown let’s them know you can meet a deadline, or get your part of the project completed successfully. When you wear brown in a jersey knit dress, riding boots, or a cashmere blazer you feel purposeful and safe too.
Stylist’s Tip: Purple expresses feelings of luxury, creativity and loyalty. It can also be spiritual and magical! Wear it to enhance your powers of intuition, or when you want to bring out your creative nature. Purple stands out in a trench coat, a pencil skirt, or a short sleeve cashmere sweater. Adorn yourself with a purple-jeweled statement necklace to call attention to your eyes or look for a purple suede shoe to express creativity.
Stylist’s Tip: Red glows with energy, determination, excitement, and passion. Use it as your power tool and be ready to over-deliver or command attention. Wear a red dress and people will be impressed by your confidence. Wear red in a jacket or shoes. Even a little bit of it in your lipstick or nail polish goes a long way to expressing vivaciousness.
Stylist’s Tip: Orange encourages creativity, enthusiasm and stimulation. It’s a great color to wear around children when you want them to join in your fun. Wear orange to express child-like joy. An orange jacket is a great pick-me-up, you stand out in orange jeans when indigo would be the easy choice and orange loafers are an eye-catcher when brown is expected. Be the life of the party!
Stylist’s Tip: Green is rejuvenating. It’s peaceful to be around, youthful and fresh. Use it to chase away personal self-doubt and help you re-boot that project you lost faith in. Wear it when you need some sustaining energy and it will encourage you and others at the same time. It’s a great color for a winter coat, a knit dress or a sweater.
Stylist’s Tip: Blue conjures up stability, professionalism, trust, reliability and honesty. When you need to be the voice of reason, or the mediator in a tense situation, wear blue. It’s calming and steadying. It’s easy to wear blue in a scarf or a top but try out the unexpected with blue eyewear the next time you’re shopping for glasses.
Stylist’s Tip: Turquoise can evoke strong feelings of connection, uniqueness and creativity in yourself or in others. Use it when you’re networking, dating or meeting new friends. Turquoise is stunning in a wrap dress and has a southwest kind of style when worn in American Indian jewelry. Leather dyed turquoise is lovely and textural and is very eye-catching.
Stylist’s Tip: Yellow is lively, optimistic, and attention-grabbing and it can be comforting and soothing in buttery yellow. Wear it in a silk blouse to the office, or a T-shirt with jeans on the weekend or for a flirty feeling in a summer dress. Add it in accents with belts, bangles, and lightweight scarves. It’s a great color choice for an umbrella.
Color is my specialty and wearing the right color for the right situation is both an art and a science. I’d love to help you find the colors that look right on you as well as which ones align with your personal goals and emotional needs. Clothes can be great counsel when you let them!
Kerry Cordero, Stylist & Owner The First Look Image www.thefirstlookimage.com