Shopping For “Your Colors”

We all have a color palette that works best with our complexion and hue.

 

Light colors tend to go best for those with a fair & whiter skin tone. Toned colors tend to work best for the person with a soft over all look. Deep colors work best for a pigment-rich person. Bright colors work best for the person who has clear skin, bright eyes and silky hair, and of course we have to consider the person who may have warm, cool or neutral undertones.

 

While it may not be apparent on the runway or in the pages of fashion magazines, the real reason that looks often stand out, or “pop” to us, is that the colors chosen for the models work really well with their tone and hue. Mass-market brands would do well to pay more attention to this, by marketing & packaging their clothes to specific “color personalities” who can then become unofficial “endorsers” of their brands.

 

 

A recent trip to the new ARKET store in Munich, Germany, showcased impressive skill at pairing colors together on the rack to simplify ease. (And it would be shameful not to mention that the layout of the store was impressive, with each block of colourful garments visually appearing like a utilitarian art piece!)

 

With an ever-increasing shift to online retail, brick-and-mortar stores would do well to follow ARKET’s lead in pairing function and style with colors and tone. We think this will increase the likelihood of customer delight while shopping, which is also likely to result in increased sales at the register.

 

Are you a designer, or a fashion retailer? Could this work for you?  Tell us. …

Bundle Up with Style (Your Winter Hats!)

Winter hats

Winter doesn’t seem to be letting up, and the coldness requires a heavy parka, gloves and a hat most days. While practical and protective, often our warmest wares are bulky and make us feel less than our “most attractive” selves.

 

One of the easiest ways to combat the bulk and flatter your face is to consider your winter hat collection.  Sometimes, changing the way you wear your hat or finding one or two new ones can create the more desirable look you crave.

 

Here are some of our trusted winter hat tips:

 

If you have a Round Face: go for hats that have sharp lines and decorative with tall crowns that are as wide as your face. (Newsboys are a good example)

 

If you have a Long Face: go for a hat with a crown that should be deep enough to cover most of your forehead. (Wide brims are also best)

 

If you have a Square Face: good for a round hat. (Beanies are easy and cute!)

 

If you have a Heart-shaped Face: go for a medium-sized cloche to encase your beautiful features.

 

If you have an Oval Face: nearly any style will work. Be sure to pick colors that compliment your eyes, skin tone, and figure. In winter, darker colors often work best with the widest range of coats, scarves, boots and other accessories.

 

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Reworking and Repairing Your Wardrobe

In the image consulting business, we often encourage our clients to “shop your closet” to save time and money. Sometimes, though, it’s less about “shopping” your closet and remixing the items you pair together. This month, we’re focused on our clients who have lost a portion of their wardrobe or accessories due to stains, tears, or just normal wear and tear.  Many of these folks are using up valuable space in their closets and drawers, holding on to items that just need a little nip and tuck!

As you’re pulling together your Halloween costumes this year, take a look at these fun, easy fashion and beauty tricks to make the most of your space and your collection.

 

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  • Want a new statement necklace? Work with what you’ve got: Layer several necklaces together with a story in mind: pair complimentary colors, as well as different metals combinations. Or, try playing with varied elements such as gems and chains together. Doing this can often create memorable looks!

 

  • Wear a print scarf when you are dining out. If you experience spills, the print in the scarf will hide the damage, and your outfit will remain intact. When dessert concludes, simply slip the scarf off.

 

  • Use an eyeglass cloth to clean your patent leather handbags or shoes. It’ll remove any smudges or fingerprints. Most eyeglass cloths are machine washable, so don’t forget to throw them in with your delicates once in a while (but do not tumble dry!).

 

  • Baby wipes often create the perfect removal of makeup stains that accidently get on your new blouse.

 

  • Do you enjoy going barefoot inside your favorite pair of flats, but don’t enjoy the sticky feeling when they sweat? An easy fix is to keep a travel-sized foot powder handy to sprinkle inside your shoes before you put them on. It adds a touch of fragrance and absorbs moisture.

 

  • Want to belt a dress or top but don’t have the right color or texture? Check your ribbon stash. You may just have the right pop of color that pulls an outfit together while adding a creative, feminine touch.

 

  • Sick of that tangled ball of jewelry that’s cluttering up your drawer? Use a divider (from any office supplies store) in your drawer to group your jewelry by color or metal.

 

The best part about these tips is that you can use them all year round

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Dressing Tips for the CEO-ready

For years, many in our community of clients wondered, “How is it that some of the female CEOs we know are always able to look so put together?”

Dressing in the office has a lot to do with your company’s culture. When working with dress codes, more creative, laid back occupations call for less stringent dressing routines and more formal occupations require more formality. However, there are some rules that apply to almost everyone. Whether you’re a corporate CEO, the founder of a technology startup, or an up-and-coming leader, there are some tips that we can all follow:

Power outfit

  • Don’t shy away from color, especially when it comes to dressing. Pick the right color and people remember YOU; Pick the wrong color and people will only remember your DRESS
  • Trade in your corporate power suits for designers that feature cleaner lines and an edgier look
  • Simple makeup is never a bad idea, especially when there’s an impromptu meeting or luncheon to attend
  • Investing in a great hair ‘do or professional blow dry can establish a level of polish without having to wear your “Sunday best”
  • Spice up your look with some interesting accessories – statement pieces that aren’t too flashy

In our opinion, anyone in a leadership role has a duty and a responsibility to look professional, be well-dressed, and always act as a spokesperson for the brand she represents. If dressing is not your strength, hiring an image consultant/stylist will save you headaches and a lot of time and money, too.

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Your Professional Closet Update This Summer

 

Do you ever stare at your closet full of clothes and find yourself saying, “crap, I have nothing to wear!” This occurrence is more common than you’d think. A common perception that leads us to such closet dilemmas is one suggesting that dressing “Professional” means you can’t be chic & trendy. The good news is that this idea couldn’t be further from the truth – you can dress chic and professional at the same time in many workplace scenarios.

Summer updates

Here are a few summertime closet updates you may want to consider:

 

Choosing color – Be mindful of choosing colors. Colors can make you look younger, healthier and slimmer. So choose the colors that complement your skin tone, and be sure to test unknown colors by holding them next to your face and asking a friend to give you their honest opinion. Ask “does this make my face pop?” Such tests work well with scarfs, shirts, ties, necklaces, glasses, lipstick, and more.

Choosing style – In the summer, your professional attire can be a little looser & comfortable, but always avoid plunging necklines, open shirt backs and short shorts. For the most flattering professional look, we suggest keeping the length of your skirt and shorts just below or above the knee.

For many of our clients, it has been well worth it to invest in these summer items:

 

  • A summer suit (if you have the budget) or dress pants in your best neutral color
  • A pair of lightweight jeans or lighter colored Capris
  • A sleeveless dress that fits your body shape and your personal style (hint: in 2016, we are seeing a lot of patterns)
  • A short in your best neutral color (black, gray, khaki, cream, brown or white)
  • A tee in your best color
  • A printed blouse within your color palette
  • A cotton or linen cardigan
  • A statement piece, like a cotton or linen scarf in your best colors & pattern
  • Accessories, such as a lightweight bag, sandals, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and sunglasses

 

Keep in mind that you don’t have to break the bank to find new summer looks; often times, inexpensive deals can be found online, on sale and at outlets. The key is to start looking now and not waiting until too late in the end of summer to start.

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Taking Care of Your Leather Shoes & Bags

“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe

 

Finding the right outfits that fit and flatter you, shoes that are comfortable and stylish, and accessories for flavor can be challenging for many. Building a routine to care for these items is not very complicated. But for many, an added step will be too many. Our clients often find the “shop in your closet” activities is dreadful. They usually realize how much they need to do to care for the items they’ve invested upon completion.

Bags & Shoes

Let’s look at some tips to taking the best care of your leather shoes and bags:

  1. Store them in a closet with good airflow and low humidity. Sunlight may fade and dry out leather. High humidity can lead to mildew on leather goods.
  2. Spray leather bags and shoes with a waterproof spray before using them in rain or high humidity day to prevent water spots, stains, and cracks. Remember to spray the straps as well.
  3. Put lipstick and other potentially staining items in protective cases rather than keeping them loose your bag. Also, do not overload your bag. Placing heavy items in a leather bag may cause the straps or handles to stretch or break.
  4. Use baby wipes to clean dirt, food crumbs and other potentially staining substances from the bag soon after use to prevent the substances from being ground into your bag’s liner.
  5. Don’t use shoe polish for your handbag even if it is intended for leather shoes.
  6. Don’t be afraid to invest in shoe-care and bag-care. It’s worthwhile to spend $95 to repair your $990 Jimmy Choos’ shoes or your Gucci bag if it maintains the wearability for a few years.
  7. Replace rubber bases on your shoes before the heel starts to wear out.
  8. Use Shoetrees help hold the shape of your shoes.
  9. Use Shoehorns to prevent breaking the backs of shoes.
  10. Resole your shoes so that they last longer, but only do this for good shoes.

What do you think?

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What NOT to Wear To Work

 

Dressing is not just an everyday routine – it’s an intellectual game. In the professional world, “properly dressed” is one of your duties, and have to take it seriously. It is essential to look prepared and put-together at all times. For those entering the workforce or for those moving into a different industry, it’s important to do a little research and figure out what’s most appropriate. In some industries, what’s sexy or edgy can be downright offensive in others. The space between these extremes is where creative thinkers and dressers can play.

 

Too tight

Too tight

We encourage our clientele to think of dressing for work just like they would any other game. First you get a little competitive; then you try to find the best looks for the best price, all the while making a positive statement and always looking polished.

 

Here are a few Don’ts for any professional workplace:

 

Torn or broken

Torn or broken

 

  • Avoid a plunging neckline or overt cleavage
  • Do not allow more than 3 inches above the knee with bare legs
  • Do not wear sheer or see-through fabrics with no foundation
  • Don’t show your undergarments (bra, underwear)
  • Do not wear clothing that is overly tight and formfitting
  • Do not show a visible midriff or open back
  • Avoid the “super low-rise.”
  • Avoid flip flops or slippers
  • Avoid “dramatic” or “cocktail hour” make-up
  • Avoid dramatic hairstyles
  • Do not wear anything torn or broken

 

Do you agree? Have we missed anything? Tell us in the comments below, or via your social feeds.

 

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