Blending Shades: Colors of the Year

Just before the holidays, PANTONE announced their Color of the Year Selection for 2016, which resulted in a first for the color authority: a blending of two shades. Rose Quartz and Serenity, paired side-by-side, suggest a calming union that signifies a sense of connectedness and mindfulness through color.

 

So, how does this blended color affect your clients’ wardrobe planning in Spring 2016?

Chances are, you’re already getting comfortable with the color. If you’re an Apple fan, you’ve already witnessed the incredible popularity of the Rose Gold iPhone 6S, which Apple re-used for its launch of the smaller MacBook laptop last year. Very similar color shades are popping up on sweaters, pens, eye make-up – and nearly everywhere it seems to scream SPRING!

 

The colors of the Spring 2016

The colors of the Spring 2016

Once you’ve determined your client’s optimal color palette, consider the Rose Quartz and Serenity as best for those with a Soft Palette, or those with Cool Palette (our Pocket Color Compass –Steps To Your Best Coloring book can help you do this). Darker shades and combinations of the two colors may provide attractive options for nearly all palettes’, especially for ladies’ pants, skirts, accessories (think scarves, gloves, glasses), and gifts this year as well.

 

So keep your eyes open for Rose Quartz and Serenity, but bear in mind that these are trendy colors (truly of the moment)and may not be best for your skin tone or that of your clients. Here, we chose the top nine colors for you to try on next time you shop. Send us a photo or video, and let us know how these shades work for you!

 

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男士们:遵循这些你父母没有教过的造型小秘訣吧!

美國傳統说法,女士是有教养的,而绅士是有智慧的,严肃的性别。任何真理与这些假设可能是由于人类遗传学或者教养,或兩者皆是。你可以看看一些节目如Mad Men(AMC有线电视台),看到一些成功人士出色的着装例子。遵循这些经典的穿着规则,这些角色总是看起来是最棒的。撇开科学和电视剧,2016年主张一些男士和女士的时尚基本准则,遵循这些准则能帮助男士拥有造型,色彩和风格来建立自信和增强个人品牌的影响。 现在来谈一谈这些基本的准则吧。

 

Man's Suits

Man’s Suits

先談選擇衣服色彩,考虑你的肤色和服饰的关系是非常重要的。如果你的发色,肤色和眼睛有明显的对比,那么你应该選擇能与你膚色有强烈对比颜色的衣服。如果你的膚色與你的发色和眼睛色彩相近,尝试穿着和你肤色相近的服饰,突出你的帅气的眼睛,雀斑和笑容!

談到佩戴饰品,如果你不知道要带什么领带,选择和你衬衣一样颜色的领带——这是能使你着装完整最简单的方法。

领带

领花寬度不要超過你的眼睛外缘边框。普通领带的尖頭應接到皮带扣的中间,不会太长也不能太短。

衬衣和长裤

当谈到衬衣,如果你的脸型是圆形的,你应该选择长尖领。如果你的脸型是窄长形的,你应该选择敞开领。选择裤子也是一样原理,如果你的上身长,下身短,那就避开低腰裤。如果你的臀部很大,要选择有边衩的西装外套。

外套

缝线处应该要顺着肩膀一直下落,袖子的长度应该是可以见到衬衫袖口,外套和衬衣长度应有少许的不同 (¼英寸—½英寸是可以接受的)。这样,外套和袖子显示的衬衫有了对比,能够加强你的造型。

 

 

吳珊娜 Shanna Wu Pecoraro, AICI CIP

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颜色是否是女人最重要的东西?

“Color is the most important thing for a woman” – Angela Merkel

“颜色是女人最重要的东西” – 德国总理Angela Merkel 于2014年12月在纽约客杂志上说道。

Fashion Color

 

色彩不仅仅是科学,更不仅是美学。在日常生活中,色彩能传达出不同的特质和不同层次的情绪。一些是暂时的情绪,一些是长期标志着你的性格。

色彩的魅力无处不在。想一想绘画。想一想你喜欢的商标 -如果它们换了另外不同的色彩,你还会喜欢吗?

 

2014年,《大西洋月刊》肯定了色彩的重要性和刊登了有关研究,赞扬了一款杰出的app,叫色彩构成(Interaction of Color),基于Josef Albers的书本。色彩能让我们看上去更老成或年轻。它们能让我们看起来充满活力或无精打采。它们让我们感到开心,悲伤或冷漠的。色彩能在生理上让我们身体感到热 (想想在炎热的夏天穿着黑色服饰?)或冷(在冬天穿白色外套,问问自己够暖了吗。)在穿衣时能够检测出色彩是增强了甜蜜的气氛还是苦闷的气氛,这很自然地从视觉上和心理上影响着你看待自己的方式 。

 

色彩还有很多方面有待研究,造型师应该时时刻刻考虑着色彩,而不是只关注顾客衣柜的主题变化。(实际上,在NYC形象顾问里,我们的Personal Color Palette 参考工具提供了包含20款个人调色板颜色组合图表,和4个基准色调色板。

 

当你要为工作或顾客解释色彩搭配的原理时,这里有几点需要考虑。

  • 浅色被认为有亲切感和容易接近,深色看起来更强壮和有动力。
  • 視覺上浅色显眼 感覺較近,暗色比較不显眼 感覺較遠。
  • 通常来说,浅色显的温和而暗色看起来比較严肃。
  • 亮色传达出热情,有趣和兴奋。
  • 暗色吸光 比較正式或保守的。
  • 中间色段的颜色(想一下奶油色)被认为更经典和中立的。
  • 暖色调被认为是朴实的,友好的,可亲近的。冷色调被认为是经典的,权威的和娴雅的。

 

色彩还有很多可以探讨,哪一种色彩最适合你呢?为什么?

吳珊娜 Shanna Wu Pecoraro, AICI CIP

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Your Personal Style

photo-1446214814726-e6074845b4ceYour image is so much more than the clothing you wear and the way you walk. Your image is the relationship between your outfit, your poise, and your personality. Similarly, color psychology does not necessarily say that including red in a color palette automatically makes it passionate or energetic. What’s important in a color palette is the red, the gray, the black, and the blue’s relationships together. Gestaltism says that the sum is other than the parts. We notice the relationship between red and blue before we notice the colors red and blue individually.

This observation carries to your personal image. A $10,000 suit means nothing if a man is slouching. The fine details of your image must all be coherent and consistent in order to effectively portray your image.

Although there are guidelines to follow when trying to appear a certain way, every person should have their own style. Many different looks can communicate the same message to others. This ‘margin for error’ is the room for your creativity, your personal style, to flourish.

Being an individual is an extremely important piece of the puzzle that is often overlooked. Utilize research-backed strategies to portray the right image, but do so in a unique way. This is why it is so important for professionals to understand the philosophy and thought behind personal image and not just the shallow elements. Actually understanding it is the key to adapt, at any given time, to market and industry changes. If, one day, the way people perceived the color red changed, you must be able to identify that and find a new way to communicate what you were trying to.

Your personal style allows for some buffer through consumer trend volatility, so don’t worry. Just keep in mind that things change and, with it, so should your style. Accurately communicate who you are to others and everything else will follow.

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How to Dress as a Modern Man

Man with blue formal suit and tie

With the mass amount of dress options men have, it has become very difficult for them to correctly style themselves. Let’s walk through some of the details of a man’s outfit to highlight what exactly needs to go where and what should be focused on.

The suit:

The pocket is not always just a functional piece of a suit. Flap pockets are considered stylish; the little pocket above the primary front pockets on the suit jacket is called a ticket pocket. It comes from British influence and is a great place for business cards. When it comes to the fit of the suit, it should contour to your body. Sleeves should be slim and tailored to form your figure, ending just above your wrists. Around half of an inch of your collared dress shirt should show past the jacket sleeve. The jacket should hug your shoulders. Nothing should be loose or baggy, a modern suit is meant to be slim. The lapels of a modern suit should be no wider than two inches at its widest point. To create a slimmer look, two buttons positioned low on the suit can help. These lower buttons should be buttoned. A back vent is okay; a jacket can have either a center vent, side vents, or (most often for tuxedos) be vent-less. Like the rest of the suit, the pants should be slim and have a flat front. They should touch the tops of your shoes and not bunch together.

Fabric:

A light colored linen is perfect for the summer as it is breathable. For the winter, heavy flannel is able to be worn. Wool is great for all seasons while cotton is great for every season but winter. Men have a lot of ‘fabric freedom.’ It’s important, however, to remember that colors are crucial to a successful styling. Typically, the brighter it is outside, the brighter the clothing should be. Bright colors are for the summer, earth tones are for the winter.

Timing:

For casual events like cocktail get-togethers, men can wear either a suit with a dress shirt and dress pants or a tuxedo jacket with a light-colored shirt and no tie. Fortunately, casual settings are pretty forgiving. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. For formal events, a suit with a nice shirt, tie, waistcoat and trousers works very well. Lighter colors should be worn in the daytime along with suit variants like blazers. Tuxedos are best for ultra-formal gatherings.

Ties, shoes, and pocket squares:

The tip of the tie should land at the top of your beltline. No lower, no higher. They should, obviously, match the fabric of the suit and shirt, the level of formality of the event, and the season. Bow ties are most often worn for formal events, although, in recent times, men have been increasingly wearing bright-colored bow ties casually. The bow tie should not be broader than your neck and should never extend past the tips of your shirt collar.

Pocket squares should be folded up to have a square, triangle, or flowering shape and should be placed in the high front pocket of the suit jacket. The more formal the event, the more elaborate the folding of the pocket square.

The shoes must match the belt. Wingtips and Derbys are best for casual outfits while Loafers and Oxfords are best for formal outfits.

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Dressing in Europe

le métro se lèveEurope is a popular destination for American travelers. Whether it is a business trip or one for the purpose of tourism, Europe is full of places and events to attend which are sure to keep your agenda filled. As a business person, however, it is important to always distinguish between American and European cultures, while it is also important to remember that Europe is comprised of 50 different countries. Dressing in a different continent involves dressing differently, in order to account for different factors, such as climate, culture, on-going events, and activities planned for the trip. In order to check for some of these factors, you can search up in the internet travel guidebooks or official tourism websites that can give you information on the weather and many other factors that may affect your trip.

It is generally believed (in America, anyway) that Europeans dress ‘better’ than Americans. This is because Americans focus more on a casual comfort type of attire, which gives us a better general rule for dressing in Europe. You should always aim to dress better than you would for the same occasion in the United States. The article “Europeans dress better than Americans: Fact” for the bangsandabun.com website, the views are shared by the writer on why this notion is accepted. Now, let’s look at some relevant situations to be taken into consideration for choosing an attire while traveling in Europe.

Winter Weather

Scandinavian countries have very harsh winters. For example, in Sweden it gets down into the 20-30 degrees Fahrenheit in the south and to less than 10 degrees Fahrenheit in the north. Coastal cities can be humid, making the winters feel even colder. If you’re visiting in winter, you will need thick insulated jackets, thermal long underwear, waterproof gloves and scarves and hats.

Summers in Europe

As you move toward the south of the continent, the winters get warmer. If you’re traveling to Greece or Spain, you can expect winters with temperatures in the 50s or higher and little to no snow. Summers are cooler in northern Europe and hotter and more humid as you move south. If you’re visiting during the summer, bring a light jacket and some long pants with you in case the temperatures drop in the evening.

Casual Attire

Casual attire is common in Europe, but you might need to follow special rules when visiting churches, cathedrals, the Vatican Museums and certain palaces and castles. In many of those places, sleeveless tops and shorts are not allowed. Women must wear skirts long enough to cover their knees, and keep their shoulders covered. A large shawl draped over the shoulders should be enough if you’re wearing a summer dress or tank top and don’t want to change. Jeans are considered very casual in Europe. They’re fine for a day out touring the town, but not for dinner at a nice restaurant, even if you pair it up with a nice shirt.

Formal Attire

When dining out or trying to gain entry to posh clubs, cabaret shows, and other formal venues, you will need formal attire. For men, this could be something as simple as wearing a blazer on top of your shirt. Some five-star restaurants, especially in big cities like Paris or London, might also require a tie. Moulin Rouge, in Paris, for example, requires a minimum of a business attire: no flip-flops, no jeans, no shorts or T-shirts.

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Dressing For an American Event

Life is full of events that require different attires. Dressing in certain ways is part of the event one attends. From high school graduations to weddings, it is important to understand the basics of dressing for all the events that one may encounter in life. Some are formal, some are semi-formal, and some are just casual. In any case, there are certain guidelines that can help one in deciding the correct and most proper attire for every occasion since this affects our personal image. Here are some tips and advice on how to make sure to be well dressed for any of event.

The first step in figuring out what to wear to any event is to decipher the invitation. This means to look in the invitation first. Most events have set guidelines on what should be worn and what should not, which is beneficial in narrowing down choices to just style and color. Different places tend to use different terms, but here we will use American terms, which differ from the English and European terms. The best way to follow the different dress codes is to follow these simple guidelines:

Black Tie: In these events, a tuxedo is expected. Weddings, operas, balls, charity dinners, and receptions are some of the events at which you can expect to see this dress code. Black Tie may also be referred to as evening dress.

Polo store

Black Tie Optional: In these events, a dark suit is just as acceptable a tuxedo. This is a product of evolution in dressing standards, which became more and more relaxed. As a result, instead of excluding those without a tuxedo from the events that required them, it was decided to just include them. For these events, if you own both a tuxedo and a dark suit, just choose the one fits you the best, the one that fits your image the most. If you only own a suit and not a tuxedo, remember the suit is just as acceptable as the tuxedo, so there is no need to buy one. However, if many more of these events are expected to be present in the future, buying a quality tuxedo is a better option.

Semi-formal: A dark suit, crisp dress shirt with a non-obtrusive pattern, and a conservative tie. For these events, tuxedos are not expected, and, therefore, should not be worn.

Black Tie event

Business Casual: For these events, ties are optional, but dress shirts and nice pants are required. Sports jackets or blazers are optional, but might be a nice addition to the outfit.

Casual: Fit well, free of holes and wrinkles. That is the best way to simplify the expected outfit for these events. Jeans, cotton trousers, and shorts are acceptable. In cool weathers, button up casual looking shirts are a good option, whereas for warm weather simple collared polo shirts that fit nicely are a better option.

If you are not sure what kind of outfit is expected from you at any event you are invited to, the best and most efficient way of finding out is to ask, in most cases, the host directly. If the host cannot be reached, try to contact someone participating at the event. In any case, if you are not sure on what to wear, try to wear an outfit that can be adapted to an event. If you show up over or under dressed, you can just excuse yourself to the bathroom and modify your outfit accordingly.

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