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. …

#PeopleWatching: Finding the Fun in Observation

Traveling abroad creates opportunities for many adventures. New sights, sounds, smells and tastes are hopefully woven into each visit overseas.

 

Some of our favorite moments traveling abroad have involved people watching. That’s right: sitting quietly and just observing the interactions, body language, and overall humanity of the characters crossing near us, this way and that.

 

When it comes to personal style, in general and through #peoplewatching, we have observed that American fashion is more casual overall, European fashion is more “everyday elegant”, and Asian fashion is a fascinating mix of “Designer and Street”.

 

 

To expand: Americans love to travel in comfort, so a lot of the clothing seen is geared towards that. Fabric choices lean a bit more toward washable and more ‘forgiving’ cuts. Even for the professional traveling on business – for many, casual seems to be key when going abroad.

 

Europeans have a more ‘proper’ sense of style, which is not nearly as casual as Americans. Euros tend to dress properly for nearly all occasions. Quality over Quantity seems to be the mantra, with solid, long-lasting fabrics used in professional attire and for the everyday outfit.

 

Finally, Asian style seems to be driven by celebrities, influencers, and film/TV culture. Trending outfits appear in every occasion and type of profession. Many European & American Designers and fashion brands have considerable influence in Asian buying powers.

 

Do you ever sit near a crossroads and people watch? What’s your favorite place to go #peoplewatching? How does #peoplewatching influence your decisions as a shopper, or in your career? Tell us …

Proper Etiquette in Museums

Recent travels have kept us thinking about client stories and challenges regarding dress, courtesies and more while visiting other places. This month, we’re looking at a few key considerations when traveling.

 

If your next vacation plans have you taking a historical journey, you’ll likely spend time in at least a few museums. Here are 5 tips we encourage our client-travelers to consider, if of course they’re of the museum-visiting variety.

 

  1. Keep your voice down. Acoustics in older buildings can make sounds carry further than normal, and even if you think you’re in a room alone – chances are, there are other visitors in earshot. If you must chat: whisper, or step outside or over to a stairwell.
  2. Be mindful of your image. Comfort is key, but shorts/flip-flops/miniskirts should be avoided while visiting working churches and cathedrals.
  3. Plan ahead. Many museums contain multiple floors and exhibits; trying to see it all in one session (while adding the stresses of traveling) can be too much. Pick your top 2 or 3 exhibits; visit those first, then break before attempting to see more.
  4. Consider your children’s ages. If your child/grandchild is under 5 years old, museums can be a difficult place. Let’s face it: kids can be loud (crying and wining is distressing to many), plus kids under 5 don’t often appreciate what they’re seeing. Call ahead to see if your museum of interest has a playroom, childcare, or a kids’ exhibit.
  5. Always bring layers and a personal folding fan; you’ll need both. Museums in Europe are often lacking in central air conditioning, and museums in North and Central America usually have too much air conditioning. You don’t want your visit ruined because you’re unbearably cold or hot.

 

Being respectful while visiting important institutions is always the golden rule in any cultural establishment. Keeping the aforementioned tips in mind will help you be mindful and comfortable in just about any museum or culturally relevant place of learning.

 

What’s your favorite memory from visiting a museum? What do you wear when you visit a museum?

 

Post your comments below!

Dressing ‘Right’ For Your Kids’ Sporting Events

For those of us with kids, life is full of running around, literally. Many of our clients’ time is often spent cheering on little loved ones at sporting events, indoors or out, and sometimes there are questions about the best dress for these options. We’ve put together some wardrobe ideas to help prepare you to be comfortable, fashionable, rearing to get your CHEER on!

Courtesy of moms.popsugar

 

Outdoor Ideas: Viewing the game from the sidelines of a field

 

  1. SPF protection is a must. Avoid getting awkward sunburns by lathering on a high SPF sunscreen. Grab your hat – baseball or large-brimmed – for extra coverage.
  2. Wear sunglasses. Prevent the pain of squinting when trying to make out your favorite player on the field. Large lenses ward off the development of fine lines around your eyes.
  3. Layer up and down. Try a linen shirt (great for hot weather) with a jean jacket and scarf. Or go for a cotton T-shirt under a cotton long-sleeved cardigan and a blazer. Whether the sun is rising or falling, you’ll be set to shed or pull on your layers accordingly. A colorful flannel can be dressed up with the right scarf, too, or dressed down by tying it around the waist for an added flair (or even as a cushion on uncomfortable bleachers).
  4. Avoid Heels. Don’t irrigate the field by ruining your favorite heels or heeled boot. Wear flat boots, clogs or your great-looking sneaker.
  5. The multi-purpose blanket. Need a cushion for those hard, cold bleachers? Want to sit down on the damp grass but don’t want a wet bottom? Does the sun set too soon and you find yourself needing an extra layer of warmth? The handy dandy blanket that you keep stored in the trunk of your car can be a lifesaver. Don’t leave home without it.
  6. Waterproof ponchos to the rescue! When you’re scheduled for spring games played under unpredictable skies, make sure you haven’t forgotten your raingear. Nothing should get in the way of you watching your kid hitting a game-winning home run!

 

Indoor Ideas: Watching the game from the bleachers

 

  1. Put on your socks. For those expansive, chilly arenas, make sure you have warm socks underneath your pants or leggings. Add a tall boot for more warmth. Cold feet leads to a cold body, and that can quickly lead to grumpiness.
  2. Layer scarves. Have a scarf around your neck that you can easily put on or take off as needed.
  3. Keep those fingers warm. Cashmere gloves (or at least fingerless gloves) will ward off the chill. Important Note: Wearing gloves will muffle your clapping. Remove them and stuff them in pockets during the thrilling moments.
  4. Pick up a microfiber undergarment. Keeping your torso warm goes a long way to feeling comfortable in overly air-conditioned buildings. For extra warmth, make sure that the layer closest to your skin is long enough to cover your behind when you sit down.
  5. Get ready to get hot. While some are air conditioned, other arenas can get hot and stuffy. Make sure your lightest layers are cute and appropriate in case you end up taking off your sweater or jacket.

 

General best looks for cheering success

  1. Donning your team’s colors. You’ll feel more involved in the game when you sport your team’s colors. Pair them with neutrals so they’ll stand out.
  2. Coat checks– nah. Don’t bring more than you need to venues where coat checks aren’t available. You don’t want to be holding extra stuff in your lap or putting items on the floor where they can get wet or dirty.
  3. Pick up a small crossbody bag. You’ll be able to jump up and cheer and know it is securely on you at all times.
  4. “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” This is a sports motto one can borrow from the hit TV series Friday Night Lights. Cheering with this in mind will help you be the best spectator you can be.

 

If nothing else, remember to dress with stylish comfort so that you can put all your focus on the game once play begins. Have other tips and tricks that help you dress appropriately for your kids’ sports games? Let us know at @SpImageConsulting on FB or @nycimageacademy on Twitter

Buying Tips for the Amateur Shopper

Sometimes, shopping can feel like a chore. From crowded stores to missing sizes to shipping delays, the modern shopper has a lot of (often painful) logistics to navigate in order to go about looking and feeling good. While personal shopping can take time, it often proves to have been worthwhile in the long run.

 

While parking lots, sidewalk traffic, and online shipping ETAs are out of the hands of image consultants, we do know a few things about style, sizing, and substance. Consider these tips next time you need to focus on the task at hand simply:

 

  • Shirts – Always go for a good fit (shoulders, waist, the back, and the front closure should be all be in place and yet moveable), and go for a sturdy fabric
  • Jeans – Try to find a dark wash with the right amount of stretch that also fits well with your body. I’d suggest to get one extra pair, and then hem one pair for flat shoes and another for heels
  • Raincoat – Go for a timeless style trench coat. It can lift up an outfit and will never go out of fashion
  • Dark Colored Suit — A great-quality dark suit is a wardrobe essential. Spend more on at least one well-tailored gabardine suit in your best color
  • Dress – A dark dress, in your best color palette, will fit well for nearly any occasion
  • Jacket – A perfect fitted jacket can instantly upgrade your overall look. Look for a jacket that fits the widest part of your body, with jacket shoulders that sit on your shoulders comfortably
  • Professional Shoes – If you can afford it, purchase one pair of high-quality classic pumps per season that can endure daily use. Look for soft leathers that breathe, have extra cushioning, and that have comfortable heel heights (your feet will thank you!)

 

Our next “Personal Shopper” 1-day training is on May 29, 2017. If shopping is your passion and you’d like to shop for others, this is the class that will help you find out if personal shopping is for you! www.nycimageconsultantacademy.com

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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.

 

Could you use some help with the way you consult with clients to define their tones, shapes, and overall wardrobe planning? Click here to see our next image consultant training schedule.  Let us know your questions! And, stay warm!!

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Ace & Jig: The Best Up-and-Coming Brand of 2016

From their cursive-y logo to their 2016 Fashion Week video, Ace & Jig have created a look that is all-at-once 1970’s Mary Quant meets 1992 Ce Ce Peniston realness. They have created and are marketing a truly modern-met-vintage aesthetic.  Based in ultra-hip Brooklyn, the growing fashion brand is making a name for itself in ladies circles everywhere. We thought we’d ponder a bit on why.  ace-jig

First off, Ace & Jig’s looks are often created with mixed patterns. After years of solids in so many fashion spaces, mixed colors and patterns add a sense of vibrancy that most catwalks haven’t seen since the 90’s.

 

Politics is certainly playing a role here. With a new President about to step into the White House, a sense of humor and irony is one major consideration the fashion world offers us.  Ace & Jig’s looks are funky, sassy, and a face-slap to those who can’t accept bright ideas, diverse people, and of course, mixed patterns. Our circles are connected.

 

For those of us who are image consultants, the rules to follow are changing. Ace & Jig seems to embrace the fashion victim in us all – they accept that the off-sized, baggy and uber-comfy can reign – even in high fashion.  Consultants should take heed and get a little loose with definitions, structure, fabrics and accessories. Diversifying your closet will diversify your creative brain – and your life!

 

What do you think about Ace & Jig?

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