“You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind!”
There are always going to be colors that we are drawn to, and that draw can come from our past experiences, what we liked as a kid, or because they remind you of something. We hear a lot about what colors mean, what effect they can create and how some are more “power” colors for those days when you need a little boost.
With all the variations of colors in the stores, there are so many for us to choose from. We can use our natural skin tone, our hair, our style and our confidence to determine which colors are the most in tune with our personality and style. I have always believed that we should never be afraid to try new things, colors and styles, but we also have to be aware that not all of them are going to work for us all the time. For example, Red is my absolute favorite color. It’s a power color, it makes me feel confident, classy, sexy, sophisticated, feminine and the list goes on…but there are some shades of Red that work better with my complexion and my hair – and this can change when I have a tan or if I am wearing tights on a cold winter day.
I know it sounds like a lot to think about, but I promise if you follow some simple rules of thumb it will help you out on those days where you’re not sure what you feel like wearing or you don’t have the energy to think about how you want to present yourself (yes, we all have those days!)
Here are some simple things you can use to help you be guided toward using current trends, colors and styles and adapt them into creating your own unique style:
- You don’t need to know everything about fashion to look your best – some styles are just not going to work for you…pay attention to colors you see people wearing, colors in stores and in magazines. Most colors have hues that can be adapted to suit your complexion and hair color, so if you are drawn to a color and it’s not typically “your color” it doesn’t mean that you can’t find something similar that would work for you!
- Fall and Winter are great times to add color by using accessories such as scarves, tights, shoes/boots and hats…I love to add a pop of color to a neutral outfit – it still attracts attention but it does it in such a way that it’s not screaming for attention. If you are not someone that likes to wear bright or bold colors, then don’t try to move away from what is comfortable for you too quickly, just try using accessories and see if it makes you more comfortable.
- The key is finding YOUR STYLE…it is really important to remember that just because you see someone else wearing something, or you know it’s the “in” color or style, doesn’t mean you should do the same. We are all unique individuals on the inside, we all look different, so why should what we wear be the same as anyone else?
There really is no reason why you should feel like you have to conform or “fit in”…even in business, where styles typically tend to be a little more conservative, you can still find styles and colors that will express who you are.
Wearing leather for work has not traditionally been something people do, but I love leather and by wearing it with a nice blouse, and some stiletto pumps, I have created many outfits that are unique and yet still appropriate. I have always liked to walk to the beat of my own drum, I don’t like to be predictable, I like to stand out and I like to be different…because of this, I am always looking for ways to adapt current styles to fit my personality because that is what makes me feel the most confident and happy.
Have a happy weekend, and if you are out shopping for some new Fall trends and colors, have fun!