Breaking the Rules!

When shopping for your Spring 2017 wardrobe, keep in mind that there are some occasions when breaking the rules is a great idea.

Here are some of my favorite tips on rule breaking from How to Win at Shopping:

-The customer is not always right. Opening yourself up to new possibilities can be a great thing. You may go into a store with a clear idea of what you are looking for in terms of color, style, and fabric. A sales associate listens closely as you explain . . . but then shows you something that is completely off track! Before reacting to the fact that the item is not what you asked for, ask him why he chose it for you. You might get an authentically objective opinion and end up adding something fresh and exciting to your closet.

-A change in your body sometimes dictates a change in shopping strategy. Gaining and losing weight is a natural occurrence, but it may alter the shopping rules you have established for yourself. If you discover that some shapes and silhouettes in your closet are no longer working for your body, it is time to schedule a fashion reboot. Head to a department store with a wide variety of merchandise, and dive in with a fresh fashion perspective. Think of yourself as a nudist who is discovering clothes for the first time, and try on each and every type of cut, silhouette, and neckline with an objective eye. Most important, do not omit styles and fits that have not worked previously. You will emerge with a plan and wardrobe to showcase your new body at its best.

-Sometimes when you are truly smitten with an item, rule breaking may lead to a new discovery. It may even seem contradictory to items that you have purchased in the past, but you absolutely love it! And you’ve stretched your wardrobe potential by purchasing something that you never would have even considered trying on before. Thus, the new discovery: You have found yet another perfect silhouette, cut, fabric, color, print, or metal to add to your shopping repertoire!

Spring Cleaning: The Lipstick Drawer!

Many of the clients that I work with reveal that even if they have a streamlined wardrobe comprised of only things that they actually wear, that their collection of lipsticks often goes unedited, sometimes for years. In fact, in many cases the collection expands each season, mostly purchased in the trial-and-error phase that happens after a perfect shade is discontinued or acquired to help a not-so-great color in the closet look better.

This spring, I ask that you rid yourself of the lipsticks that do not illuminate you. Just like when you dress from your closet, all of the choices in front of you should offer possibility, and never regret!

Here goes:

Open up your lipstick drawer, and start by tossing any lipsticks that you have not worn in a year or more. Then, in good natural light, test each of the remaining ones in the palm of your hand. Are any of them making the tones of your hand imbalanced and uneven? Those are the next to go. Then once you have edited, try each of the remaining ones on your lips. This is the tough part, as many in a moment like this only focus on the lipstick color and decide whether they like it or not. I want you to start there, but to take into account whether the color connects with your skin, eyes and hair. The effect of a good lipstick is not to just make the lips pop, but be part of a palette of colors that thoroughly illuminates you. In other words, think of yourself as the subject of a great master portrait, and your lipstick as well as all of your makeup and colors that you wear in clothing should showcase you!

And now, though the selection may be small, your lipstick drawer offers you possibility to feel like the best version of you each and every time you apply your makeup!

Look Ten Pounds Lighter Just by Getting Dressed!

It’s January, and many of us have indulged a bit over the holiday season!

Therefore…

Here are some of my favorite tips to look ten pounds lighter, just by getting dressed, from How to Win at Shopping:

-While a straight skirt can be slimming, the effect can go awry if the bottom hem abruptly stops without tapering back to the leg, creating an unflattering horizontal line. If a straight skirt or dress hangs like a lampshade, consider a trip to the tailor.

-When fitting a jacket, consider narrowing the sleeves to separate the arms from the torso. This will create a more streamlined silhouette.

-Avoid wearing fabrics with sheen on the parts of the body you would like to de-emphasize. Sheen will make those areas appear larger. Instead, think of such fabrics as a fantastic way to illuminate the smaller parts of your body and balance the head-to-toe look.

-Showing a bit more skin can be a great idea. When it comes to fabric on the body, less fabric is more slimming.

-When shopping for separates, avoid high-contrast tops and bottoms that chop the body up. Instead, look for low-contrast or monochromatic combinations.

-The higher the heel, the leaner the look, so consider shopping shoes two-and-a-half inches or higher. Also consider the fact that a skinny spike won’t balance the proportion of a fuller calf or ankle, so reach for a thicker, shapelier heel instead.

-The best go-to slimming piece is a figure-flattering dress in a dark neutral. If you find one in the perfect style, color, and fabric, don’t hesitate to spend a bit more on it. You will feel so good in it that the amount of use will justify the purchase.

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Your Archetype!

After discovering your True Colors, it is time to discover your Archetype!

When I was first studying color and style, the four seasons approach had just come into vogue.

I loved the four seasons approach, but to me, it was incomplete. How could you confuse the rusty brick and oyster of an Antique Winter with the bright blue-red and alabaster of a Classic Winter, or mistake the deep teals and burnt rose tones of a Dusky Summer for the sky blues and gentle aquamarinesof an Iridescent Summer? I could see significant variations within each season, subtypes whose color choices differed from one another, often quite dramatically.

For example, both the Vital Spring and the Tawny Spring partake of the youthful, vigorous, playful energies of their signature season. But a Vital Spring’s Archetype is the Prom Queen. She’s born to be the center of attention, the popular girl, the one who pulls a party together, and her palette glistens like a burgeoning flowerbed, with its clear pink, kelly green, and blueberry. Tawny Spring is a Maverick, a quirky self-starter who’s usually listening to the beat of her own distant drummer. She may not even show up at the prom, and if she does, she may bring that drummer with her and dance to an entirely different rhythm than everybody else! Her palette expresses another side of spring, with its orange coral and robin egg blue. Both are Springs—but their Archetypes help define the precise colors and styles that are right for them.

Once you discover your Color Your Style Palette, working with a partner or friend to definitively pinpoint your Archetype is a great idea. Identifying your Archetype will help you recognize the colors, accessories, and other style choices that are best designed to reveal your personality.

Check out my Pinterest boards of the twenty four archetypes  to give you an even better understanding! https://www.pinterest.com


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