Often people tell me that they had their colors done many years ago, saying “I’, a winter” – or whatever other color has been identified as their season. They often ask if the “season” changes as they age.
As we mature, our skin softens and our hair becomes grey – even if we choose to color it – there is a natural softening of the appearance. Thus we will want to make adjustments in the colors we wear. Being cool or warm in coloring does not change with age but the intensity of colors that are most becoming will change.
I think women are more beautiful as they mature. Life experience brings more depth and complexity to one’s appearance, giving such richness to ones appearance. In addition to making some adjustments in colors, there are other changes that will give a more beautiful look. Let’s look at some famous people and evaluate what they do right and what they could improve.
Barbara Streisand was never a beautiful woman but how she presents herself as she has gotten older projects a beautiful, confident woman. (I will never forget her youthful disaster of the see-through outfit at the academy awards.) She, as many of us, has chosen to color her hair but in a softened the tone to complement her softer skin color. She still wears her hair long but has switched to a side part, softly framing her face, rather than the hippy middle part. I think most people look better with slightly shorter hair when they are more mature but it depends on the individual.
Hillary Clinton has struggled to project herself in a way that matches her position. She has never been interested in clothes but has taken the advice of image consultants with positive results. Where are those consultants now? As she has aged and added more pounds, her jowls have widened. The long, seemingly uncared for hair, simply adds width at the jaw line. A shorter cut was much more becoming, bringing attention to her blue eyes. Her present designer continues to dress her in prints, textured suits and suits that hang away from the body, adding width. Clinton made a wonderful decision during her first term as First Lady by choosing pantsuits. Her legs are not her best feature. She looks best in a simple, tailored suit jacket in a lightweight fabric, skimming her body and cut long enough to cover her hips. Her coloring is cool but she often wears bright orange and other unbecoming warm colors.
Helen Mirren is in her early sixties and presents herself beautifully. Notice how lovely she is in this evening dress. There is depth in the color to support her soft coloring while not being so saturated that it overshadows her. The mound of the bosom should be half way between the chin and waist. Notice that hers is close to two thirds down from the chin. Often as we grow more mature, especially with a fuller bosom, this balance shifts downward. By wearing a deep neckline, more skin exposed so that one does not notice how low her bosom is. If she had been wearing a turtleneck with no jewelry, the proportion would be very obvious.
One last tip, if you choose to enjoy your naturally gray hair, it can be beautiful. Just keep in mind that gray added to a darker colored hair creates a pattern. You might be best to wear solids or do color blocking rather than try to choose a print that will work with the pattern of your hair.
Would you like to start the New Year by discovering which colors and styles are your very best? We are offering mini-workshops for groups of 5 – 10 ladies. Contact Beryl for more information at 404-428-2527 or Beryl@StyleWithAplomb.com.