What to Wear With Prints

 

As prints continue to be the big fashion statement, the question is: what color bag and shoes do I wear with them?

Polka dot at Nordstrom's
Polka dot at Nordstrom’s

There are prints and then, there are prints. Large and small, floral and geometric, abstract, pastel, vivid, and the list goes on… and on.   Choosing the right handbag and shoes is not a one size fits all exercise.   However, the right choice of accessories can make or break the impact of your look.

The best general rule is to choose a neutral. Neutral color shoes and bags have been prominent in the fashion scene for several years, probably because they are versatile and work well with bright colors and prints.

Lot 'o print at TJ Maxx
Lot ‘o print at TJ Maxx

Don’t buy a print unless you absolutely love it. Even if you are not a “print person” you might find one that just makes your heart sing. This tells you that something about it resonated with your deep down inner being – that something about it says “you”.   It should be in your color palette and the right scale for you.   After that, make sure that one doesn’t see the print coming before one sees that it is you wearing it.

In the Pink at TJ Maxx
In the Pink at TJ Maxx

Now, you are ready to choose the right shoes and purse. For a repeat print like a polka dot, you can add interest with a bright accent of color. This black and white polka dot would be beautiful with a bright colored clutch – I would probably go with red but you could choose any favorite color. I would suggest a neutral shoes unless the wearer has dark hair. In this case, black sandals would work very well, reflecting her hair color to draw the eye back up to the face. The dress is light and airy so I would go with sandals with a light, airy feel as well and a smaller scale clutch.

The pink print has a lot of movement going on so I would choose neutral shoes and bag. It would be to hard find a color that would support this print and not become distracting.   The maxi has even more movement and combines floral with geometric. Neutral shoes and bag will not fight for attention with the bold print .

Geometric at TJ Maxx
Geometric at TJ Maxx

This all-geometric dress needs a very strong personality not to have the dress wear you. I would have chosen narrower straps on the sandals since these seem too heavy and draw your eye to the feet. Black or neutral would work, depending on hair color.

It doesn’t look like prints are going anywhere soon, if you are contemplating jumping into the pond of prints, take advantage of new mark-downs in stores now.

 

International Iconic Style

 

Who would have ever thought that Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, and Ronald McDonald would have anything in common?

They have both hit the news with their style!

Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan
Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan

Hamid Karzai, crowned in 2002 as the king of chic by designer Tom Ford, has been identified with his shimmering fur hats, flowing silk overcoats and collarless tunics. He is known as being the most stylish leader in the world. Now Afghanistan is hold elections for Mr. Karzai’s replacement. Both candidates know they cannot compete with the president’s unique classic style so they are choosing to other tactics. They choose business suits for Kabul and mirror ethnic dress in the different regions of the country. No matter what style they choose, it will have to be their own and not a copy of Hamid Karzai. To quote one young Afghan, “Our generation is not illiterate. Neither candidate can fool us.”

Then there is Ronald McDonald.

A new look for Ronald McDonald
A new look for Ronald McDonald

Are you ready for McFashion? Somehow the “Bozo the Clown” look from the 1970’s has gone the way of the polyester leisure suits.   Ronald McDonald had to enter the 21st Century as well. Ronald has a new look!   He is still clownish but a much more updated look. Thus far, there are mixed reviews. We always hate to lose the familiar but then again, does anyone want the leisure suit back?

With all my years of training and experience, I would not take on either of these projects but I can help the businessman or woman in projecting his or her best image for their clients – authentically.

Hats, Hats, and More Hats!

 

A Style for Everyone
A Style for Everyone

Sunday was the Salon de Thé, the annual fundraiser for Alliance Francaise. There were nearly one hundred ladies at the Four Seasons Hotel, most of whom were wearing beautiful chapeaux. Of course, in keeping with the purpose of the event, both a silent auction and a bidding auction ensued. Specialty vendors for hats, make-up and fragrance were present and Jay Austin with his bow tie collection.IMG_0044

As we enjoyed our lovely tea, models graced the runway with the current collections of two local designers. I presented a short talk on choosing your best color.   The grand finale was the parade of hats. Most of the ladies in attendance and a few young girls walked the runway showing off their lovely hats. How does a panel of judges choose the top three? This panel found it very difficult but in the end, three ladies were awarded prizes for their choice of hat.

Beautiful!
Beautiful!

Seldom do we get a chance to be together with a room full of elegant ladies. This may be the only time until Salon de Thé next year!

What’s your personal image?

 

How many of us look at the beautiful, long, lean models and wish we looked just like them?

Embrace who you are.
Embrace who you are.

We tend to view ourselves through negative eyes. I’m too short or too tall, my hips are too wide, I don’t like my — you fill in the blank.

You can take comfort in this clip from professional model, Cameron Russell.

 

http://www.ted.com/talks/cameron_russell_looks_aren_t_everything_believe_me_i_m_a_model

 

Let’s look at who we are and embrace our unique image. Being neat and put together is something all of us can do.

Beautiful classic
Beautiful classic

Choose clothes that camouflage the points you wish were different and enhance those points that are your strength.

Having professional color analysis might be something you want to consider to find the colors that best complement your natural coloring.

Know your personal style and let it project the essence of who you are.

Wear clothing appropriate for the occasion.

If you are committed to making some changes, choose a coach to guide you and support you in those efforts.

Walk forth in confidence that you are the only “you” in existence. Make the most of  it!