Color Me Spring … and Summer

 

 

Hello Summer!

Each season we look forward to seeing the colors and styles designers are featuring for the season.   Despite slight variations in published lists of colors of the season we can expect stores to feature a variety of rosy hues, aubergine, and dusty blue can be worn by most cool and warm palettes, marigold and tangerine for the warm toned palette with neutrals for all. That is a great selection with something for everyone. I remember many seasons when the palette is totally cool or totally warm and if you are not in the favored palette for the season, shopping can be challenging.

Rosy hues for spring/summer.

 

Focusing on the rosy hues, one can find an abundance of garments in varying shades of red, pink, coral or scarlet.   Everyone has a shade of red that is flattering. When doing a client’s color analysis, I choose the colors matching skin tone, hair and eyes then go to choosing the right red. Rich shaded red like burgundy or toasted rust can add a welcome alternative to the traditional neutrals, breathing a breath of fresh air into the traditional assortment of black, navy, brown and grey.

Nature brings its own rosy hues in the abundant blossoms of azaleas, flowering plumbs trees, redbuds and the myriad of other spring blossom. These beautiful shades will still look fresh throughout the warm summer months.

A little punch from Aubergine

Then there is aubergine—the French name for eggplant. This shade of purple has a warmer tone than what we normally think of as purple. Like burgundy, shades of purple, can add variety and interest to your basic wardrobe.

Enjoy the wide variety of colors available for this season.

Out With the Cold and In With Spring

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April 3, 2018

Out with the Cold, In with Spring

This last weekend is the first time I have been able to go out for a walk
without needing some kind of a jacket. With that wonderful change of temperature comes the inevitable need to transition our closets from cool to warm.

Of course, we can just pull out a few spring items to wear, leaving all of the wools, sweaters, and other winter clothes in place but that is going to create lots of closet frustration when getting dressed each morning. This is the time to spend a bit of time and do the transition right, resulting in many future saved hours and much less frustration. By following these easy steps, you will step into spring organized and prepared to make the transition back to winter in the fall.
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Lovely for office and out to dinner afterward.

1. Go through each item that you will be putting away for the summer.
Evaluate each one. Do you still love it or is it a little out of style, showing its wear or just no longer a favorite? If you don’t see this item being a part of your fall wardrobe, go ahead and repurpose (off to the Goodwill) it now.

2. Examine each piece to make sure there are no stains and/or needed repairs. I like to have my winter things cleaned before storing them for the summer. This will protect them from invasion from moths and they will be fresh when you are ready to transfer back to warmer clothes in the fall. Remove the plastic bags (these do not allow your clothes to breathe) and arrange in groups and colors.

3. Now for the fun part! Getting out your spring/summer clothes that you have been longing to wear. Try on each item and assess for fit. Do you still love how it looks or have you added a pound or two? Double check to make sure it doesn’t need any repairs. Having your clothes ready to wear is a key to saving you from changing multiple tines when getting ready in the mornings.

4. Are there any separates that no longer have anything to wear them with? Is your favorite pair of shoes worn and looking a little shabby? Make a list of everything that you will want to replace as you complete your new spring look. Be sure to shop with your list so you don’t purchase something on impulse that won’t go with anything. Enjoy the search to find things on your list over time.

Arrange the closet in order with garment and color. For example, put all of your skirts together, arranged in color. This will really help you discover buying patterns that don’t work or lost items that have been hiding. For example, you have multiple black skirts and white blouses. You probably don’t want to add another one.

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Images from Saks.