Color: Harmony or Clash

May 10,2018

Create beauty by using color combinations that harmonize.

Great for softer image.
Complementary colors are really popular this spring-summer. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed three men at church using complementary colors. They each had a different nuance but had each chosen orange and blue. Orange has been popular for a while but not worn with blue. One man wore a shirt in a rich shade of blue with white collar and cuffs with his navy suit, accented with an orange tie featuring a dark-blue designs. It was truly striking. The others used varying shades of orange and blue and were not so impactful but all were memorable.
Fun strong colors for the dynamic personality.
Complementary colors are those colors directly across the color wheel from each other. Think of red and green, blue and orange, and violet and yellow. Using these colors in the same intensity can be overpowering. Red and green remind us of the holidays but no one wants to look like a Christmas tree!
Taking a tip from nature, do not use equal amounts of each color. The holly branch, abundant with rich, green leaves just uses just a touch of red berries. A violet uses that color for the entire flower but adds just a teaspoon of yellow in its throat. This is a great guide for how to achieve a harmonious effect.
Great use of bright and subdued.
Varying the intensity of the colors will offer more options in combining the colors. Remember that it takes energy to wear bright colors but choosing softer shades will be perfect for a softer personality or coloring.
If you would love to jump on this trend, here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Remember to keep the scale of the print appropriate for your scale. You want to present you and the garment as whole, not see the dress coming and realize later that it’s you who is wearing it! If you are not a print person, the shaded green dress pops the subdued look with red booties.  Of course, you might not love that style dress but the color is what we are focusing on.
Not sure of what is best for you? Let’s chat and see if working with Style With Aplomb is the right answer for you to always be confident in what looks are going to be your best. Beryl Pleasants   404-428-2527
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 April 17, 2018

Sheath with flair Classic Sheath

Concluding what you will find in stores for the Spring 2018 “What’s Hot” list, is that wonderful, versatile shift dress.  This simple dress, molding to your body by use of darts and seams is one of the most all-around practical items to grace your closet.  Most any body type can wear a shift.  The key is to have it tailored Go everywhere sheathperfectly for your body so there are no unwanted pull lines.  Have it tailored to enhance your favorite figure assets and camouflage those that are not. This dress can be worn to the office, out to dinner, meeting friends for a drink, or off to the theatre.  You can add different jewelry and/or change shoes to dress it up or down.  Add a jacket and it suddenly becomes a suit.
Feminine. romantic
If you have a triangle shape where your hips are a bit wider, choose a sheath with a flaired skirt.  Try something fun with a kicky little flair at the very bottom.  Your arms aren’t your best feature?  Sleeves are the answer.  Better to choose a sheath with a higher neckline to avoid limiting it to an evening occasion.  Choose the right necklace or a scarf for a great accent.
Check out belts, pendants and embroidery to complete the look.  This is a great season to find garments that will be practical and wearable for most everyone.  Have a blast!

Color Me Spring

Color Me Spring and Summer.

Pink and coral = hues of pink
Rosy hues – coral and pink
Each season we look forward to seeing the colors and styles designers are featuring for the season.  I doubt that designers get together and decide what they are going to feature but somehow there seems to be a theme each season.  This spring includes rosy hues, aubergine, tangerine, marigold, dusty blue, and neutrals.

Dusty blue
Bring on summer
Get ready for 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.

Bright Scarlet
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.

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.
With such a wide array of colors from which to choose, you will haves excellent choices of new items to add. It will be easy revitalize your spring wardrobe and feel like you have a completely new wardrobe!
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Images from Saks.