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
Images from Saks.

 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.

Tangerine
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.
Aubergine
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.
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.

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.

Which Flower says “You”?

Which Spring Flower says “You”?
Sunshine and warm weather! What a welcome pleasure after months of cold and gray. The flowers have been waiting to erupt. Each day brings an explosion of new color and beauty.
Do you have a favorite flower? Most of us do. What is even more interesting, that favorite tells more about who you are deep down inside – your personal style. Not only has this realization brought me to a greater appreciation of how varied the many different flowers are but of the components that make each one different. Let’s take a closer look.
Traditional: This is the conservative individual. They are often described as being practical and dependable – no surprises here. Don’t tulips typify this type? Tulips are predictable, standing straight with uniform flowers. We welcome tulips each spring as they lend their beauty to flower beds throughout the neighborhoods.
Elegant: Refinement and stately image, cultured and simplicity can describe this style. What better flower than a rose to represent the elegant persona? These lovely blossoms are typified by their refinement, elegance and grace.
Romantic: The profusion of delicate pink, lacy flowers of the cherry blossom beautifully represents a romantic image. Gentleness, feminine, supportive and innocent are used to describe a romantic personality. The soft, feminine color and delicate cherry blossoms exude “romantic”.
 
Alluring:  Glamorous and sensuous. What could be more suggestive of the Alluring style than a fuchsia? Even the
shape of this beautiful flower suggests curvy and sensual. Magenta is often used in costuming to represent the femme fatal.
Creative: Think original, artistic and unconventional for this type. I could not find the name of this amazing flower that defied convention. Combining yellow and magenta is an unusual color combination but the incredible flower within a flower image shape is even more surprising. Truly creative!
 
Dramatic: What could be more dramatic an image than a Bird of Paradise flower.   There is nothing subtle about this tropical flower nor is there anything subtle about a dramatic personality. Striking sophistication, powerful and bold describe both the flower and the dramatic woman.
 
Sporty: Friendly, casual, all-American style are portrayed by a field of sunflowers day. Couldn’t have said it better!
  Would you like to know your personal style?  Call Beryl at 404-428-2527 and let’s talk.
Image descriptions are taken from Alyce Parsons’ book Style Source.

 

Go Wild With Animal Prints!

Animal prints continue to be popular so I thought I would share an  article I read by fashion editor Teri Agin.
“In recent years stores have been replete with animal prints: blouses, shoes, and handbags.  These timeless, abstract prints – such as leopard, tiger and snakeskin patterns – are neutral and versatile enough to be combined with black, brown, red and even purple.
 
I happen to love animal prints because the designs look lush and urbane – absolutely perfect for women of all ages.  Even the cheapest T-shirt top or scarf in a leopard print packs a punch and imparts a bold accent.
But take care when donning these jungle patterns.  Go easy, with simpler jewelry.  In clothes, stick with smaller patterns that won’t make you look thick.
Every gal should have a pair of animal-print pumps and a handbag – just don’t wear them together.  Handbagheaven.com is one retailer that offers many affordable animal-print bags, which are much fresher than standard black or brown purses.
 
Animal prints are one of those novelties that women are enthusiastic about, and they always sell out quickly every season,” says Edward Wilkerson, designer for women’s label Lafayette 148.  To keep the “call of the wild” look fresh, a “zebra” pony-skin jacket and a leopard-printed silk blouse can be worn with a pencil skirt.  “We keep them looking new with colors, like a tiger print against a fuchsia background or leopard with cobalt blue,” Wilkinson says.”
Beryl’s comments:  I thought you would enjoy this article, as we have not discussed animal-prints for spring.  I don’t think animal prints are for everyone.  Having just an accent, perhaps a scarf, shoes or bag could work for most people.     When you move to a blouse or jacket, watch the scale of the print and color contrast.  A zebra print will only work if the wearer has strong coloring and a strong presence.   Animal prints are quite forceful and can easily overpower a small person or someone with a quiet, reserved personality.  Use the “blink” test when choosing whether this is a look for you.  Standing in front of the mirror, close your eyes for a few moments then open them quickly and observe what you see first.  If you see you first then recognize that you are wearing an animal print, it probably will work.  If you see the print first, it is too strong.
In a business setting, choosing just an accent piece can give the punch you are looking for without taking over the entire look. A handbag, scarf or shoes can serve as just the right accent .

If They Can’t See You They Can’t Hear You

Have you ever been chatting with a group of people and every time one person attempted to add to the conversation, she (and it is almost always a “she”) was ignored?  I have seen this and it is usually because the ignored person is almost invisible.
Years ago, after having gone through the then popular training in the four seasons color analysis, I had a client who was a perfect example of being invisible.  Her graying brown hair matched the beige frames of her glasses and her barely discernible makeup helped her become nearly invisible.  Although she was impeccably groomed, her beige business suit with a cream colored blouse turned her into oatmeal!  Had she stood next to a beige wall, it would have been hard to see her.
The lovely medium soft blues, pinks and lilacs of the cool summer color palette brought her delicate coloring alive without being so bright that it overpowered her.  Carrying these medium shades of her palette through in her makeup transformed her by showing off the natural beauty she was.
Of course, the color system I now use is significantly more complex offering a much greater range of colors for each client and even taking into consideration their personality.  The four seasons served as a wonderful introduction to women everywhere about the importance colors play in helping them look their authentic best.
I am always saddened when women allow themselves to be “invisible”.  They may be the most intelligent and talented person in the office but are not
the one who get the promotion because they do not “show up”.  I recently worked with a client who was convinced that his expertise in his profession was what was important and his appearance did not play an important role.  After we worked together, he changed to a more professional appearance and within weeks had, not only got an offer for a new job, but his present employer gave him a significant raise.
Is it time for you to upgrade your image to match your competence?   Let’s talk!  Beryl@StyleWithAplomb.com  404-428-2527

Short legs?

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How to look taller if you have short legs.

Great skirt length –ankle strap shortens
the leg – choose a pump
Short Legs?
 
I was surprised when my daughter commented, “Mom, how come I didn’t get your long legs?  I had always thought of how lucky she was to have a nicely proportioned  hourglass body shape while I have a high hip-bone to deal with!

We don’t always appreciate that each of us is designed uniquely.  There is no one else like us in the world   so we have the joy of dressing a unique work of art.  There is a way to camouflage those traits that aren’t our favorites so let’s look at leg length.

Change bootie to pump with hose that blend with colors.
It is the lower part of your leg from your knee down that gives a visual appearance of a long leg.   Thus, a skirt length near the knee is a good length for most people.
Avoid wearing shoes that visually “cut” your lower leg such as ankle-strap shoes or short boots.   You can achieve the look of a long leg line by wearing opaque tights in the same color as your booties and skirt.  Wearing hose that visually pull your skirt and shoes together is also effective.  A pointed toed shoe will further enhance the visual leg length.
Wide legged cropped pants should be avoided.  These trousers are great for the lady with wide hips but they should be full length, almost touching the floor.
Monochromatic blend of colors  pull this together.
Notice how short her legs look with these wide-legged pants.
One final trick for anyone who wants to appear to have longer legs, push your sleeves up!  It is amazing how you instantly appear taller!  How easy is that?
Use these tricks and see how effective they are in helping you achieve the image you want.

Was This Designed for Another Body?

Yikes! This outfit is made for someone else’s body!

You have this great new outfit. Then you notice that it doesn’t look quite like it did in the dressing room!

Fit! It can make or break your image. In reality, few people can walk out of a store with a new garment and have the perfect fit. Each of our bodies is unique. None of us has the perfect proportions to match those used by a designer. Each brand of clothing uses its own design specs which explains why one brand will fit you beautifully and another will not even be wearable. You may have chosen a beautiful garment well styled for you but it doesn’t look great on you. It is probably fit. This is when you check with the alterations person and see if it can be adjusted to fit well and if the alteration are cost effective.

Some of the most common fit issues are:Too tight–Too loose in certain areas–Sleeves too long or short–Sleeves are too tight or too loose–Pants have pull lines, especially in the crotch area–Proportion is not flattering to your build.  Notice how much better the right image on the bottom  looks with some fine tuning.

This suit does not fit! The shoulders appear to be too wide and the sleeves are too short. Obviously, the skirt on the left is too tight. And we haven’t even seen the front!
This looks more like a bath robe than a dress. It is too    blousy and makes the wearer appear pounds heavier. I would suggest something more tailored to give her a stronger, trim looking vertical line.
These pants pull in the rear. The rise is too short. This cannot be altered to fit properly so take care in choosing jeans and trousers that fit your rise.