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If what’s on the runways during the New York Fashion week is any indication, patterned pants are going to continue to be a top fashion trend. We saw pants in leopard prints, houndstooth checks botanical florals, stripes, plaids, and abstract designs.
When it comes to patterned pants, make sure your bottom can carry them without looking like you were poured in! Patterns in pants need to be smaller or an all-over mix of relatively larger, medium, and smaller motifs closely spaced. Legs simply aren’t large enough to carry off a totally large scale pattern. And if legs are large, they don’t belong in patterned pants at all. Stick to solid colors.
An entire plaid suit for men works when the plaid is subtle and the colors are muted. If the pattern draws tons of attention or makes too strong a statement, break it up. Wear a single patterned piece paired with solid colored separates.
For women, a larger plaid skirt can stand alone when paired with a solid colored top and jacket or sweater in colors picked up from the plaid. Turn a plaid on its side so the lines lie in the diagonal direction on women. The effect is surprisingly slimming. On men or women, don’t let patterned clothes be too big or baggy. The effect is bulky and frumpy at any age.
Paisley prints work well in a tie for men or women. Yes a woman can wear a tie as well as a man. I generally wear mine with a button-front blouse open at the neck, the tie knot lying just below the collar.
Paisleys can be exceptionally beautiful when designed as a border print in women’s dresses, skirts, or blouses. They carry the eye rhythmically throughout the garments.
Floral prints are generally seen in light colors in Spring and Summer, but don’t limit yourself to light color schemes. Some favorites for myself and clients feature lighter colored flowers on a darker background such as navy, black, brown, forest, teal or burgundy – all wardrobe neutral colors easy to accessorize. The darker background adds a romantic or dramatic touch to the finished outfit.
Fashion and image is always about options, choosing what works for you. Because we each evolve throughout our lives, what works now may change to some degree at any given period of life. The day may come when we no longer want to be defined or recognized by the pattern of our past, but rather for who we currently are…and it’s never too late to become the person you want to be.
Looking for a pattern that matches who you are? Call Kathy at 801.224.1207 to schedule a free discovery call.
People have asked me, “How do you dare to tell other people what to wear?” An easy answer, I dare because I care. And it’s OK for you to care too. I know first-hand the positive difference discovering your personal style in dress can make in your everyday life. As I tell my clients, the clothing you wear affects the way you think, the way you feel, the way you act, and then the way others react or respond to you. Nothing vain or superficial about that!
With the start of a new school year and the change in seasons coming up, it’s a fine time to take time to care for yourself. You’ve likely been giving a lot of time and attention to others all summer, perhaps even so much of yourself there’s hardly anything left for you. It’s time to get in touch with yourself and your spirit, to renew how you think of yourself–your values, personality, and goals for the next few months. Then give some thought to how you might reflect those aspects of yourself through your clothes and accessories.
Making little changes in what you wear can add up to a big transformation in how you see yourself and how others see and respond to you. Yes, you can do this yourself, or you could join us for our 5 day Style For Life Retreat and speed up the process.
Join us at the legendary and luxurious Little America hotel in Salt Lake City, November 17-22, 2014, and discover a New You! GET MORE INFORMATION HERE or call Kathy at 801-224-1207.
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I’ll never forget the woman who called me from California asking me if I’d come there to make sense of her closet. “You buy the plane ticket and I’d be delighted to come,” I told her. She did and I went. She had told me she had a lot of clothes. Well, that was an understatement. I teach about a closet being a “small room.” Well this closet was a big, big room! There was some sense to the way her clothes were neatly hung according to color on racks all around the room, just not good sense. The variety of reds didn’t go with one another. The blues, greens, and purple fought a battle royal, and so on around the room.
In this arrangement, my client couldn’t figure out which clothes went with which, and no wonder. All the reds together combined winter-weight wool gabardine with summer-weight eyelet. Among the blues there was casual cotton corduroy mixed in with dressy silk satin. Throughout the color groups there was assertive, weighty wool serge mixed in with approachable, lightweight cotton knits, romantic velvet, and sporty seersucker. There were sexy sheers hung next to fleece, flannel, tapestry, and tweed. Linen looked totally out of place next to dotted Swiss and suedecloth, not to mention hopsacking next to chiffon and crepe de chine.
It took me two full days to sort and coordinate the clothes into meaningful clusters and single outfits, all the while teaching my client that within any one cluster or outfit, the textures must work together. But what does that mean? Most people don’t really know. To work together means that to appear in harmony with one another, one texture must be dominant and all other textures must be subordinate. It means that the winter-weight wool gabardine overpowered and clashed with the summer-weight eyelet. The two communicate opposite moods and feelings. Corduroy and satin together communicate mixed messages. Satin and seersucker together make absolutely no sense.
My client had been totally overwhelmed by the visual noise screaming loud and clear from all around the room, and no wonder. Making sense of her closet meant sorting the style lines and shapes, colors, textures, and patterns into outfits that communicated one mood and message; into clusters that communicated one personal style type according to at-home, business, or evening occasions. To un-mix the fabric textures was the key to the initial sort. This my client learned to see for herself, and what an experience in fashion styling it was!
Read further for more points about personal clothing fabric selection and if you’d like the whole discussion of Fabric and Texture in Clothing Selection and Coordination strategies, order Conselle’s Wardrobe Strategy Book #6 Fabric and Texture at $27.97.
Taupe is a very hard color to wear. Not sure what color taupe is? Well if you can’t decide if the color is gray or brown, it’s probably taupe, a soft grayed brown. It’s a common personal body color, a muted wardrobe neutral, and tricky to work with. But for clothes to harmonize with light, medium, or dark taupe-colored hair, the degree of cool grayness in the taupe clothes must be the same as in the hair or they will fight or clash with one another. Taupe colored clothes and hair must repeat or match perfectly. This concept also applies to eye and skin coloration. Beyond direct repetition of a personal body color, you can wear warmer or cooler versions of nearly all other hues.
For personal color evaluation, Conselle works with a set of 300 personal colors in fabric tags for matching your clients’ personal body colors. To produce a full color fan, Conselle has a 1300 fabric tag set available. Call 801-224-1207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There are some image consultants and fashion stylists who will teach you that if you have a straight body, you can only wear clothes with straight lines; that if you have a curved body, you can only wear clothes with curved lines.
Not so! If individuals with a rounded body type buy into that advice and wear clothes designed predominantly with rounded lines, they will make the person appear even rounder than they actually are – not likely what they are trying to achieve. Incorporating more straight lines and more structured clothing will counter the round lines already present in their body and firm up the appearance of the figure with firmer fabrics.
The same can be said for people with thinner tubular body types – wearing clothes with some rounded lines will help take off the edge, so to speak, and soften their look.
Check out Conselle’s Fit & Fashion Clinic for more ideas on how the right clothes can enhance your figure.