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By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate

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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.

  

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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 judith@conselle.com for more information.

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By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate

The stores are filled with pale colors this Spring.  Some are wonderful when they repeat and therefore emphasize your personal coloring.  Others are so pale they can’t repeat or contrast with your personal coloring.  They reflect a lot of light and appear to wash you out.  How can you know which colors will bring you to life?   The answer is in your personal coloring.

 

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By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate

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Recently I received another Spring fashion update put out by an image consultant which included photos of some of the outfits put together for a variety of clients. I was surprised — and disappointed. The clothes were classic, but the outfits were so plain and boring–solid color shirt and pants, solid color cardigan sweater and skirt, but that was it. There was no creativity, no finesse or pizzazz, nothing finished about the outfits. Anyone could have put these outfits together — no need to pay a professional for these ultra basic looks.
As image professionals, we need to offer something a bit out of the ordinary — something perfect for the client but something the client wouldn’t likely think of. When we hear the client say, “Oh-h-h, I’d never have thought of that,” we know we just earned our money.

Classics don’t need to look so conservative that they become boring. Include a perfect pattern in some of the outfits. Layer lightweight fabrics in an unusual way. Finish the outfits with unique or updated accessories, always with one dominant focal point in the outfit — remember Conselle’s Fashion Rule of ONE. Make sure your work delivers something out of the ordinary, an investment in perfect harmony with your client.

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By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate

 

 

White Azalea

Dress from White Azalea

 

When contemplating a dress or skirt purchase, consider the width of the skirt in relation to its length. Attractiveness is a matter of achieving good balance and proportions. Generally straight skirts may be shorter to the knee and flared or fuller skirts may be longer from the knee. Flared skirts are generally flattering to most women. Short full or bouffant skirts worn by adult women “of a certain age,” tend to look childish, silly, and out of proportion, being too wide for their shorter length. The dress to the left begins to look more like a ballet tutu.

For a slimmer look, straight skirts in larger sizes can be tapered slightly, about a half to one inch on each side from waist to hem. Tightly gathered, straight-hanging dirndl skirts are most attractive hemmed below the calf to balance the width.

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Coldwater Creek ruana

Coldwater Creek ruana

By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate

Looking for an accessory to add that finishing touch to your holiday look?  Try the classic ruana.

According to Wikipedia, “a ruana is a poncho-style outer garment typical of the Andes regions of Venezuela and Columbia, particularly in the Boyaca department and Antioquia.  According to Proexport, the official Colombian agency in charge of international tourism, foreign investment, and non-traditional exports, the word ruana comes from the Chibcha  meaning “Land of Blankets,”  used to refer to the woolen fabrics manufactured by the Muisca natives.”

For those of us who live outside of the Andes, a ruana is not only warm but wearable art.  This third layer piece will get you noticed!  Wear it for both formal and casual occasions over silk or cotton turtlenecks with flared skirts or well-fitted jeans.

A ruana is a free-flowing wrap with an open front, similar to a large scarf.  You can wear the ruana long in front and open like shawl, or throw one or both sides over your shoulder(s) for a more romantic or dramatic cape.  The key is to allow the fabric to completely cover your shoulders.

There are many options in stores, just right for holiday occasions or gift giving.  One size fits all and floats over the figure.  It’s fabric with function as well as beauty and elegance that is just plain fun to wear!

Apparently they are also fun to look at, because we just can’t get enough of them!  Here are a few more ruana looks….

Free People ruana

Free People

Peruvian Connection

Peruvian Connection

Coldwater Creek ruana

Coldwater Creek

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

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By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate

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Well they’re at it again.  Mass media is telling us what the must-haves are for Fall.  Us magazine’s September issue lists 10 items on their “It List” that are either over the top expensive, fit very few figure types, are just plain silly….or all three.   I mean seriously, a silk paisley “pajama blouse” for $298?  Or a fitted leather dress for $1,095?  Not only do most people have better things to spend a thousand dollars on, but how many could actually fit into the dress.  How about a gold and bronze sequin jacket?  I’m pretty sure most of us will survive the winter without one of those.  Instead of calling the next set of trends the “must-haves” or “it list”, let’s call it what it is.  Crazy trends that some may try, but most will pass on.

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Michael J. Fox rocked the denim look in Back to the Future.  Not only is Fox back on the screen but so is the denim look he made so popular in the film.  And just in time too.  Is anyone else tired of looking at motley, ripped up jeans fresh from a knife fight or vampire brawl?

Take it from the Fox, and try this alternative to the vampire slayer trend.  Look for decorative stitching at the knee, reminiscent of jodhpurs (pronounced \ˈjäd-(ˌ)pər\), riding pants, or moto jeans. Keep in mind that the eye is drawn to contrast.  While this style is generally fitted, the stitching at the knee draws attention to the narrow part of the legs.  If you find that the hip area pops or looks unbalanced, try wearing a tunic that flows smoothly over the hips.

Ralph Lauren jodhpur jeans

Ralph Lauren jodhpur jeans

Anthropologie, moto jeans

Anthropologie, moto jeans

H&M moto jeans

H&M moto jeans

A word of caution.  This trend is youthful, fun, and playful.  Everything Michael J. Fox represented in his classic film.  Before you wear these jeans out in public, make sure the relaxed style fits the occasion.

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By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate

Donna Karan wide leg trousers

Donna Karan wide leg trousers

It is refreshing to see wide leg pants coming back to the stores.  The triangular shape of the garment is wonderful on most figure types, adding balance to wider hips and shoulders, whereas super skinny jeans tend to be limited to fewer body configurations.  The statement is true, “they may be called skinny jeans, but that doesn’t mean you look skinny in them.”

Are you ready to give the skinny jeans a rest for a day or two?  Great!  Try wide leg trousers, but watch the hem length.  Why?  Because when the hem hits the floor…

  • You look like you’re stuck in hole.
  • The hem gets rough, raw and ragged making you look generally sloppy.
  • It’s hard to walk without tripping and looking like an idiot!
Katherine Hepburn wearing wide leg trousers

Katherine Hepburn wearing wide leg trousers

To get the right length, you may need to hem the pants.  Tailors are a good option, your local dry cleaners may a tailor on staff that would help you.  Another option is to, yes, hem the pants yourself, which isn’t as difficult as it may seem.  Wide leg trousers are a classic, as shown here by Katherine Hepburn, (right).  Notice where the hem of her trouser hits on her foot…. it’s right across the middle, there is one break point, and she looks confident and lovely.  She’s not worried about the hem of her pants catching on the bottom of her shoe, she doesn’t look sloppy, and certainly doesn’t look like she’s stuck in a hole.  She is poised and powerful, that’s why she and the trousers are a classic.

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By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliatebig earrings

What’s wrong with those HUGE earrings?

  • One, they are impractical and often in the way. Talking on the phone with them is next to impossible.
  • Two, long earrings get caught on the shirt collar or shoulder causing snags and often embarrassment when someone sees you trying to untangle yourself from your clothing.
  • Three, they can even lead to a hospital visit.  A friend forgot she was wearing large hoop earrings when she brushed her hair.  The brush caught the earring and and pulled it straight through her ear.  Ouch!
  • Four, they usually end up “wearing you”, calling attention to themselves and away from you and what you have to say.  Instead of looking hip, you look like the latest fashion victim.
Large earring attached to a gold chain.

Large earring attached to a gold chain.

Too late, you say?  You’ve already bought them and aren’t anxious to get rid of them?  Avoid the embarrassment and possible pain by converting them into a necklace.  One large pendant isn’t going to compete for attention with your face like two HUGE earrings.

Take a simple chain that corresponds with the look of the earring, loop the earring hook over the chain and squeeze it together.  It’s a great look and leads attention up to your face instead of away from it.  It works.

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Bush Poplin Safari Jacket and Cotton Oxford Shirt from TravelSmith

Bush Poplin Safari Jacket and Cotton Oxford Shirt from TravelSmith

By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate

What are the characteristics that define your dad?  Rugged?  This jacket will work for him.  Refined?  It will work for him too.  Articulate?  Check.  Adventurous?  Yep.  You name the guy, this jacket will work for him.  Why?  Because it’s a classic.  Let’s take a look at what makes a classic piece.

Classics 101
  • Classics satisfy many clothing needs for many people.
  • Classics are attractive on most figures.
  • Most people have places to wear classics.
  • Most people can afford to buy classics.
  • Classics are core pieces, retaining their appeal and ability to be worn for seven to ten years or more, without looking dated.
If you think the world of your dad, give him the gift that will take him places for a long time.  Give him the classic safari jacket.

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