Spring Fashion – Are You a Colour Clash or a Colour Compliment?

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Spring is here and most of us are excited to be wearing lighter and brighter clothes.  Seeing the beautiful spring colours in the store windows brings a smile to my face. However, the colours featured in the spring fashion palette do not make my smile look bright, white and dazzling, because they are warm colours of peach, yellow, lime green and lilac. Since I have a “cool” skin undertone, I look sallow when I wear warm colours. Are You a Colour Clash or a Colour Compliment?

Wearing unflattering colours can make you look tired, older than your age and can actually deplete your energy.

When you wear clothing in colours that are too strong for your complexion, hair and eyes, they are the attention getters, not you. Bright or neon colors can seem to enter a room before you do. All anyone can see is the colour and you go missing.

Clothes in muted or faded colours can be gorgeous on some people. But if you’re not someone who lights up a room wearing dove gray or putty, these colours could make you look sickly or invisible. In this case, it’s impossible to exude presence or power.

Too many colours worn at once can make someone think you’re wearing a costume not an outfit. Your clothes create a spectacle rather than a connection.

Congruency is a word I use often with clients. If you have warm colouring in your hair (e.g., red hair) and you wear a white and black outfit, you lack a congruency. You are combining warm and cool colours in your overall appearance and this is distracting.

The goal is to create a flow that compliments your natural skin tone, hair colour and eye colour.

Flattering colors aren’t hard to find. A colour expert can clear up any confusion you might have and make finding “your” colours a joy. If you haven’t had a colour analysis, you are missing an integral link to pulling your look together, to saving money and time shopping and to hearing fabulous compliments like ”You look wonderful!”

Here is what one client recently said:

Karen did my colour analysis and WOW….did I learn a few things from her! Colour can make a world of a difference in how you are perceived by others. As I sat in her studio in front of a mirror, she held different colours against my chest. Depending on the colour, my face radiated from being ill and pale to having a beautiful shine of presence and greatness.

Karen and I sure chuckled as we went through my business causal clothes, laughing at my light colourful shirts which reflected my own personality being soft, loving and kind. Because of this, I learned no one takes me seriously enough with authority because I blend right into my colours. I think Karen may be onto something here…look out world as Mustafa begins to replace his wardrobe in the coming months!

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Until next time,



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