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The Basic Color Sets You Should Have in Your Wardrobe

Colors can affect you and others, not just visually but psychologically as well. There are certain colors that have an aesthetically pleasing effect on you and then there are those that do the opposite.

Have you ever experienced being told by your friends or colleagues that “You look extra nice today!” “You’re glowing! Are you in love?” and you wonder what it is because you know you didn’t do anything special in particular for that day? It could be that you were wearing a color that complemented your skin so well that it made it lift, making you appear healthier and brighter.

I fell in love with color dressing after learning about it in finishing school many years ago. While I’ve always been a lover of bright and intense colors, there was also a period in my life when I just resorted to simple black and white because I thought, it would be a good way to just simplify my wardrobe. Sure, having to choose between two colors won’t require much time but it is very limiting. You want to be able to play around with colors and use them to your advantage because these can help you as you carve your personal brand, it helps convey your personality visually and also exudes what you’re feeling. Remember we communicate who we are even before we get the chance to say something, so it’s important to have that memorable visual impact.

Before you go on a wild shopping spree, I recommend that you do a wardrobe and lifestyle audit first to see what you already have. This also allows you to assess where you are in your life, if your current wardrobe pieces still serve you and what basics you may be lacking that you need to prioritize. As you assess your current lifestyle and wardrobe condition, it’s important to note these basic color sets that will help you get started.

Neutrals are important because they’re the easiest to mix and match with your other color groups. You can wear the same neutral-colored bottoms and mix it up with your other colored tops and accessories. Remember, it’s not about having tons of clothes in your wardrobe. You want to be able to use and re-use all the items in your closet by creating multiple looks through clever mixing and matching.

Now you might be wondering, what part of my wardrobe should be neutrals, lights and in accent colors? As you work towards a more functional wardrobe, make sure that you have the following items in neutral colors:

  • Work slacks or chinos
  • Jeans (Dark wash, navy blue or regular blue jeans)
  • Pencil or Pleated Skirts
  • Business Coat or Blazer
  • Cardigan
  • Long-sleeved button-down shirt
  • Basic round neck or v-neck shirt
  • Basic shoes like pumps, heels, flats, loafers and casual sneakers

The items in the light color group are best worn as tops (shirts, polos, blouses) and dresses, to be combined with the neutrals and the accent colors.

The accent colors add zest to an outfit that may look bland, lack interest or too safe. Depending on your lifestyle and profession, it is best to keep accent colors as focal pieces to maintain an elegant chic look. However, if you’re going for a bold look that speaks volumes, playing with color intensities can convey your creativity and adventurous style.

If you want to delve deeper into the world of color dressing, check out my video playlist on Youtube where I tackle different topics on image and color analysis.

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What Makes Up Your Personal Brand? | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

Though it’s been a buzz word for a few years now, there are many elements that contribute to one’s #PersonalBrandโ€‹

In this video, I enumerate and expound on these things that we ought to be mindful of like habits, our communication style and character, to name a few. Personal branding is not just all about the surface or appearance, it covers your totality as a person. Watch the video, take down notes and learn!

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THE BENEFITS OF PERSONAL COLOR ANALYSIS | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

As promised, here’s a deeper explanation of personal Color Analysis, the benefits of getting yours professionally done & a walkthrough of some color systems that have been developed through the years. In this video I also show you more of my color mishaps and illustrate how these can throw off your whole look.

In case you haven’t caught it, here’s the Color Analysis 101 (Part 1) video:

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A PRIMER ON PERSONAL COLOR ANALYSIS | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

So what is this color analysis thing Ingrid keeps talking about? Ever heard about ๐’ˆ๐’†๐’•๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’„๐’๐’๐’๐’“๐’” ๐’…๐’๐’๐’† by a professional color consultant?

๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ž๐ง๐ก๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฑ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ. Colors can also help you communicate your personality and as an image management tool, help you reach your goals.

 

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Sharing tips and lessons I’ve reflected on as I went through seasons of being jobless. For me, it’s a wilderness experience that the Lord didn’t put to waste because He used these seasons to teach, mold and correct me. May this be an encouragement to those who find themselves in that “wilderness” right now.

 

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DECLUTTERING VS. HOARDING CLOTHES | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

Here are some of my wardrobe decluttering tips that I’ve used through the years. It’s important that you do an assessment of where you currently are in life, what you do and what your activities are. You may be holding on to a lot of things that no longer serve you and your lifestyle.

 

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Wardobe Mishaps That Make You Look Unpolished and Unprofessional | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

Looking polished and professional doesn’t mean you always have to be decked in designer goods from head to toe. Sometimes, it’s the simple things like making sure your clothes are pressed, there are no loose threads and you wear styles that are apt for your body type and proportions. See what little habits you may be guilty of that give off the impression of being unkempt and unprofessional.

 

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Wardrobe Audit: Get a Leaner, More Practical Wardrobe | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

Do you have tons of clothes but still feel like you have nothing to wear? Maybe it’s time for a wardrobe and lifestyle audit! In the video I talk about 5 tips that you can do as you start to work with a leaner, more practical wardrobe. #PracticalLiving #PracticalWardrobe