Tag: Wardrobe Tips
Must Know Facts to Discover Your Best Colors
There are days when our appearance fills us with confidence. We smile at our reflection because we know we look good and we feel empowered to take on the day. It’s on these days that our lives seem to flow easier, the world is rosier and everything seems to go smoothly.
Of course, there are also days when we experience the opposite.
While the style and personality of what you wear contribute to your looking and feeling great, so does color. Studies have proven it’s the first thing others notice and color plays an important part in how you are perceived in terms of health, vitality, youthfulness, and even intelligence.
To discover the hues that best suit your color direction, you need to discover your best colors in terms of:
❶ Relative Temperature: cool, warm, and/or neutral colors
❷ Intensity: soft, smoky or clear, crisp colors or in-between.
❸ Value: light, medium, or dark colors
❹ Contrast: High, medium, or low.
Color is possibly the most useful tool we have at our disposal: to express our personality, to stand out or blend into a situation, and to feel empowered to tackle just about anything. It’s a tool every woman should strive to understand and use to her advantage.
If you don’t know…
-the colors that suit you
-how to use color to express your style
If you need help in using color to meet your business or personal goals, then a personal color analysis session with me will be an eye-opener and game-changer for you! Send a private message to inquire or book.
Pearls – The Princess of Accessories
The pearl is the world’s oldest gemstone with some of the earliest references of them being used when they were presented as gifts to Chinese royalty in 2300 BC. Julius Caesar passed a law in the first century BC that pearls were to be exclusively worn by the ruling class and this is likely where along with their rarity they became synonymous with aristocracy, superiority and wealth.
Pearls became accessible to more women after Kokicho Mikimoto discovered how to create cultured pearls (farmed pearls) in 1897 and grew expodentially in favor when Chanel wore them in her iconic 1936 portrait. In 1961, Audrey Hepburn made pearls famous with her portrayal of a wealthy socialite.
In 2013 Alber Elbaz during his helmship of French luxury house Lanvin, reimagined the stone and featured it on the Fall/Winter runway. He used pearls in many new and unexpected ways. Suddenly, pearls were cool. These were “Not your mother’s pearls,” writers declared.
A few years later, Prabal Gurung also turned to pearls to accessorize his Fall/Winter 2018 collection, showing giant pearl ear cuffs and pearl waterfall-like earrings that cascaded from the lobe down to the shoulder.
Do you love pearls? How and when do you wear them?
Pearls are a great way to add some femininity and elegance to an outfit. When shopping it’s great to know the style, length and scale of pearl earring that will suit your face shape, neck length, neckline and outfit.
A style session with me can address all these things and so much more. Send a DM via Instagram.com/MissIngridNieto to inquire about rates and available schedules.
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Mix and Match: My Wedding Bustier Top
I intentionally had my wedding gown made in separate pieces so I could create new looks even after the wedding. In this video, I show you how I’ve paired the bustier top with different items in my closet.
Anyone else here who’s re-styled their wedding gown pieces to be worn with different articles of clothing? Would love to see how you did yours. You can tag me on Instagram: @MissIngridNieto to share your looks.
Wedding gown by Johanna Design Studio
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
- 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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