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How to cull your wardrobe

How to cull your wardrobe

Steps to culling your wardrobe

Congratulations, once you have had your colour and style session now is the time to cull your wardrobe.

A successful cull is the way to dress for success.

At the moment, your wardrobe is full of the wrong colours and style which make it very difficult to extract the best outfits to wear.

In fact this mismatch is setting you up to fail every day. If your wardrobe is clogged with the things you shouldn’t wear, you will never see what you should wear.

This client thought she had nothing to wear. She wanted to clean out her wardrobe and then go shopping.

Once I removed at least 50% of her wardrobe and worked with what was left, she discovered so many lovely outfits she could wear. There was no need to go shopping after all. "what a transformation", not only of the wardrobe but her as well.

How often have you heard the expression “ a wardrobe full of clothes with nothing to wear?

This will also hinder your fashion creativity, because you fail to work with top class key pieces.

Let the cull begin.

With seasonal swatch in hand begin to remove ALL the items that are not in your colours. If you’re a little confused about how to find the thousands of colours in your swatch, please contact me to find out.

Certain rules apply to find ALL the colours that are in your palette. Don't go darker than or lighter than. Don't go brighter or warmer than are some of the rules you will be given.

Remember your colours are more than the 32 little fabric swatches in your palette. Learning your colours well is the key to your Image Success.

If the thought of parting with these sentimental or expensive items is too painful, I would suggest putting them in another closet away from your core wardrobe for the time being. Work with your colours only from top to toe. Very quickly you'll realize how great you look, just by wearing your colours!

Be ruthless. I have revisited wardrobes years later only to find the same garments that should have been tossed out years ago, are still taking up valuable space.

Get some order in the closet

An ordered wardobe is a fashionable wardrobe.

Sort your wardrobe into warmer and cooler seasonal clothes.

Jackets, cardi’s and coats and heavier fabrics into your Autumn and Winter months wardrobe. This gives you space and clarity. Of course there are many trans seasonal items that can work all year round.

Categorize the garments.

Place all the garments into their category shirts with shirts, jeans with jeans. Jeans with pants for example.

It’s a lot easier to find a particular shirt or pant when all the pants and shirts are together.

You can also grade the garments by size.This helps to locate certain things. That way the skirts don’t get hidden amongst the pants.

Colour code the garments.

Working within your colour palette and colour coding your wardrobe starting from light tops to dark tops, light pants to dark pants, helps you to see exactly what you have.

How often have you deliberately gone out to buy a pink top for example only to find you already had 3 in the cupboard?

It’s a bit like the 3 jars of vegemite in the pantry, hiding behind the flour or salt.

Make an inventory

Time to take stock. Make a list of what you have.  4 pairs of jeans ,5 summer tops ,6 summer pants etc. It helps to locate where you’re at and to identify if you really are a shopaholic and you need help or not. Just joking. But really do you need to buy another pair of shoes when you already have 115 pair?

Make a shopping list

Do you have a grocery list when you go food shopping? This is to save time and money and to only buy WHAT YOU NEED.

If saving money and shopping smarter is a goal, a shopping list will help you to shop more wisely. There is sense of accomplishment when things are in order and we’re not spending money willy nilly.

Now just to let you know, I will be taking all this on board myself

I still have a way to go, but at least I'll have something to aim for.

My goal for 2019 is to shop smarter and stop buying things that are just impulse buys, lacking quality and style

Happy shopping.

If you would like to do a personal shopping trip with Your Colours and style, just follow the link to book.

Or you would like someone else to cull your wardrobe according to colours

Happy Culling. 

Your Colours and Style

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New Year New Image

New Year New Image

Your Image Overhaul for 2024.

Image Overhaul

New year New you

You’ve heard this sentiment a thousand times before but what better time to take a look at your Image than January of every new year.

Are you totally happy with the way you look or do you think there may be a few little tweeks you can do to improve what you see in the mirror?

Let’s face it none of us are getting any younger, and as I cater to the mature woman those usually over 50 or 60 and beyond,  I see lot's of changes that can be made for the better.

So do you think you can handle another checklist for 2024 and see if there are one or two things you can do to improve your look, feel better about yourself and set yourself up to win?

So here is my New Year checklist and if you find something that stands out to you, I’m happy to give you some guidance about the change(s) that you can make, to achieve your ultimate new look.

The best place to start for a top to toe transformation is at the top, obviously.

Before and after

So how’s your hair? Did you know that I recommend a change of hair cut, style, colour to nearly all my clients?

And did you know a new doo can literally alter your appearance, make you look 10 years younger, make you look more attractive and in general change your image completely?

Note how this Russian stylist has made all the difference with this lovely hairstyle and colour and of course having the client wear the right colours for her underskin tone.

So if you need some colour, cut, style advice all you need to do is send a pic of your head. That is a head shot. You know from the neck up. I’ll send you a few pics for you to take to your hairdresser.

Next step is the face.

Before and after make up

Oh yes and the make up in the right colours is a real game changer. If you’ve noticed some really bad looking make up on celebrities for example, I can guarantee they are in the wrong seasonal colours make up.

Remember Colours make up is in the seasonal make up colours. So it takes all the guess work out of choosing the right colour make up.

The next step is wearing your seasonal colours.

Seasonal colours wardrobe analysis

Even if you’ve had your colours done with me and are pretty good with your colours, I’m certain I can help you fine tune that wardrobe even more. At least add some more pizazz and scope and inject some things you’ve not thought of before. Always start with your colours.

This lovely client, was wearing just the wrong colours on the left and switching to the right colours in her wardrobe changed the way she looked completely. Note the difference in body shape as well.

If you feel you’re not sure about your colours or if someone has not done your colours correctly, please have them checked until you’re happy. There are some interesting information around colours these days.

Lastly putting the whole thing together, can add that final bit of flair to your style.

Having an outside opinion is always a powerful thing to do and especially with a colour specialist so what are you waiting for?

Get your colours right check out the check list and contact me if you need any help.

Ros Your Colours and style.

 

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How to do an accurate colour analysis

How to do an accurate colour analysis

 

Step by step Colour analysis

Colour analysis tester drapes

 

Colour analysis has gone through many changes over the last decades. 

Some changes are not so good because the colour drapes some consultants are using are a bit dubious and you would have to say open to interpretation. Many colours are added to certain seasons that do not belong.

So let's just go back to basics and highlight a few simple but good and accurate steps to follow a logical path to do a colour analysis and come up with an accurate and good result. 

Tester drapes

What is a good way to compile a set of drapes, to determine skin tone and value?

We start with a warm shade usually peach and then a cool shade usually pink to denote a cool shade, as the first part of the analysis.

Then there is one of each shade in each season. Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter yellows, and blues, greens whites and reds. There are 22 drapes in all.

The analysis begins by determining the underskin tone. 

Is your underkin tone warm or cool?

This is done by the very first part of the colour analysis.

coral tester drape Pink tester drape

 

A warm cloth is draped over the client wearing no make up and covered hair.

The hair is covered so as not to confuse warm or cool as the hair may throw warm or cool tones.

This cloth is usually a very predictable warm colour like peach.

A cool cloth is a very definite cool pink. These two drapes are a real decider when it comes to determining underskin tone

What you're looking for at this stage is the cloth that enhances the skin tone and face.

For example which cloth makes the skin appear more even without changing the natural skin colour.

Other things to look for are eye brightness, clarity in eye whiteness. Note if the face turns more red, or dark or pigmented.

Skin imperfections become more obvious with the wrong shade. Teeth will look more yellow with the wrong shade. Shadow will appear under the chin with the wrong shade.

Dark shadows around eyes and under the eyes are more noticeable with the wrong colour.

Once you have made a clear decision about warm or cool, you can then eliminate all warm or all cool shades respectively. 

Warm colours are in the Autumn and Spring palettes. Cool colours are in the Winter and Summer Palettes. 

The next step is determining the value. By value I mean depth of shades. 

The stronger shades are in the (cool) Winter palette and the (warm) Autumn palette.

 Winter drape  Autumn drape

                  Winter blue                                Autumn blue

 

If you've eliminated all warm colours then obviously you're left with Winter and Summer colours only.

Summer blue

 Summer blue

If you eliminate the Deep value of Winter colours then you're left with the softer more muted shades of the Summer palette.

 

Just a note here. You can see that doing your own colour analysis is not that simple.

In fact over the years I've seen lots of clients that are just plain confused and have no idea what season they are, no matter how hard they try to work their own colours out.

The most important reason for this is because there are over 16million colours and in fact there are an infinite number of colours. Also because it's only experience that helps you to slot those colours into their categories.

Without some pretty in depth experience you're going to find it difficult to determine what is a warm or cool colour and then what is a Winter, Summer, Autumn and Spring colour.

Spring blue

You can have a guess but it's only a true experienced colour consultant who can really identify all the colours correctly.

As much as it's a lot of fun trying to guess or work out your colours, I strongly suggest investing in a one time colour analysis and get your colours right to start with.

For more expert information please contact us.

You may try the online colour analysis for an accurate colour analysis or of course attend my workshops or one on one colour and style analysis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The four Seasonal Colour Palettes

The four Seasonal Colour Palettes

Where did the colour theories begin?

Colour wheel for colour analysis

Johannes Itten (1888-1967) was a Swiss painter, designer and theorist.

He believed colour could invoke feelings, and I agree. What do you feel when you walk into a strong bold monochromatic office? How do you feel when you visit a warm old country farm enriched with the golden hues of the Autumn Palette?

What colours do you envisage would enhance a seaside apartment, and how do you feel when you are in that space?  Do you feel light, airy, fresh and happy in the shades of the Muted Summer Palette.

Then there are the bright and light colours of Spring and how do we feel at that time of the year, when we experience new growth and blossoms of the bright spring palette?

Itten theorized seven types of colour contrast, contrast by hue, value, temperature, compliments, simultaneous contrast, contrast by saturation and contrast by extension. He explained by using a colour sphere with the primary colours of red, yellow and blue.

He was the first to associate colour palettes with four types of people and labelled these with the four seasons.

What are the four seasons?

Four seasonal colour swatches

After many years the four seasons were developed in the 1950’s.

These four seasons reflect the seasons of nature. Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

It was a clever way of grouping the seasonal colours as they reflect characteristics of the seasons they represent. Colours of the Winter season like the black sky, the white ice and grey days, paint a picture of dominant cool clear colours.

The soft muted colours of Summer-clear blue sky, soft yellow sand, soft green grass and the calypso colours that accompany our beautiful summer season.  

Autumn ushers in the mossy greens and the brilliant colours of autumn leaves with the burnished colours of the trees.

Finally the delightful and delicate and bright colours of Spring with the fresh green grass and spring collection of budding flowers.

In relation to people, a particular colour palette with loads of variety can be designated to each person.

How did the four seasons  become 12 or 16 seasons?

After many years, certain colour consultants deemed that 4 seasons were not enough to identify the numerous “types” of people on the planet.

This only managed to dilute and distort a perfectly functional and accurate way of doing colours.

The original stated whether you are warm or cool ie, Autumn and Spring warm or Winter or Summer cool.

Then once that is determined a further breakdown accessed if you were the deeper or lighter of that breakdown.

So simple and so straightforward was this system. The problem was colour consultants failed to “see”the colours against the clients skin, thereby giving a false reading.

Therefore needing more sub categories.

And so we now have a further diluting of each of the four seasons, calling Spring warm, light and bright. Summer cool, light and soft. Winter bright deep and cool and Autumn warm, deep and soft which is just a further explanation of what these four main categories are. It’s just a repetition of what they are.

Further confusion with the seasonal colours.

Sadly now we have thousands of interpretations of what each of these colour breakups look like.

If you search it out each colour analyst will have different colours in each palette, and in fact most have a combination of all the seasonal colour palettes included in each category, with the colours from each of the spring, summer, autumn and winter palettes.

This leads to ultimate confusion for the client and a colour palette they adhere to with a real miss mash of colours and a totally uncoordinated wardrobe.

 I see these clients after a while and they are not adhering to their palette at all because the palette may only have some of their colours and many wrong colours.

My final analysis on colour.

Stick to the four seasonal colour palettes.

Find accurate colour palettes that identify colours this way.

Winter colours are Cool, blue based, strong, primary and bold. They include black, white, all greys, Deep deep chocolate brown, extremely pale icy colours for contrast and the rich primary colours.

Summer colours are also cool, soft, muted and contain the deep colours of milk chocolate brown, beiges, taupes, soft grey, soft denims, burgundys, mint greens, soft emeralds, lemon yellows, muted pinks and purples, wedgewood blues, light blues and soft muted navys

Autumn colours are rich and deep and warm. Pumpkins and ochres and rich warm purples and golden yellows and warm golden browns and creams and teal and muted blues and rich warm burgundys as well as orange reds and all oranges.

Spring colours are similar to Summer colours and are often mistaken because they are the less intense, versions of colours, but they are much brighter due to the warm component and yellow base. You have lime greens and soft warm corals and peaches and warm browns and warm caramel browns and yellow beiges. Bright blues and bright greens and bright yellows are the happy colours of Spring.

 

This is just a small sampling of the colours that fit into the four palettes. All I know as an experienced colour analyst your colouring will suit one only of the four seasonal colour palettes. From there the rest is easy just start wearing ALL the many many many colours in your beautiful palette for a beautiful and colourful and co-ordinated functional wardrobe.

For more information contact Your Colours and Style.

 

 

 

 

  

 

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