Dress to Impress – Find Out How – Instalment 4

How time flights – another week has passed and it is Sunday morning  – time to look at colours and their effect on us. Today it’s all…..

….. ABOUT BLACK

Black makes most people think of long evening gowns, of deep decolletages, of silk and satin—in other words, of elegance and sensuality.

Because black is the most important of all colours, it deserves some extra attention. Black is becoming to every complexion and suits every figure. It can be worn during all seasons and looks attractive in all types of fabrics. It is elegant, authoritative, sexy, and sad. In the late nineteenth century domestic servants, shopgirls, clerks, and elderly people of modest means were only considered properly dressed when in black. It can be worn equally well by men and women.

Black is a colour worn by rich and poor, by the clergy and by call girls. It can show positions of social standing high and low. It is both serious and worldly. It is the colour that is universally the most appropriate for all occasions. Most important, it never really goes out of fashion. Around 1930 Gabrielle Chanel brought out the famous ‘little black dress,’ which since then has never left us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whenever someone asks me to describe the greatest error in dressing, I have to answer that it is the co-ordination of colours—or rather the lack of it. The other day I looked in disbelief at a young woman who was dressed like this: black coat, light grey trousers, beige shoes, blue cap, dark brown handbag, burgundy attaché case, and, to top it all off, striped gloves in bright red, yellow, blue, green, and mauve! From the various fashion components one could see that this woman purchased items of the highest quality but because of poor colour co-ordination she looked messy and unappealing. Unfortunately, this kind of dressing is not rare. Many women wear up to five or more different colours at the same time. (Just look around you.) In the winter the problem is worse, since people wear more clothes .

Women speak with respect of someone who is well co-ordinated: ‘She’s so well put together.’ There is really no secret in looking that way. It just takes planning. The same day I saw Ms. Striped Gloves, I saw another woman who also wore a black coat, but her accessories consisted of beige handbag, a black attaché case, beige boots, black gloves, and a beige hat-and-scarf set. Everyone looked at her admiringly. She wasn’t wearing anything special or outstanding, but what she did have on fitted together.

I am often asked, ‘How can I learn to co-ordinate my wardrobe better? ‘If you think about what you have in your wardrobe and only buy clothes that will fit into that colour and style scheme, you will have no problem coordinating your look.

Most of us know that brown goes with bone, and black with red. But for new ideas, fashion magazines are a real eye-opener. Study the way they combine colours. You would probably never think of wearing a royal-blue blouse with your tan suit, but seeing it in Vogue will convince you that it can look fabulous.

Since we all know that brown and beige or black and red go together, the following chart will help you to find  more unusual combinations. Colours that harmonise well are:

  • Black and orange
  • Black and maize
  • Black and lilac
  • Black and pink
  • Black and slate
  • Black and royal blue
  • Black, yellow, and crimson
  • Black, orange, and blue

If you have never tried any of these combinations, it’s time you do. You will be surprised how becoming a Black dress with a Pink Jacket is. Or you can add life to a black dress by wearing it with a bright coloured scarf

Another source of inspiration are the combinations of men’s clothing. The colours and prints used in men’s wear are as appropriate for women as they are for men. Many women say they envy men because they always look well co-ordinated . The secret is that the colours used are fewer and stay mostly in the same colour family, with shirt and tie adding life and colour. This should translate for us into wearing neutral basics and adding colour with accessories: scarves, belts, and blouses or other tops.

Until next Sunday when we will talk about PRINTS

And never forget – A Smile Changes everything!

Brigitte

 

 

 

GETTING OVER GROWING OLDER

HELLO EVERYONE

TODAY I WANT TO THANK MY LONG-TIME FOLLOWERS FOR READING MY BLOGS,  AND IN THE HOPE THAT YOU WILL JOIN ME ON MY NEW BLOG – WHICH IS THE RESULT OF MY LATEST BOOK – GETTING OVER GROWING OLDER –  PLEASE GO FOR THE LATEST UP-DATES TO

http://www.gettingovergrowingolder.com

THE BOOK IS  AVAILABLE ON AMAZON – PAPERBACK EDITION AND KINDLE EDITION – THE LINK IS

http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Over-Growing-Older-Positive/dp/069262385X/

THANKING YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

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TIP OF THE DAY NO. 70 – THINGS TO REMEMBER

TIP NO. 70 – THINGS TO REMEMBER

1. If you wear make-up don’t try on clothes the day you don’t – without make-up the result will not be dependable.

2. When you are tired, it’s better not to wear black. Instead, put a lighter shade next to your face.

3. Prints or designs of any kind need simple, quiet accessories in solid tones.

4. Since long sleeves lead the eyes to your hands, pay attention to your manicure.

5. When wearing white – any garment in white – must be of good quality. A white garment in a cheap fabric will make you look that way.

See you tomorrow

                       Brigitte

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TIP OF THE DAY NO. 45 – WEAR MORE COLOURS

TIP NO. 45 – WEAR MORE COLOURS

Boston B-W suit
Boston Proper Catalog

It is easy, it takes very little thought and one is never wrong wearing black with black, which is the reason why so many women are always are in black. But with spring coming it is time to add a touch of colour, and this year the fashion trends help – one of the major looks is black and white.

You can follow that trend with adding a white blouse or top, adding a white scarf, and even white handbags can make the difference – of course other colors can also brighten up a black outfit – don’t look like a widow this spring – join the fun of wearing bright, happy colours – you might even try something in orange?Banana Orange

See you tomorrow

                                     Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY – NO. 18 LOOKING GOOD AND DRESSING WELL

TIP NO. 18 – Buy The Same Item In Different Colors.

When you find a blouse that suits and fits you well, or a pair of pants that fit like a dream, think about buying more than one, in different colors. Nobody will notice that your white shirt and your fuchsia shirt are the same. This applies also to t-shirts, shoes, and underwear – but make sure they really suit you and make you feel good.

See you tomorrow

                                    Brigitte

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2012 in review

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

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COLORS FOR SPRING 2012

Hello Everyone

When walking down Fifth Avenue the other day, I passed Bergdorf Goodman, one of New York’s upscale department stores. Their window display is always beautiful, and I never miss to take a look. But today nobody needed an invitation to look, the display was so bright and colorful that it gave the impression to leap out at you.

There were blouses, dresses, tops, pants, very short and long skirts in electric and iridescent shades of yellow, lemon, apple green, lavender, reds, blues – simply anything very, very bright.

Just when I though ‘Oh black is out’ I saw a black jacket over an electric blue dress. What does that mean for us? We can keep all our black clothing and just spruce it up with one of the new exciting colors, and be up-to-date.

Until the next time                                                               Harper’s Bazaar Feb.2012

      STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                       Brigitte

Dress to Impress – read part of my book everyday

                                                                                                                

               MAXIMIZING YOUR BUDGET

     Now let’s talk about your budget. Your funds are probably limited, which means that you have to plan your wardrobe to get the most for you money – this means creating many different looks with relatively few pieces.

     Therefore, these pieces have to match any way you put them together. You cannot have both a navy-blue and a black suit because they and their accessories can’t be interchanged. The best solution is to pick two colours that suit you well and build your wardrobe around them.

     Of course, if these two colours are red and royal blue, they might not fit your lifestyle, which is your next consideration. Red and royal blue would not be suitable as basic colours. They are noticed and remembered too easily by others and they are inappropriate in many situations. So you should concentrate on the  neutral tones that suit you: black, white grey, brown, beige navy, and so on. From these pick two for the basic items in your wardrobe, such as coats, suits, dresses, pants, and skirts. Don’t worry about being too monotone in your look, for there are endless variations and shades in these colours. Another advantage of the basic colours is that you will never look out-of-place, either at work or in a more casual setting. Furthermore,  you will never be overpowered by these shades. I am referring not only to your complexion but also to your personality. It takes a certain bravado and energy to carry off flamboyant colours. Unless you have plenty of both, you will feel and look uncomfortable in, for example,  bright pink. You can see how true this is when you think of days when you don’t feel well; don’t you automatically choose a darker outfit? This comes from you unconscious desire to fade into the background.

NOTE: When you’re tired, it’s better not to wear black at all. Instead put a lighter shade next to your face.

Please come back and read more about how to integrate bright colours into your life and wardrobe

 Until then STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                                                     Brigitte                                   

DRESS TO IMPRESS- read part of this book everyday

               CHECKING OUT THE UNFAMILIAR

     Since your wardrobe, like most wardrobes, doesn’t contain all colours, now is the time to experiment with some shades you’ve never worn before. Most stores let you try on clothes before making a purchase. If, for example, lavender or charcoal grey are among those never-before-worn colours, find out now how they look on you. Remember, not to listen to the salesperson – decide for yourself. Also, don’t think that another style might make a difference. If the shade isn’t becoming, another style won’t make it more attractive(To illustrate this point, think of the times you’ve tried on something and thought: “if this were in a different colour I’d like it,’ or ‘The colour is nice but the style isn’t for me.’) You must consider the colour before the style. Never prejudge: try it on and look. If a blouse you want to buy comes in six colours, it’s a good idea to try on several to see which is the most flattering.

     Also don’t forget that colours come in many different shades. While brown might not be appropriate for you, tan might be. Often we are too general in our assessment of colours. We don’t consider the many different tones that exist. Beige is a good example: there are lots of different beige. If a very light tone makes you look life-less, a camel tone might look smashing.

     By the way, the richer and more unusual shades can often be found only in more expensive garments. The higher price might be worth it if the shade in question suits you especially well.

     Once you have done your research, you will see that there are many colours that suit you. However, for practical purposes – budget, lifestyle, and easier co-ordination of your wardrobe – you will have to limit yourself to a few that suit you best.

NOTE: When shopping and trying to decide whether a certain colour is good for you, try to look at it in daylight. Artificial light changes colours. Go to the door of the boutique or to a window in a department store. If this isn’t possible, check it at home. If you find it to be unsuitable, take the trouble to return it. Don’t compromise when it comes to your looks. The contrary applies when buying an evening dress or a garment to be worn mainly in artificial light: try it on in that light. Many colours that look well in daylight appear drab or even ugly in the evening

Please come back tomorrow to read about YOUR BUDGET AND YOUR WARDROBE

Until then STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                                                                        Brigitte