What’s Your Color? (Part 2)

Now that you’ve discovered your undertone (see What’s Your Color? Part 1) what next? GO PRACTICE! If you can’t go shopping, you should at least do some window shopping: this way you’ll know which colors look best on your skin complexion next time you have some money to spend. Again, the right colors can make you stand out and the wrong colors will make you seem drab :

Cool Tone Advice:

YOUR BEST COLORS

  • black
  • navy
  • grey
  • purple

Avoid:

  • Gold, bronze or warm red tones. These can give you a sallow look
  • Yellow based colors as your hair and skin will begin to blend making you look ill, washed out or it may exaggerate any ‘yellowness’ in your skin

Warm Tone Advice:

YOUR BEST COLORS:

  • rust, olive
  • khaki, mustard
  • warm rich browns
  • olive greens
  • tomato reds

Avoid:

  • Violet, blue and white colors, which can wash out your natural coloring
  • Too much ash in your hair as this can make you look older, pale and drawn

Neutral Tone Advice:

Neither too warm nor too cool, you most likely be able to pull off almost any color.

  • Choose a color that will enhance your eye color
  • Bring out yellow flecks with golds and reds
  • Enhance dark eyes with exotic colors like dark wine
  • Try colors like sandy blonde, beige blonde, chocolate-brown and mahogany

Avoid:

  • Earth tones and muted colors (charcoal, beige, grey)

Check out this short video that further explains it may not be the outfit but the color that makes a difference:

http://video.about.com/fashion/Dress-for-Your-Skin-Tone.htm

Keep in mind, there are no right or wrong colors, just the ones that make you look the most fabulous! For now at least, I urge you to go to your favorite store, and play around with the colors (see chart) that work with your undertone. If you have some time to play, go to one of your favorite high-end luxury stores and go see a stylist/personal shopper. Most of them will provide this service for free! This is your excuse to go frolic at your favorite store and have fun with colors!

 

Modern Naturalista

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What’s Your Color? (Part 1)

Ever wonder why certain colors look better on you than others? Maybe the red dress looks really good on your girlfriend and for some reason looks hideous on you. Don’t be jealous! It’s only because you have a different undertone than she does. Fashion and make-up isn’t just gauged
by season or designer, it’s often determined by your tone. Take the following test to see which color is best for you.

Undertone Test:

1.)  In natural light, look at the veins on your arms. What color are they?

a.)   Green

b.)   Blue

2.)   What color are your hair and eyes?

a.)   Dark eyes:  brown, black, or hazel WITH black, brown, blond, red, or strawberry blond hair

b.)   Light colored eyes: blue, green, or grey WITH blond, black, or brown hair?

 Tally up your answers….

Did you answer both A? If so you’re a WARM.

Did you answer both B? If so, you’re a COOL.

If you found that you fluctuated between A and B then congratulations, you’re a NEUTRAL
tone!

Why is this important you ask? It’s no secret that we all want to look and feel our best. Based on who you ask, clothing may boost your confidence levels through the roof but if you’re wearing the wrong colors, you may be doing more harm than good. It could mean the difference
between receiving a compliment and someone assuming you’re sick. :-/

In the right colors (cosmetics and clothing):

  • Your skin tone will appear radiant and glowing
  • Your eyes will appear brighter and clearer
  • Your hair will reflect highlights
  • You appear vibrant, lively!

In the wrong colors:

  • Your skin tone will appear tired and drained
  • Your eyes may appear shadowed, dark circles
  • Teeth can appear with a slight yellow hue
  • You look tired, drab

Personally, I’ve seen a major difference in my fashion sense since I’ve discovered that I can’t wear bold, bright colors (best for COOL). My warm undertone reflects a deep brown skin tone, dark eyes, with golden undertones. Discovering your undertone is one of many steps to uncovering a world of increased self-confidence. I encourage you to find which colors which work for you as it may mean the difference between fabulous and not!

Stay tuned for Part Deux of ‘What’s Your Color?’

Wardrobe Essentials

One of the  many keys to success lies in our attractiveness. Whether we want to admit it or not, we make judgment calls on people based on their wardrobe all the time. Everyone has the potential of having a good wardrobe foundation. As an entrepreneur, I understand all too well the importance of making the right impression the first time and it starts with everything I am not saying: my attire! Style guru Tim Gunn gives us the 10 wardrobe essentials that every woman MUST have in her closet:

10. Jacket

Not your boyfriend’s jacket! Ladies, please be sure to get something feminine and can be worn in the office or on a date. Nothing’s sexier than a nice jacket that fits and is looks good on you.

9.Skirt

Women don’t wear as many skirts as we used to. Despite what you may feel about them, skirts are can say “flirty” or “powerhouse” depending on what you pair it with and how it’s worn.

8. Any Occasion Top

Make sure this is something you’re comfortable in and can easily transform from day time to night time. You should be able to wear this with your favorite pants suit, under your jacket or for drinks with colleagues during happy hour

7. Dress Pants

This one does not have to be black. Gunn says: “Whether in black, navy, charcoal or chocolate, a wool or silk pant that falls straight from the widest part of your hip is a wardrobe must. It can be worn with a chic blouse or a cashmere sweater, and by adding a blazer you can wear this look anywhere.”

6.Suit

Whether you own a business or work for corporate America, everyone needs at least one suit. You should splurge a little with this one. If you purchase off the rack, make sure you get a tailor to fit it according to your body. You can’t afford to get this one wrong!

5. Jeans

Everyone wears jeans (almost) and what I like about them is that they can be dressed up with the right accessories and cute top or dressed down with flats and a fitted t-shirt. Be sure to get jeans the hug your body but not so tight you create a camel toe (so 80s, not sexy).

4. Sweatsuit Alternative

As a business woman living in South Florida, I am always on the run. Either delivering products or running errands, I find that throwing on my favorite sweatsuit is the easiest thing to do. Time to give it up! Instead of wearing the same old, dingy sweatsuit, find something that hugs your curves and has a little bit of style! A nice seasonal dress or a cute top.

3. Trench Coat/Blazer

You can find this basic in many different colors and lengths. This is a must-have for fall and can be worn everywhere! If you live in sub-tropical climate like me then do away with the trench coat and go with a fitted blazer instead.

2.Collard White Shirt

This simple, classic essential goes great with jeans for a laid-back yet classy look or with your favorite suit to make it stand out. Sheer and lightweight, this one will never go out of style.

1. Little Black Dress!

You absolutely can not go wrong with the basic black dress! Pair it with a cardigan and flats for a day time look. When going out for a night on the town, rock your basic black with jewels and a strapped heels to bling it up!

Other essentials:

Closed-toe black heels

Bag or Purse

Matching accessories

Now it’s time to go shopping! Take this list with you next time when you’re ready to update your wardrobe. Please share with me where you go shopping for your essentials!