Bursting With Color: Summer 2014. What Is to Come?

Summer is OFFICIALLY here! I feel more like myself in these seasonal tones. I get to be bold, but soft in ways; energetic but  yet calm. But in all seriousness, we actually wear these primary, secondary, etc., colors (you know, in school where you learned ROYGBIV?).

But anyways

I have come up with some outfits that I have either worn or will wear for future wear, and kind of “bonded” over some of these suggested tones from Pantone.

Here I will put what I have come up with, to kind of show you where you can get just a little inspiration from your own closet, or  just from walking around and using your own vision.

**But just remember, these are only suggestions, for at your own usage and these just guide me as well. I do not take credit from Pantone.**

 

Here are my own “visions” of warm tones:

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My own “visions” of cool tones:

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My own “visions” of neutral tones:

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My own “visions” of soft tones:

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I tell ya, sometimes it can make you think more than other times, to get an outfit together. But when I actually give the right amount of time for myself and play with my wardrobe, I do better and get many ideas to go on. I get numerous compliments from all sorts of people when I do this. I guarantee it!

I really hope that this has helped the few or many of you who do read this informational and inspirational blog on fashion and the like.

 

Well, thanks so much, AGAIN, for reading on about what I love to talk about with you lovely folks, and how it impacts us, even when you don’t take much intention in something you might wear. We are walking billboards ya know!

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SPRING 2014: Alison’s Personal Favs On This Season’s Trends

Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”
Ralph Lauren

Hey there all!

Long time since I’ve had anything going on here! But I have been thinking, a lot lately, almost to the point of writer’s block, in some sort of fashion (haha). This is NOT going to be a very long, actually a short entry.

I’ve been brain-storming and finally, like lightning, it hit me! What can I do next?

I’m putting myself out there; my closet to be seen, compared to the runaway/magazine versions of course. I’ll have my own outfits in pictures AGAINST of those in the modeling world. On me or on hangers, whatever fits my fancy.

FASHION VIGNETTE: TRENDS // TREND COUNCIL - COLORS 2014-15

I’ll also be adding on what I’ve gotten for spring and have worn (even when the weather agreed with us or not). Something this week, I’ll have some here and there personal time for myself to get it done before my birthday (May 5th). 😉

So, I figured to inform you all on what I have plans for, more like another series; seasonal trends that I personally love and have done myself (successfully).

Thanks again,

with much love for you AND fashion!

~Lady J ❤

 

The “Fun”-damentals of Fabrics & Garment Construction Instruction Part 3

Okay…I may have a small, maybe little rant…

Ugh!!! Where is the SPRING??

I mean “C’mon people”! I just wish for the green grass, and not so much mud. The rain is nice to get rid of the snow, and it’s been not so bad with the temperatures rising to a subtly  40+ degrees. However, April is HERE! And so we begin to think what we have been wearing is just too “warm” for this “Sprinter” but with the wind factor added to make it seem an already “wintery-like” feel, we’re just not scoring high enough in order to…

SPRING IT ON!

But speaking of the clothes we wear, as I reach my end of this mini-series, we shall dive right in on this informational subject on…

FABRICS AND FABRIC BLENDS

Given the relatively limited number of fibers — man-made and synthetic — that are used to make clothing, you may wonder how there can be so many fabrics. The answer has to do with how a fiber is woven, whether the fibers are blended, and what finishes are applied. This section, part three, gives you a quick rundown of a variety of fabrics and fabric blends.

Here is a quick look at the different fabrics and the weaves that can be constructed from them. It’s a good idea to become familiar with these fabrics (at least on a general level) so you know what you’re looking at the next time you’re deciding between garments.

A glossary of fabrics:

  • Bouche:  A plain or twill weave made from looped yarns that give it a textured, nubby surface.
  • Broadcloth:  A fine, tightly woven fabric, either all cotton or a blend, with a slight horizontal rib.
  • Brocade: A decorative cloth that is characterized by raised designs. It’s usually made of silk, sometimes supplemented by actual silver or gold threads.  
  • Calico: A plain-weave cotton fabric printed with small motifs.
  • Cashmere: A wool, woven from the fleece of the Cashmere goat, that is both very soft and exceptionally warm. Because of the difficulty of separating the fine fibers from the surrounding coarse hair, cashmere is a luxury product. 
  • Chantilly lace: Lace with a net background and floral design patterns created y embroidering with thread and ribbon. 
  • Chiffon: A lightweight, extremely sheer and airy fabric with highly twisted fibers. Often used in full pants and loose tops and dresses. 
  • Corduroy: A fabric, usually made of cotton or a cotton blend, that uses a cut-pile weave construction. The “wale” is the number of cords in one inch.  
  • Crepe: A fabric that has a crinkled, crimped, or grain surface and that can be made from several different materials. “Crepe de chine” is made of silk and comes in various widths, with 4-ply considered the most luxurious. 
  • Duck:  A closely woven, plain or ribbed cotton fabric that is very durable. It’s a similar to canvas but lighter in weight.
  • DobbyA decorative weave that has small patterns, often geometric.  
  • Faille: A closely-knit fabric that is somewhat shiny and has flat, cross-wise ribs. Faille can be made from cotton, silk or synthesis. 
  • Gabardine: A twill weave, worsted fabric that can be made from wool, cotton, rayon, or nylon, or blended, with obvious diagnosed ribs.
  • Gingham: A fabric made from various yarns, most often in a checked pattern.
  • Herringbone: A twill weave with a distinctive zigzag pattern.
  • Microfibers: An extremely fine synthetic fiber that can be woven into textiles with the texture and drape of natural-fiber cloth but with enhanced washability , breathability, and water repellency. 
  • Satin: A lustrous fabric most often used in evening wear.
  • Spandex: A stretchy fabric that offers comfort, movement, and shape retention. It is also known by its brand name a Lyrca (created by Dupont).
  • Taffeta: A crisp, tightly woven fabric with a fine crosswise rib that’s easily identifiable by the rustling sound that it makes, Originally all taffeta was made from silk, but today it can be made from a variety of synthetic fabrics, sometimes combined with silk.  
  • VelvetA luxurious fabric once exclusively made from silk but that today can be composed from a number of different fabrics including cotton. The dense loops, which may or may not be cut, give it a plush feel.

Fabric blends:

Blending fibers in a fabric can help prevent wrinkling or lower the cost of a garment. Here are a few examples of blends and their advantages:

  • Polyester and cotton: Polyester is crease resistant; cotton isn’t. A garment that blends the two may not need to be ironed or will require less ironing, while retaining much of the comfort provided by cotton. 
  • Linen and silk: Linen creases easily while silk doesn’t. By adding silk to linen, a garment won’t crease as readily and will drape better.
  • Spandex and cotton: Spandex is stretchy and durable, and cotton lets your skin breathe. The two make a perfect combination for sports and clothing. 
  • Cotton, polyester and rayon: Cotton offers breathability, polyester strength, and rayon shininess. A fabric with all three offers durability, ultra-softness, and excellent resilience so that if wrinkled, the fabric bounces back. 

 

 

Well, thanks again for continuing on our adventure into the fashion world and the crazy one of my own!

Love to you,

and to fashion,

Lady J!

The “Fun”-dementals of Fabrics & Garment Construction Introduction Part 2

Hey there! As we head into our continuation about the material that we wear, don’t take this as you HAVE to know these fabrics…just think of this as a guideline. Information, even for me as a novice blogger, if it is GOOD enough to read and you feel that this is beneficial for you, I say you SHOULD read on.

**Sidenote:  I mean Heaven forbid me if I forget what I’m saying now while writing this blog entry and not even remember what I’m wearing by the end of the day (lol).**

But however, you can skim to the very middle or end of this mini-series once it is done for sure, then I say you have been given a mini-lesson, per se.  I mean, I LOVE information. Anything that I can read about, if it intrigues me enough, I will read on about it until it exhausts my mind to unconsciousness.

So anyways, let’s move on to natural and man-made materials, shall we?

But one more thing, seriously though…

WHO IS READY FOR SPRING? I know I’m ready!

NATURAL FIBERS:

Natural fibers are just that – those that are found in nature. They come from plants or animals. as opposed to being chemically produced. The following lists a variety of natural fibers and explains how they’re used to clothing.

  •  Cottoncomes from a plant and is the most popular fabric, in part because it breathes. Among the fabrics made from cotton are flannel, muslin, oxford, poplin, seersucker, and terry cloth. Because cotton cloth wrinkles easily, manufacturers often blend it with polyester to make it wrinkle resistant; unfortunately, this pairing also makes it less breathable. However, today you can buy 100% cotton shirts that don’t need to be ironed but merely thrown in the dryer for a short time because permanent finishes have been added to them that reduce wrinkling. While shirts are more costly, in the long run they can save you a bundle in cleaning costs. 
  •  Woolcomes from animals and is woven into a fiber that can be made into clothing. Wool retains heat and absorbs moisture without feeling wet so it’s particularly good as an outer layer. When treated, worsted wool holds a crease and is smooth and quite durable, making it popular for suits, skirts and slacks. Among the types of fabrics made from wool are flannel, gabardine, tartan, and various tweeds. Most wool comes from sheep, but the wool of other animals —such as alpaca, angora goat (mohair), angora rabbit, cashmere goat, vicuna (a type of llama) and camel — is also wool.  
  • Silk: is made from the hairs of the cocoon of the silk worm, and man has been using this wonderful fiber since 2,700 BC. Silk is one of the more elegant fabrics because the cloth produced is shiny and gives a dressier appearance. Among the fabrics made from silk are chifon and “doupioni”, a knobby silk found in some men’s lightweight suits. Keep your silk away from alcohol. If you’re going to put on perfume or hairspray, do so before you don a silk garment and allow alcohol to evaporate.
  • Linenis made from fibers in the stalk of the flax plant. It’s the strongest of any vegetable fabric, as much as three times stronger than cotton. Yes, linen wrinkles easily, but it’s also easily pressed. Linen is a good conductor of heat, which makes it perfect to wear in hotter temperatures.
  • Hempcomes from the stalk of the plant whose flowers and leaves make marijuana (but no, the stalk doesn’t contain any of the narcotics that give marijuana its punch). Like linen, it wrinkles easily. Because it’s considered a “green” fabric, hemp is growing in popularity, but it’s still illegal to grow hemp in the United States and so the fabric is imported from China. 

 

 

MAN-MADE FIBERS:

While natural fibers require just some simple processing, manufactured fibers are a little more involved. They start as various combinations of raw ingredients that you may not associate with clothing at all, like petroleum and wood pulp. These substances are turned into fiber using techniques that have only been around for the last century or less. Manufactured fibers can have advantages over natural fibers. For example, they can be made into hollow tubes that offer loft without the weight (such as those found in winter overcoats) and microfibers that are excellent at repelling water.

  •  Acetateis made from wood pulp. It can have the look of silk, dries quickly, and drapes well. If you own clothing made from acetate, keep it away from acetate in its liquid form, such as nail polish and nail polish remover. Liquid acetate will damage the acetate fabric.
  • Acrylicis a synthetic fiber, meaning it’s manufactured from petroleum products. It has the bulk of wool, draws moisture away from the body, and can be washed. It also dries quickly, but melts if it becomes too hot. 
  • Nylonthe first completely synthetic fiber, entered the fashion world in the form of stockings introduced in the 1940s. It’s lightweight but strong and its fibers are smooth and dry quickly. After many washes, nylon tends to “pill”; it also melts at high temperatures. 
  • Polyesterfibers are strong and wear very well. Because it doesn’t absorb water easily, it dries quickly. The downside is that polyester doesn’t breathe. Unfortunately, polyester got a bad name for itself when it was used in double-knit fabric that was popular for a while in the 1970s and then became overused. Today, polyester is often used in a blend with cotton or other fibers.  
  • Rayonis created from wood pulp, and it shares many of the qualities of cotton. It’s strong and absorbent, comes in a variety of qualities and weights, and drapes well. If rayon is washed before being made into a garment, it’s a washable fabric. 

Yay! You have now at the end of Part 2! We’ll definitely expand more on about this in the last part of this mini-series. But when that does happen, make sure to be ready, because it is almost April and I’m SO excited for the fact of the topics and so on that I will be covering for you folks!

P.S. – If there are ANY ideas that you should think of at ALL, that you would like me to cover on here in the future, go to my fan page on Facebook (like, share, post pics of your fashionable selfies) and mention it on there if you’d like! 🙂

 

Well, thanks again for reading my blog!

Love for you,

and fashion,

Lady J!

The “Fun”-damentals on Fabrics & Garment Construction Introduction

Hello my beauties! Ready for a REALLY informative blog entry mini-series? There are going to be up to either three or four parts. But this just a short blog entry about the introduction.

Ready?

true fashionista can distinguish between designer clothing and knock-offs in a millisecond.The main way of doing that is by the fabric itself. It’s easy to imitate a style, but since one of the main costs of an item is the fabric, imitations are usually easy to spot if you know what to look for. And vice versa, if you find an affordable outfit by an unknown designer but recognize that it was made with quality fabric, then you’ve found yourself a true bargain.

In order to build your wardrobe properly, you must have a general knowledge of the fabric you’re buying. BY discovering how to recognize quality materials and construction, you’ll be able to make better decisions on what to purchase.

FABRIC BASICS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW: 

The garment industry uses hundreds of different fabrics in the making of clothes. About 220 different fabrics alone can be used to produce a women’s suit. Some of these are variations of a basic fabric, such as as the many types of cottons, ranging from broadcloth to Pima, while others are made from various fibers and have unique characteristics, like brocade, which has raised designs on a flat surface.

How much do you really know about fabrics? Actually it helps to know quite a lot. Here’s why:

  • One of the keys to dressing fashionably is having variety in your closet. If you have ten blouses that are identical in fabric, except for their color, it’s difficult to put together an outfit that stands out. But if your collection of blouses features lots of different fabrics as well as a variety of textures, weaves, and shades, you can put together outfits that are more unique. 
  • Knowing the different fabric varieties helps when you’re shopping.  Asking a sales associate for a black blouse doesn’t really give her very much to go on. But if you say you want a black silk blouse, you’ve narrowed down the choices considerably. And if you say black silk-satin blouse, you’ve done even more refining. Knowing one fabric from another can also help you as you scan your favorite store and look for that perfect outfit.
  • The care of your clothing is dependent on what it’s made of. Most synthetic fibers, for example, are prone to heat damage, especially hot water in a washer as well as the heat of a dryer or iron.

COMMON FIBERS:

There are five natural fibers:

  1. cotton
  2. wool
  3. silk
  4. linen
  5. hemp

and five man-made fibers: 

  1. acetate
  2. acrylic 
  3. nylon
  4. polyester
  5. rayon

These fibers are the building blocks of most if the material used in clothing. In some instances, they’re used alone, but very often they’re blended together so that manufacturers can combine the look of one fabric (usually a natural one) with the durability if another (usually a synthetic).

Well, that is what I have for now. Check in next time. Which I will have one done for next Wednesday. 🙂

Love to you,

& fashion!

Lady J!

The Art of Color: Enhancing Your Own Personal Appearance

Ever get so excited about seeing a certain color or multiple of colors, on ANYTHING?

I know that rainbows certainly put  a smile on a lot of people’s faces. But sometimes an individual one can seem more appealing. Remember mood rings? I had one in the 5th grade and thought the ring was the coolest thing (except when it started to tarnish then I gave up on it).

So have you given any thought, yet, about what comes to your mind first?

For me it’s clothing; many fabrics that I’ve seen are really diverse in color selection, alone. I, sometimes, don’t know where to start in knowing what my reasons are for certain colors, at different times of shopping.

But let’s make something clear here, colors do have meaning.The fashion world talks a lot about the “psychological meanings” of color. Here’s what proponents of this theory hold to be true.

  • First, colors on the red side of the color wheel are generally considered to be the warm colors;
  • while those on the blue side are the cool colors.

While psychologists differ on the importance of color, there’s some agreement on the following colors: (See, I LOVE random facts, so here we GO!).

COLOR MEANING:

  • RED: depicts strength and courage.
  • BLUE: is cooler and more intellectual.
  • YELLOW: is the emotional color and gives off confidence and optimism.
  • GREEN: because it’s in the center of color spectrum, is the color of balance and harmony.
  • PURPLE: is the spiritual color leading to introspection.
  • BLACK: is both sophisticated and menacing.
  • WHITE: is hygienic, which can stand for good health and sterility.

Again, if you’ve looked at a rainbow (and I’m sure you have), you know that colors appear in a natural order. This is called “color spectrum“.

Designers like to show the color spectrum in a wheel. It turns out there’s a practical reason for doing so:

**Side-note: Not only are there visual effects when specific colors are compared to colors adjacent to them on the color spectrum, but there are also visual effects when a color is compared to the one opposite itself on the color wheel. 

Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Color wheels:

  1. Primary: the three primary colors are red, blue and yellow.
  2. Secondary: when you mix the primary colors in specific combinations, you get the secondary colors: purple (red and blue mixed), green (blue and yellow mixed), and orange (red and yellow mixed). If the mixture is not exactly 50% of one primary and 50% of another, you get these shades of these colors.
  3. Tertiary: to make a tertiary color, you mix two colors adjacent to one other on the color wheel. If you mix blue with green, for example, you get the tertiary color blue-green; mix green with yellow, and you get yellow-green. 

Technical side-note**You may think it’s a coincidence that suddenly some colors are very IN, but it’s not. An organization called “COLOR MARKETING GROUP” pulls in experts from different fields –fashion, interior design, and so on — and decides what the popular colors are going to be two years from NOW!

When it comes to fashion, you need to know how colors are perceived when they’re together so that you can combine them correctly when you get dressed.

For example, primary and secondary colors that are neighbors to one another are said to be analogous. So the colors analogous to green are yellow and blue. Orange’s analogous colors are red and yellow. When worn together, analogous colors tend to subdue each other and therefore work well together.

Colors that sit opposite from each other on the color wheel are considered to be complimentary colors, so blue’s complimentary color is orange and purple’s is yellow. Complimentary colors make each other stand out more, so they appear bolder than they do when alone.

Analogous colors almost always go well with one another. Complimentary colors can also go together if you want to make a bold statement. Keep in mind, though, that complimentary color combinations (like red and green or blue and orange) can be more difficult to put together. Colors that may compete in their strongest hues can go well together in softer tones. Similarly, using shades of these colors, especially one darker and one lighter (baby blue with orange, for example) can work. If your skin tone is darker or you have a tan, you can get away with brighter colors.

TIP: There REALLY are no strict rules with this; you just have to try different versions of color combinations and see what works. Be adventurous if you have a knack for what looks good (running it by a friend you trust is also a not a bad idea).

And REMEMBER: if you mix complimentary colors, make sure you choose the right accessories to tie the whole outfit together. Neutrals are a good choice because they frame, but don’t compete with, the strong colors in the outfit.

BLACK AND WHITE: THE NON-COLORS

So…what about BLACK & WHITE?

Technically, (yes, I know) black and white are NOT really colors (even though many people call them colors). Black is the absence of color while white is the sum of all the color of light.

Because they’re not actual colors, they can work well each other, with any other colors, or by themselves. When using black and white, you really don;t have to worry about whether two garments go well together because they almost always do.

But enough already…onto more about the actual COLORS!

COLOR CATEGORIES: JEWELS, NEUTRALS & MORE!

First off, colors are often formed into groups based on similar characteristics. Knowing what group each color belongs to helps you choose the right combinations when putting together your outfit.

For example, jewel tones are very rich colors; therefore, they’re generally worn in the fall and winter. Neutrals, because they can be paired with just about anything, are perfect to wear with strong colors (to provide balance) or with other neutrals (to create a subdued look).

**Here is an update on this year’s jewel tones for 2014/2015.

Jewel Tones:

Jewel tones have a high level of color saturation, making them very bold and lush. You’re most likely to find jewel tones in stores in the fall ad around the holidays. They’re particularly appropriate during the holidays because they add a festive feature to your wardrobe.

Two things to consider:

  1. Be careful that you don’t pair two jewel tones in the same outfit.  Because these colors are so strong, they are best on their own. Pair a jewel tone top with dark denim jeans, or another dark neutral such as brown to balance out the look.
  2. Make sure the jewel tone compliments your hair color and skin tone. Brunettes and those with black hair can carry off jewel tones better than blondes and those with paler hair and skin tones. The vibrancy of jewel tones tend to make people with lighter hair and skin look washed out.

Neutrals:

Neutral colors —black, white, brown, beige & gray, are really shades without color, and they’re the linchpin colors of a classic woman’s wardrobe.When combined with other colors, neutral shades put the focus on the other colors and, depending on the combination, can serve to tone the other color down or make it stand out.

Here is a basic outline about these shades:

  • Black: is slimming. It’s also sophisticated, elegant, and chic (yet another reason everyone should have the perfect LBD! {little black dress}). Black makes a good back ground color because primary colors really stand out when paired with it.
  • Gray:is the most neutral of neutrals and goes well with any other color. Gray comes in various shades. Lighter grays work well with lighter colors, such as pastels. Darker grays work well with bolder colors like red and blue. You can also substitute darker gray for black. 
  • White: is pure and dazzling and goes with absolutely everything, just as black does. White and black are great together too. While black is slimming, white tends to show more of your body because of the way it reflects light, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to camouflage a certain body part.
  • Brown: is a warm, neutral color. As a neutral, brown goes well with all colors. You’re more likely to wear dark brown in fall and winter, and a lighter brown in spring and summer. Browns can also be paired with each other in such combinations such as camel and chocolate, tan and gold, and auburn and coffee.
  • Beige: is the rue neutral color and goes with anything. It has a bit of the warmth of brown and the coolness of white. Beige can warm up a color, like blue, without overpowering it. If you have lighter skin and want to wear a lot of beige, make sure you throw in an accent color to add a pop of life to your overall look.

Pastels:

Pastels are lighter shades of basic colors:

  1. baby pink
  2. light blue
  3. lavender
  4. pale yellow
  5. mint green

Pastels work well with navy blue, kelly green, and white (which at my work is DEFINITELY already there for us!) —colors tend to appear in preppie wardrobe. If you have a lot of pastel pieces in your wardrobe, keep the following in mind:

  1. They have a youthful quality. Too many pastels can make you too cutesy (after all, babies are often dressed in pastels).
  2. They work well with neutral colors. The best colors to match with pastels are those in the neutral family –camel, gray, beige, and tan. These colors give pastels an appearance of being stronger than they actually are.
  3. There are more appropriate for spring wear. Lighter weight spring clothing comes in pastel colors.
  4. If you’re fair skinned and want to wear pastels, you need to pair it with a stronger. A light purple blouse with a deep gray skirt, for example, is beautifully chic. For a more casual look, a pair of dark jeans with a pale yellow polo is also a classic.

Earth Tones:

Earth tones, are aptly named because they include the browns in the earth, from sand to dark brown (some people included muted colors in the earth tone category, but I stick to browns in this discussions.)

Earth tones are very common in clothing that has a bohemian style. They differ from the neutral colors, such as white, gray, and black, which tend to cooler and more stark. Earth tones are softer and warmer.

Like neutrals, earth tones can be be paired with anything. Since the undertones are the brown family, which is considered a “warm” color, they’re flattering on all skin tones.

TIP: if you want another color in your outfit to stand out, pair it with a paler earth tone such as sand. If you want to balance and tone down a stronger, darker color, pair it with chocolate brown.

Well, thanks, again for reading about fashion. I always think that everyone has all the information in their own mind about things, but depending how much you want to get from it is spectacular!

If you feel that you can find your inner-fashionista, you’re at a good start. Hopefully reading about these colors will help further your education on getting to that point in making the most of your own wardrobe.

I am announcing that I am making this blog a bi-weekly one. My work load will catch up soon and I won’t have as much time to do what I intended to make it weekly, but we can do it this way.

Much love to you my fans to those who already this and to those who are just catching up after almost a whole month already!

Love to you and for fashion,

Lady J! ❤

 

Underlying Beauty: Skin Tones & the Fun Association With Colors

Well, this is for another request about “colors for different skin tones”…from Anna Rose Russell.

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I know for a fact, it’s EASY to know that it is HARD to find the right colors for your skin type. There are SO many choices from ROYGBIV. But, sometimes, we have those more “technical” colors: turquoise to green/yellow chartreuse to coral to the many shades of black and white!I I’ve gotten so much better, and more experience from shopping (a little TOO much).

Of course, this is a thing that is personal and relative, as the best clothes for you are the ones you like. But some colors/shades of colors go better with different skin tones.

Believe me! I have an array of tones, shades of lots of colors.

But sometimes

…certain colors, whether people do agree or not with the fact that it looks or appears greatly on you with your skin tone…

…in the end, it’s your personality, body type & personal style that are going to determine what colors you choose.

Choosing the colors of your clothes according to your skin tone can be helpful when you don’t know what to wear or want to try something new.

First of all, you need to determine your skin tone. There are more ways to describe skin tones. A first classification is warm – cool and sometimes you will find “neutral“.

Side note: It’s important to keep in mind that anybody can be a neutral, regardless of the color of your skin. A “neutral” person is a person on whom most colors look well. Some people are like that, others are not.

This being said, we need to say that “neutral” as a term does not refer to a standard of color to which all other colors relate to.

How to Tell Whether You Have a Warm or a Cool Skin Tone?

The most recommended trick is to put a golden jewel or fabric next to your skin and then a silver one and see which one looks best.

  1. If gold flattens your skin tone, then you probably are a warm type.
  2. If silver flattens your skin tone, you probably have a cool skin tone.

This however, can be a little hard to establish.

Also, you can check your veins:

  • If they’re blue, then you’re a cool skin tone.
  • If they’re green, and you’ve got yellow undertones, then you a warm skin tone.

Warm toned skin tends to have a golden or apricot undertone. People with this skin tone tend to have hair with hints of orange, yellow, red or gold. The eye color tends to be amber, dark brown, hazel, or green.

Cool skin tones are the most common skin tones to have, and the easiest to dress. Cool toned skin has a pink or rosy undertone. Cool tones’ hair often contains blue, blue-violet, silver, drab, and ash undertones. The eye color tends to be light blue, gray-green, blue green, turquoise, gray-blue, black or cool brown.

There are several scales in the scientific world on which you can relate, such as the Fitzpatrick scale, which you can see in the picture. This scale puts all skin tones into 6 large categories, ranging from pale to dark. Number one is very light, while number six is the darkest.

*…Making Your Color Choices Work for You…*

Psst: Honestly?

The BEST way to know is when you are shopping and you put it next to your face/skin color. And here are a few colors that I recommend for each skin tone (or at least from what I have learned).

Fair Or Pale skin:  green, light blue, turquoise and lilac.

Medium or Olive skin: brown, peach, medium/light pink. and tan.

Dark skin: red, dark pink, coral and yellow.

Another classification, going deeper than just warm-cool:

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter.

The difference between the Fitzpatrick scale and the ‘season’ scale is that the ‘seasons’ scale does not measure how dark or pale you are, it is based on your undertones and establishes if you are a warm type or a cool type.

Summer and winter are cool skin tones…

…while spring and autumn are warm ones.

First of all, there are a few colors that go with all skin tones: bright redpale pinkeggplant and teal.

Now, let’s get to the ‘seasons’ :

Summer: is one of the two cool tones.

  • Summer tones have blue, red or pink undertones. If you are a summer tone, you should wear lilacs and pale blues and should choose pastels and soft neutrals with rose undertones.
  • Summers differ from Winters in that their skin tends to contrast gently with their hair and eye color, and therefore seem softer and less intense. *This is why summers should wear softer colors.*
  • Cool-toned people can pull off white, ruby, sapphire and aquatic blues very well. Generally speaking, cool tones go better with the blue half of the spectrum.  Their metal colors are silver and white gold.

Winter: is the second cool tone.

  • Winters have blue, red or pink undertones. Their skin can be pale white, olive (Mediterranean or  Asian), or dark (Black). A person who is a Winter should wear colors that have blue undertones.
  • Winters should wear colors that are sharp for example stark whites, black, navy blue, red with pink undertones. Silver and grey work good on Winters as well.
  • Winters differ from Summers in that their skin tends to contrast dramatically with their hair and eye color, and therefore seem more intense, so they can wear clothes with high contrasts. Best metals for winters are silver or platinum.

Spring: is one of the two warm skin tones.

  • Springs usually have golden undertones and are usually creamy white or peach. Spring people generally have straw-colored or strawberry red hair, freckles, rosy cheeks, and blue or green eyes.

The main difference between spring and autumn color palette is that the Spring’s colors are based on yellow, in contrast with Autumn’s colors which are based on deep gold. This is why springs should wear colors that have yellow undertones.

  • Springs look best in wear warm orange-based colors like peach, ochre, and coral in chalky shades.

Autumn: is the second warm type.

  • Autumn types have golden, warm or yellow undertones. Autumns should wear colors that have yellow undertones. Usually, the autumn colors are warm, soft, and deep.
  • Some of the autumn colors are  coffee, caramel, beige, tomato red, and green. Autumns should avoid colors with blue tones, like navy or indigo. Warm skin tones go great with yellow too!
  • Also, colors like olive, moss or jade enhance your beauty. Warm tones go better with the yellow half of the spectrum. For autumns, in terms of metals, gold, bronze or copper work best.

Side note: in case this is a little much, we can make it shorter by saying that  light skin tones look better in dark colors, medium skin tones look best with the primary colors and darker skin tones pull off whites and pale colors quite well.

So sorry that this was a SUPER long entry. But sometimes, it takes time to think about what to add, spelling errors, etc., etc.,…

But I feel successful in knowing that whoever reads these entries, I am blessed beyond belief that I can inspire people, men AND women to better know how to properly do things in the world of fashion!

To another day, another week!

Love to you, &

to fashion!

~Lady J