The colors we wear have a powerful impact on our feelings and the feelings of those who see us. I’ve written about color a lot during the last year while undertaking four virtual color assessments. Earlier this week I had a zoom call with color expert Annie Castaño to discuss personal color theory and what flatters whom. She’s simply fabulous and it got me jazzed to revisit the subject and explore what feels right to me.
What I know to be true is that the colors we wear affect how our skin appears which has a big impact on how we look and feel. There are myriad systems for typing a person’s best colors and I’ve tried many. While training to be an Image Consultant, I was typed twice by international color masters. I’ve since had my colors “done” many more times, and each result has been different. I learn something new each time, but what remains constant is that I want to wear colors that make me feel good.
I went shopping for some colors that really spoke to me and this cardigan screamed the loudest. It’s a simple classic cardigan with 3/4 sleeves that I will wear year-round. It’s sized in misses, petite, plus, and plus petite. I went with the misses in medium to keep it loose and long. I looked at the Vista Blue and loved it too, but very icy colors often make my skin look even pinker than it is.
I’m so glad I ordered these mules when I did because this pattern is now sold out. I wasn’t sure I would like them as much as my slip-ons, but I love them! They’re incredibly comfortable and stay on without having to grip my toes. This gorgeous satin floral would be spectacular to wear with a sundress and also look great at a casual summer wedding. I wear my regular size 9 in Birdies so they run TTS.
Do I care that my jeans are white and my mules are ivory? Not one bit. No one loves matchy-matchy as much as I do but we’re talking about blending here ladies and they do. As my friend Susan puts it, tools not rules! These jeans get a ton of wear because, hello, NO STAIN! They come in regular, tall, and petite sizes 0 – 20.
This scoop-neck shell has a modest neckline with high armholes so my bra never shows. The woven crepe fabric looks dressier than a tee and could be easily dressed up. Wearing it untucked also hides a multitude of lumps and bumps because it doesn’t cling. It’s a great layering piece and at under $24, a smart buy to have on hand.
I’m wearing my “magic” no-show flat belt to keep the front button and zip of my jeans from poking out but I couldn’t resist tying this little scarf through two belt loops for a pop of color. Here’s a side view of one of the ways I do a half-tuck.
The front is tucked then pulled out to blouse over the waistline and the back just hangs. There are lots of ways to do a half-tuck, I find this the simplest with a shirttail hemline.
Another look at personal color theory
Many women don’t want to be hemmed in by restrictive color pallets and others find freedom in having a suggested pallet to shop with. I fall into both camps. I like having guidelines but I also wear colors I know are not flattering because I love the way they make me feel.
Ultimately, each woman gets to choose what works for her and so long as your creativity isn’t being stifled, I say go for it!
Do you have any new favorite colors?
Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident, no matter what color it is.
BTW- Chico’s 4th of July Sale is on with-
- Tops starting at $25
- Shorts starting at $39
- Crops starting at $49
- Dresses starting at $69