Dear Style & Substance:
I dress mostly in varying shades of black for the winter months and am now thinking I look warn out and boring. I am a 47 year old woman. I have no idea how to change things up and give my wardrobe a little splash. Can you help me get started?
We like to use color as a great way to liven things up and to create a new mood or direction in your life course! If color is frightening; use black, white, navy, tan or brown as your “palate” (even in redecorating) and add splashes to it. If you are reticent, try subtle colors to start. A scarf, tie, handkerchief, necklace, shoes or a belt that is interesting and colorful is a great place to start. For our bolder friends, try accessories or articles of clothing in deeper shades or with brighter patterns.
Either way, use this quick reference of color to meaningfully and purposefully add to your wardrobe or surroundings.
RED: personal power, vitality, honesty, courage and confidence.
ORANGE: creativity, intimacy, and athleticism.
YELLOW: charisma, speaking your mind, and good humor.
GREEN: love, trust, independence, balance, self control and adaptability.
BLUE : leadership, articulation and decisiveness.
VIOLET: intuitive thinking, wisdom, clarity, practical problem solving and self-love.
Remember when decorating, shopping or looking in your closet, hold up a shade to the light to see the effect the color has on you! Look in the mirror and check your reflection – you should like what you see – keep trying until you hit that perfect, colorful note.
A S K
Style & Substance
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