The feedback I hear most often from my clients is that they're saving money on clothes because when they buy just one new piece of clothing, like a skirt or pair of pants, they can make seven NEW outfits! That's because all the clothes in their closet are in the same color palette, so the colors can easily be mixed and matched.
If you're concerned about limiting your choice of colors, and you think it's boring to have all your clothes revolve around one color palette, I will tell you that when when I look in most womens' closets these days, I see mostly BLACK! How boring is that?
When you build your wardrobe around the neutrals, basics, and accent colors in your color palette, you will be able to have a relatively small wardrobe and still have a huge number of potential outfits.
And, the best part is opening your closet to see a mosaic of colors woven together in harmonious patterns. Here's a friend's closet, who is a COPPER (Autumn), with her neatly arranged sweaters that look like geological layers of the earth, and a work of art!
Her commitment to buying sweaters in her colors has resulted in a very pleasing collection of sweaters that must make her smile every time she opens her closet. It's the simple things that really make a difference in our lives...
The color palette for SILVER (Winters) looks like a box of Crayola crayons with all its bold, dramatic primary colors.
These clean, intense colors include neutral colors of White, Black, Navy, Gray, Taupe, and a collection of light, "icy" colors that can be paired with the basic colors of True Red, True Green, and Burgundy, and accent colors like Hot Turquoise, Lemon Yellow, and Magenta.
BUT TAKE IT EASY PAIRING THESE COLORS! Limit bold colors to one or two colors in any one outfit, and use neutral colors as your foundation.
Imagine having all these beautiful, color-coordinated SILVER colors in your wardrobe, and you purchase a Brown sweater. Other than pairing the brown sweater with jeans or neutral black pants, it will clash with most of your clothes. Not to mention how washed out and pale you might look!
Bottom line: when you buy clothes in one color palette, you will be able to mix and match more easily, and you'll end up with more outfits!
5 Things You Can Do to Guarantee a
GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION
Here are 5 easy tips to get you back on track to making a positive first impression.
- Wear a color that always gets you compliments. We all know what those colors are, and if you don't, you need to find out!
- Pick out one or two accessories that pull your outfit together, such as a necklace, scarf, or bracelet. Even if you're wearing a t-shirt and jeans, a necklace will give you a chic, artsy appearance. And I guarantee people will notice!
- Wear shoes in a bright color that POPS your outfit -- try red, green, or gold!
- Put makeup on -- even if it's just mascara, or blush, or a colored lipgloss. It will make your face look more expressive, and we all know that the eyes are the windows to the soul.
- Smile at a stranger -- did you know that the human brain prefers a smile? A smile actually changes our brain chemistry in a positive way. It makes a great first impression, as you appear more open and engaging.
How many of us know our TRUE COLORS?
By knowing your True Colors, I don't mean knowing whether you like to wear the color blue or green better. I mean knowing who you really are -- at the soul level, at the deepest knowing-ness place -- and presenting your authentic self in the way you dress, communicate, make a living, and share your gifts. Feeling the confidence to say what you feel, expressing your opinion in a positive and strong manner, and walking into a room and OWNING it.
Our physical appearance is just a small fraction of who we really are, but it's a good place to start. First there's our physical body. Most of us aren't blessed with a perfect shape (which is entirely subjective and cultural anyway) so it is best to accept our physical form and find the beauty and strength in it. Look at your body as an artist does -- finding beauty and strength in the form, the lines, shadows and textures.
Then, there's the clothing that we drape over our bodies to provide protection from the elements and also show the world a hint of who we are. We indicate the "tribe" we belong to with our dress -- conservative, hippie, edgy urban, artist. Your clothing tells people how you feel about yourself and how you fit into the world. The care you take in dressing yourself makes a statement about your economic status, your job, artistic flair, how well you take care of yourself, and all sorts of other assumptions. If you think this is a superficial way to judge people, you may be right, but we do it every day intuitively!
Many of us spend our entire lives searching for who we are, why we are here, and pushing the limits of what we are capable of doing (I am speaking about myself here). Along the way, some of us receive answers and experience the joy of finding our passion. I have found that dressing in a way that brings out my inner confidence and authority, and tells the world who I REALLY am is a HUGE ASSET. It has opened many doors, creating many opportunities, and always serves to light the path for me to meet the most interesting people.
Taking the first step of dressing in a more confident and authentic way may just lead you to the self-discovery and joy you've been searching for your whole life!