Spring has sprung
Spring has sprung and we've spring cleaned our closets so now
the next step – what will we buy to fill in the gaps and update
It is a season of colour and prints and something
for everyone – be bold, be colourful, be playful, be pretty,
have fun. Go for the graphic geometric prints or go wild with animal
prints. Don’t be afraid to combine different patterns –
mix blooming florals and wild animal prints and/or eye-catching graphics.
The seventies is the inspiration for many of the patterns.
Bewildered by all this colour choice and not sure which hue to choose
– then a colours
consultation is the best way to ensure you wear the colours that
suit you. Most New Zealand women have a love affair with black clothing,
but if black is not your best colour why not wear what looks great
on you. And this season colour is “the new black.”
Harmony is the essence of colour – aim for harmony with your
hair colouring, eyes and skin tone and then take that into what you’re
wearing. You want to wear the colour rather than the colour wear you.
Experiment with different colours – hold them up to you and
see whether they are enhancing you or draining you – choose
the one that makes your eyes sparkle and skin glow. The wrong colour
will drain you.
Have fun with colour and this is the season to embrace it. Choose
from hot pink, bright red, emerald green, cobalt blue, strong purple,
yellow, orange. And just when you thought that was enough, add in
to the mix all the patterns and be prepared to clash your colours.
A fruit salad has never looked so good.
But, wait there’s more – we’ve already got colour
and pattern and now add sheen, liquid satin, or more subtle silk satin,
which has lustre without the mirror finish. Metallics add a further
option or touch of glamour – silver, gold or pewter, that does
not matter as long as the finish is shimmering with glowing texture.
Treat metallics as a neutral – you can combine all the metals,
you do not need to match them. Not keen on metallic, get the shiny
effect with patent accessories in bright colours as well as black.
In fact matching is a banned word this season. Patterns are not matched;
colours are clashed and this is where opposites attract – combine
purple with green; yellow and pink. And most importantly do not match
your handbag and shoes – it’s fine to carry a hot pink
bag and wear lime green slides.
If you have been wedded to black and safe dark colours for years,
and are not too sure about the new rainbow of colour, handle with
care and go gently. Start with a bright handbag or printed scarf or
vivid nails. Or wear a bright printed top with a plain skirt.
"Thank you so much, I really enjoyed my afternoon
with you. I
was so excited when I got home, headed straight for my wardrobe,
took everything out and "interviewed" each piece one by one. I
now have a very organised wardrobe with only garments that do me
I managed to go shopping yesterday - oh you
would have been so proud of me! I did exactly what we did when
we were together, interviewed each garment, tried on what was worth
trying on and bought what passed all the tests.
I have been
wearing my new garments and invested in a new lip pencil and lipstick
(so many positive comments from clients). I am looking at colour
with new eyes - am feeling really confident
about my colours. Bought a fab scarf - in all my colours - I
- Liz, Glendowie