Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tips and Rules on Choosing The Right Color

Feeling troubled over what color to wear? What color makes you look good? Well, fashion is all about yourself. The colors you wear can make or break your look. Color can enhance your facial features, eye color, and shape of your body. It can also work against you by camouflaging your body, accentuating the negative and even changing the perception of your natural coloring. Many people are not aware of which colors do and do not compliment their look. Moreover, a person's favorite color to wear is often the worst possible color for their natural color schema.

Here are the basic rules on choosing the right color for you.
1. Combine colors to create contrast
Color analysis also takes into consideration your personal color value. When you look at a black and white photograph, you can determine your value contrast. When you dress you want to combine colors that are balanced with your natural colors so that people notice your face, which is your communication center. When one wears the wrong amount of contrast in their clothing, the clothes wear the person and the person becomes invisible.

2. Choose a color that will compliment your Personality
Your personality is a consideration when choosing color. Bright, stimulating colors are appropriate if you are outgoing and energetic. However, if you are more reserved, wear soft, subdued colors. Even with softer colors, you can still accent them with livelier ones. Expressing who you are through color is very important as this truly conveys who you are from the inside out.

3. Know your Best and Secondary Colors. Stick With it!
Find your best colors and stick with them. Colors do not lie and after you figure out your primary dominate color, identify your secondary color. This is a great starting point knowing yourself better with color against your skin. In fact, it’s a little secret used in determining your best seasonal colors.

4. Compliment Color with your Body Shape
Color can hide, reshape, or accentuate the appearance of the body's shape. To change the appearance of your shape, think in terms of light and dark combinations. Many women want to reshape their hip area. A popular practice is to wear all black or dark colors in an effort to downplay curves and bulges. This can be counterproductive and actually draw attention to the area. A better camouflage is to use prints and patterns. While this may seem like it would make the hip area more pronounced, it does not. The eye is distracted by the multicolored print than the shape of the body.

Always remember that color choice is not a science. There is no one way that works for every person. Illusion is the focus. Use color as your tool, to create the illusion you desire. Take time with yourself to play with colors and patterns. This is the only way you will gain an understanding of who you are in terms of color. Make up your mind as to what you want your look to be and then work some color magic on yourself. Remember, you create your very own style. Have fun!

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