Archive | October 2013

Fads and Trends and Modern Classics

Fads, Trends & Modern Classics – What Do they Mean?

Fashion can be a fickle world. Some come and go quickly. Some stay for a short visit and some become our new best friends.

When you understand how fashion works, you can learn to make wiser fashion choices.

Military Style  JacketFads – are fashions that come and go quickly, usually in a season or a year. They are styles that appeal to a small group of women. Mostly aimed at the young, they repeat in long cycles. Young women see them as something new to experiment with while older women say ‘been there, done that’ and usually ignore them the second or third time round. Military styles are an example of this.

Jane Lamerton - Colour BlockingTrends – are fashions that stay for a short visit, on average 3 years but may stay a few years longer like visitors who decide to extend their stay in your home. The first year will be the more extroverted and dramatic version of the fashion. It will be toned down slightly in the next few years. It’s stay depends on retail sales.

An example of this is the current ‘colour blocking’ Trend which is in its second year (This one a Lane Lamerton design). Short front and long back skirts are another Trend. This Trend is in its dying stages as it goes very conservative with only a tiny variation between the front and back hem to entice older women to buy into the trend.

Vogue 8390Modern Classics – start out as Trends. Sales of them soar as women of all ages, shapes and sizes embrace them. Designers for the retail market are on a winner. Crossover tops like this Vogue pattern 8390 are an example. They become Modern Classics because they can be re-invented in slightly different and flattering variations year after year.

Fads are usually for Extroverts. Trends start being for Extroverts and then get toned down for Introverts. Modern Classics make both Extroverts and Introverts feel and look great.

Accessories like shoes and handbags also have Fads, Trends and Modern Classics.

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Lipstick Quiz

Fun ‘Lipstick Personality’ Quiz

Lipstick QuizQuizzes are always fun. Try this simple ‘Lipstick Personality’ Quiz.

Sometimes these quizzes give us ‘Ouch’ moments. Sometimes you say – ‘That’s not me’ and others will say it is. Sometimes they are way off the mark.

So have some fun. Take out your lipstick. Click on the graphic to go to my website to see which of the eight shapes looks most like your lipstick.

The Quiz comes from the book, ‘Accessory Magic’ by Ann Reinten of The Australian Image Co. I am a registered consultant and I have permission to use it. The book is currently out-of-print.

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Combining Blue and Green

Blue & Green Should Never Be Seen – Wrong!

After the last ‘Spots & Stripes Together’ article, I posted a comment re other old dress rules on my ‘Fashion Over 40’ Group on Facebook. A member added ‘Blue & Green should never be seen’.

Here’s how you can wear Blue & Green Together by following these three principles.

Contrast – Cool Blue with a Warm Green
Unequal Proportions – More of one colour, less of the other
An Irregular Pattern – see below

Blue Dress, Warm Green Cardigan - from 'Threads' magazineContrast – Cool Blue works best when combined with a Warm Green. Turquoise is the best Warm Green for all women. Cool Blue combined with Olive, Chartreuse, Avocado or similar shades like this dress & jacket combo from ‘Threads’ magazine works best for Extroverts who like wearing High Contrast combinations. On the left you will see it has a blue handbag but is toned down a little with all gold accessories.

Check your Personal Colour Palette for Blue & Warm Green colour combinations that are perfect for you.

Blue & Green W Lane Blouse & CamiUnequal Proportions – More of one colour than the other is pleasing to our eyes because the world around us is not perfectly equal. The W Lane model is wearing a medium Turquoise cami with a blouse that has Cool Blue & Navy with splashes of Turquoise in it. She is wearing Turquoise accessories.

Client with Navy dress & Turquoise necklaceNavy is a cool classic colour that always works with a medium Turquoise. When recently styling a client’s wardrobe, she was happy to see she could combine her new Turquoise necklace with Navy and how great it looked over her dress.

Mc Calls pattern 6073Irregular Pattern – Like the W Lane shirt or this Mc Calls 6073 pattern, Cool Blue & Warm Turquoise are combined with navy to create irregular patterns which are not as stark as the Blue dress and Warm Green cardigan above. Your eyes flow over the pattern. The model is accessorised with all soft Cool Blue accessories except for one soft Turquoise Green bangle for effect.

Blue & Green should never be seen. Of course, they should and now you know how to do it.

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Looking Years Younger

The Baby Boomer Woman’s Guide to Looking Younger than Your Age

6 Baby BoomerAgeless Women

Can you really accurately guess a person’s age? I think it is the hardest thing to do. Is a child 2, 3 or 4? Is a teenager 13 or 17? Is a Baby Boomer woman 51, 59 or 72? We take lots of things into consideration when we make age judgments – physical body, dressing, posture, words and attitude.

When a woman says she wants to look younger than her age, it is about perceptions and expectations. Today’s Baby Boomer woman has grown up and participated more openly and actively in society than her mother. She will usually have worked longer, be better off financially, healthier, travelled more and have a global rather than a small community awareness.

As we age, we fear becoming invisible, overlooked and not actively contributing to society. It is stagnation we fear more than growth. Stagnation makes others perceive you as being older.

Each day you live you are getting older. If you stop to think about what age you want to be perceived as being, it is more about being active, noticeable, vital, energetic and seen as a valuable consumer.

Here’s my three-point Baby Boomer woman’s guide to looking younger than your age.

Your Skin
As you stayed in or came back into the workforce, you have been judged on your skin. Australians spend $300 million a year on Botox to get rid of facial wrinkles. Some of that amount includes men. Women have always been judged more on looks than men and many industries have judged older women harshly. Botox was seen as the No 1 way to look years younger.

It is changing as now the UK President of the Plastic Surgeons Association says ‘looking younger was never about wrinkles’. It is about skin tone and texture. The young have clearer dewy skin. He admits that plastic surgery cannot create that. So skin care and cosmetic retailers, MLM companies and beauty therapists provide products that reduce the pigmentation of aging and add ‘light’ to create a younger, dewy look. It’s a massive growth industry.

Look after your skin and choose the products and treatments that fit your budget and your environmental focus.

Your Hair & Makeup
After your skin tone, people notice your hair and makeup. Grey hair does not necessarily age you nor does coloured hair always make you look younger. Our skin tone lightens with age: so add lighter variations of your basic colour to keep your hair looking natural. It is easy to recognise when a woman is trying too hard to look younger.

Keep your hairstyle modern. A small tweak can make you look younger and slimmer regardless of your wrinkles. We judge a woman’s age on how current her hairstyle looks.

It’s the same with makeup. Modern makeup is more natural than heavy. So is eye makeup and lipstick. How long has it been since you changed your foundation, eye shadow, eyebrow pencil and lipstick colours? Eyebrows (particularly thin shapes and darkly pencilled colours) are aging giveaways.

Your Clothes
Women’s fashion has always been in evolution. Yes, styles are recycled but they are never interpreted exactly the same way. Because your clothing covers a large proportion of your body, its prominence is a focus for guessing your age. First impressions count.

It’s not about slavishly following every trend or sticking rigidly to one style forever. It’s about being selective. Choose what suits you and interpret it in modern, stylish ways to look ‘current and individual’. That’s the secret.

That’s why I write for you and offer Colour & Image Services to keep you vital, energetic and current.

Last Words
As a Baby Boomer woman you have to decide how you want your physical appearance and dress to be perceived. Is it as being a certain age or as having a certain ageless attitude?

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