How to use colour to express your personality

I adore colour. Always have and probably always will. I go around figuring out people’s colours in my head. I especially love when someone doesn’t fall exactly into a colour category and I have to come up with a unique solution. I can happily ponder their ‘colour conundrum* for hours.

You see to me,

A successful colour analysis cannot just consider the characteristics of the skin, hair and eyes; it also has to address a person’s personality. You cannot separate the physical and the psychological outlook of a person. They go hand and hand and both must be considered when ‘getting your colours done’.

So how can you go about using colour to express your personality? Here are some thoughts to ponder.

I love to wear tints, tones and shades of the colours that suit me. It makes me feel calm and collected. Other people do not feel threatened and I am often told that I am friendly and approachable. I am not sure which came first, the colours I love or my personality. I think one reflects the other and that it could be no other way.

Some people love to wear red. Often dramatic or romantic types love a good red. Reds are fiery and show personality traits of daring and fieriness.

Nature loving people often gravitate toward browns and greens. These colours show gravity, earthiness and stability. Think all the shades of brown from beige to the darkest chocolate browns and all the greens from forest green to the palest mint.

Creative personality types love to mix unusual colours to express their unconventional style personality and their artistic mind. Think of Vivienne Westwood. Unexpected is to be expected.

Fun loving extroverts often wear lots of brightly contrasting colour with lots of movement in the print. This again shows how their mind works. They are out-going, fun loving and social in most cases. It would be unusual to see an introverted person who loves to stay home wearing these colours.

There is no doubt in my mind that the colours we choose to wear reflect what is going on inside for us.

How do the colours you wear reflect how you think and feel? Do you go for bright unusual combinations or quieter softer tones? Do you avoid colour altogether? Do you like lower contrast or higher contrast?

When I conduct a colour analysis consultation, I consider personality as well as colouring so don’t be surprised when one of the first things I ask you to do is fill out a personality quiz. Colour analysis becomes truly fascinating when personality is taken into consideration and in time, you too will find that personality and the colours you choose to wear become inseparable.

Reply by email if you have any questions about colour analysis or about the services I provide. I am happy to chat by mail, messenger or by telephone.

*Colour Conundrum is a word made up by me for people with unusual colouring or colouring that is hard to categorise into conventional colour groupings.

Why Colour Analysis? What’s all the fuss?

Why Colour Analysis? Very good question. What’s all the fuss?

The fuss is that, it is one of the single simplest changes I can make to improve how you look and increase you confidence.

The right colour when worn near your face or indeed on your face in the case of glasses, makeup and accessories will make you look healthier and younger. Your skin will appear more even and any lines will appear softer. The amount of makeup you need to look healthy and fresh will be far less as the correct colours worn near your face will provide a soft glow that no makeup can replicate.

Knowing your colours also forms the basis of having a functional wardrobe and having a wardrobe that has items that mix and match. It is so much easier to put outfits together when colours go with each other.

When you come and have your colours done with me, I will show you:

  • Your best lightest neutrals and your best darkest neutrals. This information alone is worth a fortune as these colours provide the foundation for your wardrobe and this is where to invest your euros.
  • Your best jewellery and accessories colours. This information is critical and will help you wear colours which are not ideal for you.
  • Your best colours for different occassions e.g. professional, romantic etc.
  • Your best makeup colours including eyeshadows, blusher and lipsticks.
  • Tips on choosing haircolours. Invaluable information when visiting your hair stylist.

A personal colour consultation at my studio in Mougins costs €250. It takes 2 hours. Book now by dropping me an email at aileen@laneimageconsulting.com

How to Weed out Your Wardrobe

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Sorting out your wardrobe is marvellous therapy. You will feel so pleased with yourself when you’ve finished.

This is what you’re aiming for – a well-organised, sorted wardrobe that’s a pleasure to look through as you know you’re going to be able to find exactly what you’re looking for!

Part 1

Hopefully, before you begin, you will know which colours suit you – that is the major starter for ten that you must understand before you begin throwing things out right, left and centre.

If you don’t know your best colours, I suggest you book right now for your very own colour consultation. This will revolutionise your thinking and set you up for a fantastically rewarding wardrobe weed-out.

I strongly recommend locking yourself in your bedroom with a bottle of your favourite tipple and plan to go nowhere for the next couple of hours.

And be careful before planning to do this with a friend.

Ask yourself – can your friend really be objective about you? Will she be a help or a hindrance? If in doubt, trust your own judgement or call in expert help.

Put a big sign on the door, if necessary, that you are not be disturbed under any circumstances – not even if George Clooney arrives at the door with flowers and champagne…… Well, you get my drift, I’m sure.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it…

Your mission is to sort out the wheat from the chaff and the first step is to make three piles of clothes:

  1. clothes you only wear once a year (taffeta ball gown, bikini, etc.)
  2. clothes you haven’t worn for more than a year
  3. everything else

Don’t worry about whether the colours or styles are right at this point. Just make your decision based solely on the criteria above. We’ll cover specifics in Part 2.

At this point, you will probably be exhausted and need a refill.

Do not be distracted by the television, the cat who has been sick on the carpet, or the pile of ironing which beckons.

Be strong and return to the task in hand. It WILL be worth it.

Organza ballgown

1. Special items
Start with those items that you only wear once a year (like the organza ball gown shown here) and decide if you will definitely need them again this year.
If not, add them to the pile that you haven’t worn for more than a year.
If you reckon they are still useful items to keep, put them back in the wardrobe and give yourself a round of applause.

2. Items for removal
The second pile of clothes that you haven’t worn for more than a year should be considered as being destined for removal.
You’ve already spent time on these items so let’s move on. We’ll come back to them later but now it’s time to concentrate on the clothes that you actually wear.

3. Items to keep
Put them back into your wardrobe, checking each one for stains, missing buttons, loose threads, etc.

4. Items to clean or mend
Any of these should be put aside into a fourth pile for cleaning or mending. Do NOT put these back into the wardrobe until they are mended or clean.

Use decent hangers

Storing the items you are keeping

  • Hang all your jackets next to each other, separating them from the matching skirt and/or trousers
  • Hang all your skirts next to each other and repeat this with trousers, blouses, jumpers, etc.

Oh, and please – respect the clothes you have left – please use decent wooden or shaped, heavy plastic hangers. Wire hangers are cheap and nasty and will mark your clothes eventually. Add wire hangers to the pile for removal.

It is amazing how many people only ever wear suit items that match.

If you have the right mix of colours in your wardrobe, many of your skirts and/or trousers will go with a variety of your jackets.

In a nutshell, if everything in your wardrobe matches YOU, then each piece will match each other! You have more outfits in your wardrobe than you can imagine.

Take a break

Before launching into part 2 of this exercise, I would recommend a recess. You will probably have been in there for longer than you anticipated and be in urgent need of a lie-down in a darkened room.

If you still have any energy:

  1. bundle the clothes for removal into bin liners or carrier bags, ready for disposal and hide them in a cupboard – don’t get rid just yet
  2. sort out the remaining pile, separating out those that need repair and putting those with stains into the wash basket
  3. close the wardrobe doors
  4. congratulate yourself on a job well done

Part 2 of this mission will require more liquid intake, more time to yourself, and more energy. We’ll look at what to do with the pile for removal, how to decide what to finally keep and how to make the most of what’s left.

Part 2

If you managed to complete Part 1, you should be feeling particularly pleased with yourself. But there’s a bit more to do to achieve a wardrobe that works for every occasion. Don’t give up now. This is the start of an organised wardrobe and the psychological benefits cannot be too strongly stressed.

Items for repair/cleaning

It’s a good idea if you can get these items cleaned and / or repaired before you begin mixing and matching. You’ll only have to repeat some of the process below when they are.

Let’s put the most of your energy into the items in your wardrobe as these are the most important.

Prepare your reward now

  • Line up a special treat for yourself – a box of your favourite chocolates or ice cream, perhaps?
  • But, hold your horses, not just yet……

Trying on

Put on your favourite blouse

Put on your favourite blouse.

Look at yourself in the mirror and decide why it is your favourite. Does it make you look wonderful? If so, then more than likely it will be in the correct colour palette for your skin tone.

  • So, you are now looking for trousers, skirts, jackets, etc. that tone with or complement this blouse
  • Try on every skirt you have with this blouse. And while you’re there, try on all your jackets and cardigans with this skirt and blouse
  • If you have trousers in your wardrobe, try every pair of trousers on with the same blouse (and don’t forget to try all the jackets, too, with this same blouse and trousers combination)

Then move on to your next most favourite blouse or jumper.

  • Try on every skirt you have with this top and then try on all your jackets with this combination … and so it goes on

Soon, you should be able to see how useful your existing wardrobe really is. You will have a number of outfits in your wardrobe, not just a number of clothes.

Still finding things that just don’t work?

On this second pass through your wardrobe, you may discover one or two items that really don’t go with anything else anymore.

  • Maybe the colour just isn’t right for you
  • Perhaps the style doesn’t lend itself to other items you really feel comfortable in
  • You might have already discovered so many more outfits that work really well, that you just don’t need this item anymore

Whatever the reason, just add these to the removal pile.

Time for a treat

You can probably see now why I recommended a short break between parts 1 and 2.

This is tough work and I expect you’re pretty shattered by now. This is the time to indulge in your special treat – you deserve it.

Items for removal

Now, you can turn your attention to the items that you originally put away for removal. If you really have the energy and want to see if there is anything that could still be salvaged, this is your last chance to go through them.

If not, it is worth sorting them into anything that could be useful to your local charity shop or a friend or relation.

Please make sure these things are clean before you pass them on.

All the rest should just be binned or taken for recycling.

Well done!

You now have a wardrobe containing clothes that you know you are going to wear.

You know what looks good with what.

You’ve learnt to mix and match what you already have and you will make so much more use out of the items you have.

Leather Leggings & The Tonal Taster

Leather leggings are huge for the winter season and with good reason – They are warm, comfortable and add edge to any outfit. I have been hearing rave reviews about Spanx range of leggings so they are on my wish list for 2019. The key with leggings is to wear with a longer line top so that any muffin tops or chunky thighs are not put on show. The Spanx range have built in tummy control so these are ideal for women with concerns in this area. You can also try leather leggings with a shorter dress or a mini skirt for more coverage around bum and thighs. Keep in mind that shine will bring the eye to an area so shinier leggings will draw attention to your lower body; if this is not your strong point, then may I suggest leather leggings with a matt finish which will be much more flattering. In terms of colour, do consider different colours to create the right level of contrast for you. For example soft-muted people will probably look better in grey- black leggings which will create a lower level of contrast for them with their colours.

4 top ways to dress to look slimmer

For most of us, it is inevitable that we will gain a few or 10lbs over Christmas and the new year so I decided to list a few tips here to help you to look slimmer and glide through to your new year resolutions.

  • Dress in darker colours. This is an oldy but a goody.  Even if black is not your best colour then consider wearing it away from your face in a v neck or in a sleek cigarette pants. Black is great but also consider navy, burgundy, chocolate brown and a dark olive. They are equally slimming and may be a better option with your colouring.

  • Avoid jumpers and coats in  bulky fabrics as they can make you look like the mitchelin man. Choose less bulky fabrics with wool and other thermal properties to keep you cosy.
    Try layering a light or bright collared shirt under a slim dark jumper, letting the hem and the sleeves peep out underneath. This draws attention away from a slightly rounded midriff and looks stylish and put together at the same time. Pull up your collar and let it stand up at the back and add some a silver or gold chunky necklace to up the luxe factor.
  • Wear clothes that skim, not cling. Anything that is too small will actually make you look bigger. When in doubt, try one size up if buying something new and cut the label off when you get home if that makes you feel better.

  • Wear outfits with vertical design lines. This might be a jacket/cardigan worn open or a scarf flowing down the front of a sweater dress. Also try a long necklace that flows vertically down your top (You may need to knot it below cleavage to keep it in place).

Illusion is a marvellous thing so why not take full advantage of it to look your best and feel more confident over the festive season.