1. Black, white and grey is best worn with silver.
2. Creams and browns go best with gold.
3. Silver accessories look best with cool colours.
4. Gold accessories look best with warm colours.
5. Bright, vibrant clothing looks great with shiny gemstones.
6. Muted, toned down clothing looks best with less vibrant gemstones.
When you get your ‘colours’ done, you will learn how to build a wardrobe full of clothing that looks great on you and just as importantly will mix and match with ease. A colour swatch will show you your best colours and slips easily into your handbag.
Stop wasting money on clothes that you are not able to wear or combine.
Every outfit or clothing you choose to wear reflects your personality; but sometimes you just feel overwhelmed and don’t know what colors look good next to each other. Matching colours is a matter of personal choice, yet a few tips of how relationships between colours work could help you create your very own style.
The Colour Wheel
The colour wheel shows the relationships between colours considered to be primary, secondary and tertiary. Primary colours are red, yellow and blue. When you mix any two primary colours in equal measure, you obtain a secondary colour. Mixing red and blue gives purple, blue and yellow creates green and yellow and red gives orange. So, secondary colours are: green, orange and purple. A tertiary colour is made by mixing one secondary with its adjacent primary colour. Yellowish green is a tertiary color. When talking about matching colorus there are two basic relationships: Analogous colours are the ones sitting side-by-side on the color wheel and they usually work with one another. When matched the result is very nice as these colours are relatives and have little contrast. For example blue’s analogous colours are green and purple, while red and green are orange’s analogous colors.
Colours opposite to each other on the colour wheel are complementary colours. When matched they contrast and intensify each other. Purple is complementary to yellow, blue to orange, red to green etc. But the reverse is always applicable.
How to match colours
White and black are not considered as being colours, as they are much less present in nature. Both black and white can be matched with any other colour.
Grey is neutral, consequently it can also be matched with any colour.
It’s advisable not to wear more than 3 colours in the same outfit to maintain a coordinated look and avoid looking like a clown. In order to have a good result or if you are in doubt, use the colour wheel to help you choose the colours. But remember: Less is more”.
An outfit must have only one dominant colour.
Adding one complementary colour allows to temper (tone down) another colour.
Try using more sober (dull) colours for the parts where you want to look thinner.
Vivid colours (neon) are better for the upper part of the body because they light up your face.
What is the difference between a Personal Stylist and an Image Consultant?
A great deal, however, as most people are familiar with the term ‘personal stylist’, many Image Consultants call themselves this instead.
Anyone can call them self a personal stylist. They are creative people with a passion for fashion. A stylist puts together outfits. That’s basically it.
An Image Consultant is a creative person with a passion for fashion but who has studied and gained certification in fields such as Image and Style Development and Flow Colour Analysis etc. They are also usually members of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI).
An Image Consultant approaches each client as an individual. They will educate them on dressing for their body shape, personal colouring, age, lifestyle, personal styles and many other factors. Each session with an Image Consultant is tailor-made to their clients specific needs.