Color can do that!

As I age, I wish I had liked my body more in high school. Had I known it would have changed after 2 children and as I aged – I would have enjoyed it more. Through color, I have learned how to accent the positive and play down the negative. I want to share with you my color knowledge to aid you in pulling your wardrobe together.

I have learned that for me, wearing white pants in the summer is like having a magnet in my pocket. Whatever I am eating will end up on my white pants. Therefore, I normally wear black, brown, or print pants.  Darker colors are more sliming and easier to look at as well. 

The color wheel comes from the Dewey Color System. The fashion figures come from Amazon on line.

I would like to start with the color wheel.

Having taught color for 50 years, I have always cut the color wheel in half. Making it easier to understand. There are Black, Brown and White undertone colors. When you want to blend color, work with the color’s undertone. When you want to accent your outfit, work with the opposite color undertone.  An example would be the black pants with the red top, accent each other. However, the red top with the brown pants is a blend.  Red’s undertone is brown. A color blend- not contrast.  

Another way to blend an outfit is to wear all black, blue or brown.

Let’s look at the blue top with the black top. A true color blend! Notice with blue with the brown pants is more of a contrast.   

Another way to blend an outfit is to wear all black with blue. Contrast would be the blue with the brown pants.

Let’s look at the blue top with the black top. A true color blend! Notice with blue with the brown pants is more of a contrast.   

 

Summer is here and lighter colors of yellows and lime green are appearing – what colors to wear with them?

White undertones of Lime Green and Yellow – are a color blend with white. Wearing a yellow or Lime green top with white pants will always be a blend. Either color worn with black, or brown will cut you in half. As you can see by the figures below. 

Stripes are another area of great discussion.

Vertical stripes make you look taller while horizontal stripe make you look shorter and heavier. Even if it is a color blend. Notice the stripe pants with the red top-pop and make your legs look thinner. 

Knowing what you want to accent and what you want to hide – will guide you in selecting the correct colors to achieve that look.  eview and photos by Ellen Stafford

Photo courtesy of Deborah Young Studio

For over 50 years, Margi Kyle, “The Color Doctor”, has built an astounding portfolio from the ever-important ‘Designer’s perspective’. Never idle, this Professional Interior Designer has contributed to this industry as an Interior Designer, Television Host, Mentor, Keynote Speaker, Educator, and Writer. Margi has Taught Interior Design of over 45 years and is the executive director for We Make Color Easy, The Dewey Color System. You can book a seminar or color course with her by emailing her at DesigningDr@gmail.com.

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