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Women’s Accessories – Your Essential Guide

In this month blog, ‘Women’s Accessories – The Essentials’ I share the key items you need in your wardrobe to transform a basic outfit into a stylish one. The choice of colour, size, shape, pattern and style of these items is entirely up to you, so allow your personality and preferences to shine.

Women’s Accessories – Jewellery

– Real or fake diamond stud earrings. These are good all-rounders – you can dress them up or down.

– A pearl necklace or bracelet. These will always say style and elegance like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Women's accessories: Thomas Sabo fresh water pearl bracelet

Thomas Sabo fresh water pearl bracelet

– Some statement necklaces. These will turn any plain outfit into something ‘wow’ and interesting. Experiment with wood, metal and semi-precious stones.

Women’s accessories – Shoes

– Nude or black pumps. Select a medium to low heel so they match nicely with pants or skirts.

– Ankle boots. You choose the colour, style and heel height. Ankle boots will see you through autumn, winter and the early stages of spring.

– Stylish Sneakers – for dashing to the supermarket, travelling to and from work etc.

– A pair of nude coloured strappy sandals with medium to high heels will be very versatile and take your outfits from day into night.

Women's Accessories: Strappy sandals by Stuart Weitzman

NuNakedStraight Sandal by Stuart Weitzman

– Stylish low heeled sandals. Elevate a basic outfit of tee shirt and jeans from your feet up!

– Beautiful ballet flats. These are your comfy ‘go tos’ and like your pumps, they will go perfectly with pants or skirts.

Women’s Accessories – Bags

– Tote bag. Your everyday bag should be made of good quality leather to withstand the wear and tear of daily use. Invest in another more structured bag for work.

– A beautiful black or metallic evening bag. Stick to these options as they will go with everything.

– A wallet that is in good condition. If yours is tatty around the edges or falling apart, it’s time to replace it. Think of cost per wear. If your wallet cost $300 and you used it for 300 days that equates to it costing you $1 a day!

Women’s Accessories – Other

– Sunglasses. These should suit your face shape, compliment your natural colouring and have good quality lenses.

– a silk scarf. These are the perfect weight: light enough to wear in summer and warm enough to use during the cooler months.

– 2 lipsticks: 1 for day and 1 that is a little bolder for night. Find your perfect shade here.

Women's accessories: Lipsticks on black background

– Shapewear. Not for every day use, but perfect for under clothes where you want to create smooth, sleek lines. Ensure your shapewear fits comfortably: it’s about flattering your figure, not about making you look a size smaller.

– A good quality leather belt. Use it with your pants and jeans or over a loose blouse to cinch in your waist.

– A Pashmina – Great to wrap around your shoulders when the nights get nippy or when travelling on any form of transport that is airconditioned to subzero temperatures.

– Leather gloves – a must for those who feel the cold, and they are a stylish addition to any coat and scarf ensemble.

– Hats. There are so many practical reasons for wearing hats, like protecting your face, hair and scalp from the harsh sun’s rays, but they are also a great opportunity to make a style statement.

Woman modelling accessories - sun hat and pearls.

Source credit: bikinimuse.tumblr.com

 

Want to know more about how to create stylish outfits using your accessories and a small capsule of clothes that all mix and match together?

SAVE THE DATE because 2nd June is the next Shop Your Own Wardrobe workshop. If you are ready to look and feel fabulous with less clothes and be able to travel lighter and still look stylish, this fun 3 hour session is a must attend.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Get 25% off your Shop Your Own Wardrobe tickets when you book with a friend before 14 May 2018. This offer is only available if tickets are purchased directly through Ann: ann@imageconfidence.com.au (Pay just $112 each – saving more than $35 off the regular price of $149.75)

After this date, tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite for $149.75 per person.

I’m always interested to hear the style topics you would like me to cover. Send me your suggestions in the comment box below.

 

Sticky
April 26, 2018

Guo Pei: ‘Legend’ extravaganza at the NGV

The National Gallery of Victoria’s impressive inaugural Triennial exhibition features displays of contemporary artists from 32 countries. A stand out for me was the collection of extraordinary creations from Chinese born fashion designer Guo Pei from her 2017 Spring/Summer ‘Legend’ couture parade.

All of the ‘Legend’ pieces are on loan from a private collection. These amazing gowns are feats of one woman’s remarkable imagination and design prowess. Bringing her phenomenal concepts to life took hundreds of skilled artisans thousands of hours to complete.

Pei’s inspiration came from her visit to the baroque cathedral of St. Gall in Switzerland. She was mesmerised by the stunning ethereal murals, its dome and the rich gold ornaments. And so began a two year journey of inspiration and creation leading to these impressive haute couture gowns.

This display is a feast of sparkling crystals, sumptuous embroidery, silk, feathers, metal, PVC, dazzling gold thread and organza.

If you are in Melbourne and have some spare time I highly recommend a visit. Entry is free and the exhibition runs until 15 April, 2018.

Here are some of the photos I took during my visit.

Ensembles

Black chest piece and lace gown Guo Pei

Black chest piece and lace gown

Lantern sleeve gown Guo Pei

Lantern sleeve gown

Deep green and gold dress Guo Pei

Deep green and gold dress

Feathered gown Guo Pei

Feathered gown

Angel gown with gold Guo Pei

Angel gown with gold

Skirt of Angel dress with gold Guo Pei

Skirt of Angel dress with gold

White Goddess Guo Pei

White Goddess

Luminous spirit Guo Pei

Luminous spirit

Fantasy Footwear

Suede and beaded shoes from Guo Pei's Legend collection
Feathered fantasy footwear Guo Pei Legend collection
Gold fantasy footwear Guo Pei Legend collection

Fabulous Fabrics

Sequinned and beaded lace Guo Pei
Red Goddess dress metallic fabric Guo Pei Legend collection
Heavily embroidered fabric Legend Collection Guo Pei
Dazzling emboidered fabric from Guo Pei's Legend collection
Silk, polyester, pvc and emboidery used to make a Guo Pei Legend collection dress
Feathers on fabric Guo Pei Legend collection

The Finale

Guo Pei’s ‘Legend’ couture fashion show ended spectacularly with this Red Goddess gown. Carmen Dell’Orefice, octogenarian and American model, paraded the gown which is said to symbolise blood.  Made from metallic fabric, silk, crystals and embroidery, this sculptural piece makes a dramatic statement as you enter and exist the exhibition.

Guo Pei Legend collection Red Goddess ensemble
Close up of Red Goddess dress Guo Pei
Red Goddess ensemble with train Guo Pei Legend collection

 

Ann Vodicka is a Sydney based image consultant and personal stylist. She believes that all her clients have their own unique sense of personal style and she delights in helping them express it!

Image Confidence was created to help you look your best with minimum effort and maximum impact.

Contact Ann to start your transform to image confidence.

Sticky
March 21, 2018

‘Hermes at Work’ Exhibition: Artisans Share their Talents and Skills

Hermes is a family run business spanning 5 generations. The brand is synonymous with luxury and quality workmanship, and that’s why the ‘Hermes at Work’ exhibition at Melbourne Town Hall is so exciting. The general public are being given a rare and privileged look at Hermes artisans plying their crafts.

The exhibition is a wonderful interactive experience. We watched enthralled as each skilled crafts-person explained and demonstrated how they transform materials such as leather, silk, precious gems and ceramics into stunning handbags, gloves, scarves, watches, jewellery, saddles and finely painted porcelain. One of the highlights was looking through the jeweller’s 15x magnifying glass at the piece he was working on; a Galop Hermes bracelet featuring 2,500 plus diamonds – dazzling!

It’s a fascinating world to experience, one which requires incredible skill, time, patience, an eye for detail and a passion for excellence.

‘Hermes at Work’ is at Melbourne Town Hall until 17 March (closed 12 March). If you’re in the CBD it is definitely worth a visit.

The Leatherworker

Hermes artisan makes a Kelly bag

Making the handle of a ‘Kelly’ bag

 

Hermes artisan makes a Kelly bag

Picking up the main bag section

The Tie-Maker

A lady hand stitching a silk tie

Hand stitching a silk twill tie

A lady hand stitching a silk tie

Sewing a single thread slip stitch

The Glover

The Hermes glover at his work bench

Softened leather to be transformed into gloves

colourful leather and the glover

Rainbow of colours to be made into gloves

The Silk Printer

Man using the flat frame silk printing technique

The ‘flat frame’ silk printing technique

Man uses 'flat frame' silk printing technique

The Porcelain Painter

A selection of hand painted porcelain plates

Hand painted porcelain plates

Artisan painting a porcelain plate

The artisan uses a fine sable-hair brush to paint the plate

Ann Vodicka is a Sydney based image consultant who is passionate about style and design. She believes you can be stylish at any age, and loves helping people dress to express their individuality, and, to dress for success.

 

Sticky
March 09, 2018

Stylish Comfortable Shoes for Women

Let’s face facts ladies. There comes a time in every woman’s life when putting up with uncomfortable shoes is NOT an option. You’ve limped, laboured and languished for decades with sore, blistered feet. Corns and bunions abound, and the stilettos hiding in the back of your wardrobe are covered in a thick layer of dust.

We lead busy lives: have places to go and people to meet. There’s absolutely no time for sore, aching feet!

But, thankfully, there are plenty of stylish, comfortable shoes for women. It’s easy to find shoes that look current and modern, not nanna or frumpy.

I’ve photographed some of my favourite comfy shoes to show you the variety on offer. Keep in mind these may not be your preference of colour or style, but it’s the type of shoe or heel that’s important.

 

Ann’s version of stylish comfortable shoes for women

  • Block heels (stable and sturdy, have equal width from top to bottom, can be high, low or somewhere in-between) … and an ankle strap makes it more secure and comfortable to walk in.

Stylish, comfortable shoes for women over 40: red suede sandals with block heels       Stylish, comfortable shoes for women over 40: faux leopard skin shoes with low block heels

 

  • Kitten heels and sling backs – it doesn’t have to be the combination of the two, but the combination does speak of elegance and sophistication. Kitten heels are comfortable to wear all day or all night, and are perfect for both casual and formal occasions. Sling backs give you support around the back of your heels.

Stylish, comfortable shoes for women over 40: sandals with kitten heels    Stylish, comfortable shoes for women over 40: sling back shoes with kitten heels

 

  • Wedges: mini and higher heel (great if you want to add height and the full sole makes them easy to walk in)

Stylish, comfortable shoes for women over 40: espadrille wedges          Stylish, comfortable shoes for women over 40: patent leather wedges

 

  • Lace-up sandals

Stylish, comfortable shoes for women over 40: lace up sandals

 

 

  • Fun, colourful sneakers

Stylish, comfortable shoes for women over 40: gold and blue sneakers        Stylish, comfortable shoes for women over 40: red sneakers

 

  • Ballet flats (buy some with interesting detail like the tassels and perforated suede)

Stylish, comfortable shoes for women over 40: ballet flats with tassels

  • elegant flats (in a neutral or your best metallic)

Stylish, comfortable shoes for women over 40: gold flats with sling backs

  • T-bar – the straps give you loads of support and you can get away with a higher heel. Mary-Jane styles that feature a strap or two across the instep will also keep your feet firmly secured in the shoe.

Stylish, comfortable shoes for women over 40: tan and cream sandals with t-bar

  • Enclosed and high vamp (a more closed in shoe that covers the foot)

Stylish, comfortable shoes for women over 40: tan, high vamp, peep toe sandals

  • Walking shoes that are not runners (I wore these light weight Ecco walking shoes nearly every day during a 4 week trip to Spain) Other brands include: Merrell and Vivobarefoot.

Stylish, comfortable shoes for women over 40: black walking shoes

  • Boots : Whether long or ankle, low, medium or high heeled, boots give maximum support to the whole/entire foot. Comfort factor = high.

Stylish, comfortable shoes for women over 40: tan and navy ankle boots

 

So, the moral of the story is … There are plenty of stylish comfortable shoes for women so you can look fashionable and not suffer in the process. What a relief to know that you can have the best of both worlds: style and comfort = win/win!

Ann Vodicka is the principle style coach at Image Confidence. She helps women and men dress for success. For more information regarding the style experiences she offers visit the Home page of her website.

Sticky
February 11, 2018

Discover Your Colours

In this article, you’ll learn how to discover your colours so that you look and feel fabulous every day.

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to transform your look and feel your best in 2018? A great place to start is to wear colours that suit you best.

Have you noticed that every time you wear a particular piece of clothing people compliment you on how beautiful you look or how well you look? These compliments give you a lift, don’t they? You feel your self-confidence surge and it puts you in a great mood.

Wouldn’t you love to feel that way all the time?

What is it about that garment that attracts these compliments? It could be that the colour is working for you. Dressing in colours that compliment your skin, hair and eye tones creates a naturally harmonious look. People respond positively to this harmony at a subconscious level and it helps to shape their impressions of you in a positive way both socially and professionally.

So how do you know which colours suit you best? Here are 3 simple questions you can ask yourself that will help guide you to discover your colours. They are some of the questions I use when determining a client’s colour palette during a personal colour analysis consultation. They will help you put an end to buying and wearing colours that are unflattering on you. Say “good-bye” to the days of spending money on clothes you never or hardly ever wear and living with the ‘I have a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear’ syndrome.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does this colour overwhelm me? Do I see the colour rather than me? Colours that suit you best will blend with your complexion, and give you a natural glow.

 

  • Does the colour make my skin look ruddy, yellow or pale? Look at how the colour affects your skin. If you look unwell or the lines on your face look deeper or the bags under your eyes look darker, best leave it.

 

  • Does the colour enhance my eyes? If it’s ‘right’ your eyes will sparkle. If it’s ‘wrong’ they’ll look dull.

 

 For most people colour perception is a learned skill. You can learn it too by using the questions. The more you practice the better you get.

If you find it difficult to see how different colours affect your skin tone, an easy way to find out your best colours is to have a personal colour analysis done by a professional colour consultant. The consultant is a colour expert and will be able to determine, with a technique called draping, which hues suit you.

Image Confidence offers individual and group Personal Colour Consultations.

In 2018 we will be running ‘Colour Your Life’ workshops. These 3 hour, small group (max. 6) personal colour analysis workshops are specifically designed to help you discover your colours and how to successfully combine them. You’ll receive a complimentary colour swatch of your colours and a detailed information booklet to take home. Use your colour swatch, (a purse size ‘fan-deck’ of your best colours), to determine if the clothes, accessories, glasses, jewellery, make up and your hair colour are right for you. Having a personal colour analysis is an investment in you!

Scheduled dates:

Monday 5th February

Saturday 24th February

Thursday 19th April

Thursday 17th May

Workshops are held in Leichhardt, Sydney – 10am to 1pm.

Morning refreshments included.

Investment: $230.49

Places are limited. Tickets available at Eventbrite or click on the dates above to BOOK NOW.

P.S. If you have a group of friends or work colleagues who would like to experience this fun and transformative workshop contact ann@imageconfidence.com.au to organise a private event.

Make 2018 your year! Improve your image by discovering your best colours. Look amazing and feel fantastic every day.

 

Discover Your Colours using colour swatches

Discover Your Colours: Use your swatch as a colour guide when shopping for clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories, make up and when choosing your hair colour.

 

 

 

 

 

Sticky
January 10, 2018

Happy New Year!

Well, 2018 has arrived! I hope your Christmas and New Year was filled with happiness and fun, and shared with people you love.

I also hope that amongst all the rush and chaos that is ‘the festive season’ you’ve had a moment to slow down and contemplate what you’d like to do and perhaps achieve this year.

I’m feeling very motivated and optimistic about my plans! In January and February (in-between running workshops and spending time with clients) I’ll be working towards attaining my global certification with AICI (The international organisation for image consultants). I love learning, so I’m keen to broaden my knowledge and gain new insights into all things image related. I’ll be sure to share some of that info with you :-). Lastly, I’m expanding theShop Your Own Wardrobe workshops and introducing Colour Your Life (personal colour analysis) workshops – all of which will keep me ‘off the streets and out of trouble’!

Last year, many of you emailed me to let me know you were interested in coming along to future workshops. So I’m very excited to let you know that I’ll be running 3 x Shop Your Own Wardrobeworkshops and 4 x Colour Your Life workshops in the first half of 2018. I know how busy life gets, so I thought it would be best to give you the heads-up about dates, times and locations of the workshops as soon as possible.

‘Shop Your Own Wardrobe’ Workshop:

Lady is frustrated in her wardrobe.

If you’re ready to let go of items that have been clogging up your wardrobe, are keen on saving yourself time and money, and want to own less clothes but have more outfit options this workshop is for you.

‘Shop Your Own Wardrobe’ Workshop:

Date/time: Saturday, 17th February, 10am to 1pm, Norman Selfe Room Level 3

Date/time: Saturday, 7th April, 10am to 1pm, Carmichael Room Level 1

Date/time: Saturday, 2nd June, 10am to 1pm, Carmichael Room Level 1

 

Place: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts – 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

Morning refreshments included

Group size: 12

NOTE: Please bring a piece of clothing that you haven’t worn in over 2 years.

Here’s what Kim said about my last workshop;

“…A very informative workshop which offered practical advice on decluttering your wardrobe, creating a capsule wardrobe and taking 13 garments and turning them into 64 outfits. WOW! Ann’s infectious sense of humour made for a fun evening. If you are thinking of revamping your wardrobe or feel your wardrobe is in a rut then talk to Ann.”

Investment:   $149.75

Tickets available through Eventbrite or contact me on ann@imageconfidence.com.au to secure your place.

 

‘Colour Your Life’ Workshop:

Colour fandeck

 

Do you want to transform your look and feel fabulous in 2018?

The quickest and easiest way to improve your appearance and give your self-confidence a boost is to wear colours that harmonise with your complexion, hair and eye colouring.

A personal colour analysis will help you discover the colours that give you a younger, more vibrant and healthier look without even trying!

Absolutely everybody can benefit from wearing colours that suit them.

Join us for an enlightening ‘Colour Your Life’ workshop. These small group personal colour analysis sessions are a fun and economical way to discover your best colours – the colours that enhance and illuminate you. In just three hours you’ll discover your own personal colour palette and how to use it. Shopping for clothes, accessories, shoes, makeup and even glasses will be easy and effective when you know which colours to look for. You will also receive your complimentary personal colour swatch (purse sized colour sample cards) and detailed colour information booklet to take home.

Start creating the new, confident and outstanding you by wearing colours that make you shine!

Group size: 6

Colour Your Life’ Workshop:

Date/time: Monday, 5th February, 10am to 1pm

Date/time: Saturday, 24th February, 10am to 1pm

Date/time: Thursday, 19th April, 10am to 1pm

Date/time: Thursday, 17th May, 10am to 1pm

Place: 69 Allen Street, Leichhardt

Morning refreshments included

Investment:   $230.49

Tickets available through Eventbrite or contact me on ann@imageconfidence.com.au to secure your place.

Start the new year by investing in you. Let 2018 be the year you make exciting, positive changes to your appearance and your wardrobe.

Warmly,

Ann

P.S. Watch your inbox for this month’s blog, ‘Improve Your Image With COLOUR’. I’ll be emailing it to you soon.

Sticky
January 01, 2018

1 Top 3 Ways

1 Top 3 Ways

 

How often do you wear the same outfit over and over again without seeing the full potential of each piece of clothing?

Sometimes it’s hard to see past our favourite combinations: we get stuck wearing the same things the same way.  ‘1 Top 3 Ways’ is about rethinking how you mix and match your clothes. It’s also about getting creative with what’s in your wardrobe. By styling a garment in different ways you’ll make it more versatile and in the process create new outfits.

 

In the collections below I’ve used 1 top to create 3 outfits that could take you from day to night and casual to dressy.

 

Think of 3 different occasions where you could wear one of your tops and start playing!

 

Tip: Accessories are an inexpensive way to change the look of an outfit.

 

 

1 shirt 3 ways for men

 

 

 

 

Cool, Blue and Summery

 

 

If you’d like help creating stylish outfits from the clothes you already own, contact me for a fun and enlightening Wardrobe Revival session.

 

 

 

Sticky
December 02, 2017

Shop Your Wardrobe Workshop

surprised girl in pink, looking up, with open hand

Let’s make yours an uncluttered, uncomplicated wardrobe: Let’s Shop Your Wardrobe

 

Join us for a fun and informative two hours exploring the creative ways you can Shop Your Wardrobe. Do you have a wardrobe full of clothes but have nothing to wear? Do you have clothes you never or hardly ever wear? This workshop will show you how to get the best use from the clothes, shoes and accessories you already own. Learn clever ways to simplify your life by simplifying your wardrobe. See how to group items together to create an abundance of fabulous fuss-free outfits.

Life is busy. Getting dressed needs to be quick and easy.

Imagine….

– Saving time and energy every morning by not labouring over what you’re going to wear.

– Free your mind and space from wardrobe overload.

– Look stylish and love what you wear every day.

– Have more time to do the things you love to do rather than spending it clothes shopping.

– Own less clothes but have more outfit options.

– Have a fully functional wardrobe with less expense.

It’s all achievable!

This workshop is perfect for anyone interested in living a more organised and uncluttered life, and for those of you yearning for a more functional, versatile wardrobe.

 

Strictly limited places.

 

Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and nibbles on arrival.

 

Tickets: $42.50  Available at Eventbrite

See more information about Ann

Sticky
November 14, 2017

Australia and The House of Dior 70 years on

The National Gallery of Victoria’s ‘The House of Dior – Seventy Years of Haute Couture’ is in its final week. It is a phenomenal exhibition featuring over 140 exquisite garments and accessories designed by The House of Dior’s seven creative directors.

If you missed this feast of haute couture or would like to ‘re-visit’ the exhibition one more time, I’ve compiled a small collection of my photos below.

 

A Little History

Based at 30 Avenue Montaigne Paris, Christian Dior released his first couture collection in 1947. Dubbed the ‘New Look’ collection, it would change women’s fashion forever. Gone were the utilitarian styles of wartime. In its place: tiny waists, soft shoulder lines and fairytale-like long, full skirts.

The Australian connection began in the following year. David Jones paraded fifty of Dior’s original designs at their Sydney city store as part of their ‘French Fashion for All’ promotion. This was the first time outfits from Dior’s inaugural haute couture collection were viewed outside Paris. Australian women loved it! They eagerly embraced his designs and their adaptations.

And, judging by the lengthy queues and hordes of people viewing the exhibition the day I visited, Australian’s adoration for French high fashion and Christian Dior Couture lives on.

 

Christian Dior (Creative Director 1946-57)

Yves Saint Laurent (Creative Director 1957-60)

Marc Bohan (Creative Director 1960-89)

Gianfranco Ferre (Creative Director 1989-96)

John Galliano (Creative Director 1996-2011)

Couture from Top to Toe

Raf Simons (Creative Director 2012-15)

Maria Grazia Chiuri (Creative Director 2016- )

 

Ann Vodicka is a personal stylist and image consultant based in Sydney, Australia. She has a passion for fashion and for helping men and women develop greater confidence and a stronger sense of self by dressing to express who they truely are. Her desire is for everyone she works with to look and be the best version of themselves they can be.

Ann is contactable through her website https://www.imageconfidence.com.au

 

 

 

Sticky
October 31, 2017

Wearing Black

Should I be wearing black?

Recently, Emma, one of my 40+ clients asked me, “Should I be wearing black? I have so many black clothes, but I think they’re making me look old.” It’s a question I hear often.

How would you describe the way your skin looks when you wear black near your face? Is your response something like, “washed out”, “pale”, “drained”or “sick”?  If you have light to medium hair or undyed greying hair, and a fair to medium complexion or a skin tone with a golden glow you may have noticed that wearing black near your face is aging and unflattering.

Our eye and hair pigments fade over time, and skin colour changes too. You may find that after many years of feeling happy in black you now instinctively feel uncomfortable in it.

Despite what the fashion magazines and media say, black does not work with every skin tone and every hair colour.  Shock! Horror!

Test it out for yourself

You need two pieces of fabric – one black, and the other a colour you love wearing; you know, the colour that people always comment on when you wear it. Place the black fabric over the coloured fabric and hold them under your chin. Look closely at your face. Are the circles under your eyes dark and pronounced? Are the wrinkles more pronounced? Does your skin look sallow? Now drop the black fabric and do the same again. Do you see a difference?

Some ideas/solutions

So, if you feel like you’re in the same boat as Emma, here are my top 5 tips I shared with her to help her achieve a healthier look when wearing black:

 

  1. Create contrast and distraction by wearing a lighter neutral or colour near your face. This could be a scarf, a statement necklace, colourful earrings, hat or pashmina.
Adding colour to soften black outfits

Adding colour to soften black outfits

  1. As your black clothes wear out replace them with other neutrals that are dark but less harsh like navy, charcoal and chocolate. Introduce colours that suit your complexion.

 

  1. If you feel you can’t give up your black tops just yet, wear the ones that are made from softer, sheerer fabrics and that have lower necklines so that your skin colour shows more. Lace, mesh and chiffon are good options.

 

  1. If you have lots of black bottoms (pants and skirts) and black shoes and boots, find patterned tops that have some black or grey in them to link them together.
Patterned tops with black skirt and pants

Patterned tops with black skirt and pants

  1.  Accessorise your LBD (little black dress) with gold, silver, rose gold or pearl necklaces to steer eyes away from the heavy, draining black. Knowing if you have a warm or cool skin tone will help you decide which metal or colour of pearl you should wear.
Wearing Black: Little black dress with yellow gold accessories

Little black dress with yellow gold accessories

 

If you would like to discover the colour palette that best suits your complexion, hair and eye tones so that you look fabulous every day and shop for your best colours with confidence – contact ann@imageconfidence.com.au

Colour fandecks

Your colour guide

Sticky
September 26, 2017
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