Thursday, March 7, 2013

The sun has been shining and the temperatures are rising, but we find ourselves guilty of sticking to our uniform of blacks, browns and greys…with maybe a splash of colour – but is it the right colour for our (less-than-tan at the moment) skin tones?

As us lovely ladies emerge like butterflies from our winter wardrobe cocoon, we are thinking of long sunny days, lighter moods and the freedom of breaking off the layers. Dressing between seasons can be a challenge, none more so than from winter to spring.

So I thought I would share the interview that I had with Girlfriend Guide to Zurich last year to give you some spring inspiration.    Don't worry I've updated some of the trends so that they are CURRENT RIGHT NOW AND FOR 2013.  
Let’s celebrate the sun, the greening of the grass and the burst of spring blooms
 because this season we’re going from 
Brrrr …. to Brrrright!
Zuri Girl: We took a browse through your blog and realized that although we LOVE updating our wardrobe with the colours of spring…we never realized there is much to be said about the science of colour and how it affects us. What exactly is colour?
Mirror Ball Studios:  Colour truly is a sensory experience, as the colour of an object is seen by the eye when light is shone upon it. There are 3 key attributes of colour: tone, depth and clarity. Our skin tones include a unique blend of these 3 colour attributes as well, so in all honesty, it is where and how we wear fashionable colours that makes all the difference.
  1. Tone - or the name given to a colour. For example, red, green, blue and yellow, as well as its undertone of warm or cool.
  2. Depth - or the strength of a colour and whether it’s light or deep.
  3. Clarity - or the luminance of a colour and how clear or soft is it.
Zuri Girl: You say it depends on ‘Where & How we wear colour’ – Why?
Mirror Ball Studios:  It’s all down to the three P’s of colour styling:
  1. Physical impact of colour
    Depending on our eye, hair and skin colour we will all reflect certain colours well onto our face, making us look healthy, youthful, and radiant.  Conversely, some colours do the exact opposite for us.  Scientifically, there are 6 key personal colour types that define all of us, though we are each a unique blend of the 3 colour attributes.  For example, I am pre-dominantly ‘clear’ in my colouring, but I also have warmth and depth.  My colouring suits bold, bright and contrasting  colours.  My opposite, ‘soft’ colouring will suit more muted shades worn with less contrast.
  2. Psychological impact
    Colour can alter the way we feel, or it can project a desired image of ourselves.  Blue often projects authority for example, and red, confidence.  If we exude these traits others reflect them back to us.  This creates a virtuous cycle of positive affirmation that makes us feel great and so we grow these characteristics.
  3. Our own fashion Personality
    Our personalities however, are so important in how we are going to wear colour.  If you are ‘creative’ then chances are you will be more inclined to embrace colours.  If you have a more ‘chic’ style personality then you will always favour neutrals or tone-on-tone colours.  We should embrace this rather than fight it for our very best wardrobe.

Zuri Girl: Are there colours that suit everyone?