Looking Your Best Forever

 As a woman matures there are several things she can do to look and feel her best forever.

COLOR
Have you ever wondered why you feel so good in certain colors? While other colors make  you look tired. Have you experienced those days when someone asks, “Are you feeling okay?” You think to yourself, “I feel fine! Why are they asking me that?” Most likely, it was the color you were wearing. Color plays a very strong role in how you feel and look in your clothes.

When you wear colors that enhance your personal coloring you look healthier, younger and
vibrant. People remember you instead of what you were wearing. What an exhilarating feeling to have people compliment you all the time.

When you wear a color that does not enhance your personal coloring that is what people remember, you look tired and older. There is a reason why you are most comfortable and gravitate to certain colors. Once you understand the why, you will no longer second guess yourself and buy attire that hangs in the closet never to be worn. You will also find it easy to create new outfits with your existing attire. Each of us has hundreds of colors we can wear, so please do not think you are limited.

You were born with your coloring and it never changes.  Forty to sixty years old is when our coloring lightens up again. However, the undertone of your skin never changes. The human body originates from red so everyone has red in their skin undertone. The degree of red undertone depends on the individual’s coloring. You were born with either yellow or blue mixed with that red undertone.

The human body was put together so the skin undertone harmonizes with the eye color, pattern and your natural hair color. Think about what happens as we age. The skin lightens, the eyes fade in color and the hair turns gray. Notice how the skin, eyes and hair all lighten at the same time. It is so we look nice as we mature.

Since the undertone never changes you look your best in your colors from birth to death. You instinctively feel better when wearing your colors. When you love what you are wearing you never ask someone how you look. It is when you are unsure of a color that you ask someone, “How does this look?” Hint, if you have to ask, it is not your color. If you have never gone through a personal color consultation with a Fashion Academy certified consultant do so. You also receive your personal color palette which has all your thousands of colors for clothes, jewelry, shoes, hosiery, makeup.

Make- Up: Wearing your best colors in your make up will help you look younger. Also, tips like no frosts, less is better makes a huge difference as we age.

Hairstyle: A woman should update her hairstyle every 3 years to give her a current look. Color also plays a big role as you mature. If you color your hair make sure you are having it properly colored specific to your personal coloring – if you are a warm or a cool. The wrong hair color totally ages us. See Dawn Waldrop’s You Tube video What is my best hair color?

Wrong                Right
     

STYLE
Wearing the styles that compliment your body frame and height can make you look stylish or frumpy. Learn what your body type is: high hip or tapered hip and then what styles best compliment you. Very important no matter any weight gain that you still wear the styles that best compliment your body frame so you look and feel your best. In a body type/style consultation you will also learn what your best features are – this is very empowering for a woman.

PERSONALITY
You express who you are through your textures and patterns. Are you a Natural, Classic, Romantic or Dramatic?  No matter our personality most women shift to wearing classic patterns and styles as they age creating an elegant look. Your choice of material is especially important if you are going through the hot flash period of your life. Wear sleeveless with a lightweight material jacket. Choose materials that breath and compliment your body frame.

As we women mature and go through all our hormone changes we can look and feel our best through our best colors, styles and personality choices!

 

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The Power of Color

Color is a very powerful business tool. Few people think about color as a communication tool. Color subconsciously affects how we interact with each other. Watch how people interact with you on a day you wear dark colored clothes. Observe how people interact with you when you wear light or bright colored attire. You will find people to be less friendly when you wear dark colors. On days you wear light or bright colors people will be more approachable. Dark colors create authority, intimidation or power. Power professional colors are black, charcoal, navy blue, burgundy, plum dark forest green and dark
brown. If you are unsure of what dark colors to wear choose the color navy blue. Light or bright colors are approachable, fun and more casual. Wearing a light shade of gray or tan will create approachability compared to a dark charcoal or dark brown.

Think about:
• The message you desire to send. How do you desire to be perceived?
• What your industry and position level is with the company.
• Your clients industry and position levels you interact with.

For example: As a national speaker I am in front of many different professional people. Before each program I think about my audience. Am I presenting to bankers, insurance, finance, accountants or lawyers? If so, I choose a dark color suit. Reason: I want to crate a very power professional message. Am I presenting to college students, advertising, or healthcare? If this is my audience. I choose a bright colored outfit to create an approachable professional message. If I walked into a hospital training session for a group of operating room staff wearing a dark navy blue suit they would not be as open to listening as they would be when I am wearing a teal, royal blue or magenta suit.
These professionals are saving lives and brightness in their day is a plus.

It is very important to go through a personal color consultation. Learn what colors work best for you and why. Our skin undertone harmonizes with the eye and natural eye color. The great thing is we are born with either a blue or yellow undertone and it never changes.

Color is the reason WHY
• You love and wear certain clothes while others hang in the closet not to be worn
• You look healthy in certain outfits while other pieces make you look like you don’t feel well
• People remember YOU and not what you worn
You fall into one of six color categories. Once you understand your best colors you will
• Save time shopping
• Ease of coordinating outfits
• No longer waste monies on things you don’t wear

Utilize your best colors as a powerful business tool.

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Is Your Image Impressive Enough to Influence?

Your image is a representation of who you and are and how you wish others to see you. Your overall appearance creates an impression.

What impression do you send visually? Is it inspiring, striking, notable or extraordinary? Successful professionals have mastered the skill to influence through their presence. From the moment they walk in the door you can feel their power to influence. Research has shown these individuals receive more help frequently, are better liked, more persuasive and

are seen as possessing more desirable personality traits and greater intellectual capacities.
Here are the three components to creating an image impressive enough to influence.
• Choice of attire
• Fine details
• A well put together look

Step into your closet and inventory each article of clothing you wear in your job. Make sure each piece sends a professional message and creates the impression you desire. When others meet you they can tell who you are. A healthcare professional not the patient, a teacher not the student, a sales representative not the client, a manager not a support person, a support person not the janitor, the president of the company not a staff person.

When you shop give serious consideration to each piece of attire and accessory you purchase to make sure it visually speaks professional. An image that says you are a specialized expert, skilled, trained and qualified.

Next look at your accessories and condition of your attire. Is everything impeccably clean and neatly pressed at all times? Choose good quality accessories for work. Take the time to shine your shoes everyday. Make sure the outfit is tailored to your unique body structure. Have you gained or lost weight? If so, have those items tailored. Those professionals who have the power to influence are consistent in their image.

Do a closet inventory twice a year to purge those items you no longer wear and replace with pieces that are tailored and fit your career goals. A closet inventory will also keep you current in your look because the clothes manufacturers change the materials. A material that was in five years ago will appear outdated today.

Influential individuals have learned how to create a well-put together look. The color and style of the outfit enhances their personal coloring and body structure. As well as their choice of material and pattern expresses their personality. These individuals have invested in image experts to help them fine-tune their image. You know what looks best on you. It is important to understand the why. Once you are taught why, you no longer will purchase an outfit that does not compliment you in color, fit or personality. This educational process gives you more versatility in your wardrobe, creates ease of dressing saving you time and money.

When you master these components you create a power. Your image sets the tone for how receptive a potential client or co-worker will be to you every time they see you.
This power to influence moves people in positive directions.

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BE Your Own Person & BE Your Professional BEST

So often in our careers we try to be what we think others want us to be. Success today is about being authentic. Authentic in our words and our dress. You can be your own person, feel comfortable and be your professional best.
Key into your personality. Meaning your preference in textures, patterns and accessories.

Most people will be a combination of two personalities: Natural, Classic, Romantic or Dramatic. You many be classic on the job and natural when you go home. You may be classic in your choice of outfits but romantic in your choice of jewelry.

Natural men and women prefer a wash n wear hairstyle. No pattern. If they choose a pattern it may be a check, plaid, small dot or stripe. They like textures like tweed or corduroy. They prefer a thicker soled shoe. They wear little to no jewelry. Many don’t even wear a watch and if they do it has a leather band. No metal for them. The woman wears little make-up. The natural man or woman will move to classic for on the job.

Classic style works in any profession. When in doubt go classic which is a tailored conservative look. The classic prefers no pattern or a subtle all over repeat pattern in a small print or paisley. They love silk, neat materials. The hair is a controlled style and the jewelry is curved and kept simple. A medium to thinner sole shoe is their preference. This woman wears fresh, natural looking make-up.

Romantic man or woman may need to tone down their look on the job. The romantic prefers a longer hairstyle. They love soft materials with soft prints. The woman loves ruffles or bows. They love to shop and want to know the latest trends. They love intricate and many pieces of delicate jewelry. The woman likes baby doll shoes or open-toe sling back high heel shoes. This is where the woman will need to tone down on the job to a two inch closed pump with an ornament like a bow. The woman loves to wear make-up. It is important she goes for a day look and not an evening look. They prefer a thinner soled shoe.

Dramatic loves bold prints and bright colors. Geometric patterns or animal prints. Larger
accessories. Even the watch will make a statement. Their shoes may be pointed, have texture and color. The hairstyle is an angular or blunt cut. The double breasted suit is a favorite—beware very few men and women can wear a double breasted suit. The dramatic like the romantic may have to tone down the look for on the job and save the total dramatic look for off the job. The same for the dramatic woman with her make up it is important she has a day look and not an evening look on the job.

If fashion dictates a personality you are NOT “do not buy it”. People will not remember if you were in fashion. They will remember if you are updated and professional.

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Ease of Coordinating Outfits

Guys wouldn’t it be great to just pull out a shirt, tie, pants or jacket and just know it looks great and everything goes together? Have you ever wondered why you feel so good in certain colors? While other colors make you look tired. Have you experienced those days when someone asks, “Are you feeling okay?” You think to yourself, “I feel fine! Why are they asking me that?” Most likely, it was the color you were wearing. Color plays a very strong role in how you feel and look in your clothes.

Knowing what colors look best on you, makes coordinating outfits a snap.
When you wear colors that enhance your personal coloring you look healthier, younger and
vibrant. People remember you instead of what you were wearing. What an exhilarating feeling to have people compliment you all the time.

When you wear a color that does not enhance your personal coloring that is what people
remember. Upon meeting someone our eyes scan that person from their feet to their face. The eye will automatically linger on the one item that does not enhance their appearance. That may be the color, fit of attire or an accessory.

There is a reason why you are most comfortable and gravitate to certain colors. Once you
understand the why, you will no longer second guess yourself and buy attire that hangs in the closet never to be worn. You will also find it easy to create new outfits with your existing attire. Each of us has hundreds of colors we can wear, so please do not think you are limited. So let’s look at why you look best in certain colors and then show you some examples of how easy it is to coordinate your outfits.

You were born with your coloring and it never changes.  Forty to sixty years old is when our coloring lightens up again. However, the undertone of your skin never changes.
The human body originates from red so everyone has red in their skin undertone. The degree of red undertone depends on the individual’s coloring. You were born with either yellow or blue mixed with that red undertone.

The human body was put together so the skin undertone harmonizes with the eye color, pattern and your natural hair color. Think about what happens as we age. The skin lightens, the eyes fade in color and the hair turns gray. Notice how the skin, eyes and hair all lighten at the same time. It is so we look nice as we mature.

Since the undertone never changes you look your best in your colors from birth to death. You instinctively feel better when wearing your colors.

When you love what you are wearing you never ask someone how you look. It is when you are unsure of a color that you ask someone, “How does this look?” Hint, if you have to ask, it is not your color.

People will fall into one of six different color categories. Cool Violet, Cool Red, Cool Rose are those people who have the blue undertone in their skin. The Warm Golden, Warm Orange and Warm Tawny’s have the yellow undertone. Today we are only going to talk about the warms which have the yellow undertone and cools which have the blue undertone. We recommend learning more to determine your exact category by going to a Fashion Academy certified image consultant who specializes in color analysis.

Many times you will see an outfit that has warm and cool colors mixed together? Here is a rule of thumb: Make sure the majority of the colors in the outfit are yours. If the outfit has half warm and half cool colors do not buy that article of clothing or accessory. Those are the items that hang in the closet not to be worn. They take up space and make it very difficult to see what you do have. Those are also the outfits or ties that you just don’t know what to wear them with. With only your colors in the closet you will be able to see all the combinations you can create.

As a child you instinctually knew your colors. Ask a four year old their favorite color and they will shout out their best color. Interesting it is always a color they look their best in.

Gerri Pinckney of Fashion Academy was a pioneer in color analysis era. She studied the human body and the Albert Munsell color theory for years. She determined there was a pattern in how people were put together with their skin undertone, eye color and natural hair color from the time we are born. She categorized the color differences into the winter, summer, spring and autumn. Years later she realized there were two groups each being included in one of the other groups and they really needed to be separated. Note: she did not change the original color theory. She fine-tuned the categories. Now you hear Cool Violet, Cool Red (winters), Cool Rose (summer), Warm Golden, Warm Orange (springs) and Warm Tawny (autumn). Cool think blue undertone and warm think yellow undertone. The cool colors are blue based.

The cool needs these two basic colors in their closet at all times: black or dark charcoal and navy blue. These two basic colors should be had in suits, dress pants and casual pants. The only two colors needed for a cool’s shoes are: black and cordovan.

The cools hair colors range from dark brown to black, silver gray, light to dark ash brown or a white blonde. Examples of cools are: Robert DeNiro, Michael Jackson, President Bill Clinton, Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Cuba Gooding Jr,. Walter Matthaw, Tommy Lee Jones, Orlando Bloom, Johnny Depp, Elvis Presley, Jay Leno, Adam Sandler, Ben Affleck, Antonio Banderas and Keanu Reeves.

The warms are the yellow based colors. The warms need these two basic colors in their closet at all times: brown and navy blue. These two basic colors should be had in suits, dress pants and casual pants. The only two colors needed for a warms shoe are: dark brown and black.

The warms hair colors range from golden blonde, light to medium golden brown, carrot red, strawberry blonde to reddish brown and deep chestnut brown with gold or auburn.
Warms are: Drew Carey, Arnold Shwarzenegger, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Kenny Rogers, Robert Redford, Ryan Stiles, Dave Letterman, Matt Damon, Leonard DiCaprio and Justin Timberlake.

Color saves you money because now everything goes with everything else in the closet. Not only is it easy to coordinate your clothes, color keeps you younger looking and feeling your best.

Contact Dawn to go through a personal or telephone Color Consultation.

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Color a Powerful Communication Tool

Color is a very powerful business tool. Few people think about color as a communication tool. Color subconsciously affects how we interact with each other. Watch how people interact with you on a day you wear dark colored clothes. Observe how people interact with you when you wear light or bright colored attire.

You will find people to be less friendly when you wear dark colors. On days you wear light or bright colors people will be more approachable. Dark colors create authority, intimidation or power. Power professional colors are black, charcoal, navy blue, burgundy, plum dark forest green and dark brown. If you are unsure of what dark colors to wear choose the color navy blue. Light or bright colors are approachable, fun and more casual. Wearing a light shade of gray or tan will create approachability compared to a dark charcoal or dark brown.

Think about:
• The message you desire to send. How do you desire to be perceived?
• What your industry and position level is with the company.
• Your clients industry and position levels you interact with.

For example: As a national speaker I am in front of many different professional people. Before each program I think about my audience. Am I presenting to bankers, insurance, finance, accountants or lawyers? If so, I choose a dark color suit. Reason: I want to crate a very power professional message. Am I presenting to college students, advertising, or healthcare? If this is my audience. I choose a bright colored outfit to create an approachable professional message. If I walked into a hospital training session for a group of operating room staff wearing a dark navy blue suit they would not be as open to listening as they would be when I am wearing a teal, royal blue or magenta suit. These professionals are saving lives and brightness in their day is a plus.

It is very important to go through a personal color consultation. Learn what colors work best for you and why. Our skin undertone harmonizes with the eye and natural eye color. The great thing is we are born with either a blue or yellow undertone and it never changes.

Color is the reason WHY
• You love and wear certain clothes while others hang in the closet not to be worn
• You look healthy in certain outfits while other pieces make you look like you don’t feel well
• People remember YOU and not what you worn
You fall into one of six color categories. Once you understand your best colors you will
• Save time shopping
• Ease of coordinating outfits
• No longer waste monies on things you don’t wear

Utilize your best colors as a powerful business tool.

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