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Coordinating Colors – Clothing and Jewelry

Color is everywhere, in your clothes, in your jewelry, in the advertising you see, and the displays in retail stores. Color is life. Intentionally coordinating your wardrobe (clothing) and your jewelry can make or break your carefully planned outfit, draw attention to your best features (or your flaws), and help you create an image that is uniquely you.

Here’s an overview of color theory with a “DivaStyle” flair:

What’s a DivaStyle flair? It’s the principle that whatever you incorporate into your image design and management plan should help you express what’s wonderful, special and unique about you – your most Dynamic, Intriguing, Vivacious and Audacious self – DivaStyle – within the guidelines of appropriateness for your chosen activities.

You may remember from art classes in school that “Primary” colors – as defined by Dictionary.com, are: a color, as red, yellow, or blue, that in mixture yields other colors. In theory, you can make any color from these three primaries (except white, which is really an absence of color). In practice, it depends on what red, blue or yellow you start with, but we are not mixing paints here, so just remember that the primary colors are red, blue and yellow.

Color Categories – The Keys to Color

Not every color is created equally when you are considering your visual appearance and image. Whether you are planning an update to your business wardrobe, choosing an investment piece for your evening attire, or just planning a weekend trip away, understanding the categories of color and how they affect your wardrobe planning and your visual image is important to help you develop maximum positive appeal.

Let’s look at the five (5) categories of color and how they can affect your wardrobe planning:

Core Color – these versatile and classic colors are the ones you build your wardrobe around. Most people will begin here and this is where you’ll spend a little more on the garments. These colors do not change every year and while you will find variations – i.e. light or dark charcoal grey – generally you’ll always be able to find these colors in stores at seasonally appropriate times. Darker Core Colors may be tougher to find during spring and summer, but in the fall and winter, they will be much more plentiful.