Clothing: Find Your Personal Style

Following are some considerations when deciding on a look:

Style

There are various styles of dress which are worn by different women according to their lifestyle and their idea of who they are. Dressing in a style that suits you helps people to get to know who are immediately. One style of dress is traditional, and would include looks such as printed dresses, plaid skirts, and khaki pants worn with sweaters.

Another style of dressing is a bit more dramatic, with simpler forms and fewer and more basic colors. This wardrobe style might include sheath dresses, and plain pants in dark colors worn with tunic tops or soft shirts.

Many younger women are comfortable in a clothes style which might be considered alternative dressing. This look incorporates some of the basic, slimmer looks from the sixties, and a bit of a "Salvation Army," used clothing look. Colors are usually dark, and accessories are few.

Fit

In deciding how clothes should fit there are a few considerations. One is comfort. Larger sizes and a looser fit are generally more comfortable. Shoes that are too small can ruin a day at the park, and a waistband that is too tight can make a beautiful meal in a fine restaurant an unpleasant experience.

Another consideration is appearance. While a pair of close-fitting jeans on a shapely body is (undeniably) attractive, generally speaking looser-fitting clothing is more flattering much of the time and to most people.Most of us don't have a mammy to help cinch in our waist like Scarlett O'hara did, and therefore should probably not try to get into clothes that are not large enough to accommodate our forms.

Colors

Choosing clothing in the colors that are most flattering is essential. The best way to learn which colors can be worn to the best effect is by experimentation (it is cheaper to try on various colored outfits rather than to buy them, then never wear them), but there are two basic palettes to choose from. Some colors are considered "warm," or yellow-based. Below are some (but certainly not all) of the colors that would be included in this palette.

Generally, women with hair which tends to auburn, eyes which are green or hazel-colored, and skin which has a bit of a golden cast are more comfortable and look better in these colors.

The other colors are considered "cool," or blue-based. These colors are sometimes called "crayon colors," as they tend to be more of a "true," or "clear" color. Icy pastels also are a part of this palette.

Women with very dark or very light hair and very dark or very light skin, and with dark brown or bright blue eyes usually wear these colors to the best effect.

 

Makeup

With makeup, as with clothing, the question to ask is:

"What suits me personally?"

Flattering colors must be found and used (reference color palettes above). A bit of experimentation is usually necessary to learn the colors and amounts of makeup that will be the most flattering. Some makeup companies offer free makeovers, and others offer samples so that it need not be costly to find makeup looks that enhance your personal style and beauty.

Ideally, when worn correctly and in the correct amounts, makeup should not actually be seen. If your makeup, rather than simply a more beautiful you, is obvious, you are probably wearing too much.

While there are many types of makeup, and many ways in which to wear it, there are four very basic elements. While these four may be added to, the use of each of them is quite necessary for most women in the pursuit of beauty.

Foundation

Foundation is the most basic of all makeups, and is applied first. It should match your skin color EXACTLY, and should never be seen. Foundation gives your skin a uniform appearance, and covers slight blemishes and discolorations. Generally, women with skin which tends to be more dry should use cream foundations, and women with skin which tends to be more oily should use a liquid, or oil-free foundation. A few companies even offer dry foundations which seem to go on really easily, and stay fresh.

Blush/Rouge

Cheek color should be applied not where a natural blush would appear, which is under the eye, but along the cheekbone, usually beginning at the center of the eye and outward toward the hairline. For an occasion where more makeup is worn, or where a more dramatic look is desired, blush may also be applied in a v-shape around the eye.

Blush tends to draw attention upward on the face, and toward the eyes. Choosing a flattering blush shade is important. The color palettes above may be helpful in choosing a color. As a general rule darker shades work better for evening looks, and lighter shades look nicer during the day or when more casual clothes are worn.

Mascara/Shadows

Mascara is always appropriate, and is used to give the eyes a brighter, larger appearance. Brown mascara is said to give the lashes a fuller look, while black gives them a longer look.

Shadows may be used to enhance the brightness of the eyes even further, but care should be taken in choosing the appropriate color, and in using the correct amount in order to avoid a garish overly-made-up look.

Lipstick

Choosing a lipstick color that works well with your natural coloring is critical. You may consult the color palettes above, but should also experiment with various colors. Most cosmetic counters will allow you to try various lip colors with a Q-tip, and you may be surprised to find that you look great in a color you might never have tried.

As with all makeup darker colors will lend a more dramatic appearance, while lighter colors will serve to enhance natural beauty. Again, experimentation is necessary to find the best looks.

Usually lip color is applied along the natural lip lines, but thin lips may be made to appear somewhat fuller with the use of a lip liner applied outside the natural lip lines. In using that method, care should be taken to reapply frequently.

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