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Seasonal Color analysis part 2

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In my earlier post, I have talked about two skin undertones- warm and cool.

lets go a little deep into season color analysis and how its divided.

Seasonal color analysis divides people into 4 categories according to the four seasons, depending on their Skin, Eyes and Hair color.

These seasons are Winter, Autumn, Summer, Spring and here is the description of all with their color palette that suits them the most.

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Summer

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Winter

Spring Coloring Group

If you have a dominant Spring-like quality to your coloring, then you shine in warm and bright colors. Your coloring is in general warm but bright. The majority of red-heads fall within this season because of the dominant warm, red hair color.

Celebs with a Spring coloring: Heather Graham, Kate Hudson, Amy Adams, Taylor Swift, Nicole Kidman, Christina Hendricks

Summer Coloring Group

If you have a light and muted quality to your coloring, then you’re most likely a Summer. You are the most delicate and coolest season of all 4 in the seasonal color analysis.

Celebs with a Spring coloring: Naomi Watts, Heather Locklear, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jodie Foster

Autumn Coloring Group

If your coloring seems to have a lot of depth to it along with golden undertones then you have an Autumn coloring.

Celebs with a Autumn coloring: Jessica Alba, Kate Beckinsale, Nicole Richie, Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Eva Mendes

Winter Coloring Group

If you have a dominant Winter quality to your coloring, then your skin, hair- and eye color combinations is in general very deep and vivid – which is why you shine in black and other colors that have a strong jewel quality to them.

Celebs with a Winter coloring: Lucy Liu, Megan Fox, Jessica Stroup, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Connelly.

This was just a small piece of information about the Seasonal Color Analysis and their has been different versions of it as well, But friends you don’t need to follow them all, its just that if you are aware of your color palette it makes you more younger and more brighter.

And if your color palette does not have your favourite colors in it, so better go for colors / shades which stands somewhat similar. If your recommended colour palette does not match your style concept, you need to analyze each shade individually and then make a decision: wear, avoid or tweak. Lets say, you love the pink in the light Summer palette, but  you are a warm Autumn, move along the palettes towards your own type until you come across a potential alternative, e.g. the neutral plum shade in the soft Autumn palette. If a color does not look amazing but also not horrible on you,  then I say go for it!

 

 

An small insight into Seasonal Color analysis-Know your right color

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Hi friends today I  will discuss here about Seasonal Color analysis, and its a tool used by many Image Consultants to understand the process of finding colors of clothing and makeup to match a person’s skin complexion, eye color, and hair color.

Friends, this is just a piece of information that I  will be sharing here and its not a compulsory tool.

Firstly the simple analysis of finding what color suits and what not. One has to understand their skin under tone  and its color analysis.

There are two types of undertones:-Cool undertone and warm undertone.

Now how to determine that-

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  • Vein test- Just look at the veins on the inside of your wrist.  Are they blue or green? If they look more blue, you likely have cool undertones. If the veins look greenish, you’re warm.                                             t2goldorsilvercoloranalysis-rc
  •  The Old Jewelry Trick- Second test would be to  find out weather you look better in silver or gold jewelry.Typically, girls with cool undertones look better in silver and platinum metals, and warm-toned women look better in gold.
  • The Neutral Test-Think about what neutral shades flatter you best. Does your skin, eyes, and face look better in bright white and black hues, or ivory, off-whites, and brown/tan shades? The former means you’re probably cool-toned, and the latter, warm.

Other than this there is another skin undertone which is a rare case, known as neutral undertone that means Skin with neither yellow nor blue/pink undertone.

  1. Cool undertone – fair with pink / fair with blue hue/ very dark with blue hue
  2. Warm undertone –fair with yellow-golden / dark with yellow-golden
  3. Neutral undertone– both cool and warm – both green and blue veins.

Most Indians are warm undertone and neutral in some cases. South Asians, Japanese, Chinese and Koreans have clear yellow hues (warm undertone). Africans are both cool and warm undertone. Americans, Germans, Norwegians and Russians are mostly cool undertone. Italians, Spanish, Greeks mostly warm undertones.

Here’s an example of Skin undertones –Warm Skin Undertones

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Cool undertone

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Colors that goes with warm and cool skin under tones are:-

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OR

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So here is, one part of the analysis later in different post  I will discuss the “Color Analysis” Part 2

 

 

Recognizing the Face shape and accessorizing it accordingly

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Let us first focus on the type of basic face shapes :-

Oval-  Oval-shaped faces feature foreheads that are as wide as the cheekbones. The face narrows from the cheeks to the chin, creating the oval shape.

Round–Also called circular faces, round faces are widest at the cheekbones. The cheekbones do not taper down to the chin as with other face shapes.

Heart Shaped–Heart-shaped faces feature a forehead that is wider than the cheeks. The cheeks further taper down to the chin.

Square–The forehead, cheeks, and jaws are all about the same width on a square-shaped face. Women with square-shaped faces tend to have very strong jaw lines.

Long/ Oblong–Sometimes called a “rectangular” face, the narrow face has the same general shape as a square face but is elongated.

Diamond Shaped–On the diamond-shaped face, the forehead and chin are narrower than the cheekbones. Women with diamond-shaped faces tend to have very strong cheekbones.

Now that we are aware of the face shapes let us get to know a little on the kind of earrings that suits to our face shape.

The Best Earrings for Oval Faces

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Women with oval-shaped faces look good in almost every style of earrings. However, they can create a particularly striking look by wearing oval-shaped dangling earrings. These earrings will draw attention to the face’s elegant shape without adding any width or length. Women with oval faces also look stunning when wearing teardrop earrings. Much like oval dangling earrings, these pieces accentuate the face’s natural shape and create a sense of symmetry or balance.

The Best Earrings for Round Faces

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Women with round faces can aim to elongate their faces and minimize a puffy appearance by choosing teardrop and dangle earrings. Look for those pieces that have long, angular designs as opposed to rounded designs. Most women with round faces should avoid dangling circular discs as these can make the face look wider. It is almost always best for women with round faces to choose earrings of a thin to medium width.

The Best Earrings for Heart-Shaped Faces

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When choosing earrings for heart-shaped faces, look for pieces with elongated lines and curves. Pieces with elongated curves will help to balance out the face and will draw attention to the eyes, cheekbones, and jaw line. Women with heart-shaped faces look particularly good in dangle, teardrop, and chandelier earrings. Choose chandelier earrings in diamond shapes to add an interesting contrast to the face.

The Best Earrings for Square Faces

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Women with square faces should choose earrings with rounded designs that soften the cheekbones and jaw line. The best choices are elongated, dangling pieces and hoop earrings. Those women who would like to add extra drama to their look can choose oversized hoops that brush the jaw line or extend below the jaw line. Such hoops will both soften the face and make it appear smaller. Women with square faces should avoid wearing very wide earrings.

The Best Earrings for Long Faces

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Oblong and rectangular are nearly identical!  But the face is longer, and more narrow, and the jaw line is more rounded. Pearl earrings are ideal for narrow faces as they add softness and minimize length. Clustered pearl earrings that dangle far below the earlobe are a particularly good choice.  Instead of a linear or long drop earring, choose showy studs, or go for button or round style earrings to draw the eye up and add sparkle to your eyes.

The Best Earrings for Diamond-Shaped Faces

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Women with diamond-shaped faces should look for earrings with long, elegant curves. Both dangle and hoop styles accentuate this type of face. Choose earrings with soft curves to minimize any sharpness around the cheekbones or jaw line. Those individuals with diamond-shaped faces should avoid wearing dangle earrings that also feature a diamond shape. These pieces will make the lines of the face appear exaggerated and are not generally flattering.

 

 

Lets accessorize

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Yes Friends, It is Indian Fashion style and when we talk of style , why not learn the art of accessorizing it as well, because I feel Indian look is not complete unless you accessorize it with some jewellery. Jewellery is considered as a symbol of esteem for Indian women. The attraction for jewellery has been great in India, that it has become a main part of tradition and culture.

But the simple rule with jewellery is that , don’t exaggerate it, just keep it simple.

Let say , if you wear kurtis , tunics or dresses which are simple yet elegant, try to co-ordinate  it with some  jewellery that  makes a statement and  not dominate your  entire look or empower your clothing.

Remember accessories such as jewellery is always to enhance your beauty or the simplicity of the dress you are wearing don’t let it overpower your looks.

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Lets say, if you wearing a very heavy statement neck piece do not wear a heavy piece of earring with it, that’s kind of overdoing it, or vice versa i.e if the earrings are heavy, don’t worry for the neck piece, you can look good without it. Yeah ,at times you need to co-ordinate both, but still  try to make it look elegant than over the top.

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Fusion works with ethnic -different combo

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I have always love the  style of combo pairing or  Ethnic Fusion pairing.

Personally, I would rather go for a Fusion wear, because for me not only it brings elegance but a graceful style of Fusion fashion in it.

As per trend, palazzos  and cigarette pants are “in “ and one can always fix them with printed Kurtis. I understand that these pants go well with tall slim figures.

However, if you are on the heavier side with short height, still not to worry, you can wear them with straight cut, knee length, single solid color Kurtis with printed palazzos / cigarette pants. Trust me, it will look good on you, just spice it up with heels and statement neckpiece for some attention Yes, one attention at a time so don’t add much of bling to it:)

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One can add a small vest to it, that also looks great. It defines your shoulder, but girls and ladies with broad shoulders and heavy bossom be a little careful with them, it can make you look larger.

So, friends keep trying with ethnic and fusion, it gives a much versatile options to your wardrobe.

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Fushion works with Ethnic-

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Hi Friends we have started talking on fusion now, so the combination that I swear by and one of my personal favourite is Kurta and skirt combo.

It is something which can go with girls and ladies of all age group and suits to all body type. In fact I believe there are most of the Indian ladies who are not much comfortable with jeans / trousers.  It’s kind of a middle route for those who don’t want to dress in a western outfit and yet look stylish.

So team up plain short, well fitted kurtas with printed long skirts or one can go vice versa. In fact you can also team up long kurtas with skirt as well,which ever  way you find most  comfortable with.

In fact the first good part of this combo is that if you are  heavier more on bottom part (which is the case with most of the Indian ladies) wearing a flowy long skirt with well fitted kurta/ Jacket will make you look slimmer and taller.

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Secondly this kind of dressing is easy and comfortable  to carry, no hassel of carrying a dupatta or feeling uneasy in those tight jeans or tight churidars.

So girls & ladies  learn to ease out with your dressing, Fashion doesn’t mean to be Fussy , make it simple, make it work for you:)

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Enhancing your waist –

Most of the Indian ladies are born with curvy figure. It is a boon to us, a treasure to cherish. So why not go ahead and flaunt it in a rightful way.

Yes there are so many ways  to embellish yourself with Traditional or Indo Western Kurtis. Here I would suggest that if you have a curvy figure then smart way would be to enhance your waistline.

You can do whichever way you want, either you can wear a beaded belt around or a nice plain belt or wear a kurti that has designs or embroidery around your waistline, or one can go for empire waistline

Defining waistline is important as it makes you look slimmer and gives you a  well defined shape to your curvy body.

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Lets talk about neckline of Kurtis – The basic ones

Hello friends how are you all doing? So here I am today to tell you about the kind of neckline for Indian kurtis and what suits them the most.

Round Neckline

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Round necklines :-Round necklines are the best. This neck-line suits women of all shapes and sizes.

Sweetheart necklines-

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Sweetheart necklines: – These necklines style might appear similar to a V-neck but it has a shape of a heart. It suits to many body types.The sweetheart neckline is right option for women with both, small or large bust size. Short women with small breasts and narrow shoulders may wear them to appear curvier.

V necklines

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V necklines – These necklines comes with a V shape. V neckline makes the neck appear longer. It makes you look slim, with V neck patter.

If you have a small neck or a round or square face,  prefer a  V neck as it will give an elongated look to your neck and make your face appear narrower.It is good for both with small and large bust size.

Women who has long face and long neck should avoid this neckline kurtis.

Square Neckline

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Square Neckline:-   A square neckline gives a lengthened look to your face.

It gives your shoulder a broader look. Those with square face should avoid wearing this neckline

 

What Kind of Kurtis suit to different body type

As I have earlier discussed the various basic body shapes women have, let us discuss what suit to their body type, in terms of ethnic wear i.e Kurtis

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  1. Apple body shape-

Select V-neck pattern  kurti
Belt pattern kurtis
Don’t opt for anything which is tighter at waist, as your  waist/lower region being the problem area, try and opt for flowy outfits, which has the flow only at the bottom, but not exactly  from waist

Choose short kurtis with leggings which draw attention to your slim leg. Also prefer churidars over shalwars.
Mix & match  trendy stole or a dupatta take it  around your neck and shoulders, than just taking it one side shoulder to draw attention away from your torso.

Go for A line kurtas that has gathers and pleats.

Apple Body Shape Women Avoid: 
Avoid Mandarin collar pattern kurti
Avoid Yoke pattern kurti
Avoid patialas bottoms

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2)  Pear  body Shaped women-

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  • Light color Kurti with dark color Patialas or shalwars to streamline lower body
  • Flare Style Kurti & Anarkali Kurti which has flare from waist below
  • Kurti with collar pattern, boatneck and Square neck style.
  • Printed and textures (stripes, polkadots, sequins) Kurti
  • Bishop and rouched sleeves
  • Prefer longer kurti as they add length to your body

What to avoid

  • Body-hugging fabrics.
  • Tight bottoms that highlight your lower half

3)  Hourglass Body Shaped women

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Choose exact fitting kurtis, empire line cut will good on you.
Belt pattern kurti which define your curved waist line
lightweight and thin  fabrics kurtis
skinny leggings or straight jeans with kurtis to accentuate your legs.

Hourglass Body Shape Women Avoid: 

Loose fitting kurtis

4)  Rectangular Shaped women

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Rectangle Body Shape Women Must Prefer:

Frock style short kurti with skin tight jeans or any kurti with flares.
Sleeveless anarklai kurti with leggings to show your arms
Light color kurti with flare

You can go for deep necks wide necks.

Rectangle Shape Women Avoid: 
Avoid closefitting kurti

 

 

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Know your body types

Hi friends, one thing we all Indian ladies should have in mind that we  possess a very curvy figure  and we are quite different  from the western world, so why to always  bother  with  west  and  their  western trends all the time, when  we follow  a  different  body type  and not  all  the silhouette  suits to us, unless one carries  it with confidence, or  has  a  model  / slim figure.

So , it  is  very essential to  understand  our body type first  and  then  move further in  other areas.

Let  us first know the Basic  body type in Females

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Apple body shapes-Apple body shapes have wide upper bodies starting from the shoulders tapering down to the hips and thighs. You are larger around the middle, yet still have slim legs.  Your waist may not be defined but you can fake it with the right outfit.

Pear body shapes – Pear body shapes have hips wider than your shoulders and you have a smaller bust.  Your butt ends are rounded and your waist is well-defined.

Hourglass body shape– An hourglass body shape has proportional width of the upper and lower body which sets off your tiny waist. You carry your weight equally between your bust and your hips.

Rectangle body shapes– rectangle body shapes have almost the same width throughout their bust, waist and hips.  There’s a somewhat straight appearance they often have an athletic, boxy or boyish figure.

These are the very basic body types in women and here on we have to  understand what looks good in these body types.