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Friday, January 23, 2015

Colour Theory Is Fun

For a long time, I've wrestled with applying seasonal colour analysis to a virtual world.  At first I thought it was a good idea, but there was always something wrong about it -- at least as a standalone simple analysis tool.

When I tint my hair (editable textures in hair is a must) what I apply is usually simple colour theory (which of course is the basis of season colour analysis).  For example, to shade a colour you use its complementary (opposite on the colour wheel).  To shade an orange object you would mix the orange with a bit of blue (it's opposite colour), which is sometimes cooler than just throwing shades of gray at it.  This way the tone that best harmonizes with the tone best harmonizes with the object's main colour is achieved.

The tool I always always use is a professional specialized software tool that can pick any colour on your screen and find it's place in the colour wheel.  It then offers a wealth of colour matches: analogous splits, angled accents, blended splits, complements, fade to black, light shades etc.  If you don't know what these are then you really need to pick up a book, or find a website, on colour theory.

I always think that fashionistas (and photographers but that goes without saying)  must always be cognizant of colour theory.  What emotions colours convey, how they blend and complement, how to use fades or accents.  It's all has really fascinating, repeatable application to fashion.  Trying to find that right match to a top you like, you can take a sample and apply colour theory to find a harmonious blend.  I keep several colour wheel apps on my smartphone that can give wonderful colour synthesis based on colour theory just by taking a snapshot of what you want to match.  It's really useful when you are shopping.

A quick Google search produces many articles on colour theory for fashion:

https://tommybeautypro.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/makeup-101-colour-theory-make-up-artistry/
http://www.360nobs.com/2013/09/mens-fashion-tips-on-doing-bold-bright-colours/
http://fashionbombdaily.com/2010/04/16/the-color-wheel-how-to-combine-colors-wardrobe-accessories/
http://thestylenote.com/tag/fashion-color-theory/
http://freshome.com/2014/10/30/10-color-theory-basics-everyone-should-know/

So in a very unnatural virtual world it is even more useful.  The colours there are not real life, they are just colours.  Avatars have a wider variation in their colouration than real world people, and at the same time less variation in specific details.  For example, almost all eye lashes are black (not recommended in the real world), many eyes are larger than life, many are forever squinting, some avatars have permanent red lips of unrealistic sizes (usually puffier than real life).  What is the best combination for: left purple eye, right orange eye, surrounded by thick black lashes, yellow hair and unveined orange tinged skin.  What is the best combination on a blue cat person with green eyes on yellow?  Throw things on the colour wheel, apply different theories and I'm sure you can find something that will be awesome.

It also allows you to be more adventurous.  You get tired of seeing the same looks and colourations over and over.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Semi-Formal

I hate the term semi-formal.  It confuses everyone.

It's an event that is neither casual, nor formal.  This too is confusing.

Here's what to wear if the event is semi-formal, after five or business formal:

LADIES
1. Short Afternoon or Cocktail Dress
2. Long dressy skirt and top
3. A Dressy Suit
4. A Little Black Dress (of course)

Rule of Thumb for Skirt Length:
If  your skirt length is between your knees and ankles, you're ok.
If it's floor length, you're too formal.
If it's above the knees, you're probably too casual.

In my opinion your age is a consideration too.  Some looks are too old on young people and some looks are too young on old people.

5. Shoes:
- Medium to High Heels
- Maybe flats, but it's difficult
- NEVER sneakers.  NEVER flip-flops.

6. Material
- Rich materials like wool, crepe, satin, silk, cashmere and velvet
- Never jersey cotton, leather, or denim (not classy enough)

7. Accessories
- A light sprinkling of jewelry (avoid gaudy)
- A small handbag, or clutch
- Wear pashminas or shawls for a splash of colour

8. Makeup
- Take your normal look and go one step further
- Keep the makeup light, don't go overboard into the 80s look (common amongst older people)
- Use the usual makeup that looks good for your eye colour;
- EYES LIPS not both!!!

8. Hair
- Your hair should look dressier than your everyday, but not too dressy (I hate wishy washy too)
- Up or Down is ok
- Down: easy way is to add some loose curls
- Clip on a pretty accessory
- Up: simple ponytail or polished bun


MEN




1. Dark suit (can go a bit lighter for daytime events)

That's it!  What to wear around your suit:
1. Always wear a jacket
2. Wear a plain, light shirt
3. Leather shoes that match your attire
4. Plain dark socks
5. Leather belt that matches your attire
6. Your wedding ring

Optionals
1. Tie (if you wear one, make sure it's not too loud)
2. A watch (about the only other accessory that looks ok)
3. Matching vest

Keep this page on your smartphone for easy reference:
http://www.emilypost.com/everyday-manners/your-personal-image/69-attire-guide-beach-casual-to-white-tie-

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Best Colours for Blondes, Brunettes, and Redheads

WARM?  COOL?  NEUTRAL?

Is your hair warm, cool, or neutral?

Warm:
- has golden undertones
- creates the effect of sunlight hitting your hair

Cool:
- no golden tones at all

Neutral
- a combination of both.  try tips for hilighted hair at bottom.

What colours do you (want to) look best in?
warm (yellow, tomato, red) - recommend warm shades of hair
cool (lavender, royal blue) - recommend a neutral colour

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WARM BLONDE HAIR



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Good Colours (notice me colours)
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:) jewel tones
:) colours with orange or red undertone
:) turquoise
:) aqua
:) tomato reds
:) grassy greens or kelly greens
:) lemony shades of yellow, peach or coral
:) deeper purple like amethyst

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Bad Colours (blah)
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:( pastel shades
:( cool colours like mint, olive green
:( pale shades of blue (unless you want to look like a vampire)
:( pale shades of pink (unless you want to look like a vampire)
:( pale shades of yellow (unless you want to look like a vampire)
:( reds with blue undertone

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Good Neutrals
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:) camel
:) ivory
:) warm neutrals
:) gold
:) camel

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Bad Neutrals
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:( cool neutrals
:( taupe
:( virginal white
:( silvery shades like pewter and heather gray

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Black and White
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:) black can be hit or miss.  pair with right accessories.
:) how to rock black: bronzy eyeshadows
:) how to rock black: coral blush
:) how to rock black: warm salmon pink on lips
:) how to rock black: gold necklace and earrings
:) how to rock black: beige-toned pearls
:) how to rock black: killer piece of turquoise jewelry (esp. w/ blue eyes)

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COOL BLONDE HAIR


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Good Colours (notice me colours)
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:) pastels
:) colours with blue or gray undertone
:) pastels like mint green, and baby blue
:) dusty shades of pink
:) dusty shades of lavender

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Bad Colours (blah)
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:( colours with orange, red, and gold undertones
:( red or warm undertoned colours
:( orange
:( rose
:( turquoise

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Good Neutrals
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:) taupe (best)
:) winter white

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Bad Neutrals
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:( yellow undertone colours (like ivory)
:( camel
:( gold

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Black and White
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:) black can be hit or miss.  pair with right accessories.
:) how to rock black: smoky gray eyeshadow
:) how to rock black: dusty rose blush
:) how to rock black: raspberry stain on lips
:) how to rock black: fabulous scarf in great cool blonde colour
:) how to rock black: silver earrings or a silver necklace

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WARM BRUNETTE HAIR



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Good Colours (notice me colours)
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:) fiery orange
:) teal
:) olive green
:) eggplant

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Bad Colours (blah)
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:( pastels
:( any colour with a blue undertone
:( true red
:( pale yellow
:( pale pink
:( lavender

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Good Neutrals
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:) earth tones
:) neutrals with brick and rust bases
:) caramel
:) khaki
:) camel
:) chestnut brown

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Bad Neutrals
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:( cloudy coloured neutrals
:( gray versions of brown
:( gray
:( taupe
:( sable brown

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Black and White
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:) gold
:) accessorize with gold
:) bronze and warm-coloured jewels
:) gold-based whites like ivory

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COOL BRUNETTE HAIR



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Good Colours (notice me colours)
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:) blue-based colours
:) true reds
:) pastels like: pale lavender, icy blue, fuchsia, emerald green, hyper bright/neon hues

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Bad Colours (blah)
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:( warm colours
:( colours with red undertones
:( orange-based red
:( mustard
:( squash shades of yellow
:( dusty blue

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Good Neutrals
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:) neutrals with gray undertones
:) sable/dark browns
:) charcoal gray
:) navy

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Bad Neutrals
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:( green-based neutrals
:( neutrals associated with camouflage
:( camel
:( olive
:( greenish-gray

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Black and White
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:) diamonds
:) diamond white
:) silver, platinum, diamonds and other icy jewelry
:) silvery shades of white and virginal hues

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REDHEAD HAIR



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Good Colours (notice me colours)
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:) rich colours
:) go bold!
:) aubergine
:) teal
:) magenta
:) crimson red
:) hot orange
:) choose a red that is more brick-based than blue-based
:) orangey red
:) true orange
:) yellow with gold undertone

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Bad Colours (blah)
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:( icy pastels
:( dusty pastels like pink
:( dusty pastels like lavender
:( dusty pastels like pale yellow
:( dusty pastels like ice blue
:( blue-based hues
:( cobalt blue
:( true red
:( burgondy

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Good Neutrals
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:) earth tones
:) warm browns
:) warm rusty brown: chestnut
:) warm rusty brown: brick
:) caramel
:) olive green

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Bad Neutrals
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:( gray (worst possible shade)
:( taupe
:( grayish-browns

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Good Black and White
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black
:) gold
:) rich jewels
:) bronze pieces
:) jewelry with stones in colours that compliment red hair

whites
:) warm white
:) champagne
:) peaches-and-cream
:) beige white
:) ivory

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Bad Black and White
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black
:( diamonds
:( pearls
:( silver
:( platinum
:( icy jewelry

whites
:( stark white
:( silvery shades

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Good Patterns
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:) patterns with warm colours that complement red hair
:) understated motifs

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Bad Patterns
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:) busy patterns with blue or gray based shades

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HI LIGHTED HAIR



:O go by what is most dominant hair colour
:O or, look at shade that frames face