As most of you know, I’m doing 365 Days of Fashion Advice for Moms. What kind of advice? Well… easy/do-able/smart Fashion Advice for Moms. When we become mothers… our “me” time shifts and changes. That’s not a bad thing… not at all. But sometimes (ok, often) we begin to take a gigantic back seat to our children, our spouses and our homes.
Well – in 2009, it’s time to reclaim your fashion self. We all have to wear clothes… regardless of what we’re doing or where we are going. So why not make your clothing and styling outfits the best that they can be. Let’s get out of the “mom” rut… if you’re in it… and bring on the chicness. Regardless of your fashion budget – I’m going to be bringing you some tips and advice that will help transform your closet and the fashionista within. Come on… she’s in there somewhere.
So Day #2… Pick a COLOR! Any COLOR!
Each new season there’s a color. You know, the “it” color of the year that every woman is supposed to add to her wardrobe. (I know from working in the fashion world that this “it” color is sometimes chosen a year prior.)
I must admit, when I was living in NYC and working for Donna Karan, I was extremely up on the season’s “it” color. The “seasons” of oranges and yellows and pinks were not good for me. I don’t particularly look good in these colors. I actually recently purged my closet of “the oranges”… they made me look like I should be directing traffic. No. No. No. Not a good choice for me.
So what’s my advice when it comes to the season’s “it” color.
Pick your own.
Yup. Pick your own. I’ve been doing this now for the past 4 years. I know I look better in certain colors… mostly greens and blues and browns. Tans and whites and yellows… they completely pale me out. I can only wear these colors in the summertime or as accents. Otherwise, I have people asking me all day long, “Are you feeling OK? You look sick.” Yup… just what you want to hear when you’re feeling fine. (Huge fashion tip: If people are commenting on your health, choose other colors to wear!)
So I stay with my “safe” colors. Not so much “safe”… but the colors that I know look the best on me.
Do you know what color(s) look the best on you? My sister Jane – she looks beautiful in blues and reds. Always has. My mother? She looks great in pinks and mauves and reds.
I was at the mall this past Sunday with my son William. We went into J. Crew to check out the sales. They were having one of those 30% off the lowest price on the ticket sales. They had puffer coats on sale. 3 colors were on the rack – black, ivory and majestic purple (which is more like a blue). So I tried them all. My OWN son, my little 4 year old son – without a hint of hesitation said to me, “Mommy, you look better in that one.” And pointed to the “blue.”
So go on… pick a color! Any color! Know what looks good on you. Know what makes your eyes stand out. Or your hair shine. Know what color makes you feel good. Know what color people comment about.
When I was a little girl, I remember my mother taking me with her to a “Color Me Beautiful” girls-night-out to get her colors done. And it’s so funny, I actually remember going with her to clothing stores, and she would pull out the color palette they gave her to match with tops and bottoms when she was purchasing items. If this is what you need to do – do it. Find some colors, wrap yourself in them up to and around your neck, watch your face come to life, and then immerse yourself in them.
As mothers, we have limited time. We don’t have the time that we used to to be shopping for ourselves and reading up on all the latest fashion trends and forecasts. So go with what you “know”… add some color to your life. But make sure the colors are ones that make your eyes and hair and face dance!
Go on… color it up!