Colour is the first thing other people notice about us, and its impact is immediate and long-lasting. Our fashion colour choices say a lot about the image we are trying to portray and how we feel about ourselves. So what does colour tell people?
Within seconds of meeting you, others will respond to the ‘colour messages’ flashed by your clothes. It is a fact that different colours can make people feel a certain way. It has even been determined by medical science that colour can influence the viewer’s hormones, blood pressure and body temperature. Colour also has an impact on:
- Your apparent shape;
- Your apparent weight;
- Your apparent personality;
- Your emotions;
- Others emotions.
Other important considerations are how appropriate the colour is for the location, occasion, time of year, your age and of course, your natural colouring.
We are all influenced by colour every day, whether we realize it or not. If we’re having a bad day and not feeling good about ourselves, we tend to automatically choose clothes in dull neutral colours like black, grey or brown because they match how we’re feeling. Just as when we’re happy and feeling great we will go for something a bit brighter.
Have a look in your wardrobe and see how many different colours you own. Do you have a veritable rainbow of outfits? Or are there just 1 or 2 colours that you wear a variation of all the time? You may find you are stuck in a colour rut. Knowing this, why not experiment with the colours you wear and surround yourself with.
The first rule is to always be guided by what suits your natural colouring – that is your skin tone, eye colour and hair colour. Once you know your best range of colours, you can choose different colours for different occasions.
Sometimes a certain combination of colours will create the affect, rather than each colour individually. Colours produce different reactions when put together in different colour combinations and when used in different fabrics. For example, a red jacket worn with a white shirt to a business meeting exhibits confidence and power, but a red jacket worn with a lacy red top may be interpreted as you having other things on your mind besides this business meeting.
So which colours are appropriate for what situations? Which colours can help you portray a certain image?
Here is a list of colours for woman that are ideal for a whole range of occasions:
- Blue-based reds: Suggests intelligence and femininity.
- Yellow-based reds: Energetic colour that keeps conversations going (Men are inherently attracted to yellow-based reds – a great colour for a first date)
- Purple: Stirs the senses and generates passion – great for creative endeavours
- Turquoise: puts other women at ease, encourages them to open up
- Lipstick red: implies strength and authority
- Medium blues: a calming colour that allows interactions to go smoothly
- Browns: non-threatening, stable, supportive and reliable (great for meetings with colleagues or clients)
Remember, the most important thing is to choose colours that are a good fit for your natural colouring. There is no point choosing a colour that suggests creativity and confidence if it also makes you look washed out or sick.
Wearing your best range of colours can have a huge impact on your wardrobe and your confidence. The right colours can make your skin tone appear more even, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles and make you look brighter and healthier. While on the other hand wearing a colour which isn’t so good for you, can make you look tired, dull and even ill. A colour analysis with a professional image consultant will show you exactly which range of colours are best for your clothing, makeup and accessories.
Once you know your best colour range, you can experiment with colour, choosing different colours to portray a different image or to have a certain impact on others.
Our fashion colour choices tell the world a lot about us. Knowing how to use colour to your advantage can change the way you dress and boost your self-confidence.
Big wine drinker? Have old cork coasters lying around? Well, save those corks because we have found 10 more ingenious ways to use them all around your house. Who knew something so simple can be so versatile!
1. Cork Magnets
Gather some magnet strips, a knife, glue, and some wine corks. Cut corks in half lengthwise and them apply adhesive on each magnet strip. Press firmly onto the flat side. And that's all.
2. Drawer Knobs
Gather up some champagne corks, screws, and a screw driver. Remove existing drawer knobs and replace them with your pointed screws. Hold a screw in place with a screwdriver. Next, firmly press a champagne cork against the screw and twist in a clockwise motion. Do the same for all the drawers. Your new drawer knobs are ready.
You'll need to gather up some potting soil, a puncher, paring knife, magnets and tiny succulents. Cut a hollow shape in the center of each cork. Attach magnets into each cork by pushing hard. Next, fill the hollow hole with soil and then place a tiny succulent inside each one. Add a few drops of water and attach the planters to a metal surface.
4. Jewelry Frame
Looking for ways to arrange your jewelry neatly? All you need is a frame that you like. Paint it. Cut out corks in long circular sizes and fuse into the frame. If you want to personalize it some more, you can wrap the corks in your favorite fabric.
All you need are cork tiles, white paint and brush, painter's tape, and picture hanging strips. Apply the tape to the corks and proceed to make stripes. Next, arrange tiles in a pattern and then start painting. Finally, remove the tape and there you have it.
6. Mouse pad
All you have to do is cut cork to size then bond them together on top of a piece of thick cork paper. It's better to keep it simple but you can design any shape you wish.
7. Cork Wall
Have you been looking for ways to spice up your kitchen? Is your kitchen backsplash too ordinary? Well no more. All you need is a piece of wood cut out to the exact size of the area you wish to cover up. Next, start gluing half-cut corks onto piece of wood until every inch is covered. You can opt to either try a pattern design or simply fasten them in a row formation. When the wood is completely covered, attach it to the wall and voila!
8. Pencil Holder
You'll need a power drill, cork trivets, and glue. Stick trivets on top of each other and press firmly. Next, using your drill bit, drill out holes and fill each hole with a writing device.
You will need A LOT of wine and champagne corks. All you have to do is simply gather all your corks and enclose them in a breathable and durable mesh fabric.
10. Cork Stamps
Why not make cute and unique stamps with your corks? All you'll need is a good knife, a sharpie and a bunch of corks. Next, draw whatever design you want and then simply cut around it and slowly chip away any excess wood. Use ink and fill in your designs and voila!