Feb 13, 2012

Wish: Wearing My Eye Colors

Photo credit: IreneeOnline.com

Ever since I learned about how important your hair, skin, and eye colors are to your dressing well, I've been curious about what it would be like to wear my eye colors.

My hair color is black/off black and just like a whole slew of Koreans, I've been wearing black all my life. Nothing new there!

They say skin color, nude colors attract more sexual harassment than any other colors, so unless I want to purposely look nude, there's not much point wearing them! Maybe a complementary color to my skintone, which turned out to be a pale cornflower blue might work.

Anyway... as the above image depicts a harmonious and beautiful representation of someone wearing their eye color, I really wanted to do something quite like it.

But shopping for this has not proved easy!

My friend Jane Rekas made me 3 awesome, inspiring photos
on what it might be like to dress with my eye colors!

Anyhow, so today, I finally found a good sunlight to work with,
and made some color schemes using my dominant eye color.

Monochromatic Scheme

Complementary Scheme

30 degrees Analogous Scheme

35 degrees Split Complementary Scheme

90 degrees Double Complementary (Tetradic) Scheme

90 degrees Analogous Scheme

There are some more of these but you get the idea... :-)
If you want to know your eye color, take a photo of it in the sunglight,
upload it to http://whatsitscolor.com, find out its hex number.

and choose the Hex value & explore the 13 different color schemes based on your eye color!

That's all from me today, folks!

Learn Your Hair/Skin/Eye Colors' Hex Numbers Using a Photo & Create Your Best Color Schemes Using Free Color Scheme Generators

Thanks to the DYT/EYT members, I have found a great website to help me
record and play around with David Zyla's suggestions for learning
what colors are local to your body.

The website is as you can guess from the image above...

You can upload your own face/hair/eye picture and it will
give you your colors and hex numbers.

These colors are taken from a photo I took of my face and hair today.
Sunshine is helpful to know your true colors they say...

I used Photoshop spoid to get the colors from my
hair, eye, and skin.

I realized that my face color and neck color are very different;
my face has a lot of redness, but my neck doesn't.

My eye photo uploaded to Whatsitscolor website.
It gives you some color palettes and as you can see, there is a link to
another awesome color site... Adobe Kuler!

Once you know your colors by their hex numbers,
you can play and create various color palettes very easily using Kuler!

Below is an example of a page I created using Kuler...
The color in the middle of the palette is the average dominant color of my eye.

Actually, Kuler gives you a choice of 6 ready made color palettes,
and you can create a custom palette too.

The example above is using the middle color as base color,
and the 4 other colors are Monochromatic to the base color.

If the 5 color palette is too basic for you...
http://www.perbang.dk/color+scheme/ has an even more advanced color tool!!!

This is a hue map using my dominant skin color...
All I had to do was punch in my skin color's hex number!
Et voila! Hey presto!

I did another one below for the complementary color to my skin!
(Kay, if you ever get to read this, I think this is why I kept wearing so much blue!)

Not only that, but it gives you conversions to all kinds of color systems...
For instance, I used to determine my colors using the Pantone color guide TPX,
so I wanted to know the corresponding names to the Hex colors...

Here's an example of my lip color...
As you can see, I can see the conversion of the hex color from my photo...
and see the corresponding color for my Pantone guide...

On the right, you can see the Complementary Color Scheme to this color...
The color harmonies grouping is, in my humble opinion,
one of the most "advanced" and "helpful" to exploring your
wardrobe mix colors. At least, that's what I intend to use it for. :-)

This is an example of my dominant skin tone, and the complementary color scheme!
I am so happy that this site gives you a lot more colors than Kuler!

This could easily be adapted for working out your best Core Wardrobe Colors,
as well as choosing your Basic Colors.

In my next post, I will share a series of these color schemes using
my dominant eye color!

Thanks for reading~
And Have Fun with Color Today!

Feb 12, 2012

What's Your Fashion Style? -- Quiz from Chic Fashionista

Click to go straight to your Quiz!

The first time I took it, I came out "Sporty" -
The second time I took it, I got "Eclectic" -

So I'm guessing I'm Sporty/Eclectic.


Great styling tips from... Chic Fashionista

Spring is coming soon! In Korean lunar calendar, Spring has officially begun...
Just waiting for the temperature to rise!!

I was spending some time on http://www.TheChicFashionista.com
and came across these awesome, helpful tips!

What a great color palette!
It is colorful and has a fun feel, yet not too messy!

This is something I really need to try!

So often, I don't actually plan my wardrobe and its items...
and end up with "holes" and feel like I have nothing to wear.

I think this would be my eyes, ears, shoulders, hands, legs, and feet.

This is another awesome tip!

It will make your simple tee shirt go really far!!
Talk about stretching your dollars~~

Let's get ready for Spring then!

Feb 9, 2012

Great tips on... REINVENTING YOUR STYLE -- Jennifer Butler


7 principles, based on Jennifer Butler’s observations of Mother Nature and great works of art. The context of these principles is to be in the affirmative. You are always congruent and always look beautiful.

1. The Principle of Contrast

CONTRAST – Clarity and Focus: The purpose of repeating the same level of contrast that exists between your hair, skin and eyes is to give your physical presentation clarity so that people can focus on you and what you have to say.
Contrast is the difference in value between light to dark. Low Contrast creates a more blended quality. Medium Contrast equals brown and camel. High Contrast equals black and white. An appropriate level of contrast in an outfit creates a clear picture of you. It’s important to recognize your range; not a specific category.

2. The Principle of Texture

TEXTURE – Creates Interest and Harmony: By choosing clothing and accessories that repeat the texture of your hair and skin, you create a look that is dynamic and harmonious. The more variation in your facial features, the more texture you should wear.
Your unique design patterns engage the viewer’s eye and make you interesting.Smooth Texture creates simple design. Medium Texture is not too busy and not plain. Rugged Texture creates all over surface pattern and keeps the eye moving. Texture equals the amount of surface interest in a fabric. The greater the surface interest, the greater the texture.

3. The Principle of Complexity

COMPLEXITY – Balance and Integrity: The design of the hair, skin and eyes is repeated in the print, texture, and design throughout the body. The more energy a person radiates the more complexity should be reflected.
One of the most important factors in figuring complexity is your personal energy. Some people can wear lots of design – several necklaces, bracelets, earrings, belts, scarves and print design. Others wear very little jewelry and solids. The range of complexity is the amount of busyness and detail that someone can handle in an outfit.

4. The Principle of Scale and Proportion

SCALE & PROPORTION – Creates balance and symmetry. When you wear the appropriate size accessories (eyewear, necklace, earrings, tie, scarf, belt) the body looks balanced and integrated.
When we appear in balance, we appear in harmony and grounded. Proper scale and proportion give the body a sense of appropriate balance. Scale and proportion is first defined by the size of your face in relation to your height and the proportion of your features on your face.

5. The Principle of Geometry

GEOMETRY – Congruency and Repetition: When you repeat, not compete, with the geometric shapes found in your body, you express the fascinating design pattern that you were born with.
In repeating your native design pattern you create drama and interest.

6. The Principle of Visual Weight

VISUAL WEIGHT – Alignment and Flow: When you align with your body type and visual weight of your hair, skin, and features, you honor the natural flow of your body.
When you dress according to your visual weight you honor the natural flow of your body.

7. The Principle of Print Selection

PRINT SELECTION – When you discover the size and character of print that is right for you, you can have fun choosing prints that express different sides of your personality (your heritage, your inner child, your humor, etc.).

Prints highlight that which makes you interesting. Prints are the exclamation point.


Whether we’re aware of it or not, our closets tell the real story of who we think we are, may have been, want to be, and sometimes are.

Why isn’t the beauty we so easily see in nature something we recognize in ourselves? I invite you to believe that you are a perfect creation just the way you are.

By having the language to evaluate your features in a new way, you can then begin to use the concept of repetition in your clothing choices.

WINTER ESSENCE – The moonlight reflects the crystalline quality of the ice and snow

SPRING ESSENCE – The sunlight essence nourishes new beginnings

SUMMER ESSENCE – The twilight energy allows us to live in a state of grace

AUTUMN ESSENCE – The expansiveness of the firelight essence contributes nourishmentand fruition for all

Thanks to Anita and Kay who shared this with us!

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