Your clothes are much more than the latest fashion or just something to keep out the weather. EVERYTHING THAT YOU CHOOSE TO WEAR AFFECTS YOU ON SOME LEVEL, whether it’s the colour, texture, style or a combination of all of these.
We know from science that colour is the result of light waves vibrating at different speeds and frequencies and that the effects of colour can be measured. As a result, we all respond to different colours, whether we’re aware of it or not.
If you want to feel more JOYFUL or confident or to calm down or concentrate better or be more persuasive – or any of the many other effects and energies that colours create within us, wear particular colours and you will notice the effects within yourself as well as with others.
So if you’re wearing one of the shades of pink – and pink ranges from a soft pastel pink through to bold shocking pink – the frequency of the colour will bring JOY to you and to those around you.
The ‘elevated emotions’ are those such as JOY, love, gratitude, peace and inspiration which have a very high vibration and which put you in a naturally lofty energetic state. And when you’re in a JOYFUL and elevated state, you’re more likely to attract more positive people and situations. You BECOME HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER, MORE LOVING, POSITIVE, FRIENDLY, CREATIVE AND PRODUCTIVE – which makes life in general easier and more fulfilling.
If you don’t have anything pink in your wardrobe, consider getting a scarf or pashmina or cardigan or T-shirt or flip flops or socks or earrings in pink – start small if you’re not used to wearing pink – but give it a try. And, if you KNOW YOUR TRUE SELF STYLE WORDS©, you’ll be better able to know if the pink that’s right for you is a pastel pink, a bright pink – or somewhere inbetween.
Pink also embodies womanhood, compassion, heart-based love, friendliness and spirituality so let the shades of pink bring you these wonderful energies!
You may have noticed (observed ) that every Wednesday we give you a painting or photo with a colour swatch next to it. This is part of our encouragement to you to start learning how to combine colours in interesting ways – and to use Nature as your guide for inspiration.
When you start training your eye to really OBSERVE the colours around you and to notice how Nature combines colours, a whole new wardrobe will open up for you.
People often tell me that brown doesn’t go with black or that blue doesn’t go with green or that pink doesn’t go with orange … BUT THEY DO!
If you look at a basket of puppies you’ll see how beautifully brown matches with black and white. Look at a field of cows and appreciate the richness of the black, brown and white together.
Look at where green grass, trees or water meet the blue of the sky and you will be quite satisfied that you can try the same with your own clothes.
Start looking at the colours of Nature wherever you see them. Look at a pile of autumn leaves in a gutter and notice the rich variety of shades – brown, rust, cream, pale yellow and olive green – and see how you could use some of these together in an outfit.
For example, look for a summer dress in a pattern of white, blue and green or add a scarf, jacket, cardigan, shoes, earrings or necklace in turquoise or cool blue to a white dress or white T-shirt.
Look for sunrise or sunset colours in patterns for clothes or accessories or use pinks, oranges and yellows as accessories to add interest and personality to your outfit.
This is how you personalise your Core Wardrobe Plan and your own personal style!
Knowing and using your True Self Style Words© is one of the most effective ways I know to become more AUTHENTIC. Your individual set of words will help you get to know who you really are (apart from what you’ve been told about yourself J). This then automatically helps you to manage your clothes and personal style – as well as the ever-changing fashions. (An added bonus is that this authenticity spills over into all other areas of your life, thus making everything flow more easily).
This system works so effectively because, when you know yourself and your lifestyle really well, you’re less likely to be persuaded to buy things that aren’t right for you.
For example, if you like to buy new clothes with the change of seasons, BEFORE you start reading the fashion pages or being influenced by WHAT’S IN AND WHAT’S OUT, do the True Self Style Words© (there are hundreds of words to choose from in my book Reclaiming Beauty – Look like your True Self – See the link below) exercise again. It’s always a good idea to do this exercise regularly anyway as it gives you an opportunity to self-reflect and to assess where you are in your life and how you’re feeling about things. In this way your clothes keep you awake, aware and on track!
And then once you know what your True Self Style Words© are, it’s safe to see what the world of fashion and trends has to offer you.
When you’re empowered in this way, you’ll be able to assess what you want to buy and what you can ignore from the seasonal fashions. So, if the colour scheme for the season isn’t right for you (‘The JUNGLE LOOK is IN for summer’) and you don’t feel good in animal prints, you can disregard it completely (there will be another new theme along in a few months anyway so there’s no need to panic J!) or you could just buy a belt, handbag, scarf or shoes in a zebra or giraffe print and add this to your Core Wardrobe. In this way you will still feel fashionable but you won’t be going all-out with a head-to-toe new wardrobe in leopard print!
And then, when the next season comes along and the theme is MILITARY and you love boxy jackets and masculine trousers and high shiny boots, you can stock up!
Reclaiming Beauty – Look like your True Self
This week, the focus is on becoming more AWARE of how you think and behave – and your shopping habits are a really good place to start reflecting on what you do and WHY you do what you do.
One of the main ways that the fashion industry ensures that you keep spending money is to CHANGE EVERYTHING from the previous season so that you feel ‘out of date’ when you wear clothes you bought only a few months or a year before.
For example, jackets in one season will be short with narrow lapels and then the next season they will be longer, with wider lapels. Or they will be fitted this season and then loose and flowing next season. These changes make the clothes from the previous season look ‘old-fashioned’ and dated to you, even though there is nothing wrong with them (unless you bought things just because they were fashionable, even if they didn’t suit you J).
Trouser styles will change from loose and wide-legged to fitted and straight-legged or from low-waisted to high-waisted – AND THEN BACK AGAIN.
Or the fashionable colours will change radically from pastels to brights or the theme of the season will change from something streamlined such as THE NAUTICAL LOOK to something very soft and floaty such as THE ROMANTIC LOOK.
This system ensures that the ‘new’ styles look NEW and the ‘old’ styles look OLD! And, because this has been going on forever, we’ve mostly become conditioned to follow the system and do what we’re told!
So, start observing this system at work and stay AWARE. Notice if you feel a bit old-fashioned and out-of-date in your clothes from last season. Notice if you have an urge to buy and consume more clothes because of this. Notice if you feel this even if you already have a wardrobe full of clothes and don’t have lots of spare cash to buy even more than you already have!
Remember, if you’re feeling any of these feelings … it’s because THE FASHION INDUSTRY IS DESIGNED TO MAKE YOU TO FEEL THIS WAY!
Become very AWARE of how you feel and don’t allow yourself to be manipulated or controlled by fashion.
You can use fashion wisely by knowing yourself, your personal style and your lifestyle so well that it’s easy for you to choose what you need from what the fashion industry offers each season.
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