SSW: The eyes are the windows to your soul… and your soul has eyes like a sea in a storm.
The quandary: You’re a young woman working relying on her fine brain and steel backbone to get her through the world. Youth and beauty you have in abundance – you want to show those assets off while reminding the viewer that you are also formidably intelligent and ready to face any challenge.
Figure: You have an hourglass figure, which you’ve kept trim. There’s really nothing to criticize here – it’s merely a matter of how much you want to show, and how to do it to best effect. Pencil skirts were made for you, especially those that are pegged at the knee. Anything fitted is your friend – but don’t overfit. You don’t want to be tacky. Skim. For the majority of the time, you will show one set of curves or the other – you show your hips and cover your bust with a jacket or you wear a fitted top (dirndl or traditional vests are amazing) with a loose skirt. Don’t be bothered with A-line skirts, not suitable to your figure. You want to emphasize the softness.
You don’t want to tightly belt a loose dress onto your figure – yes, you can indulge in belts as much as you please… but only over fitted clothing. Otherwise you lose proportion. In fact, because you’re blessed in both directions, loose clothing is going to make you look bigger, and why would you want that? You’re in great shape! Your watchword is “skim”. You want your dresses to skim your curves. Skirts likewise – and that, frankly, means you’re almost certainly going to have to have your waists taken in when you buy a skirt. Factor this into your purchase price. You will look great in a chanel (boxy) jacket over a pencil skirt – this gives you curves and then keeps them under wraps, and it’s a classic professional look. Think sexy librarian. How sexy or modest is going to depend largely on how tightly you fit your skirt.
Since you’re entering the professional realm a bit more intensely, and presumably as a young woman wish to be taken seriously when you interact with others, this is my professional uniform recommendation: Pencil skirt in cocoa, mahogany, olive or grey + jacket in cocoa or grey + blouse in any of your colors, excepting the brightest of your brights.
Structured, fitted clothing is inherently more formal – and more professional – than flowing lines, which you can keep for around the house. (A loose skirt is incredibly comfortable for chores and whatnot, and that loosely gathered skirt, if longer, is good for chasing children. You pair this with a fitted top, for balance – you don’t want to lose yourself in too much fabric – and attractiveness (you’re still showing off your waist and bustline). ) Around the house, if you are so inclined, is a great place for folkwear. I have the feeling you ARE that kind of girl. And frankly – the gals of TC have tried and tested and found that traditional clothing is (unsurprisingly) both practical and attractive. Also – aprons. Get aprons. A pile, you do a lot of dirty work, and you’ll want to be able to change them frequently.
Allow yourself beautiful eccentricity. The woman who teaches herself foreign languages is allowed to wear traditional clothing and own it. You (and your husband) set your standard of dress. You are setting your own, very high, standards in all other things – there is absolutely no reason why this shouldn’t carry over to your clothing.
Enjoy your youth.
Your colors: Your colors are translucent. Consider yourself the watcher in the redwoods over the sea… her hair the color of mahogany, skin the color of cream, eyes like the storm. You wear muted but intense colors.
Reds/Pinks: Marsala (2015’s color of the year) is your most intense color. You wear its softer sisters as well, all the way down to a warm shade of rose. Key the saturation of your shade to how big of an impact you’d like to make – is it an intimate night by the fire, time to open your heart – or is it time to knock down some walls? This is your romantic color, and the color of passion. You may wish to use this (at least at this time) with a light hand… it *is* going to be intense.
Energy colors: Muted greens and blues. You responded very strongly to olive green. Likewise, check out the colors of the darkened sea – and use their more vivid compatriots. So.. you see the dark dusty blue. Good. Wear that, and wear the highly saturated version of the same color. Once you start looking for colors that are not just soft, but are *highly saturated*, you’ll start finding some good stuff. Also try some very intense medium warm grays.
Centering colors: Cocoa & mahogany – deep browns. Creams will lighten you up, but are a good counter for your more saturated tones.
Your power neutral is: Grey – the color of the ring around the outside of your eyes. A medium warm grey. (This is your “black”)
Your soft neutral is: buff (casual clothing, or when you want to be your least threatening). You can pair this with something else to make it a little less imposing.
Your secondary neutral is: Cocoa (warm red-brown)
Your “white” : Cream/bone
Brights: Purples and greens – see pinboard. There is absolutely no reason that a woman as young as you are should have a wardrobe without pretty bright things. You don’t want to be *that* somber! You are vital and intense – show this in the intensity and vitality of the versions of your colors that you choose to wear. For you, bright-brights are going to be overwhelming and draining. Instead of wearing, for instance, bright red – you wear a color saturated marsala. Instead of wearing cobalt blue, you wear a dark-dyed denim.