In the past few months, lots of cool brunettes have been discovering – and often celebrating – the un-pigmented strands of hair they have long been coloring over.   If you are one with this wonderfully mixed hair color, consider shifting your Key Neutral to taupe ( a grayed brown … or a brown-y gray, whichever…

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Although the popular fashion myth is that everything goes with black, in truth “everything that goes with black goes with black.” Clear, bright, cool colors like those shown below look great with black. (Many other colors – especially softer, warmer or more muted ones – not so much.) Those combinations are also easy to understand.…

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Although retail and the fashion press promote black as the universal choice, it really is flattering to only a small minority of women — those with very dark hair and high-contrast coloring. Try a different neutral – ideally one that is closely related to your hair color. Black mixes best with clear, bright, cool accent…

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Style Solution:  Blondes are usually overpowered by black and showcased by their particular shade of camel. All  the women pictured below wear camel beautifully.  Golden blondes like the woman on the far right should seek out equally golden camel or caramel tones; ash blondes want a less golden, more champagne or tan version of camel.

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Style Solution:  Brown – in it’s various versions – is flattering to far more women than black, and because it’s unexpected, it is more interesting too. Many, many less saturated colors look wonderfully sophisticated with brown. Women with color patterns like these look gorgeous in various shades of brown:

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Style Solution:  Mix gray separates with accent pieces and accessories in clear, cool, softly-bright colors. Pinks, blues, blue-based greens and purples play happily with both light and more mid-tone grays.  Keep any metallic details – buttons, jewelry, handbag closures, decorative zippers – in silver or pewter rather than gold.

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Geri emailed recently with this message: “You did my colors about 7 years ago and it was really life-changing.  I get compliments all the time.  Now my wonderful administrative assistant Brenda is retiring and I’d love to give her a consultation as a parting gift.” What a terrific boss, no? When the two of them…

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Prints are at the center of many women’s wardrobes. If you have a Color Fan or other professional color advice you have a big head start on making optimal choices. There are several ways to use your swatches to check the potential flattery of a print you’re considering, whether you’re shopping for a garment or…

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I’ve had a number of questions lately about how the change in a woman’s hair color through the years affects the range of wardrobe colors that are her mountaintop best. Back in the old 4-Seasons days, we were taught that a woman’s color classification would never change through the course of her life.  “Once a…

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When Gretchen traveled from California to St Louis for a conference, she stayed over an extra day to fit in a color consultation.  She had already had her colors “done” multiple times, but felt they still weren’t quite right.  As a coach for high-level executives, she needs to quickly establish both respect and rapport and…

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