At Colours for Natural Living I work with clients to create custom color wardrobe palettes for business and casual wear. The way we dress is closely tied to how we feel inside, particularly when our bodies are changing as a result of weight loss or increased fitness levels. When people are losing weight, there’s often a fear that they’re going to return to the size they were so they hold on to their old clothes. This is the perfect time to start cleaning out your closet and getting rid of what no longer fits. It will help you see that you’re moving forward towards your goals and make room for new purchases.
If you are still working towards your goal weight, dress the body you have now. Buy fill in pieces that fit well and make you feel comfortable, strong and confident. Shopping for an in-progress body can be challenging, but need not be expensive. Visit local consignment stores or shop outlet malls to find in-between items and consign some of the higher-quality clothes you’ve just cleared from your closet. Buy pieces that project your new image and speak to your emerging sense of style and confidence, rather than settling for purely functional items.
When you have reached your goal and are ready to create your new image and wardrobe forget about the numbers. Each store has a different size chart, a size 0 at one store could be a size 14 or 16 at another. What is most important is how it fits you and if it is the color and best style for your body shape. A proper fit will always give you the best results, invest in good quality basics.
I believe in enhancing your natural beauty and features through wearing the colors that best compliment your skin tone. It makes you look vibrant and healthy and everything will harmonize. It is easy to create a wardrobe capsule of 5-12 pieces in your best colors. Purchase pants, a skirt, jackets and blouses in solid colors that you can mix and match. If you love prints add in those items that will work with all of the solid colors. Accessorize with scarves and jewelry, or ties for men.
Both Dress for Success San Diego and Second Chance San Diego would welcome donations of gently used men and women’s clothing. Please contact me for more information on donating or consigning, 619-254-6807.
Brenda J. Harrison, Image & Wardrobe Consultant