Monday, March 5, 2012

My Quest for an Easter Dress


Must Avoid Last Year's Easter Disaster...

(Or Rule #1 for Finding the Right Easter Dress: Choose the Right Color!


Do you know your season? I remember buying an Easter ensemble last year (this was before I was trained to do color analysis), in a pretty shade of blue that I was sure would look beautiful on me!

I ordered it online and it hung in my closet, waiting to be worn, for weeks before Easter finally came. On Easter morning, I put it on and got ready to go and could not figure out why it didn’t look right! It fit well, it was what I thought was a good color for me, but I didn’t like it. I wore it anyway and felt wrong the whole time I had it on.

The Case of the WRONG Color!...

Months later, I found out that I had been wrong about my season. My coloring was warm, not cool, and that blue was not my best color! No wonder it wasn’t right. That experience is part of what led to my interest in learning everything I could about color analysis, which, in turn, led to my getting certified.



Isn't it shocking to see me looking like that? LOL! It was a shock to me, too!!

The Search for the Missing Easter Dress :) ...

So I am going to take the whole month to decide what to do for Easter and I'll be talking about it here on Mondays. Along the way, I'll be sharing what I know about how to find a really good dress.

The most important thing, the one I got wrong, last year, is to honor your season by choosing the right season.

Have you ever had any Easter disasters?

I am linking up today with Nina from Momma Go Round for Real Momma, Real Style and to this week's Monday Mingle. On Wednesday, I will link up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday.


Momma Go Roundpleated poppy


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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Start the process of finding your season by taking my
seasonal color analysis quiz
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Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Deep Autumn:"Sensible and straightforward as all Autumns, but direct in speech, and quick to absorb change with good evidence, they speak honestly and bluntly. What I love most, I believe, is that they are not one bit threatened or defensive about new ideas. The person may demonstrate more of Winter’s reserve, or more of Autumn’s passive and natural way, but there is always an element of fire." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

22 comments:

  1. Disaster? Not really, since you still look pretty nice. But you look very different in than in all of the autumn colors you wear now and look so good on you. When I look at that photo, pretty much all I can see is that blue dress and it is hard to focus on your face beyond all that icy blue. By the way, does warm or deep autumn have any blue at all?

    Thanks for sharing this photo -- it is brave to show your mistakes!

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    1. Ann, you mean you can still see me behind the gray cast covering me as a result of that WRONG color?? Thanks! I think it's shockingly hideous. Still takes my breath away.

      Yes, they do have blue, but it isn't that blue, LOL! And there is only one blue I still feel comfortable wearing, even though there are others I probably could, and I haven't even worn that much because it isn't really a warm color. I have to wear it with brown to make it work.

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    2. Jeanine, I hadn't wanted to mention it, but your face does look gray in that photo. It really is incredible how the wrong colors can age a person, since you don't look remotely gray in your recent photos.

      Even though I can wear blue, I have never liked the color on myself. It was my mother's favorite, and nearly every photo of me as a child shows me wearing blue. And our whole house was blue. I only like it now if it has a lot of green in it, or if it is almost purple.

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    3. Ann, you are sounding more and more like light spring to me. But yes, blue with some green is much better for me, and probably for you, as well. And you are right, it's amazing how horrible the wrong colors can be!

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  2. Yes, I can see how over powering this color is on us warm autumn ladies. I would have pair it down some...but your other colors are the best.

    I like the photo you posted on your Facebook today...the dress with all the applique or embroidery is very pretty. Something like that is what I am looking for :-)

    Blessings,

    Maria

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    1. I would love to wear that dress, too, Maria, but unfortunately it doesn't come in my size. Ah, well! Thanks, I agree that my warm autumn colors are way better. :) Thank goodness, I finally discovered my season!

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  3. The way you are posed in the pic is like you are uncomfy in the dress, I dont think its too bad lol. Maybe you can take to a seamstress and have them re-work it for you. I have to find me a easter bonnet soon. xoxo

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    1. Tami, that is SO kind of you to say! But feel free to be honest: it looks ATROCIOUS. I'm willing to admit it.:)

      You're right that I looked uncomfy and it's because I knew something was wrong but didn't know what it was. Also, my son wanted to go outside to take the pic & I didn't really want anyone to see me in it. For real.

      Oh how cute, an Easter bonnet! Can't wait to see what you find.

      Thanks so much for dropping by!

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  4. my friends mom does color analysis and i always wanted her to tell me what my colors are! =) but i don't think that outfit is bad at all...i would just update the shoes (so the outfit isn't so monochromatic) and add some pops of color!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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    1. Awww, thanks, Jenn! That's sweet of you to say. And thanks for dropping by.

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  5. Hmmm....that dress needs two boxes of RIT dye - one in yellow & one in brown! And to be about 6" shorter....then a brightish yellow scarf.... IMO :o)

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    1. Helen, I have never used dye, but I imagine those colors would help a great deal!! And hey, I still have the dress so maybe I'll try it sometime.

      I think it would be good 6 inches shorter, too. But I don't know about adding a bright yellow scarf. I guess I'd have to see what it looked like after I dyed it. :)

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    2. Oh! Refashioning! That sounds fun if you still have the dress Jeanine! I really don't think you look that horrible in it ~ though I do love you in all the warmer colors now!

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    3. B.! You're being kind. It's atrocious. But I appreciate your kindness.

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  6. I actually kind of like it, it's not that bad, it's rather nice...what about dying and hemming it?

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    1. Hi Megan! Thanks!! I appreciate your kindness, but it IS that bad. I may at some point consider dyeing it, but certainly not for Easter.

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  7. Looking forward to seeing your pick!

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  8. I like your dress,the colour suits you :) I'm looking forward to seeing your new Easter dress :)

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    1. Claire, it really doesn't!! But I have a lot of kind friends. Nice to see that you are one of them. :)

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  9. I don't think that look is bad at all. It's pretty and you're embracing color. Good luck with the search!

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