When in Miami…
Recently, I took a mini vaca with my best friend to Miami. The occasion? To celebrate exciting new chapters in our lives.
Before we both turned a new leaf in our professional and personal lives, we soaked up the delicately warm spring time sun, indulged at Hakkasan, Sushi Samba and Juvia, which came with a breathtaking view (as seen here in my pictures), and most importantly logged in a lot of catch-up time in one of our favorite weekend beach getaway spots in the States—Miami.
For the last, almost two years, many of you may have not known that I also managed social media for EILEEN FISHER. I was the very first social media hire and I had an incredibly ride building and managing the company’s official social media strategy and footprints. Along the way, I worked with many passionate and gifted people in the company, some I feel lucky to call friends, became more socially conscious, and learned and contributed a lot to the digital landscape. Of course, I added many great wardrobe pieces from EILEEN FISHER, too, which will remain in my closet for years due to its quality and timelessness.
I took one of my favorite EF pieces on this trip, a silk tunic from this season’s collection. Rather than wearing the tunic over a legging or pant, I tucked in part of the tunic (only in the front) into my jean cut-offs for a different look because, well, I like to be different. I didn’t want to tuck in the entire tunic so you could still the fluidity in the top when I walked, which created a beautiful, dramatic effect juxtaposed against my casually edgy cut-offs. And for those who know me, of course I rounded out the ensemble with statement heels.
—Top: EILEEN FISHER Bateau Neck Long Tunic, Spring 2013
—Jean Cut-offs: Seven by All Mankind Jeans I cut into shorts
—Pink pointy heels: Aldo
—Clutch: EILEEN FISHER
I’m currently obsessing over the “denim on denim” look. Yes, even men can pull this off. The key is to wear your denim pieces in different shades so you’re not wearing a denim suit. (Remember Justin Timberlake circa 2001?) Also, try breaking up the denim ensemble with a pop of color either with your shoes or accessories.
Make Colors Work For You, Not Against You
Did you know that within 90 seconds of someone making a subconscious judgement upon meeting you, 62 - 90% of this assessment is based on color alone? I know, it’s a compelling stat.
Unfortunately, so many of us don’t realize this and miss out on maximizing our image and style potential by understanding what colors work for us, rather than against us. Working with clients, I’ve assessed three main barriers why men and women don’t embrace enough colors in our wardrobe:
- Misconception: Ask yourself honestly, have you ever said: “That color doesn’t look good on me” or “I would never wear that color?” The big misconception about wearing color is that we can only wear certain colors when in fact everyone can wear just about any color in the rainbow spectrum. It’s a matter of knowing what resonance (lightness or darkness of color) best compliments your skin tone, eye color, and hair color.
- Fear: Another common denominator is that virtually all men and women are intimated by color. Whether it’s the fear of not looking good in a certain color or the fear of standing out too boldly, too many of us play it safe and find themselves rotating a series of colors they’re comfortable with.
- Lack of knowledge: Without professional advice, it’s hard to determine exactly what range of colors look best on us. Moreover, many of us don’t know how to incorporate color into our existing wardrobe to not only accessorize each outfit, but double, even triple your wardrobe options just by adding more color options.
If you’re curious to learn more about what colors work for you and would like a color consultation, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 646.763.0875.
Spring has finally sprung; break out some color!
Your style/image mentor,
The incredible designer of everything exquisite and glam, #naeemkhan