March 03, 2020 2 min read
When I meet someone new and share that I am a personal color analyst, they usually assume that I am really into fashion. While I enjoy shopping and love creating outfits in my colors and style, the biggest motivator for me in learning my own colors and starting a personal color analysis business was to simplify and to help others to do the same. Before I knew what colors worked for me, I was constantly buying more clothing in order to fill a void I did not realize I had. I felt overwhelmed by the waste in my closet and in my wallet from purchasing things that did not work for me. I felt wasteful and unfocused and never felt confident getting dressed.
The fashion industry has a disastrous impact on the environment. In fact, it is the second largest polluter in the world, after the oil industry. And the environmental damage is increasing as the industry grows. Clothing has become disposable. As a result, we generate more and more textile waste. A family in the western world throws away an average of 66 lbs of clothing each year. Only 15% is recycled or donated, and the rest goes directly to the landfill or is incinerated. (To learn more how fashion trends, production materials, manufacturing methods and policies affect our environment check out Sustain Your Style).
My clients tell me they have closets full of clothing but nothing they feel like wearing. They keep buying to find things that work with clothes they do not like that much anyway. Most of us have at least a few items that are comfortable, fit well, look flattering and we enjoy wearing. They get worn repeatedly. Imagine the impact on your life and the environment if everything in your closet was one of those! Consider a capsule wardrobe or eco wardrobe that consists of classic clothing items that you can wear interchangeably to create versatile looks with just a few key pieces.
Purchasing colors and styles that work means less waste, less money spent, less need for more, more, more! Having a closet in color harmony allows you to create infinite number of outfits and looks with far fewer pieces. The likelihood that you will be happier wearing them is increased and the need to buy more is reduced.
Shopping our own closets is a great way to start! I am always amazed to hear that once someone knows their colors and their style, they often find things in their closets that really work well together. And nothing is more freeing than letting go of something that doesn’t work. Psychologically it is easier for us to let go of something when we know it will be a better fit for someone else.
Fortunately second hand shopping has become a mainstay and nearly every town has a consignment boutique or a charitable resale store. At Indigo Tones, I offer new and gently worn clothing in all colors and styles categorized by season. It feels great to know that I am reducing waste while helping someone find the right look! I love that we can Go Green every time we step in the closet! Regardless of your season, GREEN is EVERYONE’S COLOR!
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September 01, 2021 2 min read
I am pleased to introduce you to Peggy Morgans. She is the founder of Parkway Window Works, an award winning custom drapery workroom exclusively serving interior designers and architects in the Rochester, NY and Finger Lakes region. Peggy's attention to detail and craftsmanship is like no other and her work is in high demand. I love following Peggy on Instagram and seeing all the incredible completed projects in every color and style.
I was thrilled to share my knowledge of color harmony to her highly skilled seamstresses and designers in her colorful workroom.
August 02, 2021 4 min read
It is a pleasure to introduce you to Anne Lindyberg. After her color analysis, Anne had the confidence to let her hair evolve to her natural gray. The overall affect is harmonious, appealing and surprisingly youthful.
She has a holistic approach to her work as a Counselor and how she builds her wardrobe. It is important to establish trust with clients and and to convey a confident, pulled together look. She radiates as someone who knows herself and can help others do the same.
July 06, 2021 4 min read
Meet Cool Summer, Jayne Burmaster. Jayne's specialty is working with product designers all over the globe to design sophisticated, contemporary, environmentally responsible chairs.
Jayne's creative sensibilities and meticulous attention to detail is evident in every aspect of her life. She has taken her passion and enthusiasm about her wardrobe to the next level by dying her favorite pieces to Cool Summer colors. Learn more about how Jayne uses her knowledge of color harmony in her design work and creating a perfect cool summer closet!
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