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Every Color Has A Story. Color Psychology.

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Color.  I love color.  Nothing makes me happier than looking at a wall of paint swatches, or bin of colored pencils.  Color makes me smile.  Color is a very influential in many aspects of our lives. It not just for looks either.  Color can illicit an emotional response. Marketers, artists and designers all know how color influences us.  Color creates associations.  We use colors in psychology, art and religion to denote status and attention. When you look at some religious art, why are some deities in blue?  I’ve never seen Christianity’s Virgin Mary in scarlet red. She always in blue and white. Color,  at it’s purest form make us feel, maybe more than anything. Red can be angry, but it can also be loving.  Blue calming but also cold.

How does color tell us this? It depends on our age, culture, and climate. Children often change their favorite color.  However, once we hit adulthood we often have a fixed favorite. For years my favorite color was black.  Since my thirties my favorite color has been charcoal grey.  A hard color to find in clothes, but more prevalent in design.

A pioneer in the science of color psychology was Carl Jung.  Jung not only investigated the meanings of color, but how they could be used as a psychological tool.  The meaning of color is most prevalent in marketing.  Color has power.  It helps us recognize brands without using words.  Almost everyone in the world recognizes the “Golden Arches” of McDonalds. Color catches your eye. It helps you to decide if an item is appealing. Sometimes color name influences buying choices too.  If a rose color was blood red instead of romantic red would it be as popular of a choice?

We live in a world of color.  What are the common feelings that they evoke?

Take Blue for instance.  Blue is calming.  It instills trust, a sense of duty, coolness, reflection, tradition, sadness, and coldness. Blue is used for Tiffany boxes, in traditional gift wrap and power suits.  There is also the expression “to have the blues”, meaning to be depressed.  All colors have a dual personality.  The good and the bad.

Green is all around us.  It is refreshing, zesty, growth, restorative, restful and safe.  It can mean ordinary or stagnant as well.  It’s not coincidence that many environmental companies use green in their logos.  It is the color of our environment.

Yellow is both sunny and scared.  Yellow is warmth, happy, honorable and open.  It can also be fearful, cowardly, and irrational.  What does it say to you?

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Orange as a color evokes the ideas of energy, stimulation, food, fun, and health.  It also is frustration, cautious, immature, and warning.

Red has so many meanings its hard to list them all.  Red is courageous, strong, warm, vigorous, energy, love and passion.  It is also danger, anger, pain, and defiant.  Want to learn more about other colors?  Wait for part two to learn about the other colors including purple, pink and others.

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Clothing

10 Fashion Terms To Know

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1. Broadcloth:  A medium weight fabric made of cotton or a cotton blend with characteristic crosswise ribs.

2. Brocade: A fabric type woven on a Jacquard loom which gives any design on the fabric a raised look.

3. Calfskin: Hide from a young cows that has been tanned and can be used for leather or fur.

4. Chamois Cloth: A soft fabric made of cotton which is either knitted or woven. It is made with a soft nap that is an imitation of sheepskin dyed in the chamois method.

5. Dobby Fabric: A fabric made with a pattern that repeats every 8 to 30 rows.

6. Pique: Embroidery that is worked on a firm fabric with white thread.

7. Needlepoint: An overall wool embroidery worked on an open canvas with yarn.

8. Faille Crepe: Fabric with a flat rib similar to faille but lightweight.

9. Aigrette: Extremely long, white feathers with a plume at the tip.  It is taken from an egret (bird).

10. Lame: A fabric made with metallic yarns

I hope you enjoyed your monthly dose of fashion terms.  Until next month.

Clothing

10 Fashion Terms to Know

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Abraded Yarn: A continuous filament of man made yarn which has been rubbed to raise fuzz which increases bulk.  Then the yarn is twisted into two-ply.

Two-ply yarn: A yarn made by combining two lightly twisted single yarns into one yarn. This makes the yarn stronger and durable.

Baby Bunting: An infant’s outdoor sack that has a zipper in front with a hood.

Barathea: A fabric with a pebbled texture that was originally done in silk.  Generally used for ties it can now come in a variety of fabrics types.

Chemise: A linen garment worn next to the skin.

Crochet: A method of making a garment, lace or fabric with one hooked needle by machine or hand.

Down: Material used to pad winter jackets, coats, and blankets for warmth.  Down is from the fluffy undercoat of geese and ducks.

Dummy: Called a dressmakers dummy, is a form of the human body on which cloth is draped before construction.

Gauze: A net like fabric used for costumes or trim and can be crinkled.  Used for a variety of garment constructions. Made of a variety of fibers.

Lorgnette: A pair of eyeglasses attached to a handle used for seeing detail or distance.

Check out the blog next month for more fashion terms.

 

Clothing

10 Fashion Terms to Know

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Fashion has so many terms to know.  There are whole encyclopedias devoted to it. Each month I list 10 new fashion terms for you to know.  Some are common, others obscure.  This monthly feature is designed to be a fun, informative read. I hope you enjoy!

Adaptation: A term used for a interpretation of an expensive designer/couture garment into a less expensive style, not a direct copy.

Adelaide Wool: A merino wool from Southern Australia that is considered high quality.

Backstitch: A term from sewing which means to reverse the stitch on a sewing machine. Used to secure thread.

Balaclava: A hood that covers the head and shoulders while revealing the face.  Named after the battle of Balaklava during the Crimean War.

Chou Rouge: A deep reddish-purple color.

Christening Dress: A long, detailed dress which may contain beads, lace, and embroidery worn by babies during  a baptism ceremony.

Diamante: A sparkle effect. Like the effect of a reflection of gemstones.  French term meaning “made of diamonds.”

Drape: The hang of fabric in a garment.  A quality of a garment.

Down (feathers): A term for a soft fluffy feathers from ducks or geese. Used as lining or fill for insulation in vests, jackets and coats.

Genuine Pearls: Pearls taken from saltwater oysters which were made by a grain of sand in the oyster.  Expensive and rare.

Enjoy your month!

 

 

Clothing

10 Classic Accessories For Your Wardrobe

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Every wardrobe has a few foundation pieces. These pieces are timeless classics that don’t change from year to year.  What are those pieces?  I’m glad you asked!  Below, find a list of ten timeless accessory classics.

  1. Classic Black Heels.
  2. Leather Tote Bag.
  3. A Pair of Diamond Stud Earrings.
  4. Ballet Flats.
  5. Black Leather Watch.
  6. Thin Leather Belts.
  7. Silk Scarf or Pashmina Style Scarf.
  8. A Metal Link or Bangle Bracelet.
  9. Medium Sized Leather Handbag.
  10. Gold hoop or stud earrings.
Clothing

10 Fashion Terms to Know

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Time for my monthly installment of 10 fashion terms to know.  Happy reading!

Aiguillette: A shoulder decoration made of cord, usually braided, used on military dress uniforms.

Alice Blue: A medium pale blue with a gray or green tint. Given the name Alice Blue due to Alice Roosevelt, daughter of Teddy Roosevelt.

Decolletage: French meaning bare shoulders or a low cut neckline.

Decollete: French for a item of clothing that is very low cut, and revealing of shoulders, back and sometimes the breast.

Fob Pocket: A small pocket near the waistband of a man’s pants used for holding a pocket watch.

Gauge: A term in knitting for the number of stitches per unit of width and length of the fabric.

Suede: Leather that has been buffed on the flesh side to raise a small nap.

Nautical: Clothing and symbols taken from navel or sailor’s clothing.  It is often found in the popular color schemes of red, white, and blue.

Paste: Reflective type of glass, faceted or made to imitate gemstones.

Patchwork: A method of sewing small pieces of fabric together in various shapes and colors to make a new fabric or quilt.

 

 

 

Clothing

10 Fashion Terms to know

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Here are ten quick fashion terms to know.

1. Action Back: Term used to describe the extra fullness at the back of a jacket, shirt or dress from the shoulder to the waist. Normally a pleat, that helps with movement.

2. Bolero: A waist length open jacket worn by women.

3. Cashmere: a luxurious fabric made from the hair of a goat that is native to Northern India’s Kashmir region as well as several other Asian nations. The wool for the fabric is taken by combing the animals.

4. Felt: Non-woven fabric made by compressing wool and hair fibers in a flat form by heat and steam.

5. Flannel: A soft, delicate fabric tightly woven into a twill or plain weave and has a soft nape.  It can be made of woolen, worsted or some combination of.

6. Mittens: Hand covering with a thumb compartment and another area for the fingers.

7. Parasol: An umbrella used for sun protection that can be made of cloth to match clothing. A popular accessory during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

8. Parka: A hooded fur jacket worn of Native Americans in the Arctic regions.

9. Taffeta: A type of crisp fabric with a smooth surface. At one time made of silk, currently made in man made fibers.

10. Ultramarine: A deep shade of purple blue.