• Celine Lamour

Mis à jour : sept. 29




This summer has been long and hot in Hong Kong, and it's with a sign of relief that we can welcome the Fall season here. For the fashionistas who have been looking forward to the Autumn trends.. yes, the fall-winter 2020-2021 trends have arrived!


This year, although there are several gorgeous comeback trends out there, the 70s and 80s return of designs particularly the shoulder pads, satin and puffed sleeves have taken my fancy. As for the colors, I love the commitment of a flush of vividly contrasting colors that this season seems to bring! The nude tones and brown always a favourite at this time are making a comeback, the color block look is still a rave in Fall 2020.


Indeed, fuchsia and orange trends add a touch to this fall-winter collection for a stunning look!


This Autumn, I recommend people to play with volumes, alternating fuzzy with structured silhouettes, fluid and then with more restricted materials. Zoom in on the fav trends of My French Elegance.

Here's few illustrations of the hottest trends of this season that I am personally thrilled about. Take a look, and relish!






































Image Source: Pinterest Fashion Designers Runway

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HOW TO MATCH THE COLORS?

Today, we are going to talk about colors ... and especially color combination, a highly interesting theme to create a more successful style!


You look for the colors in stores, it's true that they are always very well put forward: a beautiful red top, an emerald green blouse, a deep purple sweater ... but once you get home, you have lost the inspiration to match it with the clothes that make up your wardrobe. Like always. And that top, that blouse, that sweater in shimmering color will inexorably end up in the back of your closet ... what a pity.

There are several techniques to combine the colors of clothes in a harmonious way. Let us understand them one by one.

The first refers to the COLOR WHEEL: (The chromatic wheel)

The color wheel is a methodical representation of colors. The colors follow one another in the order of the colors of the rainbow. The colors wheel is an essential tool for “understanding” colors. It will allow us to act rationally without relying on our sole intuition when it comes to combining colors.

The colors wheel brings together primary, secondary and tertiary colors.


Reminder:

· Primary colors (RYB): red (magenta), yellow blue. Primary colors are difficult to associate with each other (except by small touches, with accessories, for example)

· Secondary colors: green, orange and purple. Secondary colors are created by mixing two of the three primary colors.

The secondary colors go very well with each other. They are happy marriages that add real pep to your style.

· Tertiary colors: purple, vermilion, indigo, turquoise, chartreuse green, ocher.

Tertiary colors are created by mixing primary and secondary colors.

THE DIFFERENT LOOKS POSSIBILITIES OFFERED BY THE COLOR WHEEL:

A monochrome look corresponds to the variation of the same tonal value of a single color in the different pieces that make up the look.

Here are some examples:

A monochrome look consists of assembling the different tonal values ​​of the same color and therefore of the same slice.







Some examples:













A complementary color look is a high contrast color look that is the combination of two opposing colors on the color wheel. To determine the complementary color of a secondary color you have to know the two colors that were used in its creation.


The complementary color is the primary color (blue, red or yellow) which is not found in its creation. They are complementary because one offsets the lack of the other. It’s the perfect harmony:

Violet = red + blue; complementary color of purple: yellow

Green = blue + yellow; complementary color of green: red

Orange = red + yellow; complementary color of orange: blue










Some examples of looks with complementary colors:




A look in analogous colors: Choose two colors side by side on the color wheel, taking tonal values of the same intensity.












Some examples of looks with analogous colors:



A look in triadic colors shades: A triadic color scheme uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel. Triadic color schemes tend to be quite vibrant, even if you use pale or unsaturated versions of your hues.









To use a triadic harmony successfully, the colors should be carefully balanced - let one color dominate and use the two others for accent.

This association is softer than the association of complementary colors.

Some examples of looks with adjacent complementary colors:














When choosing a mix of colors by referring to the color wheel, calm things down by wearing only basic accessories and beige or nude shoes. If you do not have a jacket that matches the color combination chosen, again opt for a neutral color: navy blue or beige for example

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When you are short in height you will usually have the following objectives with your dressing:

1. Appear longer, taller and leaner

2. Create a flattering silhouette (using the rule of thirds, so you don’t split your body in half)

3. Avoid a ‘boxy’ look which will only make you look wider rather than taller.

Most short women will want to appear taller and leaner.

- The first rule for petite women is to follow the 2/3rd – 1/3rd rule

It just means that you do not split your body into two halves with your dressing. Instead, you cover 2/3rd of your body with the bottoms and the remaining 1/3rd with your top.

Follow the 2/3rd – 1/3rd rule


- Stick to monochrome outfits or outfits with few color variations

Monochromatic looks will create a vertical image and instantly create the illusion of height.



- The dress is the ultimate flattering item for petite women

Wearing an outfit in one color can have an elongating effect. If you opt for a form-fitting slim silhouette then this will make you look even taller. A knee-length sheath dress is a great option for a petite frame as the tailored silhouette avoids unwanted bulk.

It is also good to know that maxi dresses actually can look very flattering to your petite frame. The rationale is different.

While short length creates space around your legs and draws attention above, long dresses and jumpsuit create a continuous column of color, which does an amazing job to lengthen your petite body frame. Wearing maxi dress the right way will actually make a short girl look taller.



- Wear v-line tops to further elongate your look

These open up the neckline and create additional vertical lines.


- Find your ideal skirt length

Opt for styles that fall just below or on top of the knee. A high-waisted skirt or pants would make your legs appear longer. Bonus tip: roll up too-long shirt cuffs to expose some extra wrist and forearm

Therefore, the shorter your skirts or dresses, the higher they will draw the eyes, thus making your legs look longer.




- Create vertical lines in your outfit

Create nice vertical lines with open straight jackets and cardigans or vertical detail.



- Embrace high waisted pants and skirts

High waist pants paired with heels work together to create a long vertical image. Worn with a short top, the outfit creates the illusion of height. They will make your legs appear longer. Wide pants with tucked-in tops work really well.


- Choose your jeans wisely

High-waisted, flare or jeans /denim with vertical detail



- Wear the Same Color Pants and Shoes

If you are wearing pants, matching the color of your shoes with your pants will make your legs appear longer


- Wear nude Heels With Your Petite Outfits

An obvious way to gain height is to wear a heel. Nude heels without ankle straps maximize your leg length.

Low vamp shoes are those which show a little bit of toe cleavage. The lower the vamp, the less covered your feet are thus the longer your legs look.


- Wear Accessories In Proportion

Choose accessories that are in proportion with your face and the rest of your body. Choose a handbag that fits your physique. In many cases, oversized handbags are not your best choice as they will make you look smaller.




- Your hair is too long

Show more skin – all over. An up-do or short cut draws attention to the neck. Too much hair is just plain distracting




For more such style tips curated by Celine Lamour, please visit our website My French Elegance


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