Saturday, August 2, 2014

David Zyla Told Me That I Am a Jeweltone Summer!

Karen's Jeweltone Summer Palette
Ok, so I'm not keeping you in suspense. That's my archetype. And above, you can see the palette he put together for me. I posted previously about who David Zyla is and my experience seeing him. Here are my results, in minute detail:

Romantic - the color of my fingertips, the color I blush - my version of red, sexy, vitality, one of the most powerful colors to wear. For me: a cool winter raspberry - don’t warm it!

Essence - skin color - my version of white, nude. Most subtle thing to wear, vulnerable

Energy - the darkest part of my iris (but not the ring) - friendly, approachable, present, I’m here

Tranquil - the lightest part of my iris - mellow, chill. For me: a cool lilac.

Dramatic - the color of the veins in my wrist - kaboom, look at me! Guest of honor. It’s the opposite of romantic on color wheel.

First Base - taken from the ring around my iris - formal neutral, my version of black. LBD, coat. For me: Charcoal.

Second Base - the darkest part of my hair - everyday neutral - my version of brown. For me: Red Plum/Aubergine.

Third Base - the lightest part of my hair - informal neutral - my version of khaki. For me: Pale Sage

Pastels - lighter versions of the above colors. Great for summer clothes, bathing suits, and home decor. For me: stay away from white or anything icy. 

Metals - metallic versions of the above colors. Use for jewelry, belt buckle, pen, business card case, metallic thread running through a scarf. For me: silvers and platinums, metallic versions of my colors.

Notice there is no true blue - it goes a little cold on me - he doesn’t like it as well. There is blue in the greens and lilacs. No brown, yellow, or orange, either.

Wearing an outfit with bases only will be pretty but it won’t have much impact. Use a pop of color.

My personality (and I think he is dead on with this):
I get along with men but stay feminine  
I have a strong energy but still feminine  
I have a nurturing management style but not coddling  
My children are getting a realistic view of the world - I’m not doing their homework for them, but I set limits to make sure they succeed

I am: Jeweltone Summer! Hyperfeminine but still strong

Always an element of drape, but streamlined overall (this is TMIT)
Drapes and wraps - for example, wrap dress, faux wrap top, waterfall sweater, pashmina (with dressy dress)
Roman updated - but not Grecian, that’s too wispy. Roman is stronger
Unbroken lines - top flows into the bottom - don’t color block, don’t end at the waist
Dresses are great
If separates: tie the top to the bottom with a scarf or jewelry containing both colors
I have elongated curves - like a stretched out hourglass - and my clothes should be elongated
Only one element of wrap/drape at a time, overall look should be streamlined. Eileen Fisher is too drape-y
Nothing rustic! (Rustic: tweed, heavy knit sweater, birks, whipstich, distressed)
Classical, cleaner
Clothes that look like you took a piece of fabric and wrapped it around me and it just stayed - fabulous

Painterly effects
Pointillist - confetti - looks like a solid from a distance, but up close it’s dots of different colors
Prints should be no larger than palm of hand
Avoid anything cartoonish
Avoid hard contrast - keep tones similar
If there are “bad” colors in the pattern, then draw out the “good” colors with another item of clothing

40’s style:
Like high waisted pant, fluid leg, hollywood pant, side/back zip, no belt loop, with a fitted top (brands: Layfayette 140, Ann Taylor)
Silk Jumpsuit with a heeled roman sandal (designer: Kathryn Malendrino) - simple in shape, no metal hardware
Avoid menswear

Jersey, suede, silk velvet, cashmere, mohair, crepe, crepe de cine, georgette crepe
NO men’s cotton shirt, or tweed

Separates or a dress are better for me

Always show waist
Single button
Go in at waist, end at hip
No collar (that notched, angled look is not good) 
Maybe a soft belt that ties like a bathrobe

Wrap dress is ideal - Lauren by Ralph Lauren makes a nice jersey faux wrap in a bunch of colors every season (packable, dress up or down)
No shift dress - that’s too plain for me
Example of a cocktail dress:-high waisted, crepe on the bottom and chiffon on the top

To middle of knee
Wrap skirts
High waisted pencil skirt, top tucked in
Perhaps a four inch trumpet
No pleats
No gathers at the waist

Boot cut when they’re in style
Side/back zip
High waisted
If not high waisted, then wear long shirt
Instead of jeans, go for brushed cotton, twill
Look for luster, pile, velvet
Cords only if very fine wale
Denim is too flat and masculine
Brand: DKNY often does velvet jeans at the holidays

Crossover jersey/faux wrap
Length - high hip - (well below the waist)

Cowl neck (lovely with skinny pants)
Waterfall cardigan (lovely with a watercolor print blouse under) 

Buttery, like calf skin - not patent leather
Shape - no drawstring, need some structure. Bottom wider than top is nice. Double handle
If crossbody purse, it should be really small.


Should stop at the ankle, not mid-calf (if I must!)

“Jeans" made out of a beautiful twill with a cowl neck sweater
Gym: Luxe, terrycloth Juicy Couture-type pant with tank top  

Sandal with thin straps is great
Soft V or elongated oval - not pointy or round
Comfortable brand: Arche - they make stretch grosgrain.
Avoid hard horizontal, like a strap across the ankle
For tennis shoes - look for slip-ons, or laces that are the same color as the shoe so they “disappear” (lacing is rustic)
Boots - suede in the charcoal or aubergine

Hood - drapes softly around the face
Draped collar 
Hidden buttons
Self belt (like a bathrobe)
Softly structured
If must get a down coat - get in Romance color! (try LL Bean)
For raincoat: pearlized, iridescent (try London Fog or Sanyo)

Short short (not bustline length - that widens the bust)
3/4 length sleeves but not with capris (with capris, wear short sleeves instead)
Long sleeves - ideally really long, onto the hand
Bell sleeve sweater is nice (fitted at the top of the arm, ends in bell)

Softened V is perfect, echoes my chin
Draped neckline
Scoop and crossover also very good
Shorter, harder Vs are ok
portrait not as good
No crew neck

Pink Tourmaline, Amethyst
Pink pearls but not freshwater (those aren’t formed/refined enough)
No turquoise or catsite or anything veined or rough or unfinished - too rustic

Oval, teardrop pendants are great
Longer length necklaces, not collarbone
Layer two necklaces, say, long strand of beads and a shorter pendant/medallion
Or long necklace with beads and metals
But not heavy or chunky

Oval studs
White gold, open in the middle
Designers: Rebecca Norman, Melissa Joy Manning

Never a cuff
Three thin bangles are nice
If it’s an inch wide or wider, it should be filigree - open work, not thick/solid/chunky

More oval than square
This is a good place to bring in colored stones, perhaps in tones of a color

Bracelet watch
Pearlized face is better than black or white
Open work bracelet-type band

Cowl neck is fantastic
Linen, translucent for summer
Avoid Hermes twill silk
Wool shalley
Wider, longer scarves - to cowl and create drama
Not shiny
Not small and perky

Soft belt like bathrobe
Or skinny belt to define waist
Covered buckle - don’t want to see spokes and holes - it should end cleanly

Silver frames, or any of my metals - he really likes the metals for me
Clear plastic frame
Clear with silver flecks
Second base color - aubergine
The bases and metals blend more with my hair.
Or for more of a statement, really any of my colors, dramatic, tranquil, energy, romantic. Energy and tranquil really pulls out my eyes!
Don’t go any wider than my current pair in the temple - if too wide, you can see the arms and they compete with the eyes
Slight angle to the lens shape, not a total oval
If I go with color, it should be mottled light and dark like my purple/blue pair, not a solid color
Current lens size is perfect (I’d call it medium)

Winter: Skullcap-style knit beret - symmetrical all the way around
Variegated in color - a combo of my colors
Maybe a brim, but fun and floppy, 70’s style - do a straw version of this in summer

Long - past the wrist

Don’t go shorter than jaw or longer than shoulder (that would be too languid)
Do go shorter in the back - if longer in the back, it would drag my head back.
Slight layering

Any of the colors in my palette, but he pointed out essence, metallic, and pale romantic

Foundation/Powder: Essence
Lip/Blush: Romantic
Charcoal eyeliner (1st base) - the softer one
For variety: aubergine eyeliner (2nd base)
Eyeshadow: 3rd base over eye
For evening out eyeshadow: a little bit of energy or tranquil
Good brands for me: Shisedo for eyes, Dior for lips - the french brands go cooler

Stores/Websites good for me:
Diane Von Furstenberg for wrap dress
Kettlewell (UK) - lovely wrap sweaters and wrap dresses
Talbots (just a few pieces there - will take some hunting - 80% of the store is not good)
J. Jill
Ann Taylor 
Ann Taylor Loft 

Other questions I asked:
Will my palette change over time? It may mellow and soften a bit. I may find someday that the darkest shade no longer works, and will want to go with the lighter ones.
Why several variations of each? To give me options. The deepest color is the most potent. You can use any color in between the chips themselves.

In my next post, I'll go into detail comparing this with my Sci/Art designation.

1 comment:

  1. I saw myself in this post. I have been searching to try to line up all my personality tests. This fits me best.