#BlogChatterA2Z : “O”- Optical Illusions in Elements of Design (A2Z of Image Management)

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Here I am with my 15th post for #BlogChatterA2Z challenge. An illusion is a false perception or interpretation of something we see-through something that describes our eye when we look at it. An illusion makes something look quite different than it really is. Regardless of the facts,  and according to our mind’s eye, we tend to believe the illusions.

Let’s talk about Optical illusions in elements of design-

Fabric and Texture

Fabric and texture can be manipulated, steamed and layered to create illusions. A general goal is using clothing as a resource is, you select and arrange fabrics and textures in ways that enhance the body,  in ways that makes the figure appear more nearly ideal.  Fabrics can be used in ways that emphasize the most attractive lines and shapes of the body, and camouflage or counter those body lines and shapes you consider less attractive, in effect minimizing or eliminating them. Thick, bully, fuzzy or fluffy fabric can be expected to add visual weight to the body.

For example firm fabric tends to hold or support a garment’s shape, allowing the garment shape to be dominant, while a thin, soft, drapable fabric can fall closely around the body, now allowing the body form to become dominant. Differences in fabric texture cause garments of the same style look quite different when made up in deferring fabrics.

Shapes

A general goal is using clothing as a resource is you select and arrange design shapes in ways that enhance the body,  in ways that makes the figure appear more nearly ideal. Clothing lines and shapes can be used in ways that emphasize the most attractive lines and shapes of the body and camouflage or counter those body lines and shapes considered less attractive, in effect minimizing or eliminating them. You can modify or alter the illusory effects of shape with your use of the interrelated elements of design: line, color, texture and pattern. This requires you to plan and evaluate the effects of each element in the total design.

For example bigger floral shapes on any garment makes you look broader and bulkier while small shape floral patterns can reduce visual size and weight of your body.

Line

Line can be created, arranged and controlled to create illusions. Be aware, however not everyone perceives optical illusions in the same way or to the same degree and some not at all. Depending on eyesight, cultural background, personal experience, attitude and imagination, perception will vary. A general goal in using clothing as a resource is to select and arrange design lines in ways that enhances the body, in ways that make the face and figure appear more nearly ideal. Use clothing lines in ways that lead the eye or direct attention where you want it, that emphasize the most attractive lines of the body and camouflage or counter those lines we consider less attractive. Optical illusion are easier to control if you learn some of the illusions that relate directly to clothing. It is reassuring to know that specific type and directions of lines can be relied on to create specific effects or illusions. When you know what illusion you want to create, you will know better how to do it.

For example. To add visual weight and widen a thin upper torso, choose a rugby shirt with its wide horizontal stripes, or to visually lengthen and slim a thick midsection, choose a long vertical, center front zipper closure, or to visually slim a full rounded body, don’t dress it in full rounded clothes, counter the roundness with straight design lines.

Pattern

A fabric weave or surface texture often gives the appearance of a pattern or vice versa, the fabric pattern creates a definite visual texture. In all cases, either the pattern, the surface texture or the light reflection factor must be dominant.

For Example, corduroy creates textural stripes. Gabardine forms a diagonal twill, so does denim. A vertical cable knit creates stripes in a sweater. A jacquard weave can introduce beautiful textured flowers on cotton, linen or silk.

Color

Color is very good at creating illusions. Regardless of the facts, and according to our mind’s eye, we tend to believe the illusion that color creates. By recognizing the illusions that color create, you can select and arrange to create the illusions you want, they can be used to reinforce attractive personal coloring or undesirable effects of colors. Colors are seldom seen alone. They appear to change as they are seen in combination with other colors.

Warm colors can make cool colors appear cooler. Cool colors can make warm colors appear warmer. For example blue-green eyes may appear more green when blue clothing or eye shadow is worn. Light colors can make medium to dark colors appear darker. Dark colors can make medium to light colors appear lighter. For example, facial skin will appear lighter next to dark colored clothing. Bright colors can make medium to dull colours appear duller. Dull ,muted colors can make medium to bright colours appear brighter. For example, medium blue eyes will appear brighter when a slightly duller blue sweater or eye shadow is worn and vice versa.

The size of a colored area has marked influence on the way the color will be perceived. The larger the colored area, the more consistent the color will appear. The smaller the area , the more easily it appears to change.

Hope this information can help you create the right illusion you want to create.

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#BlogchatterA2Z: “M”- Makeup, Make down, Make over (A2Z of Image Management)

This this my 13th post for #BlogChattetA2Z Challenge and I am half way done. Three cheers for all the challengers and Blogchatter.

Let me tell you an instance that made me realize little makeup is not bad if that can uplift the way you feel, act and others response towards you.

I have always maintained that without a bit of makeup, I am at plain as a “mud fence”. I was in a hurry one Saturday and decides I couldn’t take time to put on my face. I was feeling good about life in general, so I headed out on errands add my very plain, unpainted self. Minutes later, in a local department store, I was confronted by a former student. “Swati ma’am, she loudly exclaimed for the whole store to hear. “It really you! How marvelous. You really are as plain as you said you were! “

I smiled at smug looking shoppers, thought beautiful thoughts, reminding myself that beauty comes from within and bear a hasty retreat.

On days when I am going to be out in the World, I find it’s smart to take a little time to put on my face. There is a real difference in a way I look work makeup add well as how I feel and in the way others respond to me.

The purpose of making up has a logical order about it, so you can learn to do much of it quickly and by habit. Don’t feel you have to follow a set number of steps rigidly or that you must use all of your makeup all of the time. You may choose to use more on a social occasion to create greater visual presence or to appear more glamorous. You may choose to use less and appear casual for active shorts or an at-home occasion. You have options.

Basic makeup procedure includes using moisture/protestant on your clean face, before applying any actual makeup. This step seals in moisture and provide a barrier film to protect your skin from the environment. A light lotion will do nicely for day and make a marvelous makeup base.

Wait a few minutes and then, as a general rule, start your makeup applications at the top of your face and work down to avoid smearing.

  1. Foundation makeup, while not essential, is applied first. Foundation evens out skin coloration and can change apparent skin color. Skillfully applied, it can camouflage blemishes. Some foundations provide protection from the sun. Choose foundation to match your skin coloration, dot it onto your face, and blend smoothly in an up and outward direction. When using foundation, less is always best.
  2. Under-eye concealing cream camouflage undertones and evens out skin color,as it moisturize the under eye area. Light skin women are advised to choose concealing cream a tint lighter to camouflage dark areas. Avoid ghostly white concealing creams. Blend smoothly ,in an up and outward direction.
  3. Powder sets foundation makeup, evens out skin coloration, camouflage minir blemishes and soften the appearance of makeup by eliminating any shine. It is an natural looking alternative in place of foundation. Course loose translucent powder to match your skin type. Pies or brush on lightly, using a cotton ball or cosmetic brush. Smooth and blend powder work a cotton ball or brush, in a down and outward direction to avoid brushing facial hair up.
  4. Eyebrow pencil adds color to harmonious hair and grow coloration, fills in brows and can correct eyebrows shape and length. It, too, Can create illusion about face and eyes shape. Choose the color to coordinate with brows and hair color. Brush brows in an up and outward direction to smooth and shape. Full in spare areas with delicate pencil strokes, in the direction of hair growth. Trapper to nothing at the outer end of the brow. Rebrush. About thick, heavy application.
  5. Eye shadow adds both guys and value contrast. It emphasis your eyes and create illusion about eye and gave shape. Cream types are easier blend they moisturize your eye lids. Course the color to coordinate with eye anger clothing color. Spooky to the eye lid and below the brow bone. Blend smoothly in an upward and outward direction, diminishing to nothing just below the brow bone. Lightly powder the area to set shadow and prevent creasing.
  6. Eye liner ads value contrast along the edge of the eyelid and emphasizes the eyes creating the illusion of larger eyes. Choose the color to coordinate with hair, eyes and clothing color. Draw a smooth line along the edge of the upper eye lid and slightly into the upper eye lashes. Rapper to nothing towards the center or the inner corner of the eye. Repeat on the lower eyelid. About underlining the lower lid only, as it creates an unbalanced effect. Avoid joining upper and lower at the outer corner.
  7. Mascara adds value contrast on light skinned women. It emphasis the eyes, while softening the appearance of eyeliner. Choose the color to compliment personal coloring. Look straight forward and stroke color in an upward direction, on the unedited of your upper lashes. Stroke individual upper and lower lashes with the top of the brush.
  8. Blush adds warm colors to the cheeks and imparts a healthy glow to your whole face. It draws attention to the eye color and emphasizes eye color and created illusions about facial contours. Choose the color to coordinate with skin, lip color and clothing color. Using a soft brush, apply blush upward and outward direction over your cherk bones. Blend smoothly with the brush or a dry sponge. Avoid applying too close to the noise or jaw. Avoid circles or streaks of blush.
  9. Lip liner adds hue and value contrast. It define and corrects the lip line while it emphasizes the lips. Course the lipliner in the same or slightly darker shade as lipstick color. Trace the outline of your lips, reshaping only if necessary for better balance and proportion.
  10. Lipstick adds hue and value contrast to emphasize the lips,as it moisturise the lips. Choose a color to coordinate with skin, blush and clothing color. Apply lipsticks at the area inside the lip liner, stroking from center to corners. Avoid an uneven or smeared line.

Famous last words to maintain beautiful skin, remove make up nightly and cleanse your face. You will be glad you did!

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#BlogChattetA2Z :”L”- Look into Fashion Therapy (A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my 12th post for #BlogChattetA2Z challenge. Fashion therapy is another conceptual reference to image management, a master of static dressing with as much attention directed to the effects of clothing on the wearer as on the response of others. Clothing functions to provide you with needed change, variety, interest and zest in daily living, a welcome relief from what might otherwise become the sameness of everyday. A range of clothing from casual to relatively dressy, allows you to use your clothes effectively in this manner.

For example “Shikha experiences a release from her everyday take as a homemaker and mother by dressing up in the evening a couple of times a week. Sometimes it is only to share the evening meal with her family. But wearing a soft skirt, casual dress or nice slacks and top, makes the ordinary occasion suddenly special. Her family senses it to and behaves accordingly. It works. Come the weekend, she plans something to make Saturday night special, and wears something equal to the evening.

People often get so caught up, however, on fashion for the sake of fashion and fads they forget about function. In fashion therapy clothing is used as a resource that literally empowers you with a better ability to think, feel and do the things you want to. Looking better always helps to solve problems related in some way to personal appearance.

For example,  “Riya is a graduate student who lives with rheumatoid arthritis a progressively disabling disease. Due to limited arm movement, she requires easy on and off clothing with front openings. She is conscious of the weight of her clothes as heavy clothes make her shoulders ache. Because her elbows will no longer straighten, she prefers to wear long sleeves blouses and dresses, which make the problem unnoticeable to others. She wear very little jewelry, particularly rings, because they draw attention to her hands. She looks for shoes with lower heels to afford her balance and to provide support and comfort.

From all this one of the most important thing which I have learned is when not feeling well is to keep yourself looking well. “if you feel like a cabbage, but look like a rose, I don’t think of myself as a cabbage”.

Parents can effectively manage the appearance of young children with far reaching results.

For example one young mother shared a surprising discovery she made regarding her attitude towards her two youngsters. She discovered when they were left with food on their faces and were sent to play in dirty T-shirt and messy, mismatched pants or diapers, she almost expected them to get into mischief and misbehave. She frequently found fault where there was none, and she was less apt to cuddle and kiss them. She was also less tolerant and more short tempered. However, when she took care and managed to clean and dress them up, she found she had a more positive attitude about their behavior. She was more apt to bestow a hug and a kiss. She was also more tolerant and even tempered. She noticed the same reaction from visitors to the home and from the children’s father at the end of the work day. This is what she has to say -“If the appearance of my children can make that much difference in unconscious response to them”, she chuckled, “it’s well worth a time and attention to keep them looking a little nicer”.

Somewhere in the course of history people got the mistaken idea that the subject of dress and grooming applies only to a women and teenage girls. Not so.

For example, one of my client (My student now working with MNC) who was a young mind came to me disturbed over his difficulty in adjusting to a new job. He claimed he was being treated like an errand boy. As I looked at him and his clothing it was apparent why this could be happening. He was small in stature and had a narrow jaw. His hair was parted in the middle and he wore round, gold rimmed glasses. Basically inappropriately dressed. Considering his professional ambition, some changes were in order. We moved the part in his hair to one side. New glasses were ordered which sits his face shape, new suit was ordered which can give him a more assertive look. He not only looked more mature, confident and capable, he felt that way. Men should not underestimate the influence of their appearance upon their success, both personally and professionally. A little attention to appearance will go a long way toward helping them to achieve their goals. This, too is fashion therapy.

In all cases, learn to manage your clothing as a resource, a tool to help you think, feel and act your personal and professional best, to create a positive First and lasting impression about yourself. While their is no great mystery surrounding clothing and image management, some people seems to have more natural talent or ability. They always seem to look attractive, appropriate and absolutely terrific. Others have to work at it a bit. The good news is that clothing management skills can be learned then practiced to become almost automatic. Resolve now to take charge and make your clothes work for you in all situations.

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#BlogchatterA2Z :”I” – Image Management (A2Z OF Image Management)

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This is my 9th post for BlogchatterA2Z challenge. You will be wondering why have I taken this topic now. Well this is because we are going according to alphabetical order, so here I am to share with you about what my series is all about. Let me tell you What is Image Management? and What is the power of personal appearance?

According to Judith Rasband – Image Management is the ongoing process of evaluating and controlling the impact of your appearance and the resulting response on you and others. The concept of image management applies to anyone who has ever needed to improve self-image, self-worth, self-confidence, capability and credibility. It applies to anyone who has ever wanted to get an idea across to someone else, to influence opinion or action be it in the home, the school, community or work place.

It is creating authentic, appropriate, attractive and affordable image. Intelligence, knowledge, ability, initiate and effort are vital to success of any kind, but regardless to who you are, how old and what your role or goal , ongoing image management can give you the personal, professional presence you need.

As an individual living and working in a highly competitive society and complex society, you must recognize and understand the impact of your appearance as it communicates first to you and then to others.

What you wear and the way you look affects:

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#BlogchatterA2Z : “H” – Harmony in Elements of Design (A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my 8th post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge. Today I am discussing the importance of harmony is all the elements of design. Harmony is the sense that all of the elements of your design fit together.

Harmony among Fabrics and Textures

To appear harmonious, combine two or more fabric textures in terms of the mood, occasion, personality traits, and values you want to communicate. Texture may be similar to or may contrast with each other. Similar textures are relatively easy to combine but can be to repetitious, everything can look the same to the point of appearing monotonous or boring. Contrast in texture can be more interesting, effective and appealing, communicating subtle differences of mood, occasion and personality. For example tulle, satin and sequins are associated with dressy, festive or glamorous occasions, yet the difference in their surface textures adds interest to the whole outfit. The same is true in the combination of denim, flannel and cowhide, with silver buttons and belt buckle. All textures work together as they communicate dress from the casual, rugged, western outdoors. Denim paired with chiffon is not to be harmonious because extreme differences in their characteristics, use and care.

Harmony among Colors

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#BlogchatterA2Z : “G” – Go to guide for Patterns in Clothing (A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my 7th Post for #BlogchatterA2Z. And today I am going to share with you A2Z about patterns in clothing. Technically speaking , pattern is not a separate element of design. Pattern is a combination of several design elements – lines and shapes in colors, arranged in or on textural material. Each element is totally interrelated when you look at the pattern design. Because pattern have their own visual effects and because you can manipulate or change the character of a pattern and its effects, it seems appropriate to treat pattern as a specific element to work with it or make it work for you.

Patterns add interest to plain surface fabric and helps coordinate two or more solid-colored items. They can create a point or area of emphasis and affect the body and mind, the way you think, feel and act. Patterns camouflage and create powerful illusions about the size, shape and weight of the body. They communicate visual meaning, message, or moods.

Remember choice in patterns becomes a visible expression of personal style and individuality.

Pattern can be categorized into two: Classy classic Patterns and Trendy Patterns

Classy Classic Patterns

Plain, solid colors fabrics provide a foundation for your wardrobe and combine easily with other solid colors, but don’t stop there. You can count on classic patterns – in prints, stripes and plaid design on clothing, to add interest and variety needed to enliven what might otherwise becomes a dull wardrobe composed entirely of solid colors.

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#BogchatterA2Z : “F” – Fit and Fashion (A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my 6th post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge . As I have already talked about Body Shape and Different Garment Shapes, now it’s the right time to recommend style lines and shapes for different figure or body type. As I have already mentioned earlier every body is unique and few ideal figures existing. Virtually every figure has some figure variations , variations from that so called ideal figure used as a standard for comparison. It does not matter how many people have a particular figure variation. You need to recognize the variation and know how to dress or alter to camouflage or minimize it.

To determine your general figure type or body build, try the time tested “Blink test”. Dress in form- fitting clothing, in possibly a t-shirt and tights. In this attire your attention will be generally drawn to the largest area of your body shape. Then compare that area to other areas of your body and to the body type description I have mentioned in my previous post here.

Now lets discuss the figure type, their characteristic figure variations and how to cover, camouflage, counter, create the illusion of the ideal figure by selecting appropriate clothing.

Triangular Body Shape : They have narrower shoulders, wider hips, average to smaller bust, narrow back and smaller waist. They have low hip curve, rounded buttocks. Possibly low waist and average to shorter legs.

Fit and Fashion Strategy : They should focus on minimizing lower torso and give more emphasize to upper torso, this will lead the attention upward toward their face. Try filling out shoulder and upper torso with soft fullness and design details. Try wearing smooth, loose fit below the waist.

Inverted Triangle Body Shape : They have Wider shoulders, narrower hips & thighs , average to larger bust, wider back, larger waist , high hip curve, flatter buttocks, slim legs. Possibly high waist, average to longer legs.

Fit and Fashion Strategy : They should focus on minimizing upper torso and give more emphasize on center-front at neckline or anywhere below waist. Lead attention inward at shoulders toward neck. Try filling out area below waist with soft fullness or design detail. Try wearing smooth loose fit above the waist.

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