#BlogchatterA2Z : “E”- Elements Of Design (A2Z of Image Management)

Hi Everyone,

This is my fifth post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge, here I am talking about “Elements of Design”. Technically this should be my first post. We often hear or read “Watch out for the messages your clothes send,” or “Be careful about the statement you make with your clothes.” But almost no one knows what’s doing the talking. It’s the “elements of design”, the lines, shapes, colour, texture and patterns. They speak before you do. In fact they never shut up, Change one detail of dress and you change the message or statement you make.

All clothing is a combination or composition of lines, shapes, colour, texture and pattern that is called “Elements of design”. Below is the brief description of all the elements-

Line: It is an elongated mark that connects two or more points. Line divides and encloses space, creating shapes and forms. Seam lines decides and enclose space on a garment. The characteristic of lines could be straight and curved.

Shapes: It refers to the area or empty space enclosed by a line, creating the outline or outer edge of an object. The outer edge or silhouette of a garment is a shape. Shapes or forms within a garment might include sleeves, cuffs, pockets, shirt yokes and plackets, skirt, gores and so forth. The characteristic of a shape could be angular and rounded.

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#BlogchatterA2Z : “D” – Different types of Garment Shapes (A2Z of Image Management)

Hi Everyone,

This is my fourth post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge and all those who have read my previous posts especially Body Shape would be able to relate to this. In order to understand how different body shapes require specific garment shapes to be worn , first we need to understand – What Shape in a garment is all about?

Shape is the element of design created when a continuous line encloses space. The space within the lines is called shape. Line and shape are the foundation of all clothing design. Shapes define the outer edge, outline or silhouette of the body and clothing. Shapes add interest to a plain garment design. It create powerful illusions about the size and shape of the body and communicate visual meaning , message or mood.

In clothing two kinds of shapes are formed: Background shapes that are formed by the outline of the garment while Foreground shapes are formed by design details that lie on the surface of the garments and appear to advance. Now lets understand what kinds of garment shapes exists and this will help you in selecting which shape is appropriate for your body type.

Triangular garment shapes: They are composed of predominantly straight lines often with soft flare. They are narrower in the shoulders and wider at the hem. The waist may or may not be defined. They emphasis straight edges and the angularity of the body shape, while they counter roundness and camouflage width in hip and thighs.

Inverted Triangular shapes: They are wider in the shoulders and narrower at the hem. Again the waist may or may not be defined. They emphasis straight edges and the angularity of the body shape, while they counter roundness and camouflage width in upper back and chest.

Rectangular garment shapes : They are just that, rectangular with straight lines and tubes abound the body. Longer than they are wide, the dominant lines are vertical. In clothing, they are in opposition to the body and the waistlines is seldom defined. They accommodate width in the midriff and waist.

Hourglass garment shapes: They are designed with a mix of straight and softly curved lines. The garment is relatively fitted at the waist, emphasizing the smaller waist area as compared to the larger bust above and hip below.

Diamond garment shapes: They are narrower in the shoulder and at the hem as compared to the waist. The waist is not generally defined. They camouflage width around the midriff, waist and high hips area.

Bell garment shapes: They are similar to some triangular garment and full-skirted hourglass shapes, combining straight lines with softly curved to full-rounded lines in the bottom half of the garment. They features a mix of vertical and horizontal line directions, conforming more easily to the body yet camouflaging hip area.

Rounded or curved garment shapes: They featured more curved lines than other shapes. The shape changes depending on how full or rounded the curves are. They emphasize roundness and counter angularity in the figure.

Shapes can be manipulated and arranged to create illusions. A general goal in using clothing as a resource is to select and arrange design shapes in ways that enhances the body – in ways that make the face and 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. The garment silhouette may or may not define or reveal body silhouette depending on the degree of fit or ease allowed. Degree of fit with its ease amount can be categorised as:

A very close fitting garment is snug to the body, repeat and reveals body contours exactly, with little or no ease allowed for body movement or comfort.

A slightly close fitting garment repeat and reveal body contours to a lesser degree, having allowed standard or traditional amounts of ease for body movement and comfort.

A slightly loose fitting garment stands slightly away from the body or flows loosely over it, due to a considerable amount of added ease or fullness for a relaxed and comfortable fit.

A very loose fitting garments stands stiffly away from the body or falls very loosely in folds around the body due to added or extreme fullness. Not revealing body contour at all.

A combination of close and loose fit in a garment is also partially fitted. The garment is more close fitting in specific areas such as the shoulders or upper bodice, the midriff and the waist while being more loose fitting in all other areas.

You can use different degree of close or loose fit to present your figure attractively, to accommodate and camouflage a figure variation and to reduce or eliminate the need for alteration.

No matter what the fashion trend , you are smart to select and wear only those degree of fit that flatter your body and its variations and that focus attention where you want it- closeness only in those areas you want the world to see and looseness everywhere you want.

This post is part of #BlogchatterA2Z Challenge.

In case you missed my previous posts you can find them here A B C

@Swati Mathur

#BlogchatterA2Z : “C” – Colour Dimensions (A2Z of Image Management)

Hi Everyone,

This is my 3rd post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge and today I am going to talk about “Colour Dimensions”.

Colours are talked in terms of dimensions. Each sensation that we experience is a combination of three dimensions. They are Hue, value and intensity. Difference in these dimensions accounts for the difference we see in colours. Each dimension of colour makes specific contribution to the appearance. If we understand the effect of these dimensions we will better be able to colour match and coordinate clothing with accordance with mood and feelings.

Hue refers to the actual name of the colour. There are three kids of hues- primary, these are original and cannot be obtained my mixing other hues, secondary, these are obtained by mixing two primary colours in equal amount and tertiary, they result from a mixture of the primary and secondary hue in equal amount. Hues also refers to a colour’s relative degree of warmness and coolness. Red, orange and yellow are warm hues while blue and green are considered as cool hues.

Values refers to the relative degree of lightness and darkness of a colour.

Where are Intensity refers to the relative degree of brightness and dullness.

To understand which colour goes well with which other colour we should understand the use of Colour Wheel. When any colour is added with white it is called as Tint, and if any colour is added with gray it is called Tone and when any colour is added with black it is called as Shade. Hues, values and intensity from all around the colour wheel can be creatively combined and worn by all individuals. You only have to look around you. The combination are endless, limited only by the bonds of your imagination.

To achieve the individual effect you want, you can manipulate the specific combination of hue, value and intensity in your garment. For example if you want to stand out in a crowd while doing a professional presentation but do not want to appear overly bright than go for warmer colour like red but tone it down a bit by choosing darker duller red such as burgundy or wine.

Colour is the most obvious, powerful, stimulating and demanding element of design. it tends to be noticed first and remembered longest. Colour is also the most complex, creative, confusing and controversial of the elements. It evokes highly physical and emotional response, which may be conscious or unconscious. Our reactions to colour are immediate, inescapable and long lasting. While we may forget the texture and design details, we are more likely to remember the colour and our reaction to it.

The perception of colour is a very personal experience, physically and psychologically or culturally. No two people perceive a colour in exactly the same way, even within a framework of general perception.

Each of these dimensions are present in each colour you see and must be recognized to fully understand the essence and effect of colour. Right amount of colour combination can give you the look and feel, you want to portray. In combining colours in clothing, your goals to maintain a consistent theme or mood, occasion and personality, while achieving an interesting and harmonious balance among them- balance between warm and cool hues, light and dark values or bright and dull, in a variety of style lines, shapes and textures. For example some people love to see pink and fuchsia in the flower garden, but feel uncomfortable wearing them. They are psychologically more comfortable in shrimp, coral, brick and red.

Experiment a little and discover which colour are most in harmony with you, the place you go, and what you do there. As you experiment, you will discover colours you like to wear so much that they become part of your personal style- colours so specifically associated with you that they trigger an image of you in the mind of the people who knows you.

This post is part of #BlogchatterA2Z Challenge.

@Swati Mathur

A 2 Z of Image Management: Series about Developing Inner Strength and Reflecting them Outside #BlogchatterA2Z #TheThemeReveal

Hi Everyone,

From the time I have become member of Blogchatter’s community , I have been waiting to participate in A2Z campaign. And now when we are few days away from it to begin , I am feeling jittery , excited and nervous, all at the same time. This is my first time participation in the most happening campaign #BlogchatterA2Z, organised my one of the most selfless and active community.

To be part of such a campaign one needs to be committed, disciplined, proactive and positive. It’s a month long campaign , 26 Alphabet, 26 post in 26 days. Wow! it is going to be fun as there is going to be lot of good reading and writing and sharing.

Being an Image consultant I will be sharing “A2Z of Image Management”. Image management is all about developing your inner strength and at the same time reflect them on the outside appearance. Developing inner strength is all about working on your self esteem, attitude and soft skills while reflecting them to the outside world through creating impact full first Impression and by developing flawless visual communication through appearance. Creating a powerful first impression is essential to get more opportunities in life. We all carry certain skills ability and experience but the people we meet often judge us only by what meets the eye.

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 all those who ever wanted to get an idea across to someone else, to influence opinion or action, be it in the home , the school, community or workplace.

It is all about creating an authentic, appropriate , attractive and affordable image. As an individual living and working in a highly complex or competitive society, it become even more important to recognize and understand the impact of your appearance as it communicates first to you and to others.

What you wear and the way you look affects the way you think, feel, behave and the way people react to you. You cannot afford to create a negative impression. When you appear personally authentic, appropriate for the and attractively dressed and groomed, you create a positive impression and others are more able to perceive your positive traits and regard and respond to you more favourably.

I am not going to reveal much as surprises make things more riveting. But I can assure you this series can reveal some of the facts which are going to be interesting and revealing too and applying them can help you succeed in your personal and professional life.

Stay tuned as Blogchatter is definitely going to make this campaign more interesting and intriguing.


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