Updated: Mar 18, 2020
Of all the colors we look at during a Personal Color Analysis, blue seems to be the one that most people like on themselves no matter what season they come from. Often they resonate with a person's eyes in a riveting way, and looking casually it's hard to imagine they could be improved upon. But it's important to remember that you only understand a color in comparison to another; we see that every time in the analysis. Because every blue has its fingerprint combination of hue, value and chroma, the blue most closely tuned to your own unique color chemistry will resonate truest with your appearance. The challenge: pay close attention to the blues associated with your season, check your wardrobe pieces with your fan or neutrals set, and as always, make no assumptions! Whether as a foundation piece or as an accessory, get your blues right. They are integral in unifying your appearance to the extraordinary place it naturally wants to occupy.
Laddie: A True Blue Story by Gene Stratton Porter
Summer isn't complete without time for at least one engrossing book to relax with. If you love a good old-fashioned story, then here's a book not to be missed. Written at the turn of the last century, it has all the homey values that make you wish you lived in the very place and time. As with most of her other books, Laddie is set in the author's beloved Indiana countryside, with a noble protagonist, an obstacle-ridden romance, and a mystery to be solved.
Among the other pleasures of the book are richly detailed descriptions of various items of clothing. In every instance, besides creating incredible pictures for your imagination, these particulars help you understand something more about the character. As in story, so in real life. The choices you make in dressing every day indicate to the people you meet something important about you. Here's a wish that the message you send is one of self-respect and being at home in your own skin.
Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.
~Yves Saint Laurent
Sally's Wedding Dress
There it stood! Silk stiff enough to stand by itself, made into a little round waist, cut with a round neck and sleeves elbow length and flowing almost to where Sally's knees would come. It was a pale pearl-gray silk crossed in bars four inch square, made up of a dim yellow line almost as wide as wheat straw, with a thread of black on each side of it, and all over, very wide apart, were little faint splashes of black as if they had been lightly painted on. The skirt was so wide it almost filled the room. Every inch of that dress was lined with soft, white silk. There was exquisite lace made into a flat collar around the neck, and ruffled from sight up the inside of the wide sleeves. That was the beginning. The finish was something you never saw anything like before. It was a trimming made of white and yellow beads. There was a little heading of white beads sewed into a pattern, then a lacy fringe that was pale yellow beads, white inside, each an inch long, that dangled, and every bead ended with three white ones. That went around the neck, the outside of the sleeves, and in a pattern like a big letter V all the way around the skirt. And there it stood—alone!
From Laddie: A True Blue Story</em>, "The Wedding Gown", by Gene Stratton-Porter