Colors That Pump Up Your Style

Color Trends From An Indianapolis Image Consultant

Even though I don’t embrace all trends for all clients, as ab Indianapolis Image Consultant I do like stay up to date on what’s trending.  I like to read “Who, What and Wear’s” blog and see what they talk about. One of those big trends you can read about is pistachio green. It’s soft and beautiful.

Orange and red and some purple were on the runway as well, and I even favor these combos: pink and red, and red and burgundy. I actually mentioned this at a corporate retreat where I spoke, and I received a somewhat surprising response from my audience. They were appalled and could not see it at all. Like most colors, it all depends on the shade of the color and how bright it is.

I will never forget the bridal colors of my co-workers’ daughter: burgundy, red and plum. This graphic designer knew her colors well because It was absolutely beautiful and very unexpected.

I also remember last fall, about this time, when I attended a well-known etiquette expert’s seminar. The last part of it was hosted by a local personal stylist. Her clothes were absolutely beautiful, mostly designer and lovely. But – it was what she wore that caught my eye: she had on a medium pink pair of pants; a red, burgundy, and pink silk blouse; and bright red pumps. She looked fabulous. Oh, it was so stunning. She was very, very tall and blonde and could pull it off. Ever since then, I have had my eye out for possible red and pink combinations. I think it’s so fresh, and since one of the runway trends is sporting very bright colors, this look is still very in. (See my pink/red block print dress from Boden. )

Green With Fashion Envy

Getting back to the soft green color that is hitting the stores. As an Indianapolis Image Consultant, I have been challenged to find something that would look good with it.  I found a fit funky jacket from a local boutique in my neighborhood because I liked the sleeves. I bought it to show at my corporate retreat talk to show what colors are popular now, and someone commented: It’s really very cropped. And it is.

So, this jacket presents two challenges: It’s a softer green than is usually out there (such as in military jackets), and it’s cropped. The funny thing about it is that this jacket really was made for higher waisted items such as jeans and midi, straight dresses. It’s really an ideal shape for someone like me who needs fullness and details on the top where I am more petite.

What colors coordinate with this green? I have found neutrals like cream, denim blue in a lighter and darker wash work (as to distressed jeans), and a lighter wash black or grey jean. Surprisingly, a soft grey is really beautiful with this shade of green. I would also wear it with a solid casual knit dress in a straight shape or an A-line.

Other fun combinations from an Indianapolis Image Consultant:

  • Blue and brown
  • Red and brown
  • Orange and green
  • Aqua and brown
  • Navy and magenta
  • Black and navy
  • Black and brown
  • Green and lavender
  • Yellow and lavender
  • Pale pink, pale blue and lavender
  • Yellow and green
  • Black and Yellow
  • Yellow and navy
  • Olive and red or burgundy
  • Green and brown (but not black)

Have fun as you embrace some new colors!


Keep it sassy,

Beth Divine, MA

AICI Certified Image Consultant and Indianapolis Image Consultant