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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Break the colour code
Move over, boredom. The easiest way to stand out is to add a little colour to your ensemble. It's a surefire way to look put together without looking like a wannabe. MH shows you how.

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Add the royal touch
Rich colours, jewel tones have been popular for centuries. "Sapphires, emeralds, and amethysts have always been associated with royalty," says jewellery designer Catherine M. Zadeh. But you don't need to spend a fortune to channel that power. "Wearing these colours-bold maroon pants-says you're confident and cultured." To keep it low key yet fun, pair the rest of the outfit in monotone shades, for eg maroon pants with a purple shirt and accessories of the same tone.
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Dial blue for success

Blue works well anywhere, from a boardroom to a barbecue. According to researchers at the University of Utah, colour-sensing structures in her eyes preferentially pick out the hue and forward the info on a more direct path to her brain. Choose a blue that matches the formality of your event. The more buttoned up, the darker the hue. Accessorising properly will accentuate the effect. "Brown dress shoes, rather than black, will help a navy suit really pop from afar," says designer Rajvi Mohan.
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Safari so good

You can hardly ever go wrong with safari colours such as brown, green and beige. These earthy colours compliment Indian skin tones. The easiest way to make an impact is to ensure each piece of clothing not only complements the separates but also suits your skin tone. "The newest way to wear colours such as olive, beige, tan and stone is with an outdoors, utility twist to it. Earthy tones should be mixed with wildlife and geology inspired prints," says Emma Reed, head of buying,
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Make the fun last
To unleash the fun side of your personality, wear a bold colour like orange, a close relative of red. It sparks more controversy than any other hue. Fun and flamboyant, orange radiates warmth and energy. Interestingly, especially rust is the most versatile from the orange family. You can wear it to formal events or for a night out orange is known to encourage socialising. "Keep the rest of your attire simple when you wear orange/rust. Let the focus be on this colour," adds Mohan
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Iindulge in pastel mischief

Colours can really affect your mood and people's perception about you. Whenever you plan to ask her out for the first date, infuse pastel colour to your outfit. It is known to have a calming effect and will put both of you at ease. Pastel shades are also subtle and versatile. They can be paired with other items in your wardrobe easily. "Wear with a pair of white Converse shoes. Keep accessories minimal. Pastel colours are really flattering for most skin tones," says Reed.
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4 steps to wrinkle-free shirts
Here are a few simple steps for fine-tuning your ironing board skills
1. Do some prep
Make sure your iron is filled with water before you start, ideally the night before. For those especially busy weeks, keep a spray bottle of distilled water on hand. Just misting the shirt before pressing can make a big difference.

2.  Hit the shoulders and sleeves
Place each shoulder around the rounded edge of the board, and iron. Undo the sleeve button and spread out the cuff. Straighten each sleeve, smooth out any creases, and gently glide the iron.

3. Go easy on the collar
For an ironing job that looks sharp, always iron the back of the collar-never the front. A good ironing job just eliminates creases
and wrinkles, it doesn't press the life out of
your clothing.

4. Finish it off
The front is the most noticeable part of your shirt, so do it last to avoid additional creases gained after ironing your sleeves. Spread out the left side of the shirt's body over the ironing board, smooth the creases, and start ironing.

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