Guest Author - Carol M. Olmstead
I am often asked how to combine Feng Shui and fashion, especially in choosing what to wear for specific activities and occasions. My initial answer is that it depends on where you are going, what you will do when you get there, and what image you need to project. In general, I recommend you chose the color, pattern, fabric, and shape of your clothes based on the Five Element theory in Feng Shui. When you wear a specific Element, you project its attributes. The colors you wear not only affect your emotions, but influence how others judge and respond to you.
The “Five Elements” is the name that Feng Shui principles give to the colors, shapes, and textures around you. The Elements are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, and each has a characteristic color, shape, and attributes. For example, if you need to feel stable and grounded, wear the browns and yellows of the Earth Element. If you want to feel exciting and dramatic, wear the passionate reds and oranges of the Fire Element.
Here is a detailed list of the colors, patterns, fabrics, and shapes the represent each Feng Shui Element.
If you are involved in social or communication-related activities or want to feel dramatic, wear the Fire Element.
Colors: Red, orange, purple
Patterns: Pointed designs, animal prints
Fabrics: Satin and shiny textures
Shapes: Angular and form fitting
If you are involved in the community or family-oriented activities or want to feel stable, grounded, and essential, wear the Earth Element.
Colors: Brown, yellow, terra cotta
Patterns: Checks, plaids
Fabrics: Tweed, flannel, textured
If you are involved with cultural activities or want to feel elegant and stand apart, wear the Metal Element.
Colors: White, pastel, metallic
Patterns: Round, dots, scrolls
Fabrics: Polished, glittery, shiny
If you are involved in artistic, intellectual, and spiritual activities, or want to feel elegant and project strength, wear the Water Element.
Colors: Black, navy, deep blue
Patterns: Wavy, paisley, abstract
Fabrics: Sheer, chiffon, velvet
If you are involved in health-related or athletic activities or want to feel energized and active, wear the Wood Element.
Colors: Green, blue
Patterns: Vertical patterns and stripes
Fabrics: Cotton, linen, ribbed fabrics
Shapes: Columnar shapes
Do you have a favorite color you love wearing? Here are some examples of how the color you wear sends a message about you:
*Red is the ideal color when you want to draw attention to yourself. Wear red when you speak in public or want to stand out from the crowd. Avoid red if you are nervous or are self-conscious.
*Pink is the color of romance and fun. Wear pink if you want to resolve a situation with a loved one, because it is soothing and helps dissolve feelings of anger.
*Yellow conveys stability so you can wear it when you have an important decisions to make, but avoid yellow when you are feeling tired or it might drain your energy levels.
*Green projects growth and development. This is a great color to wear when learning new skills, taking classes, or when you need to be energized. Avoid wearing green when you are restless because it is a stimulating color.
*Brown is a grounding and comforting color that you can wear if you feel scared or insecure. Brown makes you feel safe, but avoid wearing it when dealing with stubborn people.
*Black conveys authority and power, and promotes a sense of depth and strength. Wear black if you need to command leadership or exude mystery. Black makes you stand apart from the crowd, so avoid wearing it when you need to be seen as an equal.
Remember, when it comes to Feng Shui and fashion, you are what you wear.
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