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Campus Trends

Colours--The Real Secret behind Beauty
(Part 2)

Naziba Basher
Photos: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo

In the last Campus Trends we left off at green as we learned the inner-most meanings of some of the most beloved colours. As we have established so far--colours make a difference. Whether fashion, web design, graphic design or just picking out jewellery, the colour is what determines your choice. This week, we will explore some more loved colours and delve deeper into matters like combination and how they help.

Today we start off with Pink, a colour loved by many. Pink is the colour of universal love. Pink is a quiet colour. Lovers of beauty favour pink.

It is a combination of red and white. The quality of energy in pink is determined by how much red is present. White is the potential for fullness, while red helps you achieve that potential. Pink combines these energies. Shades of deep pink, such as magenta, are effective in neutralising disorder and violence. Some prisons use limited deep pink tones to diffuse aggressive behaviour. Pink provides feelings of caring, tenderness, self-worth, love, and acceptance.

Purple embodies the balance of red simulation and blue calm. A hue of mystic and royal qualities, purple is a colour often well liked by very creative or eccentric minds. Purple has been used to symbolise magic and mystery, as well as royalty. Being the combination of red and blue, the warmest and coolest colours, purple is believed to be the ideal colour. It is the colour most favoured by artists. Violet, much like purple, is a combination of blue and red too. Red is a focusing, dynamic and active energy while blue is cooling, calming and expansive. Violet brings a new dynamic to the expansion of blue and the activity of red. Red brings practicality to the undirected expansiveness of the blue, and allows more creative energy to emerge. For this reason, violet is associated with imagination and inspiration.

People who prefer brown are often conventional and orderly. The negative meaning of brown can be a conservative personality or a lazy person. Brown is the colour of the earth and is associated with the material side of life. It is a mixture of red, blue and yellow and has many shades and tones-- each producing a different effect. Brown can be a stabilising colour. The red in brown gives it practical energy while the yellow and blue add mental focus energies. Too much brown can make a dull effect. This colour often gives a feeling of solidity, and allows one to stay in the background and unnoticed. Some shades of brown create a warm, comfortable feeling of wholesomeness and dependability.

When it comes to colour-coordinating clothes, many people just like to play it safe with black. It is easy, simple, and it does not require too much thought because many things go with black including the colour itself and not many other colours can do that well. However, black can get a tad bit boring if you are wearing it day after day.

When planning a colour-coordinated outfit, start by identifying the base colour. This will be the core colour in your outfit and will make up the largest pieces. When choosing the dominant colour of your outfit, carefully consider how it will look next to your skin tone. Next, determine what your accent colours (supporting colours) will be. This will make up the second and third colours in your outfit. For example, if you have decided on a navy blue dress, a really good accent colour might be mustard-yellow or beige.

When colour-coordinating outfits, keep in mind that bold colours will accent whatever body part you are wearing them on. Therefore, if you are insecure about your hips or stomach, it is wise to avoid wearing bright coloured pants or a tight fitting, brightly coloured shirt. However, a nicely tailored dress in bright blue, paired with red and white accessories can draw the eyes to your entire body and make you look tall and slim. If you are new to matching and colour-coordinating clothes, begin slowly. You don't have to go out and buy brightly coloured dresses, leggings, shoes and jewellery all on the first day. Start by incorporating a brightly coloured bangle with your black kameez for class, or a coloured tee shirt under your cardigan. If you are ever really unsure about whether your clothing matches, step outside or next to the window so you are positioned in natural light, and take a picture of yourself! Cameras don't lie, and you'll be able to see yourself exactly as everyone else sees you!

When it comes to colours, as much fun you can have with them, it is also necessary to be careful with them. Nobody wants to look like they have been slapped by rainbows. So choose wisely and carefully and the amount of fun you have with them will increase a tenfold!


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