What does Feng Shui have to do with style? Everything!
Feng Shui principles bring balance to people, places and things, using the elements in Nature. What we wear definitely affects how we show up in the world. For example, when we want to disappear, we dress to blend into the background which in turn pulls our energy inward, hence; we become invisible. What if we want to change that decision? What if we are tired of being invisible but are not comfortable stepping into the center of the spotlight, is there a happy medium?
Mother Nature speaks to us through the 5 elements in nature. These 5 elements in our physical environment are also in our person, our inner voice of expression, the core of our inner essence.
Let’s take a look how we can tap into these elements to put some cha cha into our chi!
Early morning rising, surrounded by lush green, blooming flowers and birds singing. It’s a brand new day, we awaken refreshed with a sense of renewal. This is the element of “Tree.” Colors of bright greens and florals reflect this springtime energy. Vertical patterns, ribs, columnar and of course natural fibers. Always practical, this element will choose the right athletic gear when going out on a hike, a run or to the gym. Can’t seem to get moving, take a break and go outside and move, embrace this vibrant energy the Trees are offering!
Feeling a bit bored? Rigid? Serious? Add a little “Fire” to your life! Align with the energy the Summer brings. Fun, eclectic and dramatic style will soften up any serious mood. Douse yourself in the brilliance of reds, yellows, orange and fuchsias. Angular shapes, whimsical details, such as feathers, sequins, animal prints, whether separate or combined create fun with an unexpected eclectic statement. Follow your curiosity, get inspired aligning with the passionate element of Fire. Not too comfortable in full-fledged drama: red accents a fun spiky shoe or a dash of bright red lipstick will do.
Need some comfort and grounding, connect to the energy of “Earth.” Nurturing is the quality of earth, supporting us through life, our solid foundation on which we stand. Earth is sturdy and strong yet comfy and cozy. Whether your favorite sweater or yummy throw, everything feels better when wrapped in earthy comfort. We feel safe and secure embraced with the colors of terracotta, chocolate, ochre, khaki and warm sand. Comfy easy dressing, with boxy shapes, and accents of checks, horizontal patterns and nubby textures support this earthy element.
Feeling scattered, out of control? "Metal" is your element of choice. Metal brings clarity precision and focus. Clean and refined, less is more. Elegance is key, from the sound of your voice to the simplicity of your style. Silk, shimmer, polished and lux are the fabrics of choice as the “feel” is almost more important than the elegance of the style. These clean refined lines breathe an essence of confidence and control. The colors are monochromatic, whitened tints of color and of course the accents of diamond, pearl, platinum, gold, silver and refined metals. Shapes are clean and linear and curved.
Are you ready to express your free spirit, embrace your flowing essence? Do your best ideas come from your daydreams? You are the spirit of "Water". Fluid, flowing style, handkerchief, asymmetrical and bias cut. Abstract, printed sheers flow over a solid base. Colors of rich turquoise, aqua, blues and rich jewel tones. Movement is key here, restrictions do not apply! Feel the freedom of your movement. This reflective energy accents with shine, mirror palliates, beading and fringe to capture movement and flow. Allow you spirituality to rise.
We have the ability to enhance or direct our energy to what is best for us on any given day. On a cloudy dark day we may choose to align with the watery element connecting to an inner energy of thinking, planning, writing - “inner doing” or light our fires with bright vibrant colors of fun and light, “shake it up to wake it up”! Find the expression of your inner essence which you resonate and wear it proudly for all the world to see as you shine from the inside out.
~ Lois Kramer-Perez, CHt. is a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner & Educator working with people creating healthy abundant lifestyles embracing the feng shui principles for people, places and things Visit www.loiskramerperez.com for your free gift. 201.906.5767 firstname.lastname@example.org