"Feng Shui Fashion -- Finding Your Style Personality for Success"
by Kathryn Weber
Feng shui has been used for everything from cleaning to clutter, from landscaping to selecting a car color. It's no surprise, either.
At its roots, feng shui bears a strong relationship with shape, color and elements, so it really lends itself to fashion. Symbols used in feng shui are also often seen in styles and trends in fashion, too.
You may have even noticed that when you wear certain colors or styles, you feel better and more in tune with yourself and more comfortable in your surroundings.
That's because you may be wearing a color or style of clothing that resonates with your personal feng shui.
One of the ways you can find out what is best for you to wear is by knowing your personal kua number - the number that's associated with your date of birth and gender. The kua number can direct you toward fashions that are best for you or make you the most comfortable.
Women usually love what they buy, yet hate two-thirds of what is in their closets. ~Mignon McLaughlin
Few things can make us feel as uncomfortable as clothes that are ill-fitting, are poor color choices for us, or that we simply don't like. When you wear clothing that makes you uncomfortable, whether that discomfort is social ("Can you believe she's wearing THAT?", physically uncomfortable (a size 9 foot in a size 7 shoe), or psychologically ("Yellow is so not my color!"), you're not going to project well during an important meeting or interview.
In addition to how poor styling makes you feel, when you're not in alignment with your best colors and styles, it's very possible that the perception of you by others won't be as good, either.
This is especially important in a work or business setting. Here, clothes can either bolster your confidence and improve your image, or make you self-conscious and create a lack of confidence in you by others - and that can impact your bottom line.
On the subject of dress almost no one, for one or another reason, feels truly indifferent: if their own clothes do not concern them, somebody else's do. ~Elizabeth Bowen
For women, fashion and looking good plays an integral role in our ability to get someone's attention in the business world and make us more confident in our own abilities. It's a source of pride that helps us to feel good - and when we feel good, we do better in all areas of our life.
So, how you can use feng shui fashionably to improve your appearance and your success?
Here are some fun ways that you can go from frumpy to feng shui fabulous -- and tap into your personal success energy!
Get kua colored. Once you know what your kua number is, you can select colors based on your number. This will help you select colors that suit you best and represent color palettes that correspond with your personal directions associated with success, wealth, health, relationships and personal growth. By being in tune with these colors, you will be more comfortable and harmonious with your personal elements - and you'll get a better response from others.
Get out of the pack. Too many women follow the pack when it comes to clothes. This keeps you from standing out (in a good way) and makes you one of the fashion sheep. Find items that you love and are fashionable, but if it's on a rack of 300 similar items, look for something else. When you do this, you pull energy to you by creating open and clear space around you with your uniqueness versus your sameness.
Select styles based on your kua number. In addition to color, styles can also be chosen by your kua number. See the styles by kua number below:
Kuas 1 and 9 - Your success direction is guided by the wood element and because of that you have a tendency to walk fast. You love comfort and crave clothes that are fitted and that you can move in - and you are a shoe addict -- something typical of the wood element because wood governs the feet. Greens, browns and floral patterns are especially helpful for you in attracting wealth, success, and career advancement. Be sure clothes allow for movement and have some elasticity -- and that you can walk in your shoes!
Kua 3 - Your success direction is guided by the fire element. You like attention and prefer clothes that draw that attention. You also like clothing that has a little sexiness and you love Victoria's Secret. Tight tops and jeans that show off your curves are some of your favorite go-to clothes. Select clothing that brings attention to your chest and eyes. Reds, pinks and purples are good choice for success.
Kua 4 - Your success direction is guided by the water element. You like clothes that are a standout for their uniqueness. You like long, fluid and flowing clothing and feel most comfortable in these kinds of garments. Unusual cuts are also a strong pull and you own way too many purses. Buy colors in shades of black and blue for wealth and business advancement and draw attention to your throat with beautiful necklaces. You'll captivate everyone with what you have to say.
Kuas 5, 2, and 8 - Your success direction is guided by the earth element. You're opinionated and tough to budge, yet work to bring opposing sides together and provide a calming influence. You like to buy clothing that is traditional and will give you years of wear. You like light and bright colored clothes and beige, taupe, tan, yellow, and dark gold are your power colors.
White is also a favorite in your wardrobe and is good for you when you want to make a statement. You have a tendency to wear clothes that are either too baggy or too tight around the middle. Kuas 5 and 2 like belts and comfortable waistbands and shirts that can go untucked - hospital scrubs are some of your favorite clothes -- and kua 8 love big rings, bracelets, and attention to their hands.
Kuas 6 and 7 - Your success direction is guided by the metal element. You like cutting edge ideas and you are fussy about your attire and you are a closet perfectionist. You'll fret over a small stain and will iron every wrinkle. Your success colors are white, gray, and metallics. You don't mind spending a small fortune to get a quality garment with exceptional tailoring and exquisite lines. Those high standards will help you get noticed for your taste. And if you don't have a small fortune to spend on clothes, watch style magazines that make high style recommendations that are budget-friendly.