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The Color of Style: A Fashion Expert Helps You Find Colors that Attract Love, Enhance Your Power, Restore Your Energy, Make a Lasting Impression, Show the World Who You Really Are Hardcover – February 4, 2010

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Recognize yourself in any of Zyla’s archetypes, a fashion concept that builds on the “what season are you?” clothes-color theory? Readers will immediately turn to descriptions of the 24 archetypes and figure out if they’re an “Early Spring” or a “Jeweltone Summer,” a “Bronze Autumn” or an “Antique Winter.” The author’s real purpose here is to help you discover your authentic style to attract love, enhance your power, restore your energy, make a lasting impression, or show the world who you really are. This is accomplished by way of real-life dialogues with his clients, examples of applications, charts to keep color scores, and tips and hints throughout. Written in a colloquial style, Zyla even accompanies you on a closet purging and a shopping expedition, pointing out the way one’s emotions block rational decision making with excuses such as “It costs too much money to discard” or “My husband/wife bought it for me.” Like having a personal fashion advisor on hand, The Color of Style lacks only one thing: illustrations to make the invisible visible. --Barbara Jacobs


"David's eye for color, style and shape is extraordinary, and his sense of style is always exciting. What I really love about The Color of Style is that he's found a way to make every woman feel like the best possible version of herself."
-Susan Lucci

"David didn't just give me a better sense of my own style; he didn't just save me from years of wardrobe fumbling. The palette he gave me represented a turning point: a decision to look and act like myself and see how much farther that would get me."
-Aaron Shure, Executive Producer, Everybody Loves Raymond --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (February 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525951539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525951537
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emmy Award® winning stylist and author David Zyla has been a pioneer of authentic style on the runway, television, and Broadway for twenty years. Zyla is the author of The Color of Style (Dutton), Color Your Style (Plume) and How to Win at Shopping (Workman). His belief that the key to one's personal style comes from the "style DNA" of the individual stands alone in a fashion world that follows trends and one-size-fits-all dos and don'ts. "When I was only five, my parents would ask for my opinion on what to wear whenever they had a special event." This later developed into a philosophy that has given him the opportunity to help thousands of people discover their authentic style and make a mark in all areas of the fashion and design world. His design credits include Lifetime's Devious Maids as well as ABC's General Hospital, Port Charles and All My Children for which he received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design Emmy Award® as well as five prior nominations.

David Zyla's unique platform on style makes him a frequently quoted authority on fashion and color in the media. He has been featured in a variety of broadcast media including The View, The Nate Berkus Show, Marie, Martha Stewart Living Radio, The Jane Pauley Show, Playboy Radio, CNN Style and appears regularly on Jewelry Television. He has been profiled in People and The New Yorker, and his work has been featured in publications including Life & Style, USA Today, Traditional Home, Cosmopolitan, Women's Wear Daily, Brides Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Reuters, The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times.

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I picked this book up while looking for another title in the "color analysis" section at my local bookstore and I realized right away that THIS was the book I was really looking for! If you know your season, this book will have you seeing "your" colors in amazing new ways. If you don't know your season or have been color typed but feel like something is missing, you need this book even more. After reading this you will know not only what your true colors are but how to incorporate them into your life to enhance your well being. I would recommend buying this together with Lora Alexander's book "Color Revival", Once you use David's book to determine/confirm your season and best colors, Lora's book will help you confirm your choice and expand your palette.

Note - this book contains NO color charts or color illustrations, which I actually think is a big plus, it forces you to follow the exercises to determine your best colors instead of turning to the charts as a short cut. If you already have seasonal swatches you can use them to complete the exercises (though if you are like me and had an old set from the 80s you might be surprised at which colors are missing), the author recommends that you use paint chips (available free at home improvement stores), some stores will let you "check out" a paint swatch book library style which would be the perfect tool for use with this book.

This book and Color Revival by Lora AlexanderColor Revival: Understanding the 12 Season Color Analysis System (Volume 1) are the best books in print on color analysis. I highly recommend both!
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I love this book! It has helped me understand color and clothing like never before. The ideas about color coincide with the almost unconscious sense of what has been going on when I wear certain colors. Now I can focus on 8 main colors and use them consciously and consistently. The impact on my work days was immediate and when I come home, I can snuggle into my "essence" color and relax. Finding and using my dramatic color was an epiphany--my only problem is in turning the energizing effect off!

With this knowledge I have a clear sense of what colors to use in what capsules/areas of my life, allowing me to have separate capsules in my wardrobe that function at a deep level.

This book also explains the impact of how these colors effect me in my environment through color choices I've made in paint and the objects around me. I plan to be playing with the ideas in this book for a long time!
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Just finished the " Color Of Style" Book by David Zyla, and this system totally makes sense to me . Few days ago before this book came to my attention I was working on coloring of one of my clients and I was thinking to myself that all that colors that are in human eye and hair and skin tone some how has to be repeated in the way client dresses for a more natural and balanced look and voala , thanks to heavens , 2 days later I found this book.

Author's main idea is to find your essential colors in your own eyes, hair and skin tone for an absolute balance. Evident right?......makes sense to me!!!
So , his concept is to look in the mirror, in natural , indirect light and see what mother nature gave us.

The First Base:your skin tone.
What color of skin do you have? Is it beige or Olive? Usually your concealer is the Essential Color.

Essential Color:
The one that harmonizes your skin tones and reveals your most genuine , open and essential self; your version of white. Wear it when you have an intimate conversation, meditating, when you want to be completely open and honest.

Romantic Color:
The color reflected by your fleshed skin, which reveals your passion, sexual energy, romantic self. Your version of RED. To make relaxed personal connection with a valued client wear it as an accent: blouse or scarf.

Dramatic Color:
The color taken from the shade of your veins, which shows your power, your charisma and your sense of authority. Your version of BLUE. Also good color for active wear and bathing suit.

Second Base: colors in our eyes.
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I had big hopes for this book because it looked fun and was by a "fashion expert." But unfortunately, the expert specializes in Costume Design for daytime television.

I found the book to be too complicated for my needs. There are no thoughtful applications for ordinary humans. For example, he describes the "Must-Haves" of one style as "a hooded overcoat with toggles, stirrup leggings, a tie-front blouse worn under a jumper, a pencil skirt with buttons up the side, and a finewale corduroy shirtdress . . . a dress made of light-handed tweed and accessorized with items such as a boucle cloche hate or a pair of whip-stiched gloves . . . a cute little sixties shift dress with a beret . . ." (pp. 132-133).

Even if I wanted to wear this stuff, where would I find clothes like this? Ah, the costume department of a soap opera.

Very disappointed that this did not help me more. Just out-of-touch with typical women and their lives.
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