Have you ever had 'your colours' done? If so, you probably don't need to read any further.
Determining which colours suit you is invaluable. When you wear the wrong colour, you look tired, your skin will appear dull and you can look older. You'll may notice people asking you if you are tired.
Wearing a complementary colour will do the opposite. Your eyes will sparkle, skin will appear fresh and dewy and everyone will be telling you how well you look!
If you've ever spoken to someone who has had their colours analysed you may have heard them talk about which season they are. A colour analysis in it's most simple form will put you into one of four groups -
Spring - warm and light
Summer - cool and light
Autumn - warm and dark
Winter - cool and dark
At the end of the consultation, you'll have a swatch of the colours that best suit you, which you can then use to help you make better clothing purchases.
This blog is for those who are curious to find out which colours suit them and which don't, without a professional colour consultation, and without even too much effort.
Do you already have something in a colour that always draws compliments whenever you wear it?
Pull it out - you can use it as a benchmark.
And is there a colour that 'washes you out', drains you, makes you look tired? Pull something out in that colour too - it's another benchmark.
Now, go around your home collecting things in as many different colours and shades of colour that you can find. Not necessarily clothing - you can use towels, scarves, cushion covers, linen etc. You'll need these pieces to be about shoulder width in size. The more colours, and shades of colours you have, the better.
Remove any make-up before you start. You'll need a mirror and good, natural lighting.
Hold the 'good' colour up to your face, right up close so it's almost touching your chin. Note how your complexion and eyes appear.
Now, switch to the 'bad' colour. Again, close to your chin, and now note the difference.
(Apologies for the poor quality of this photo, but it does show you how to hold the colours)
Do this a few times, if necessary, until you can see the difference.
Then start with the items that you've collected in other colours. One by one, hold each one up, and sort into different piles - the good, the bad and the 'not too sure'. Again, you may have to repeat the process, especially with 'not too sure' colours. You can reference back your benchmark colours here for comparison. If you have an eye for colour, you'll be starting to see similarities in the undertones of each group.
The aim of this exercise is to train yourself to recognise what a 'good' colour does to you, in comparison to a 'bad' colour.
That way, when you're next trying on a garment in the change room, you will hopefully make better choices in your final purchase.
I am available for Personal Style workshops, public speaking, wardrobe and colour consultations and personal shopping styling sessions, based in Perth, Western Australia.
Up coming Workshops
Rockingham Shopping Centre, September 6. Details here.
Kalgoorlie, September 19. Details here.
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