Your True Colours
When I advise my clients on their personal image and style, one of the first questions I get asked is: which colours do you think would suit me best?
This question doesn’t surprise me because the world we live in is made up of colours and therefore they play a very important role in our lives. Colours connect us with nature and its cycles, they take on a meaning in our cultures and beliefs, they can deliver a message based on our mood and feelings. So whether we are fashion victims or not, the importance of colours in our life goes beyond the clothes we wear everyday. We choose colours based on what we are instinctively attracted to, what they mean to us, and their association with the landscape and the four seasons.
To better understand how colours work, we need to look at their structure:
UNDERTONE, which can be warm (yellow based) or cool (blue based) DEPTH, which tells us the colour’s lightness or darkness (white the lightest, black the darkest) CLARITY, which defines how much a colour reflects or absorbs the light (bright and vibrant or dusty and muted)
When it comes to finding the colours that suit us best and are in harmony with our complexion, one of the most common and recognised systems is the seasonal colour analysis. This categorizes people based on their skin, hair and eyes colour, by the colours of the four seasons. While we can have a rough idea of what season a person is, a proper colour analysis is the only way to determine it with certainty. Your best colours will be the ones that illuminate your skin complexion and make you look healthy, giving a pinkish tone to your cheeks. On the contrary, the colours which don’t work with you will either overpower you, creating a shadow on your face, or will give you a yellowish tone and make your look appear washed out.
I know you are now wondering - which season am I? On the line of ‘a picture says a thousand words’, here are some examples of famous people which will give you an idea:
Winter types are characterised by a certain level of contrast in their colour complexion. Some of the colours we find in this palette are fuchsia, true red, blue cobalt. If you are a winter, bold or contrasting colours look fabulous on you!
Spring types have a golden colour complexion. Some of the colours we find in this palette are apple green, orange red, salmon pink. If you are a spring, all cheerful colours that look ‘sun kissed’ are great on you!
Summer types have a delicate and soft colour complexion. Some of the colours we find in this palette are aqua blue, lilac, taupe. If you are a summer, soft tints and pastel colours look amazing on you!
Autumn types have a colour complexion that looks very homogeneous and low in contrast. Some of the colours we find in this palette are teal, beige, olive green. If you are an autumn, earthy colours are in perfect harmony with you!
When we dye our hair in a different colour than our original one, or we get tanned, our complexion may change and give a modified result to the colour analysis. With age our colour complexion can also get a softer tone. Some of the colours that we used to use start to appear a bit too strong and overpowering. Other colours, which we would have rarely used in the past, now actually give a fresher look to our face.
Each season has a palette that includes all colours belonging to that category. This doesn’t mean all other colours should be banned from your clothing and accessory collection but if you want to look your best, they should be in a smaller number and cleverly combined with your best ones.
Enjoy looking your best, enjoy your true colours!