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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Colour and You - your best neutral, basic and bright colours.



Last week I introduced you to one system of colour analysis  which has four clusters of colours that suit different skin tones.  These are Winter's cool colours  (blue based colours that are sharp, clear, and vivid), Summer's cool colours,  (softer neutrals, blue based, softer and lighter than winter's colours), Autumn's warm colours (browns, tans, golds, oranges, yellow greens), and Spring's warm colours (yellow undertone,  light, clear and crisp).

Today  I am going to explain which colours are your best for your  neutrals, basics and brights.

WINTER


NEUTRAL COLOURS:  Whites, greys, black, navy and gray-beiges - will go anywhere, anytime.

BASIC COLOURS: Reds, blues, and greens, in medium to dark shaded -will go most places, anytime. 

BRIGHT COLOURS: More intense, medium to dark shades.  Used as bright accents with neutrals, used in prints, good for fun/active wear.  Can work in dresses or evening wear  in a good fabric in a simple design.

LIGHT COLOURS: More feminine and delicate - lingerie, dress blouses, scarves, summer dresses, feminine evening gowns.

SUMMER

  
 NEUTRAL COLOURS: Off-white, blue-grey, grey-navy, rose-beige, and rose-brown - will go anywhere, anytime.

BASIC COLOURS: Blue-reds, grey-blues and blue-greens, medium to dark shades - will go most places, anytime.

BRIGHT COLOURS: More intense, medium to dark shades.  Used as bright accents with neutrals, used in prints, good for fun/active wear.   Can  work in dresses or evening wear in a good fabric in a simple design.

LIGHT COLOURS:  More feminine and delicate - lingerie, dress blouses, scarves, summer dresses, feminine evening gowns.


AUTUMN





NEUTRAL COLOURS: Warm whites, warm beiges, warm brown, golden and red browns - will go anywhere, anytime.

BASIC COLOURS: Yellow-reds, teal blues, yellow-greens and golds, medium to dark shades - will go most places, anytime.

BRIGHT COLOURS: More intense, medium to dark shades.  Used as bright accents with neutrals, used in prints, good for fun/active wear.   Can  work in dresses or evening wear in a good fabric in a simple design.

LIGHT COLOURS:  More feminine and delicate - lingerie, dress blouses, scarves, summer dresses, feminine evening gowns.

 
SPRING

NEUTRAL COLOURS: Warm whites, warm greys, clear royal navy, warm golden beiges, and golden browns - will go anywhere, anytime.

BASIC COLOURS: Yellow-reds, clear blues, clear yellow-greens and clear golds, medium to dark shades - will go most places, anytime.

BRIGHT COLOURS: More intense, medium to dark shades.  Used as bright accents with neutrals, used in prints, good for fun/active wear.   Can  work in dresses or evening wear in a good fabric in a simple design.

LIGHT COLOURS:  More feminine and delicate - lingerie, dress blouses, scarves, summer dresses, feminine evening gowns.

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If you want to wear black and you are not a winter, please read my post: http://sarahlizsewstyle.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/how-to-wear-black-with-your-colours.html

6 comments:

  1. This is all so interesting, and thank you so much for taking the time to show us! I haven't really figured out what season or colour I am just yet, but I can see that I really do need to sit down and work it all out...J

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    1. It's a pleasure Judith - there are other systems around as well, and I will be explaining them over the next few weeks. The most important thing is just to work out whether you look better in warm colours or cool colours. Some people are more "neutral" - sort of placed inbetween.

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  2. Sarah, would you consider doing a post on what happens to our colors as we age? Especially if we allow our grey to come in. I was a brunette with light skin and dark eyes. I am now grey with light skin and dark eyes/darkish eyebrows. Some things I have noticed: Strong color with black worked in the past but now is glaring. I need to tone my winter colors. Second: some colors reflect into grey hair and make the hair look awful.

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    1. Hi Mary, from your photo, your hair is a lovely grey, and Winter's do have very lovely silvery grey hair. Yes, I will do a post, it will be next week. You do need to change the colours you use (within the bands of colours that suit you). as you get older - so you are on track.

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  3. Sarah, this is interesting and like Mary, I do have the silver hair that I've decided to keep since my early 40's. Speaking of black, the big problem is the hairs falling onto the black/dark clothing for me, more than wearing the colors due to age. This is making me think that maybe I should consider lighter clothing that can camouflauge those little stragglers. Thanks Mary for that lightbulb moment!

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    1. Hi Dorothy, the things one doesn't think of - grey hair showing up on dark clothing. I envy you ladies who have such striking grey hair - mine has enough to be a nuisance, but refuses to go further, much to my chagrin.

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