Finding your best colours.
|These colours suit me - what colours will suit you?|
(A quick note for my U.S. readers - I use the english form of the word colour, with a u, not color).
You've probably already had the experience of falling in love with a colour on somebody else, and buying or making a garment in that colour, only to find it looks hideous on you.
So today I thought I would show you how to work out what colours might suit you.
Basically, colours fall into two groups, warm or cool. Colours can also be light,dark, bright or muted Most of us are have either warm or cool, although some people are a little more indeterminate.
I trained as a colour and image consultant in the 1980's. Colour analysis has changed over the last few decades, and I am familiar with most of the ideas, but I am going to stick to basics today - just cool and warm, lighter and softer, or brighter and darker.
I'm going to demonstrate on me. First a picture of me, not very flattering, hair pulled back and no make -up - I want to show you my colouring, wrinkles, under eye bags and so on. You will see that when I wear some colours the wrinkles and under eye bags are not so obvious.
Lets start then:
|Me. Blue eyes, fair skin with slightly blue undertone skin, ash hair with grey streaks.|
|With (cool) silver and (warm) gold - left side looks better, clearer, less shadows and wrinkles.|
|Pink (cool/light) and apricot (warm/light). Face looks more vibrant and less drawn with pink.|
|Orange (warm/dark) and pink (cool/dark) - skin looks better on pink side.|
|Grey (cool) and light brown (warm). Brown drains skin of colour.|
|Brown (warm/dark) and Black (cool/dark). I look tired, older and more drawn in these colours.|
So it is likely I am look best in cooler and lighter colours. I'm going to use a selections of greens to test this:
|Cool green, softer and lighter.|
|Cool green, deeper.|
I look better in the softer and lighter green. Now the warmer greens:
|Warm green, muted and dark|
|Lime green, bright, clear and light.|
I look best in the second photo, in the cool, soft and light green. So my best colours are cool, soft and light.
|Cool, softer and lighter colours.|
|Wearing black only.|
|And wearing pink closer to my face.|
If you are not sure what colours suit you, find pieces of fabric in silver, gold, pale pink, pale apricot, orange, pink. These colours alone should give you a good idea of what range of colours would suit you. Then follow some of the ideas above, and if you want more information or help,please leave me a comment.