If you have a little time and money to spare I advise you to treat yourselves to the services of a colour consultant. Most of you have probably heard about these helpful people who support you in finding “your” colours, those which flatter you and those you better stay away from.
If you have little money but some time to spare you may take one of the many colour consultation tests which are offered online in abundance.
Generally, there are four types: spring, summer, autumn, winter. These categories do well if you want to get started although with a little more understanding you may detect overlapping types. The categorization into the colour types are based on the colours of your hair, eyes, and complexion, which makes lot of sense. I once took a weekend class offered by the local adult education center and it opened my eyes to the world of colours (was not too expensive, either!).
Did I make your mouths water with wanting to find out, what type you are? (Colour palettes by Zalando)
Hair: reddish to golden blond, ashy with golden streaks or with brown streaks shimmering in red or gold.
Eyes; Yellowish green, turquoise to dark blue-green, golden to dark brown, often speckled.
Complexion: golden brown or fair to ivory
Hair: ashy platinum blond to ashy brown.
Eyes: blue to greyish-blue, bright greenish-grey or shades of cool brown. Hardly ever dark brown eyes.
Complexion: fair to rosy.
Hair: dark golden blond to dark ashy blond, ashy brown, brown with a reddish or golden tinge, dark brown, light to dark red.
Eyes: green, blue-green, golden to dark brown, speckled
Complexion: golden with a warm undercurrent, sometimes pale, somestimes golden beige or peach coloured
Hair: dark to chestnut brown, black, jet black, dark grey.
Eyes: all colours, but brown in all shades is dominant.
Complexion: ivory, china, “Snow White”, rosy to beige with cold undercurrent.
It is not necessary for your hair, eyes and complexion to match with the above descriptions to 100%, usually you find out quite swiftly in what direction you are travelling. Me, I am a typical summer, ashy medium blonde with greyish-green eyes and a fair complexion which does not tolerate sunlight all too well. Nordic by nature 🙂
After having found out about me being a summer type a glance into my wardrobe revealed that there were a lot of clothes to get rid of. I had cultivated my penchant for bright and clear colours such as hot red which lit up my complexion to resemble a fire alarm box. Likewise, I had clothes in vigorous blue which never gave me the look I had aspired to. Yellow made me look like drowned body, and green did not happen in my wardrobe although I do like the colour.
Thus, I rearranged my wardrobe consistently and as I tend to do these things with a certain radicality I resorted to the colours from the summer range I trusted: grey, brownish grey, black (in all their glorious shades) for the practical reason that these colours combine easily with each other and I did not have to buy a lot of new clothes at once.
My colours at that time (add black)
The colour recommendations, by the way, apply to the choices for eye make up as well, logically so as make up should always be in line with the clothes one is wearing. Over the time, I have worked my way up to the complete right side of the summer colours but the above eight are my favorites. And black 🙂
One word referring to the colour black as I know that many of us prefer clothes in that colour. I would like to draw your attention to the two ways of wearing back as I distinguish them. One is the very conscious choice of wearing black in the sense of making the statement: “This. Is. Me!”. Black, the most mysterious of all colours fascinates by its abysmal quality. Black symbolizes night, sorrow, the bad but also the sublime.
Then there is the other way of wearing black. I am afraid, I notice this a lot more than the first one. Many people (this goes for both sexes!) wear black in order to hide in it, to disappear, and to make themselves inivisible. Black also means: negation, rejection, impenetrability, loneliness, pessimism, and heaviness.
Whoever does not want to express her (or his) personality in this way should attempt a little colour sometimes.
And a last word regarding the colours which the fashion industry likes to clothe us in. Sometimes I have the urge to scream out loud: “We are not giant infants and we do not want to dress in baby pink or light blue like oversized Easter bunnies! Give us the colours we deserve, the colours that serve us!”
Pipe dreams ….
Colour happy greetings and best wishes
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