Remember the old Color Me Beautiful color analysis from the 80s?
Back then, somebody told me I was a Summer.
That has always kind of worked for me. I like the cooler colors anyways.
|soft summer colors|
Recently I've done some research on color analysis, and wow, the information out there quickly got overwhelming. There are online quizzes, and whole blogs and Pinterest boards devoted to the twelve seasons.
Yes, twelve now. Every season has a "true," a "light," and a "soft" version (although I think Color Me Beautiful is still doing just four seasons).
I bookmarked a couple dozen different pages of color charts and analysis, and did a lot of reading.
As far as I can tell, I'm a Soft Summer.
But, after all my research, I decided to follow some of the "rules," discard a few, and, when all is said and done, use the info how I want.
Yay. One more way I can see I'm finally confident enough to do my own thing.
Here's what I'm doing, as I think of colors for my new wardrobe. (29 pounds down, only 5 to go!!)
any yellow-based reds or blues
gray (dove gray to charcoal)
pink (light, rose, and fuchsia)
blues, especially periwinkle
Soft summers are supposed to be able to wear creams, taupes, rosy browns, and green. But, other than brown, I've never liked those colors so they're not on my list. Limiting myself to a certain color palette isn't restricting -- it's freeing. Not so many choices, and everything goes together.
And I'm subtracting browns and creams for another reason, too. I'm going to start transitioning to my natural hair color. My silver "highlights" aren't going to look so great with those colors. (More on this in my next post.)
Another "rule" I'm breaking is that of wearing white. I'm not "supposed" to wear it, but I really like it. And I think white always looks nice on people with white/silver streaks. So I'm keeping it.
A couple "rules" I thought you might find interesting: Nobody, except winters, should wear black. (And even though I've read black is recommended for people with white or silver hair, I won't wear it -- it's too hard and cold for me.) Unless you love it, then I say, wear it!
Blues and purples are universally flattering. In fact, everyone can wear every color -- it's just the particular shade and intensity. I'm better in cooler, more muted shades. Some look better in bright colors. Or warm colors.
So, after all this research, it comes down to -- I'll wear what I like and feel pretty in. Did I just waste a bunch of time? No, not at all. Thinking through all this and defining my own "colors" will save me lots of time and money in the future.
Do you know your colors? Do you dress according to your "season?"
Be pretty if you can,
witty if you must,
but be gracious if it kills you. -- Elsie de Wolfe