Last week I spoke about what colour analysis is and how its conducted. Now that you understand the various aspects and what to look for when doing a colour analysis, let's talk about which colours belong to which season. In the previous article, I described the four groups we categorise our colour analysis into, namely:
If you are a summer person, you should wear pastel and soft colours with cool and blue tones. Even though it is cool like winter, wearing black will be too dark and harsh on your complexion, making you appear older. The same is true for wearing white; while it is light, it is also bright and would have the same effect on your complexion as black. Therefore, more subdued greys would be appropriate for your skin type. As a simple way to remember, consider the colours that represent summer. It will help you determine the colours you should wear. My dressing mantra is to start from the top and work your way down. It is because colour analysis is mainly on facial characteristics. Using this colour pallet, you can create a monochromatic look by combining different hues of blue. Start at the top and work your way down. Within that palette, you can combine complementary colours such as sea pink and baby lavender with light and dark accents. Since the season is associated with subdued, cool pastels, it is crucial to know which colours to avoid. These colours include bright yellow, gold, and dark colours such as black and purple.
Unlike summer, winter is characterized by bright, high contrast, and cold colours that play at the extremes of light, bright, and dark. Colours represented by the season (black, brilliant white, brushed nickel, surf the web pigments) will be the ones that suit you best. Knowing this helps you distinguish between winter and summer skin types, as both are cool. However, winter is cold and bright, whereas summer skin is cool and subdued. When styling, choose a colour palette comparable to the peak of the winter season. Thus, combining black and white with your outfit can give it a monochrome effect. You might even mix dark neutrals with bright highlights and consider colours like dark blues and browns that will complement your skin tone. Pattern lovers can add geometric prints that are within the winter colour palette. Metals in silver and shiny colours are your best bet. Colours to avoid are warm, browns and oranges that contrast with your skin tone.
Having explored the world of cool colours, let's now explore the warm seasonal colours of spring and autumn. As for fall, it's warm and muted, like an autumn garden with a rich and earthy palette. In general, the natural hue of fall is warm, low to medium in chroma, and has a colour value that can vary from light to dark. Black, for example, would not flatter you. If anything, it would look harsh against your skin tone, so keep this in mind when putting an outfit together. As an alternative, you can choose prints and a monochromatic look within the Autumn colour scheme, neighbouring hues and dark neutrals mixed with light accents. If you want to jazz up your look with accessories, opt for gold, copper, and bronze, which will compliment your skin tone.
Spring is soft, warm, and bright in contrast to its opposite, autumn. Spring colours are delicate and have warm yellow tones similar to the season. The most prominent feature of spring is the golden hues on your skin. Your eyes and hair will primarily contrast each rather than blend. When comparing the two seasons, you'll notice spring is warm and bright; autumn is warm and subdued (hence the greys, more toned-down warm colours). Vanilla, Georgia Peach, Holy Green, and Pale Gold are a few hues associated with spring. I suggested vanilla rather than white (winter) since white would be too cool and harsh against your colouring. Instead, opt for colours that are dark neutrals with bright accents, neighbouring hues and opposite hues when curating your style. When including patterns the same is true. The best jewellery or accessories for you would be warm yellow gold due to the element of warmth in your colouring.
Now that you know the colours that complement your skin tone and hair, why not book one of our wardrobe edit sessions? We can assist you in creating a wardrobe that complements your skin tone. This way, you always look your best.