Nothing – absolutely nothing – is more critical to looking your personal best than defining your unique group of most flattering colors. Color is the first thing people notice about what you are wearing. It’s more important that than the figure-flattery of the style. More important than the fit. More important than the price tag or the designer name. Some of those other things are important … but NOTHING is more foundational than getting the color right.
Color is always present in your clothing. It doesn’t cost a penny more to buy the garment or fabric in a great-for-you color than a less flattering one. It doesn’t take a single second longer to make the garment, if you are a sewist. It doesn’t take any longer to put it on in the morning. And the benefits last all day.
Plus, the colors that are your personal best have an amazing ability to inter-coordinate. You’ll have lots more outfits from fewer items – a huge savings in the long run.
So how do you know which are magic colors for you? First you may need to let go of stereotype color concepts like Four Seasons. Few women have coloring fits neatly into one of those boxes.
If you “had your colors done” some time ago, pull out those recommendations and take a look in the mirror. Hold the color chart next to your face and look for balance between the two. Are the colors about as warm or cool as you are? Are they about as light or dark? Are they about as bright or muted?
Joyce – a workshop participant – brought along two sets of swatches from prior consults. They are both too bright and clear for her more subtle coloring. See how the third set of recommendations balances with her personal color pattern?
NOTE: the top she wore to the workshop is a great color for her – and not like anything in those first two swatch sets. During class we added the scarf, which links the garment color and her hair color, creating even more points of connection in the outfit.
That’s what you want to see in your visual relationship to your own swatches. If you do, the upcoming posts in this series will help you use that information more effectively. And if you don’t see the connection — or you don’t have color guidelines at all — this series will help you get pointed in the right direction.
So check out any old swatches you have – share what you discover in the COMMENTS section – and watch for next week’s info on identifying your all-important Key Neutral. With certainty!