Prints are at the center of many women’s wardrobes. If you have a Color Fan or other professional color advice you have a big head start on making optimal choices. There are several ways to use your swatches to check the potential flattery of a print you’re considering, whether you’re shopping for a garment or for fabric yardage to sew it yourself.
#1 – Compare your total Color Fan to the print. Is the overall effect of the print about as warm or cool and about as bright or subdued as your total Fan? Does the print have about as much light:dark or bright:dark contrast as you fan has? If so it may just be a great choice for you. You can see that balance in the picture below.
#2 – Look through your Fan and see if you can locate strips that are similar to all the dominant colors in the print. See how the warm reds, copper tones, ruck greens and various teal-y blues of the print are all found in the client’s fan below?
#3 – Most quality color systems will include strips of color that represent the actual colors of your skin, hair, eyes and natural body red. Fan out those strips and compare them to the print. You aren’t necessarily looking for all those colors to show up within the print – that could get awfully limiting. But you want the print to harmonize – or at the very least, not to clash – with the elements of your own coloring…
So here is the client whose Color Fan blended so nicely with the sample print. Don’t you agree that it would be a lovely choice for her?