I’m sewing more these days, largely because the retail selection is so frustrating. But the style lesson from the jacket I just made applies even for those who buy their clothes. It primarily an homage to TEAL BLUE – the most universally flattering color range for the vast majority of women.
So here’s the jacket:
Pattern is Vogue #9351 and the fabric is raw silk that has been in my fabric stash for at least two decades. The skirt is our ST Ponte, which just happens to be a perfect match. If you want details about sewing the jacket, you can find those on Pattern Review.
But this post is really about the color Teal. I’ve gotten a ton of comments on how good I look in that color – which is no surprise. The teal/turquoise/aqua/jade green color range — for virutally all light-skinned women and many (though not all) of our darker sisters — is is our most flattering possible color to wear. Who knew, right?
This color wheel shows you why: That color family is the opposite (compliment) of our skin tones. Whether your coloring is warm, cool or in-between, its actual surface color probably falls more or less directly across from the teal/jade range.
Complimentary colors make each other appear brighter/richer/clearer and generally more appealing. That’s why Christmas red and green, for example, is such an eye-catching combo. And why sports teams often choose purple and gold or royal blue and orange.
To be clear – each of us has her absolute mountain-top BEST choice from this color range, based on our personal color value and clarity/intensity. But this family overall is so flattering that even your less-than-best choice in this range is stll going to be pretty darned good.
It is also the ideal color range when you need to put a group of people in the same color – bridesmaids, a musical group, T-shirts for the family reunion, whatever.
I also love the teal range for its ability to play well with so many different neutrals. I keep an eye out for accessories that link teals and turquoises back to black, gray, brown, camel … even taupe and navy. Here are some examples:
- Teal with charcoal gray – abalone shell necklace as color-link
- Teal with navy blue – challis scarf as link
- Teal with black – small square scarf as link
- Teal with chocolate brown – raku-style necklace as link
- Teal with caramel brown – print jersey as link
- Teal with chocolate again – sweater knit as link
- NOTE: All 6 photos are the same teal ponte. Getting accurate color reproduction for this fabric seems just impossible. In our web store we use scanned images for better color accuracy.
I haven’t seen many teal items in ready-to-wear recently, but when they start to show up in the fall I’ll highlight them in another post.
Meanwhile, for those of you who sew, we also carry rayon/spandex matte jersey in multiple variants of this color family: Bright Teal, Dark Teal, Turquoise, Ocean, and Jade Green. You can sew a dress, top and/or cardigan right now and wear it right into the cooler months too.