Seasonal Palette – What Season Are You?
“The best color in the world is the one that looks good on you.” – Coco Chanel
If you’ve ever wondered how to figure out what colors compliment you and make you feel radiant, than I suggest that you take a simple quiz on www.colormebeautiful.com or www.thechicfashionista.com to find out. Here you’ll be able to once and for all figure out your season and the palette that best suits you. The quizzes are truly simple and will only take a few seconds. After your season is determined, you’ll be able to view all the colors in your personal color palette that will compliment your skin, hair and eyes. Plus, both websites are developed for very easy use…think coloring for dummies. You can also use your color palette to help pick out your next outfit. Yes, knowing your season and palette will enable you to be in less doubt when it comes to shopping :) But keep in mind that shopping for clothes is always a time consuming process. Unless you’re a super-model, you’re going to have to try on several style pants before you find the right one for YOU. Ok, now back to the seasonal palette…..
FYI: Seasonal color analysis was created by Bauhaus artist Johannes Itten.
The Readers Digest version of Johannes’ theory: Color analysis is finding the color that will make you look better…handsomer…prettier. The colors you wear can make you look happy or sad, dynamic or dull, ordinary or extraordinary, and even younger or older. Color affects us on two levels. It can make us look more attractive. It can also enable us to be perceived as more dynamic, credible or professional. Wow, did you know that color had that much power over us? And now that you know are you wanting to more than ever find out what colors work best for you?
Taking it a step further:
When it comes to true color analysis, skin trumps hair and eyes. In the wrong colors, your “blue eyes” do not get dark circles under them, your skin does. In the wrong colors, your hair does not get furrows or lines, your skin does. Of course, color analysis is concerned with achieving harmony with skin, hair and eyes; but this is another level when it comes to color analysis. The skin suffers the most in the wrong colors, and it has priority. Thus, your skin tone (first), eye and hair color all help to define your season.
It is also important to remember your color season has nothing to do with the season of your birth, nor your favorite season of the year. It is simply a determination of your skin’s basic color tone. It will fall into one of four color categories that is matched up with one, and only one, of the four seasons of the year. Your hair color may change over the years, but your color category at birth remains the same throughout your life. Your skin may deepen with a suntan or yellow or fade with age, but you will always remain the same seasonal color type.
The best way to determine your complexion’s undertones when taking the two quizzes is to hold a sheet of white paper next to your face in a setting with natural light ( outdoors, during the day) and a mirror. Remember not to have any foundation or make-up on your face. If you are blotchy then I suggest you use your neck or the under side of your forearm (between your forearm and wrist ) to find out your true skin tone.
Every color in existence falls into one of the four color categories set by Itten:
Spring colors are clear and bright, just like the colors of a spring day. The sun is low on the horizon, so everything is imbued with the golden hues of the sun. The trees and grass have not yet matured, so they are tinged with yellow undertones and are a bright spring green color. Distinct yellow undertones impart a vibrant, electric appearance to everything. The colors of this season are truly like a spring bouquet of flowers enveloped in bright spring green leafy foliage: red-orange and coral tulips, bright yellow jonquils and daffodils. The VanGogh painting below exemplifies Spring colors.
The colors from summer are bright and clear, not unlike a summer’s day, but always with subtle blue undertones. To name a few: cherry red, emerald green, royal blue, magenta and violet. The grass and trees have matured and have no trace of yellow. The sky is bright blue, and white beaches and blue swimming pools come to mind in summer. Red roses, bright pink geraniums and violet, pink and magenta petunias are seen everywhere. Renoir’s painting represents the essence of summer.
Autumn colors are virtually indistinguishable from the rich, earthy colors of the season for which they were named. They are as golden-hued as a fall day, and it is impossible to mistake them for any other season. Typical colors from the palette include pumpkin, mustard yellow, burnt orange, brown, camel, beige, avocado green, rust and teal. Autumn colors are perennially popular, because they bring a feeling of warmth and security. The painting by Peter Breughel personifies the color of autumn.
The colors of winter have cool blue undertones, and most are virtually pastel versions of the Summer palette. Baby blue, slate blue, powder pink, seafoam green and slate grey are typical Winter colors. A number of the colors are suggestive of the season for which they were named: winter white and the myriad of icy colors such as icy blue and icy pink. Grey skies tinged with blue and mauve,and bare trees with a grey ghostlike appearance personify the colors of winter, as does the painting by Pissarro.
Colors Translated into Wardrobe:
upbeat: Bright reds, vivid blues, and canary yellows. Think of the colors of fresh, ripe fruits like oranges, cherries, and bananas.
powerful: Black, maroon, regal purple, and metallics like gold or silver. Consider colors that command and were once favored by royal.
Balancing: Pale blues and lavenders, dove grays, and light greens. Imagine colors of nature seen through a soft lens.
Intense: Fuchsia, royal blue, and bold prints like geometrics, plaids, and stripes. These shades and patterns signal a ferocity and a degree of complexity.