This year began with a ruthless purge of your closet. I know, it was painful. It’s never easy to see our hard-earned money bagged up and given away.
Use this as a learning experience – an epiphany. Vow to only purchase clothes that are right for you. Just think of all the money you’ll be saving.
Everyone knows that clothing alterations help clothes to fit better, but have you ever thought about the importance of clothing color? Are you choosing the most flattering hues to complement your hair, eye color, and skin tone? Or, are you just winging it?
All it takes is a little investment of time to understand the basic concepts of warm and cool colors and the shades that work in harmony with your natural coloring.
First, determine your skin’s undertone. Is it warm, cool, or neutral?
Test A: In natural sunlight (go outside if you need to), look at your wrist and palm veins. If the veins look green, you have warm undertones. Do your veins appear purple or blue? Then you have cool undertones. If there are both green and blue veins, your undertone is considered neutral.
Test B: In natural light, determine if silver or gold best complements your skin tone. This can be done by draping gold and silver fabric across your shoulders or by wearing a silver bracelet on one wrist and gold on the other. What color best enhances your complexion? If gold looks better, your undertone is warm, if silver is the color, you have cool undertones.
Lastly, what is your eye color? Blue, light green, and gray belong to the cool category, while brown, green-brown, and black fall into the warm group.
If you fell into both categories, you’re considered neutral. Proceed to the next step using each category to determine your best season.
Don’t stop now. Once you’ve figured out if you’re undertones are cool or warm, it’s time to determine your season.
This is the easy part, just look at your hair color. Light hair is considered blonde, light red, or light brown. Dark hair examples are black, dark red or auburn, or dark brown. Now, combine your skin undertone with your hair color to determine what season best suits you.
- light hair + cool undertones = summer
- dark hair + cool undertones = winter
- light hair + warm undertones = spring
- dark hair + warm undertones = autumn
Commonly, summers have light eyes and blonde to medium brunette hair.
Summers tend to look best in pale and muted colors with cool (blue) undertones. The summer color palette would include: lilac, cool pink, pale yellow, pale mauve, and powder blue. A soft white can also look nice.
The skin color of winters may be pale, olive, or dark, and the hair color is typically black or dark brown. The hair and eye color often contrast the skin.
Winters should lean toward dark and rich colors that have cool (blue) undertones. The winter color palette would include: white, black, deep blue, and dark pink. Silver and gray are also good colors. Winters can get away with wearing higher contrast clothing (black and white).
Spring individuals usually have cream or peach colored skin. Hair colors range from straw and golden brown to strawberry and auburn. Many springs have lighter eye colors and freckles.
Springs should choose colors with warm (yellow) undertones. The spring color palette would include soft, light colors such as golden yellow, peach, and coral. Warm brown tones and a creamy ivory can be used as base neutrals.
Usually, the skin of autumns is beige, peach, or golden brown. Hair color tends to be more red/red-brown, rich brown, or brown-black. Autumns have darker eye colors.
Individuals who are autumns look better in clothes with a warm (yellow) undertone. The autumn color palette includes rich earth-toned and deep colors, such as olive, chocolate brown, indigo, orange, and dark purple. Beige-whites work well as a neutral.
The colors mentioned in each season are only a few of what can be worn. Check online for more examples. Need a visual? Watch the video below to see what colors are best for every season.
Knowing your most flattering colors can greatly enhance how you look and feel. When you’re armed with your seasonal color palate, shopping will be a breeze, and you’ll end up saving both time and money.
There’s never a bad clothing choice when you understand how fit and color work in harmony with the body and complexion.