I have a draft for a book brewing on my desktop. Therein I have written about several different subjects within fashion, personal style and the use of colour. I dont want to disclose too much about it here, but have decided to give you a glimpse into one of the chapters. It is about the use of colours, and is one of the most central pieces in the book.
If you haven’t noticed yet: colours are really important to me. It is the very core of how I dress, shop and essentially how I look. One of the most important reasons for that, is that I so strongly feel the energy of the different colours and how they affect my ever changing mood and fluctuating life. In my closet you find just about any colour of the rainbow, from vibrating red to deep indigo. I use them in their clearest form, or in more subdued versions – all depending on my mood. But, because I discovered a long time ago that my best colours are warm, they always come in a version of that. It’s quick to discover if I made a mistake and picked a cold version: then I look bleak and tired, and the rings under my eyes are terribly enhanced. Not a brilliant idea, for me – or you.
A common mistake is the belief that fiery colours like yellow, orange and red is something to steer clear of if you fit cold colours the most. That is not the case! The trick is to find the version of the colour in question, that suits you. Red can be cold or warm, all depending on how much yellow or blue it contains. The measure of yellow and blue is the deciding factor to define if the colour is warm of cold. If you dont have much practise in exploring colours before this can be a little tricky to get hold of. But with this, like some many other things, with a little a little effort you’ll be able to define where the main character is: in the warm or cold segment.
In the eighties there was a wave sweeping the world, called “Colour me beautiful. The author, Carol Jackson described what I have briefly written about above, and women the world over was, not surprisingly, taken by storm. In my opinion there is now time to rediscover that insight. Therefor I have made my own versions of the four seasons, that Carol showed us at that time. These are Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. As you will see below, almost all seasons have all almost colours included. If you study them closely you will surely discover that they have different intensity? One of these palettes is the one that will suit you the best.
A spring-person is recognised by a mild, golden (yellow if you want) undertone of the skin. Your hair is often blond or semi-blond with a golden touch. If your are in doubt about being Spring or Summer, hold a warm-yellow material up against your face. Compare by holding up a cold grey. If you’re Spring it will be obvious that the yellow fits you exceedingly better than the grey
The summers-scale is the scale that is used the most by Scandinavian women. I hear, all the time, from “fashion experts that these colours, like grey, beige, and faded denim is something “everybody” fits. That is of course not true. But if you are one that has a fair, slightly red tone in your skin, blond, to ash-blond hair and blue blue/green eyes, you are probably one of those you actually suit these colours. Rule of thumb is that it is also here we most frequently find those rare, natural platina blonds.
A typical fall-woman has has brown to red hair, with a golden, olive-colored skin. But often times she also has very fair skin, so the main guideline is, for the most part, the hair. It comes is all nuances of brown and reds. However, Please note that deeper shades of blond also belongs in the Fall category.
Of all the scales in the colour system of Carol Jackson, the winter woman is the only one who suits clear white and black. Normally we refer to these colours as non-colours, but even though that is true, these are nuances for you, all the same. Because your hair often is intensely dark (or beautifully grey or white due to aging), and your skin fair, with a red-ish undertone, your own colouring can take these demanding shades. Snowhite was obviously a Winter!
To discover which season you fit into, you can test this by holding different colours up against your face. Take what you have at hand: scarves, shawls or other textiles. Some colours will make you look bleak and tired, while others will compliment you hair, skin and eyes. If you think this is hard to figure out, compare to others around you. It is the area of our underarm that has our most “true” skin colour, and is therefor the best to research. Oftentimes it is when we compare opposites that things get most clear. Try together with some friends and see what happened.
Sometimes old beliefs and stale ideas come in the way of our own judgement. Therefor try and keep an open mind to this exercise, and see how your character change. Maybe you get confirmed what you already knew to be true or your get surprised by how you’ve been thinking all wrong. Challenge yourself to let your newfound discovery direct how you choose your colours from then on.
When you’ve discovered which season you belong to, next step is to practice so that you can recognise your own colours when your out shopping. For some this process will be brief and easy, for others this will require more practise. Of course there is a lot more to be said about personal colours, but that I reserve for my book. Should your be interested in this, but still feel insecure, you are most welcome to contact me for a personal consultation. However way you discover your colours, with me or on your own, I am sure you will be very happy with your newfound insight. It gives you that boost to your confidence when you’re dressing, it secures a harmonious wardrobe and lastly, options you maybe didn’t know you had. And THAT is a Kinderegg worth keeping!