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In yesterday's post I made a brainstormed list of words that I associated with my personal style as it is or as I am aiming for. Some colours were included in that list so I looked more closely at the colours I had named and thought about what they meant to me, what sort of feeling or emotion they evoked.
silver--cool, quick, strong
black--sleek, effortless, simple, basic, creative
brown--stable, secure, grounded
teal--calm, serene, strong, thoughtful
purple--vibrant, rich, deep, alive, powerful
pinks/mauves--soft, simple, light, cool, feminine
oxblood--strong, real, mysterious
prussian blue--deep, cool, mysterious, wisdom
deep green--cool, strong, graceful
You might read these and find my associations odd, and not the same ones you would have made at all. That doesn't matter though as this exercise gives me the key to why I like those colours, feel good in them and what my values are when applying them to the kind of person I hope I am. The particular contradictions which interest me are my liking for black and the sleek effortlessness it symbolises to me and yet it doesn't seem to fit with the colours and embellishments I also love. Are sleek and embellished not essentially opposites? But I also said that to me black is creative and in using that word I understand that for me black is the canvas. Black is the background or starting place, and it makes sense that I love to put a colourful jersey dress with black tights or on top of black leggings and a black tee shirt. It also makes sense to me that I love all black for its sense of possibility.
Another odd thing that struck me was that the colours I love and know suit me best are cool colours and yet on my initial list I included the word warm. I favour the deeper or muted versions of cool colours more than the vibrant, but often surprise myself be ending up with vibrant colours in my wardrobe too. I'm a bit cautious with them feeling a bit conspicuous in them, but they do show up and I am figuring out how I can comfortably incorporate them. I believe my inclusion of the word warm has more to do with a feeling than with the blue or yellow undertones of a colour. To me jewel tones are warm; they invoke a feeling of warmth for me because they make me feel good. I've also noticed that some colours which make their way into my wardrobe and with which I am perfectly happy, did not make it onto this list. I'm okay with that. I like to push my boundaries a little bit so I branch out into brighter reds and a touch of rusty orange. I let colours I wouldn't wear in a solid top show up in prints, which means yellow makes a brief appearance.
Years ago, EONS in fact, I was given a colour draping session as a gift. It was in the eighties when Colour Me Beautiful was published and everyone wanted to know what season they were. Winter never seemed completely right to me, because I was told to wear colours I didn't feel comfortable in, colours that were too bright and clear for my comfort. Later the seasons were subdivided into more categories with adjectives like soft, deep, bright or clear added to them. I suspect my best palette is this one, below. I definitely do wear most of these colours.
Eventually a colour analysis system that was limited to four seasonal categories expanded to 16 options. This was the most complete chart I could find but it is annoyingly difficult to read.
There are colours I avoid especially near my face: beige, light gray, most shades of yellow, peach and most pastels-pink seems to be the exception, anything neon and chartreuse.
I am 95% certain I'm a winter but there is at least one blog which says winters only ever have black hair. I think that's complete rubbish so I haven't included that blog in my recommended list at the bottom. So there, Hah!
For some people this is all so much time wasted but for me, a woman with a colour obsession who thinks colour is one of the most fascinating topics in the world, it's a whole lot of fun. I could be entertained for hours if I had a draping set for all 16 of these palettes. Perhaps it's time I embarked on a new career as a colour consultant. Or maybe I should just waste lots of time reading about it online while eating ice cream. Yes, that last idea sounds quite good.
If you want to read more about this subject, here is a list of sites I'd recommend.