Okay there are no actual worms in this post but dear Beate suggested to me that my recent posts were rather opening a can of worms as the saying goes. To that I say, YES! Worms should not be in cans. Set the worms free.
I also say this: It's Just a Guideline (quoting some pirate dudes I know )
Seasonal colour analysis is often practiced by people who aren't very good at it, and thus you get results like Vix being decorated in frosty pastels (which is not what you will find in that link) And as Val says, the increased selection of colour categories is definitely because you can't slot people into limited categories. Glenda pointed out that people get frustrated with being assigned a season and a colour swatch because those colours aren't always available when they go shopping. That is quite true. In fact it is my dislike of or not looking good in the colours available is directly responsible for a lot of blue in my wardrobe.
However, Imogen Lamport made a video which shows really clearly how to use those swatches if you have them and not get all caught up in trying to match all the individual colours with what's in the store. The simple solution is to fan out the swatch and hold it against the items you are looking at and see if it goes with them, if there is some harmony between the colours of your season and the colour of the dress in the store. http://www.insideoutstyleblog.com/2013/06/how-to-find-colours-to-match-your-colour-swatch.html
Given that, unless you really want to narrow down your season and carry around a colour swatch for the most part it is simply helpful to have a general idea of what sorts of colours suit you. Warm or cool, soft or bright, is often all a person really needs to know. Of course you can wear anything you want, and if you do it with confidence you will probably look good. Celebrities do this.
I would argue that the first two dresses don't make Halle Berry glow as much as the last two do.
Value contrast is also quite possibly something that is intuitive in people. I love analogies so I am going to attempt one here. It isn't perfect. Knowing what your value contrast is and how to use that to your benefit is a bit like knowing the chemical components of water. Without knowing those chemical components you still know that water quenches your thirst and that you need it. Without knowing how it works, you can still be employing the principles of value contrast when you decide what to wear based on what looks best.
The point is, that I was not trying to give anyone any rules, I was trying to show the fascinating (to me anyhow) facts behind why some things look better on us than others and what we are probably employing unknowingly when we make choices.
Beate suggests that I can turn worms into butterflies. If I could do that I would probably be very wealthy or more likely burned as a witch.
I figured then that for today's sofa lounging session I would dress like a witch, in black, and wear a shirt that pays homage to worms. That's with stripes of course. Worms, stripes, they are similar, no? And what about the butterfly? Well I am the butterfly too. Everyone knows witches can turn themselves into something else. It is some other witch, and not I, who turned yesterday's warm sunny weather into today's grey and cool disappointment.