Back in the 80s I set out to answer the question what colors look good on me. I had discovered the Color Me Beautiful system which categorized people based on the seasons – winter, spring, summer and fall.
For me, it was quite simple. I easily checked off the boxes for hair, skin and eyes which put me in the autumn category. I went through this system with my mother who had dark eyes and olive skin so was easily seen as a winter. Her friend – who also did it with us- had light eyes and light brown hair. She neatly fell into spring.
My experience with Color Me Beautiful was pretty straight forward. Based on my tonality, I was given guidance on which palettes would flatter me best. Shopping was simplified as I knew to reach for the warm, muted colors of autumn.
Years later, the system had come under scrutiny because it didn’t talk to the myriad variations in coloring that people come in. Updates were later created which incorporate 12 seasons, and bring in elements like chroma which is your skin’s level of saturation.
Personally, I find the analysis gets too complicated when we’re dividing it up into these micro-elements. If you’re simply wanting to answer the question, what colors look good on me, then there’s an easier way to figure it out.
First off, it’s helpful if you know whether you’re warm or cool toned as this serves as a foundation for what you’ll wear. An easy way to determine this is with the jewelry test. Hold up a piece of gold jewelry next to your face and compare it to a piece of silver jewelry next to your face. Which one looks better? If you prefer gold, then you’re warm toned. If it’s silver, you’re cool. Another way to determine if you’re warm or cool is to look at your veins in your wrist. Blue veins are cool. Green veins are warm.
Sometimes our coloring changes as we age. If you have always been warm toned, you may discover that as your hair grays you may become more cool toned.
The next thing I encourage you to do is try things on. Get into your closet, pick out a few items, and put them on. Then go look at yourself in the mirror. When you’re wearing the right colors, you’ll look vibrant and healthy. When you’re in unflattering colors, you’ll look tired. Or even sick. Another thing to pay attention to is when you get compliments from other people. Note what you’re wearing as this is usually a good indication that it’s the right color for you.
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I believe that when we are intentional with our color choices it impacts how we show up in our lives. So when you’re getting dressed each day, and deciding what to wear, it’s important to consider who you need to be on that particular day. Do you have a meeting where you need to come across as strong? Then red would be a good color to wear. Or if you want to be seen as approachable, try blue. Each color carries a different vibe, and you’ll interpret this feeling through your outfit.
In the video, from my facebook live, I go through a bunch of pieces to demonstrate what colors look good on me. You’ll clearly see which tones flatter and which do not. I also share a styling trick on how to wear a color that may not be the best for your skin, but you love wearing it anyway.