Colour is one sensory experience that never relinquishes its power to wow us—no matter how old we get. A rainbow remains heart-stopping and a beach with turquoise waters mesmerizing. Colour in fashion is no different. But when it comes to our own fashion, we’re not just witnessing gorgeous colour, we’re creating it. We’re the one putting outfits together, with the opportunity to express ourselves with a closet-sized palette that lies before us. And the same way that certain clothing pieces can clash with others, clothing can also clash with… well, us.
We come in different shapes, sizes, and colours. The particular hues of our eyes, hair, and skin should always be considered when putting outfits together and investing in new pieces. A shopping mall can be overwhelming. Online shopping even moreso—because the vastness of the internet is at your fingertips. But once you know your colour type, shopping for clothing that best complements all the beauty of you becomes effortless. You’ll gain a magic eye able to discern which colours will look beautiful on you, no matter how gorgeous they look on the rack.
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Christina Style-Whisperer. Personal stylist and image maker who helps women to find their unique individual style and create a functional, varied and interesting wardrobe, which will reflect the individuality of the women, their strong character traits and life goals. Christina‘s mission is to unleash women’s inner potential and help them reach the goals they set for themselves in their professional and personal life
Johannes Itten was a Swiss expressionist painter, writer, designer, and teacher. He first proposed a “seasonal colour analysis” that is now considered the standard resource that every designer, artist, architect, and stylist—in all industries—consults today.
Itten was the first to associate colours with four different types of people and to frame those types as seasons: spring and autumn are associated with warm colours, while summer and winter are associated with cold colours. (It is really important to emphasize here that this division is based on the fact that people’s complexion can be warm or cold. I guess I did not put enough emphasis on this in my text, could you please try to bring it out somehow here? Thanks!)
Ready for the nitty-gritty details on what these seasonal types (and warm/cold colours) mean in terms of fashion? Let’s dive into Itten’s analysis right now, and peg your true colours.
If you have a very light complexion, a warm peachy skin undertone, straw or honey hued hair, and light eyes, it is likely that your type is spring. This season features warm colours, and so you should choose from the light warm palette.
Your youthful, light radiance is best adorned with luminous colours—particularly yellow, yellow green, pink, and lilac.
No matter the time of year, light warm shades suit you best. Even when it’s dark, dreary, or snowy outside, dress in light colours and witness how beautifully you brighten every room. In winter, it can be difficult though to always be dressed in light and bright colours, so the solution here is to use the medium shades of your own personal color palette, as well as the darker shades.
As a true spring flower, deep colours like black and grey do not do you any favors. Even a beautiful supermodel can look washed out when wearing the wrong colours. Lucky you—you’re in on Itten’s deep, dark secret…. well, in your case: warm, light secret. 😉
If your skin has cool undertones and your eyes are a light cold colour (blue, grey, grey-green) you are most likely summer. Your hair might be either dark or light—but it most certainly has ashy undertones.
Summer colours are more saturated, active, and oftentimes primary like raspberry red or royal blue. Emerald green, violet, and magenta—all of which have blue and grey undertones—also make the summer colour cut.
During colder times of year, grey and blue are definitely your friends.
Autumn beauties, you have deeper complexions with darker warm hair tones like copper, chestnut, or even maroon. Your skin has warm skin undertones and your eyes are likely cognac, rich brown, hazel, moss or olive green. Some autumn types even rock freckles.
The colours of autumn are actually a deeper, sometimes more saturated version of the spring colours. Whether light or deep—both spring and autumn are warm. Typical autumn colours are rust, teal, mustard, brick red, and beige. Autumn leaves, campfires, pumpkins reflect perfectly the colours of the autumn palette.
Even during warmer seasons, autumn and winter can still flaunt their own deeper colors—only the fabric will be much lighter and warm-weather-friendly. They could also “borrow” some of the colors of the lighter types; winter types from the summer palette and autumn types from the spring palette. However, the accents, prints, or decor should be in their own seasonal colors.
Depending on how big the contrast is between your skin and hair colours, winter types are actually divided into two subsets: contrasting winters and muted winters.
The muted winter woman has dark eyes, darker olive toned skin and dark brown hair. This type is flattered by grey-toned muted cool colours, such as slate blue, winter white, charcoal, mauve, burgundy, and an endless variety of pastels and icy colours.
The contrasting winter has dark brown or bright icy blue or green eyes, dark brown hair, but very fair white skin. Such types look great in bright cold colours, which create a lot of contrast when styled together: cobalt blue, bright red, bright purple etc.
Winter women, stay away from the warm colours of autumn and spring. Also, be careful not to confuse contrasting winter colours with muted winter colours. Contrasting winter types, stay away from muted colors: they only dull and mute you. Your beauty is supercharged by the vibrance of highly saturated colors. For the muted winter women, contrasting colors will look too overpowering and unnatural. People will first see the colour on you, and then miss the woman wearing it!
Congratulations, you’re now a woman of all seasons!
Well, you’re likely a spring, summer, autumn, or winter type, but no matter which one—you’re now prepared to dress for every season. Still, it’s tough to categorize all womankind into only four groups. You have features that make you you—and certain colours that might carry some mysterious to make you shine, even if they break Itten’s colour code. That‘s why I offer my clients a free initial consultation where we discuss your style, desired changes and determine the best path forward. Don’t hesitate to email me ([email protected]) to learn more
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And here’s one tip that applies to you no matter what season you are: wear your colors around the neck area, close to the face, where they can directly complement the hue of your cheeks, the sparkle of your eyes, and the shine of your hair.
Feeling confident? Good—then colour us happy.