Finding Your Color Season
A few months ago, I ordered a beautiful pastel purple sweater from an online boutique. The color was soft and pretty, and it looked absolutely amazing on the model. After a week of waiting (not-so-patiently) for my purchase, it arrived on my doorstep. I eagerly took it out of the package, tried it on, looked in the mirror, and was filled with an overwhelming sense of... disappointment. I looked washed out and tired; it was hard to believe that the same thing that had highlighted all of the model's features made all of mine look dull. I tossed the sweater in a drawer, and I haven't worn it since.
Why do certain colors look beautiful on some people and boring on others? As we all know, shopping through an overwhelming array of products in innumerable colors and trying to decide which one to buy is not an easy task. Choosing colors that will flatter your complexion can make you feel like you're playing a game of roulette; sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and there's no way of knowing why. Luckily, picking out a flattering color doesn't have to be based on luck. You can rig the game so you win every time.
Finding flattering colors is especially important when shopping for hats or scarves; colors become more important as they move closer to your face. Think about it; practically everyone can wear a nude shoe and still feel amazing, but the same cannot be said for a nude dress. This is because the dress is closer to your facial features. In terms of clothing, head wear is about as close as you can come to the face. This may seem daunting, but don't worry. Finding colors is much easier than it seems. We'll help you figure out which colors will keep you looking fabulous, fearless and flawless. How? By finding your color season. Color seasons are basically sets of colors that are specifically curated for an individual based on her features. Let's get started.
Step One: Determining your Undertones
To determine your color season, first you need to determine if your features have warm or cool undertones. The features we're considering are eyes, hair, and skin. If you have already lost your hair, don't worry; simply use your natural hair color or your preferred wig color to complete the following steps.
Step Two: Tally Up
Count the number of warm and cool features you have.
For example, my eyes and hair are warm while my skin is cool. This means I have 2 warm features and one cool feature. Tally up your results and keep them in mind. You will either be cool leaning (2 cool features and 1 warm feature), warm leaning (2 warm features and 1 cool feature), completely warm (3 warm features), or completely cool (3 cool features).
If you have one warm feature, one cool feature, and neutral skin, you need to take it one step further. Does your skin have more characteristics of warm skin or of cool skin? Comparing with friends can be very helpful. If your skin has more cool characteristics, count your skin as a cool feature; if you have more warm characteristics, count your skin as a warm feature. If you are having a hard time deciding, count your skin as a warm feature.
Step Three: High Contrast or Low Contrast
Note: If you are completely warm or completely cool, you can skip this step.
Step Four: Determining your color season
Use what you learned above to follow the flowchart and find your color season.
ATTENTION REDHEADS! You might be an exception to the rules; even if you have cool skin, you may still fit into the warm family because red hair is an overwhelmingly warm feature. Check colors from the palettes below for warm spring and warm autumn color seasons and compare them to the color palette of the season you were placed in by the chart.
Step 5: Look at your color palette!
As you may have noticed in the chart, there are six color season families: The Warm Family, The Cool Family, The Clear Family, The Deep Family, The Soft Family, and The Light Family. Each family consists of two sisters. Just like real life sisters, the season sisters share clothes. For example, if you are a Warm Autumn, you are in the Warm Family and your sister season is Warm Spring; while the Warm Autumn color palette contains your main colors, you can also wear some colors from the Warm Spring palette. Experiment with colors from both palettes to decide which look best on you.
It's important to remember that your color palette is simply a starting point. Because everyone is different, you still need to experiment to find your most flattering shades. For example, you may want to hold up clothing of different colors to your face and have a friend tell you which colors make you “pop.” I hope that this article has helped to make shopping for headwear (and all clothes) a little easier. No matter what, always remember that the most flattering thing you can wear is confidence! Happy shopping, everyone!
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- Awesome and easy to understand Review by Feedakie
Fist time I find a color analysis so easy since Colour me Beautiful in the 80"s. Thanks so much. (Posted on 07/04/2017)
- brilliant Review by softwarm
This is by far the easiest colour analysis i have come across and can i say, very accurate. Wish other colour analysts would follow your simplistic rules to make our life easier for colour choices . Thanks. (Posted on 05/29/2017)
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- No longer in the dark. Review by warmheart
This is the first truly helpful decision tree I have have ever used. Thank you!(Posted on 04/09/2017)
- Easy to follow! Review by Melanie
So much fun. I always wondered what colors would be best for me but could never quite muddle through it. This made it easy to determine that I'm a deep Autumn! Thanks for the article.(Posted on 10/08/2016)