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Seasonal Color Analysis – What colors should I wear?

Seasonal Color Analysis – What colors should I wear?

What colors should you wear to look fabulous? I have the answer!

UPDATE (Dec. 30, 2015): I wrote this post almost 3 years ago. Since then, I’ve created an online color analysis quiz. To figure out what season you are… and to discover your perfect colors… take my What Season Am I? online quiz.

But first… a quick story…

About a 3 years ago… I was browsing the internet on fashion ideas. No particular reason. I suppose I was in a bit of a style rut and I thought… maybe if I look at what other people are wearing I’ll get inspired.

Do you ever just look at yourself one day and think… what’s my style… how do I look put together… what the heck is that on my shirt?

Well, I suppose I had one of those moments. I was just feeling drab and unattractive. I had really nice clothes… but I was bored and uninspired.

I came across an article about seasonal colors and how each person fits into a seasonal color palette. As I scanned this article, I started to understand that color plays a HUGE part in how a person feels and looks.

The idea of wearing the “right” color never occurred to me. And honestly, I’m not sure I knew exactly what my best colors were.

So, I did some serious studying on this concept. This magical idea of 12 seasonal color palettes.

I did my own personal seasonal color analysis

I discovered that I’m a Light Spring. I purchased a Light Spring color swatch book and I make sure that all of my clothes match these swatches.

This was life changing for me. Why? Because for the first time, I had real confidence when I dressed. The right color can be the very difference from making you look drab to brilliant. I get complements all the time… wow, great color on you! Your eyes look so blue in that sweater. You look great!

The more I hear this, the better I feel. And so will you!

Now, when I shop, I look for my best colors first and then the style. If there’s a shirt that’s super cute but doesn’t have my colors, I don’t even bother picking it up.

So, I want to share with you what the 12 seasonal color palettes are and how you can do your own seasonal color analysis. Then, you can read my other articles on each season to see the colors and start sorting your closet by awesome… and not so awesome (perhaps donate?).

How To Do A Personal Seasonal Color Analysis:

First, you need to determine your dominate “characteristic” in your coloring

Deep… Dark and rich.

Light… Light and delicate.

Soft… Soft and muted.

Clear…Clear and bright.

Warm…No cool undertones.

Cool…No warm undertones.

Second, you need to determine whether you look better in cool colors or warm colors. If your skin has a yellow undertone, then you look best in warm colors.

Now, you combine the two to narrow down your season.

For example, I am Light in coloring. I have low contrast between my skin and hair. My eyes are a light blue green… but not a crystal clear blue. My skin has a distinct yellow undertone, so I am a warm palette. From this description, I can determine that my season is a Light Warm season.

Read through the descriptions above again and then read below to choose your season. I am a Light Spring.

And… drum roll please… here are your seasons to choose from:

Deep, Cool Colors = Deep Winter Seasonal Colors

Sandra Bullock - Deep Winter
Sandra Bullock – Deep Winter
Kim Kardashian - Deep Winter
Kim Kardashian – Deep Winter

Deep, warm colors = Deep Autumn Seasonal Colors

Eva Mendes - Deep Autumn
Eva Mendes – Deep Autumn
Julia Roberts - Deep Autumn
Julia Roberts – Deep Autumn

Light, warm colors = Light Spring Seasonal Colors (This is me!!)

Ellen Degeneres - Light Spring
Ellen Degeneres – Light Spring
Kate Hudson - Light Spring
Kate Hudson – Light Spring

Light, Cool colors = Light Summer Seasonal Colors

Heather Locklear - Light Summer
Heather Locklear – Light Summer
Reese Witherspoon - Light Summer
Reese Witherspoon – Light Summer

Clear, cool colors = Clear Winter Seasonal Colors

Megan Fox - Clear Winter
Megan Fox – Clear Winter
Liv Tyler - Clear Winter
Liv Tyler – Clear Winter

Clear, warm colors = Clear Spring Seasonal Colors

Emilie de Ravin - Clear Spring
Emilie de Ravin – Clear Spring
Jenny McCarthy - Clear Spring
Jenny McCarthy – Clear Spring

Soft, warm colors = Soft Autumn Seasonal Colors

Drew Barrymore - Soft Autumn
Drew Barrymore – Soft Autumn
Olsen Twins - Soft Autumn
Olsen Twins – Soft Autumn

Soft, cool colors = Soft Summer Seasonal Colors

Ellen Pompano - Soft Summer
Ellen Pompano – Soft Summer
Jennifer Aniston - Soft Summer
Jennifer Aniston – Soft Summer

Warm, light colors = Warm Spring Seasonal Colors

Nicole Kidman - Warm Spring
Nicole Kidman – Warm Spring
Reba McEntire - Warm Spring
Reba McEntire – Warm Spring

Warm, medium colors = Warm Autumn Seasonal Colors

Debra Messing - Warm Autumn
Debra Messing – Warm Autumn
Marcia Cross - Warm Autumn
Marcia Cross – Warm Autumn

Cool, medium colors = Cool Summer Seasonal Colors

Kimberly Williams - Cool Summer
Kimberly Williams – Cool Summer
Miranda Lambert - Cool Summer
Miranda Lambert – Cool Summer

Cool, darker colors = Cool Winter Seasonal Colors

Lauren Graham - Cool Winter
Lauren Graham – Cool Winter
Brooke Shields - Cool Winter
Brooke Shields – Cool Winter

Here’s the magic in knowing your seasonal colors. You will now know what colors to choose for clothes, makeup, scarves, jewelry, nail polish and eye glass frames. You can even extend your colors into your home… bringing out your personality.

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Color is powerful when used the right way. Read more about your seasonal colors to get ideas on clothes, jewelry and makeup.
To your personal style!

Jen Thoden

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