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
- Kim Kardashian – Deep Winter
Deep, warm colors = Deep Autumn Seasonal Colors
- Eva Mendes – Deep Autumn
- Julia Roberts – Deep Autumn
Light, warm colors = Light Spring Seasonal Colors (This is me!!)
- Ellen Degeneres – Light Spring
- Kate Hudson – Light Spring
Light, Cool colors = Light Summer Seasonal Colors
- Heather Locklear – Light Summer
- Reese Witherspoon – Light Summer
Clear, cool colors = Clear Winter Seasonal Colors
- Megan Fox – Clear Winter
- Liv Tyler – Clear Winter
Clear, warm colors = Clear Spring Seasonal Colors
- Emilie de Ravin – Clear Spring
- Jenny McCarthy – Clear Spring
Soft, warm colors = Soft Autumn Seasonal Colors
- Drew Barrymore – Soft Autumn
- Olsen Twins – Soft Autumn
Soft, cool colors = Soft Summer Seasonal Colors
- Ellen Pompano – Soft Summer
- Jennifer Aniston – Soft Summer
Warm, light colors = Warm Spring Seasonal Colors
- Nicole Kidman – Warm Spring
- Reba McEntire – Warm Spring
Warm, medium colors = Warm Autumn Seasonal Colors
- Debra Messing – Warm Autumn
- Marcia Cross – Warm Autumn
Cool, medium colors = Cool Summer Seasonal Colors
- Kimberly Williams – Cool Summer
- Miranda Lambert – Cool Summer
Cool, darker colors = Cool Winter Seasonal Colors
- Lauren Graham – 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!