When it comes to dressing up I’m not a big friend of colors. I love them on others, on a picture and in nature, I love them in my home too, but I always stick with neutrals. As a safe player as I am, I learned that I just cannot go wrong with neutrals. They go with everything and I don’t have to make compromises when I want to wear that top or shoes with those jeans. Also I just don’t feel myself good in a lot of colors. They would be to harsh for my rather minimalist, low-key, introverted personality.
I love black and white whether it suits me or not.
But in the last months something has changed. As I wrote about it before, there are a lot of changes going on in the fashion scene and of course I cannot draw myself under its effect. I still prefer neutrals and I still like being in them but, I don’t know, something is missing I guess. But I know that I have everything to figure it out and make changes.
I think I’m not exaggerating when I say this: I have good eyes for colors, a creative mind and also study of colors was a part of my education in college. I know the meanings and effects of them. I know how to make a bigger or smaller effect using colors and I know what’s pleasant or what is disturbing by looking.
Moreover, I know what suits my yellowish, pale complexion but I rarely apply it. I mean, you know that I’m a fan of khakis as they’re kinda neutral colors but still suit me. On the other side of the spectrum red is a good choice too. Actually almost every warmish color could suit me but I’m still using black, white and grey and sometimes a bit of khaki.
On the other hand khakis and reds suit me well.
And sometimes I think it’s a bad thing but sometimes I remember what the blogger – who tends to wear white – said about white. And what I said about white walls, empty white rooms. They’re the canvas which are waiting for to be filled. They’re the simple and endless playground of imagination and creativity. Or there are those master minded geniuses who wear the same clothes the same colors all the time, because they want to care with other, more important things. And still, nobody can say they have no imagination.
Of course I couldn’t be like them, and not just because I’m not a genius but because fashion, clothing and dressing up is an important part of my life. I like how I can change my mood or how can I accentuate it. How can I look taller. I like making a statement and I like hiding in clothes. This is one and the most important way to express my creativity, my mood, my personality.
But on the other hand I like practicality and playing safe. It seems a total paradox but I prefer to call it balance like yin and yang. A balance which lets me dream but also bonds to the ground. The real problem is to find the happy middle. All the time, because everything is changing, I’m changing so I need to fine-tune myself again and again.
In the beginning it’s not a conscious thing. When I see something new usually I know right away whether I like it. In some cases, I have a very exact image in my mind what I want and I can’t stop until I find that exact thing. I go trough a lot of trial and error but as stubborn as I am, eventually I’m gonna reach what I wanted on the first place. And I do all of this with a big swung, on the maximum temperature. With so much power that I don’t pay attention those things which are not so strong. Like picking out a top or wearing colors.
My beloved vintage (like) jeans and flats. I can never have enough.
So I have to be conscious and I have to force myself to pay attention, to keep the balance. After some weeks or even months now I’ve arrived to this point. When it was enough, because I have a big bunch of perfect jeans and shoes but I’m still struggling what to wear on top and what’s our topic here, what colors I want and what colors I’m able to wear.
These are the points which I’m gonna follow:
1, Most importantly I have to ignore trends more or less. But rather more.
Maybe a lot of light blue/white striped blouse is trendy right now and they look gorgeous on the models but this doesn’t mean that you or I would feel good in it. For example I adore these looks, mostly because they remind me of easy summer breeze, but they don’t suit my complexion at all. 🙁
I love most kind of blue but sadly it doesn’t give me any favor.
2, Secondly the easiest way to start the process is to rule out everything I don’t like.
I know that I don’t like to wear total black on top. I’m not sure it’s because it makes me even paler or because I like to wear black on the bottom to slimmer that part of my body, or because everybody asks whether somebody died, or all of these but I don’t.
However, I figured it out that if the top is not full black but has some print on it then I’m totally fine with it. But I can also wear black on top if I have some not black accessories or maybe a jacket or blazer or whatever on it.
I prefer black tops with some print or black and white.
And I know that there are colors which I don’t like at all. Like browns. They might suit me, but I just cannot stand them on me. Or strong vivid pink, like magenta or fuchsia and every kind of purple is the same. I guess they’re way too girly for me. And there is also orange what I don’t like for some reason.
3, Thirdly, determine your season of complexion.
Although I was well aware of the importance of different complexions I was rebelling it all the time. Because nothing can tell me what I can wear, right? Wrong. It’s my body, my complexion, I cannot (and want to) change it, so I have to accept it and cooperate with it. Whether I like it or not there are colors which I may like but don’t suit me at all. Like every kind of blues. As I said I have this yellowish, pale complexion which require warm tones. Or I can except that those safe neutrals and cold tones can make me even paler. Actually I don’t mind it so much because I like neutrals more than their paling effect on me, but if I want to wear colors, I’m gonna wear the right ones.
There are 4 main types of complexion. Namely Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. And there are dozens of sites where they help you find it out which are you and therefor what suits you. But I also will share the most important things.
Just imagine the four seasons in front of you.
Which seasonal type you are depends on:
- the undertone of your skin, hair and eyes (warm/golden vs cool/ashy)
- how light vs deep your overall colouring and specifically your hair is
Although there is 4 main types, the most important traits the warmness or coldness, lightness or darkness and clearness or softness of the skin and hair and eye tone defines three categories:
Warm or cold:
- Spring and Autumn: skin tone and hair have a warm undertone.
- Summer and Winter: skin has a blue-ish, cool undertone and your hair is more ashy.
There is an easy trick to identify this. Check your veins, if they’re more on the blue/purple side then you have cold skin tone, if they’re more like green then you have warm tone. You can also check which metals suit you better. Gold for warms and silver for colds.
Me wearing the gold and silver earrings from Zara.
Light or dark/deep:
- Spring and Summer: light colors, like blondes or medium browns.
- Autumn and Winter: darker colors, like black and dark browns.
Clear or soft:
- Winter and Spring: overall coloring is high in contrast and saturation.
- Summer and Autumn: there’s a little contrast and the overall coloring is relatively close to neutral.
Spring – clear, light warm
- Skin: clear, warm undertone, light skin.
- Hair: light blond to medium brown, or strawberry blond which has golden or red undertones.
- Eyes: Clear blue, turquoise green, hazel or light brown.
- Best colors for her are the lighter but warmer ones like warm pastel colors.
Summer – soft, light cool
- Skin: cool undertone, low contrast between hair and skin.
- Hair: Light blond to medium brown with cool, ashy undertones.
- Eyes: Blue, grey-blue, cool green, grey-brown, slate.
- Best colors for her are the lighter but cooler ones like cool pastel colors.
Autumn – soft, deep warm
- Skin: warm, golden undertone, rich overall coloring. Low contrast between skin, hair and eyes.
- Hair: Mid-brown to black, or medium to deep red with golden or red undertones.
- Eyes: Hazel, medium to black-brown, olive or warm green.
- Best colors for her are the warm, rich and darker (autumn) colors like warm earthy tones.
Winter – clear, deep cool
- Skin: cool or olive undertones. High contrast between skin, hair and eyes or a deep overall coloring.
- Hair: ashy mid-brown or dark brown to black with cool undertones.
- Eyes: mid-brown to black-brown, grey-blue, clear blue, cool green.
- Best colors for her are the cool either light or dark colors from cool jewel tones through cool metallic colors to black.
Now we are even further in the forest of colors and maybe you instantly recognized your type or not. Because sometimes it’s obvious and sometimes it’s not so much. And also I think the lines are not so sharp in this case. So it could be you can even fit even in one or two close categories.
For example I have a yellowish, warm skin undertone, mid brownish hair, and golden greenish light brownish hazel eyes. And I know that cool color don’t suit me at all. So I instantly could rule out Summer and Winter. Now, the question is whether do I fit more the Spring or Autumn category?
Based on the written above I would say I more like a Spring but I’m really on the edge because when it comes to the suitable colors lighter, pastels don’t suit me at all. So what’s then? Actually here comes in the second factor, namely light/deep, warm/cool and clear/soft which helps you decide what season you are exactly, but I think the best method is to try different colors standing before a bigger mirror.
As you can see because of my own limits both in mind and tones my possibilities are quite limited too. But I know that I’m a warm Spring and if I want to wear more colors, I have to pick something from the warm mid-range, as a brighter tomato red, mustard yellow or earthy greens. These are the colors which I like and suit me as well but I also know that I won’t depart my beloved neutrals either. After all a girl has the right to rebel, hasn’t she?
Main source: into-mind.com
Could you figure it out which category you’re in? Is there colors which don’t suit you but you wear them anyway?
PS: I still have to find some nice mustard yellow something… 🙂