If anyone has ever told you that you were a “Summer”, and you told them that that was not your name, what they were trying to tell you is that your hair, eyes, and skin tone have summer colors and tones. Each of the four seasons are associated with certain colors, and, if used correctly, can work wonders on your appearance, resulting in glowing eyes, reduced imperfections, and a more bright and alert appearance. Use the wrong season, and you could appear drained, with your imperfections coming to the forefront.
Today, our topic is seasonal color analysis, and we will discuss how to find your season, then how to get the most out of your colors. Not only will we discuss colors to wear, but what not to wear as well, including what type of jewelry goes best with each season. If you’ve got a passion for fashion and want to learn more, this course on how to become a fashion stylist will get you on the road to success. If you already know a thing or two about this industry, and would like to spread the word, this article on how to start a fashion blog will help get your voice heard.
Finding Your Season
Before you can take advantage of the benefits of seasonal colors, you must first find what season you are. There are a few steps in this process, and it shouldn’t take too long.
- First, you must figure out whether you are a cool or warm type, and this is determined by your skin’s undertone. This is the most difficult part of the process. If you’re willing to spend money on finding out your undertone, there are plenty of places that will charge you, if not, there is “The Foundation Test”. Every foundation type comes in two different base colors: yellow and pink. Try on each, and if the yellow foundation matches perfectly, then you have a warm tone, and if the pink matches, you’re a cold tone. Want to learn more about makeup? This course on the history of makeup will show you where it all got started.
- Once you’ve determined whether you’re a warm or cold tone, you must next figure out if you’re a light or dark type. If you are warm toned, then you will be either a Spring or an Autumn. Cold tones are either Summer or Winter. For those with a cool undertone, if your eyes and hair are dark, then you’re a Winter, and if they’re light, you are a Summer. For those with a warm undertone, dark hair and eyes mean you are an Autumn, and light hair and eyes indicate a Spring.
Sometimes people will be a mix of two seasons, but the one that dominates is your season.
Finding Your Colors
Now that you know what season you are, the next step is to find out which colors within that season work best for you. This determines not only the colors of clothing that will work best for you, but also will influence the colors of your makeup and accessories. When shopping with your seasonal color in mind, go shopping with sample fabrics that you know will work for you, and match them up with potential outfits, ensuring a great look.
If you’re a winter, you’ll want to stick with colors that are sharp and clear, like black, white, navy blue, and red. When wearing lighter colors, stay away from pastels, as well as beige, gold, and orange, opting more for icier tones. Some things to remember if you’re a Winter type: do not exceed three colors in your outfit, try contrasting colors, like black and white, and finally, when wearing jewelry, don’t go overboard, and know that silver is your color. If you already know what kind of jewelry looks best on you, but would rather make it than buy it, this course on jewelry making will show you how to create beautiful jewelry with found objects.
Unlike the Winter, pastels work for all the Summers out there, as do soft, neutral colors with rose and blue undertones. Also good for Summers are lavender, taupe, powder pink, and powder blue, however, they should stay away from orange and black. Like the Winters, silver jewelry is good for these people, but they can stock up on it, unlike the Winters.
Anything with a gold undertone will suit the Autumns out there quite well, for instance, camel, beige, orange, gold, and dark brown, but stay away from blue-toned colors. Autumns are encouraged to experiment with colors and jewelry, especially if it’s gold. Mix and match your colors if you want, as long as they are complementary, like green and red.
If you’re a Spring, make sure to avoid black and white, as well as any other dark and dull colors. Warm colors like peach, camel, golden-yellow, and golden-brown are a Spring’s best friend. Like the Winter, don’t go too overboard with your (gold) jewelry. As a Spring, you can also utilize the color red to match your mood, with blue-red indicating assertiveness, and a more orange-red for when you’re feeling a bit zesty.
Tips for Everyone
- If you’re looking for a slimming color, and black isn’t in your season, stick with other darker colors.
- Looking to appear bustier? Try wearing clear colors.
- Finally, if you’d like to convey power and authority, wear darker hues. But if you’re a salesperson, don’t contrast, as you might come off as too aggressive.
If you never knew what season you were, and are just now figuring it out, knowing what colors look best on you will not only help accentuate the positives while hiding the negatives, but you’ll also open up a lot of opportunities next time you go shopping. If this discussion on fashion and seasonal colors has opened up a Pandora’s Box for you, this course on fashion design illustration for beginners will help you create outfits for you and your friends.