Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Color Analysis

Not all deals were at Amazon on Prime Day. I had to return an item to Macy's and did a quick check at several (real) stores while at the mall. Some items were "end of the season" stuff and others were just plain clearance. Sales season is the only season we see in South Florida. 

I love yellow and have always been drawn to it. When I had auburn hair it "kind of" worked, but all color sample analysis said no. Just not right for my warm / autumn completion is what I was told. Now that my hair is grey/white, I see that yellow next to my face, washes me out. I need white of vibrant colors to keep me for looking dull.  

Personal color analysis, or skin tone color matching done correctly is revealing. Many times I would try something on and it just did not know why, but it just did not look right - made me look tired or washed out. Here is how Wikipedia describes the process:

In the cosmetics and fashion industry, color analysis, also called skin tone color matching, personal color or seasonal color, is the process of finding colors of clothing and makeup to match a person's skin complexion, eye color, and hair color. The goal is to determine the colors that best suit an individual's natural coloring and the result is often used as an aid to wardrobe planning and style consulting

From how I was trained during a time that I worked as a beauty consultant (story for another day), color analysis is best broken up into four season of colors. Working with color swatches held next to the face is much easier that working with a color wheel. Here are the basics:

  • Spring - The colors of this season are truly like a spring bouquet of flowers enveloped in bright spring green leafy foliage: red-orange and coral tulips, bright yellow jonquils and daffodils.
  • Summer - Baby blue, slate blue, periwinkle, powder pink, seafoam green and slate grey are typical Summer colors.
  • Autumn - Typical colors from the palette include pumpkin, mustard yellow, burnt orange, brown, camel, beige, avocado green, rust and teal. Autumn colors are perennially popular, because they bring a feeling of warmth and security. 
  • Winter - The colors from this season are clear and icy, like a winter's day; always with subtle blue undertones. Winter inspires pictures of winter berries, pine green conifers and black and white.

Although many years ago my color was autumn, I believe that I am more of a winter now.  Seems reflective. Find out which grouping you belong to, which colors you should gravitate toward, and which you should steer clear. And remember—these are suggestions that aren't written in stone. Go with that makes you feel confident. 

So to get back to my yellow pants. Original cost $108.00 reduced to $42.00 and for that day 50% off. How could I turn down $21.00 for a high quality item. I can wear yellow away for the face and as an accent piece. The shorts were also 50% off.  I had already saved so much so how could I say no. And that is my story and I am sticking by it.  

All of the other items I already had in my closet, so I could easily justify the pants. They are a knit material that hangs nicely and will travel well. 

Also see: 5 Surefire Ways To Find Out Which Colors Flatter You Most.


  1. Hi Rhonda
    I always just love your outfits - every pieces is soo well thought out!