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In this tricky time I want to get a spring in people’s steps. It’s sunny outside here in London so I’m thinking let’s embrace colour and the joy of colour. Today in our virtual Closet Confessions Lucy and I want to talk to you about finding which colours suit you. Many moons ago, Susannah and I wrote a book called What You Wear Can Change Your Life and if you can still get it on Amazon, in that book I spent six months researching colours. And we put them into three easy-to-digest categories: cool, mid and warm.
If you’re cool-toned, generally, your hair doesn’t have any red in it, if it’s blonde it’s a cool blonde, your eyes could be bright blue with a darker black line around the eye. Your skin might be clear but it could have redness or rosacea but not freckles. Caramel skin would not be cool-toned, and it isn’t brown with red undertones either but with brown with brown undertones would be cool-toned. Olive but not too green, that’s cool.
Mid is the point where you can dip into warm or cool and most other things. They have the biggest palette. You can go a little bit towards pastels and a little bit towards some neons.
Warm tones and people who suit warm-toned colours generally have warmth in their complexion. Their hair could be a warm, strawberry blonde, but they could easily be brunettes, auburns or redheads. They could have hazel-y eyes or green-y eyes.
Dirty turquoise image for warm tones.
It’s also worth considering what is the colour that you gravitate to when you’re down? Is it dirty or really bright? Then find the shade that suits you the most. To do this, hold the colours up to your face. Think, do my eyes look brighter, my skin clearer, my hair richer? That’s what you’re looking for.
You can wear colour with its best friend, i.e., a similar colour. The other way to wear colour is to wear colours that fit in the same category but are opposite ends of the scale. You can take two pastels and wear them together, like my lavender top and my pale green trousers.
Take for example my true red trousers with a turquoise blouse. I want there to be a relationship between the two colours so I half untuck my shirt so there’s a fluidity there and I bring it together with my earrings. Also consider your makeup, here I wear Sheer Shimmer in Mama for that little sheer red pop.
Then when I wear fuschia and yellow, I half tuck my shirt again. The trick here is that they sit opposite each other on the colour wheel and that always works. Consider the colour wheel when you’re styling and you’ll discover a whole new world of colour opportunities.
My final tip is if you buy something in a colour you love, take it out with you to find its friend. It’s the safest and surest way to make sure you buy something it coordinates and has a relationship with. So ladies and boys, don’t kill the colour, wear the colour...