Before we jump into the topic, let me tell that I have cool news to share with you.
I have been enjoying putting together and photographing my outfits, and I’m still doing this with great pleasure. I realized how much I enjoy researching and talking about fashion, and I want to add even more value for you on this blog. Sooooo, here is the exciting news! I signed up for a course of one of the top image consultants from Moscow! Yaay! I am really-really excited!!! What is more exciting, is you have a future personal stylist here on the blog! ))) So my future plans are to include more fashion and style-related posts that will help you to express your personality and highlight your features through clothing.
How is it in alignment with slow fashion?
I think knowing what fits you best and is most flattering is important to avoid costly mistakes. Not only costly to your wallet, but to our planet and communities. Part of the reason why many clothes end up in landfill is because we buy things that look great on display, but don’t look good on us. Those garments sit in our closets for years and eventually get thrown away.
When it comes to a perfect capsule wardrobe or just a well–thought out, functional closet, before anything else, it is very important to know what colors look best on you. When you work with a personal stylist, one of the very first things he/she will do is a color analysis. This is crucial before you even consider buying your next piece of clothing.
Defining what colors look more flattering on you
If you are familiar with seasonal color analysis, you know why is it important when it comes to choosing your wardrobe, and how it will save you money, you can head to here to request your FREE seasonal color analysis. (Note, if you are already on my mailing list, and want to receive your free color analysis just reply to one of my e-mail with the subject line “I want to get my free color analysis) After I personally define your seasonal color type, I will send you an e-mail with a very logical and easy explanation of “your” colors along with examples. You won’t have to memorize those colors or carry a palette with you. I will tell you exactly how to distinguish between right and wrong colors.
If you are not familiar with this concept and want to find more, please keep reading.
What is seasonal color analysis?
Seasonal color analysis helps to define what “season” you fall into based on the natural colors within your body: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. Based on this, you know what colors will suit you the most. If you have ever tried to find out what colors best suit you, you probably came across this concept. However, quite often it can be rather confusing; you have to take into consideration skin, hair, and eye color. When you go through the questionnaire, you might find that you have a ‘spring’ hair color, ‘summer’ skin, and ‘winter’ eyes.
Before we continue, let me clarify one thing. Your color type is based on your skin. Not your eye color, not your hair. Just your skin thickness and undertone. For example, it is a common misconception that ‘winter’ types have only dark brown to black hair. However, ’winter’ can be blonde. It is less common, but there are ‘winter’ type women with blonde hair.
Another thing I noticed while browsing the internet is that seasonal color analysis caters mostly to white women, but how about Asians, Africans, Afro-Americans, and Latin-Americans? The seasonal color analysis is applicable to EVERY race.
Why is it important?
You have probably noticed that different colored clothes may greatly affect the way you look. You might have heard comments from your friend/mom/sister like, “This color looks great on you,” or “This color does not look good.” Indeed, ‘our’ colors can make us look marvelous, fresh, and beautiful, while the wrong colors can highlight dark circles, wrinkles, and make us look washed out, tired, and old. Have you seen a girl in a bright dress that overpowers her features? So you see the garment, not the person in it. It overwhelms her gentle features. Thus, defining your colors (or your color type) is a very important step before you create your wardrobe. This will make your shopping less stressful, because you will scan the store and know exactly what to pay attention to and what is not worth your time. It is especially helpful nowadays in retail stores when you are overwhelmed by the abundance of things stores offer you in a marketing frenzy.
It is also very important to know your color type if you want to color treat your hair in anything other than your natural color. This is what a good hair stylist will consider when suggesting a hair color palette for you. Colors that are not in your color palette will highlight skin imperfections and look cheap.
I personally made this mistake in the past not knowing anything about personal seasonal colors.
How it will save you time and money?
How often do you find yourself running into these scenarios:
1. Every time you go to shop you end up buying things that you later don’t wear or wear just two or three times.
2. You are strolling store to store, browsing their racks, and eventually don’t buy anything because you are overwhelmed and tired from shopping.
Of course, knowing your colors won’t completely save you from shopping mistakes. There is more to come on your shape and styling, and there is more to come on this subject. However, before you even pull a garment from the rack, you should have an idea of whether the color is a good match.
I can help you to define your color type
If you are familiar with the concept, you have probably tried to define your color type. I can tell up front, it is not super easy. Just for fun, you can see how different style bloggers and stylists have defined celebrities. You will be surprised that some celebrities fall into different seasons – cold and warm at the same time. Which is impossible. Your natural features don’t change. However, celebrities’ photos are not good examples. Most of the time we see them with heavy professional make up on, which can turn an individual into almost any color type.
There are actually two systems to define your colors:
1. Tonal: Defines your color type based on skin undertones. So you might be cool, warm, or neutral based on that system
2. Seasonal: Defines your color type based on season (winter, spring, summer, or fall). It is still based on the undertone of your skin, but also takes into consideration the thickness of your skin.
Both color analyses complement each other.
I prefer to use the system based on seasons, because rather than defining whether warm or cool colors suit you, it narrows down further to shades, tints and tones. Furthermore, definition by season gives four subtypes within each season, such as soft, deep (dark), cool, or true. For example, deep winter, or cool summer, etc.).
What to expect
I will ask you to e-mail me your photo. There are quite some requirements for the photo, which I will explain in my e-mail after you submit your request.
After I define your I will send you samples of colors that will look best on you. Furthermore, I will explain how to recognize “your” colors without having to carry your color palette wherever you go. It is very easy and logical, I promise!