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Are You Wearing the Right Colors?

I talked about creating a wardrobe color palette here, but really understanding which tones flatter your natural coloring is a HUGE game-changer when it comes to feeling great in your clothes. I read George Brescia’s Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life, and (though I love the entire book) the chapter on color was quite eye-opening. Because we’re all on this journey, I wanted to share what I learned, in hopes that we can grow and learn together.

Now, if you’re like me, you have certain colors that you feel “safe” in. Colors like black or white that, no matter what, you know will look great on you. The challenge is developing that global understanding of what looks great on you and why.

Personally, I didn’t realize that just because something is a neutral doesn’t mean it goes with my skin tone, OR just because the model in the picture had dark hair doesn’t mean the item will look good on me because I have dark hair.

(Case in point: this sweater on me and on the model. I loved this sweater SO much. But when I saw it in this blog post, I realized just how much it washed out my skin tone. While the model and I both share darker hair, her dark skin holds up to the lighter colors in the sweater. So, where it flatters her coloring, it washes me out.)

What would George say?

  • Every single thing you wear should enhance, not detract from, your natural features.

  • Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try a standout color. When it flatters you, standing out is a good thing!

  • Be careful with patterns so that people notice you and not the pattern.

George breaks down colors into four categories based on hair color: Honey, Copper, Caviar, and Silver.  The book goes into much more detail for each category–and I definitely recommend reading it–but I’ve included his images below to show you what each category means. From these, you’ll see very easily how well each set of colors works with the skin/hair colors illustrated.

George Brescia colors

George Brescia colors

George Brescia colorsGeorge Brescia colors

Images: Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life

 

After finishing this chapter of Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life, I have been experimenting with George’s suggestions and determining if I agree.  As I showed you in the sweater example above, it’s very clear that the beige is as touchy as he warns, not enhancing my features in any way. However, in Wednesday’s post, when I wore a brighter white, the shade was light enough to stand out against my skin instead of blending into it. The bright white also makes my dark hair pop, and that lip color (which is also part of the “outfit”) further emphasizes my features.

Of course I don’t believe that the Caviar colors above are all encompassing, or that I should never wear any other colors except those, but I do think they’re a great starting point for choices that flatter my natural colors.

Now it’s your turn to experiment.

Try wearing colors from within your palette and above, and even some that you should stay away from.
Do you totally disagree with your color options?
Or do you notice that they clearly flatter and enhance your natural features?


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Color Wardrobe Palette

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply Miranda's Notebook Great post! It's so true that colour makes such a difference to your look. I want to read that book now! xxx 01/13/2017 at 6:08 AM
    • Reply Lauren Thank you for reading, Miranda. It's certainly a worthwhile read, especially if you're cleaning out your closet. It gave me a focused mindset to start 2017 fresh! 01/14/2017 at 6:57 AM
  • Reply Anonymous Love this post! In my comm class, I teach color psychology, and we touch on different color palettes and the color wheel. I've always been such a sucker for a good color discussion. Wonder what George would say about purple hair? 😉 01/14/2017 at 7:47 AM
    • Reply Lauren hah! that is so true. George's whole theory revolves around choosing clothing that "matches" or "coordinates with" your hair color. I think those of you brave enough for purple hair get to wear whatever the heck you want! :) 01/14/2017 at 7:49 AM
  • Reply Rebecca As a "copper" I would agree with most of the colors there, though I'm not really sure about the reds and orange. I find it extremely difficult to find any reds that look good on me without looking like a tomato, especially because of the red undertones in my fair skin. As a redhead any more red is kinda scary to me :P The only color I was surprised was missing was navy blue, it's my go to color!! I think it mellows the red nicely and makes my extremely fair actually look flattering rather than ghostly. Very interesting palette, I'll definitely give it some thought next time I'm shopping! 03/27/2017 at 1:13 PM
    • Reply Lauren Thanks for reading, Rebecca! I can totally understand the fear of red if you have a lot of pink undertones in your skin. For red-heads, thinking "earth tones" should get you in the right ball park. Mustard yellows, military greens, and neutral browns would look amazing with your palette. I also agree that navy blue looks great on your tones as well, it's one of those colors that is almost universally flattering! Good luck, let me know how it goes if you try something new! 03/27/2017 at 1:25 PM

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