Have you ever put on an outfit that you absolutely loved on the hanger, but doesn’t look quite right on? It could be tailored to fit you perfectly, yet still doesn’t make you feel like your absolute best. It’s very possible that, in those cases, it’s actually because the color doesn’t flatter your natural coloring.
I’ve found the importance of color to be super interesting ever since reading the book ‘Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life,” which prompted this post on finding colors that flatter you. It was then that I first understood that color plays a HUGE role in how we feel in our clothes. Still, finding my best colors was a little more difficult.
That’s where Alex Fownes from House of Colour came in.
Alex Fownes, House of Color Personal Image Consultant
Alex is a personal image consultant with the organization House of Colour, located just north of Pittsburgh. We partnered on this post to bring you a walk-through of my personal Color Analysis. (As a disclaimer, the Color Analysis was offered in exchange for a blog post, but I’m under no obligation to provide a positive review. As always, all thoughts and opinions within this post are my own, and I only collaborate with brands I truly love.)
Let’s be honest–makeup and clothing come in so many colors and patterns that it is overwhelming if you’re unsure what looks best on you. Narrowing the focus to only colors that flatter me as an individual gave me a ton of confidence, and left me feeling genuinely excited about wearing colors that I KNOW will look amazing. Personally, throughout my pregnancy, I hid in head-to-toe black on most days. And, once Josie was born, my nursing-friendly post-partum wardrobe left a lot to be desired. I felt bored with my wardrobe; it certainly wasn’t making me feel like my best self. My gravitation to black and grey usually left me looking a bit pale and highlighted my new-baby exhaustion. Understanding that what I was wearing actually contributed to looking more tired was truly eye-opening.
Since my Color Analysis, I’ve purchased a few really special items that I cannot wait to wear: this bright coral-red jumpsuit, a peacock blue A-line dress, and a dark olive green turtleneck. Each one makes me feel healthy and glowing, especially with a coordinating lip.
House of Colour Color Analysis
The Color Analysis process takes approximately three hours, during which time you and your consultant will walk through a series of scarves in a variety of colors, which will eventually lead you to determine your color season: summer, winter, spring, autumn.
The first phase in the process is to determine whether your most flattering colors are warm or cool. Once that is determined, you’ll work to identify if you look best in bright or muted tones. The results of these efforts will reveal your color season.
Afterward, your consultant will help you to create your 90-second makeup look, tailored to your most flattering colors. You’ll leave with an understanding of exactly which colors will give you a healthy glow, and make you feel like the absolute best version of yourself!
What I Learned
I am an Autumn! This wasn’t a surprising revelation for me. I told Alex before we got started that I guessed that’s where I would end up. What was surprising to me though, was just how many colors fell into the Autumn spectrum. I’ve always felt that my deep brown hair and eyes lend well to mustard yellows, and shades of brown. But, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the palette also included coral pinks, many shades of green, and even blues and purple.
Here’s what I can tell you about the experience: for anyone, knowing your most flattering colors is an awesome tool to have in your toolbox. It allows you to choose only items that you KNOW are going to look AMAZING on you. Moreso, for anyone struggling to feel good in their skin (new mamas, I know you hear me!), it’s also a fantastic pick-me-up. Alex was a true joy to work with; she felt like an old friend within the first five minutes. The whole experience left me feeling a renewed sense of joy and excitement for my own wardrobe, and truly confident in what colors would make me feel my absolute best.
My recommendation: do yourself or a loved one a favor and give the gift of looking and feeling amazing! I truly feel that this knowledge that you’ll have forever is totally worth the investment!
Red jumpsuit photos: Rose Colored Creative