Regardless of what’s trending, if you care about how you look, you have a couple of favorite colors that consistently make you feel and look good. It’s not a bad thing to stick with what works, and use this season’s offerings to add a blast of new excitement to your wardrobe.
NOTE: As a very simple explanation of our references follows:
Most colors are not pure, they’re mixes of two or more colors. All the colors we see have either a blue or yellow base. We often refer to “yellow undertones” or “blue undertones” because there are yellow-based and blue-based reds, pinks, oranges, yellows, blues and greens.
Yellow undertones characterize colors that usually work best on skin tones commonly referred to “autumn” and “spring.” Blue based colors usually look best on “winter” and “summer” skin tones.
Here’s what we know about color for Fall 2011:
Colors like nutmeg, curry, and paprika, will complement mustards, golden browns, and deep wood colors. This palette has a lot of yellow and red undertones that work well for autumn and spring skin tones.
Gold is tricky to wear because it’s a yellow based color. While yellow is an important primary color used in millions of other colors, on its own it’s really hard to wear. Lots of people love yellow, yet so few look good in it. The golds that work best have red undertones. NOTE: metallic gold is a color unto itself, but the same rules apply.
Any other season this palette might have been called The Vino or The Berries, but vampires still rule popular culture. Blood is the new Vino this season. Burgundy, merlot, eggplant, cognac, deep reds, oranges and persimmons are this palette’s anchors. There are colors here for everyone.
For spring and summer, it was all about sea greens and blues. For fall, the palette got darker and more dramatic. The forest influence means greens of all kinds, hunter, jade, sage, teal and inky indigo. All skin tones will find flattering colors in the forest!
Metallics are casual and even office friendly this season. Keep your best colors in mind. Autumns and springs should go for copper, bronze or antiqued gold. Winters and summers will look better in silver, gunmetal, and pewter. In mixed metal jewelry, choose items in which your best colors are predominant. The way to wear metallic is only one item at a time.
When it comes to clothing, even though it’s a barely-there color, the undertone is important. This palate works best in clothing made of gauzy sheer fabrics and soft laces, the sheerness adds dimension to the color.
Skin tones work well in shoes and handbags. The monotone look created when leg and footwear colors are similar makes you look longer and leaner.
Grey and charcoal are the “new” basics this season. Brown will also be important and camel will continue. Winter and summer skin tones can wear the greys and autumn and spring skin tones will be best in the browns.