Styling for Your Coloring

In January, 2017, I wrote about styling for your body figure. If you were not able to read that post, you can CLICK HERE – it will definitely compliment this post on styling for your coloring

Just as each person has a different body figure, each person also has different coloring, which will determine the colors of clothing and accessories they can wear.

Each person’s coloring is found by examining skin, hair and eye pigmentation, which can be positively or negatively highlighted by colors in clothing and accessories that we wear. 

When you wear the correct color that positively highlights your pigmentation, you will look more “youthful” and “glowing.” When you wear colors that negatively highlight your pigmentation, you might look extremely pale / sickly and / or the dark circles under your eyes will actually appear more noticeably.

Color Categories

Coloring is divided into four categories: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each person will fall into one of these categories and it is important to choose clothing and accessories that compliment your coloring so you can sparkle and shine!

How do we know what color category we fall into? Below I have provided easy ways to identify your color category.  Look at each category and then, look at your own skin, hair and eye pigmentation and ask yourself which category you closely fall into.

After reading about the above color categories, you should roughly know what color category you fall into. Of course, there are a few exceptions to these color categories…

Styling with an “Off Color”

The first exception is an “Off Color,” which is usually one or two colors that fall outside of our color category that still look AMAZING with our skin, hair and eye pigmentation. Having an “Off Color” is not common and if you happen to have one, it can take time to discover. 

For example, I am a Spring and I have an “Off Color” – I can wear a gray / blue color tone, which took me years to discover. Normally, people who fall within the Spring color category should never wear any shade of gray, but my personal pigmentation allows me to wear this gray / blue, “Off Color.” 

Until you discover if you have an “Off Color,” my advice to anyone reading this post is to stay within your color category for a while until you start training your eye to see what colors work for your pigmentation and what colors do not.

Styling for Two Color Categories

Another exception occurs when people fall into two color categories, which is very common since our pigmentation has many different color tones. If you fall into multiple color categories, this only means you have more colors to choose from when styling!  

However, for those who tan their skin, change their eye color and / or dye their hair color – these changes do not mean you will suddenly move to another color category.  In fact, before tanning or changing your eye / hair color, you should consult your color category to make sure these changes will work for your coloring. For example, many people think that skin tans look good on everyone – this is simply not true and can ultimately, damage your natural skin pigmentation.

Styling with Colorful Accessories

Also, another exception applies to accessories. Choosing clothing that compliments your coloring is very important to follow 100% of the time. 

However, accessories, such as shoes, purses, jewelry, hair accessories, etc, can often feature colors that are outside of our color category. We should still choose our accessories wisely, for example, if an accessory is extremely large or overly decorated, you should stay within your color category because this large accessory will be more noticeable when worn.

If the accessory is small, we can cheat and get away with choosing something that features a color that is outside of our color category.

Styling with Black and White Color Tones

Lastly, I would like to dispel a myth. I have heard many people say that the colors white and black are colors that everyone can wear – in my experience in styling, this is simply not true. Does everyone look great in a pencil skirt, a maxi dress, or skinny jeans? Of course not, and likewise, not everyone can wear white and / or black. 

Generally, people who fall into the Winter or Summer color categories can wear white best, while people who fall into the Autumn or Spring color categories can wear black best. 

However, white and black colors can come in many different shades / tones, for example, as a Spring I cannot wear a true white but I can wear cream or a white that has light yellow tones because these colors show more pastel yellow – a color that falls within the Spring color category. 

Developing an eye for your correct white and / or black tones / shades also takes time, so again, I advise staying within your color category until you develop this skill if you feel you do not already have it.

Just remember, there is nothing wrong with taking risks in fashion – this industry encourages people to be bold and try new styles, which is why fashion is so much fun!

I also like to look at styling as taking “calculated risks” – know what fashion risks will still make you look amazing. CoCo Chanel once said, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” Looking (and feeling) amazing in our fashion choices starts with knowing the basics of styling, such as how to style for your figure and coloring, so you can later, take fashion risks that will make others not only notice you but most importantly, admire your fashion sense.

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