Earlier this year I was lucky enough to have some time off from ‘Mummy duties’ spending a week in my very favourite city in the world, studying my very favourite subject. I completed a certificate in the Principals of Personal Fashion Styling at the London College of Fashion and loved every minute of it.
I’ve always been fascinated by colour, why some shades work for some people and not for others. There are far too many factors associated with colour to cover in just one blog so I thought I’d kick things off with ‘Warm and Cool’. I’m still learning too, so please share your thoughts with me as well.
Determining if you are Warm or Cool can be a tricky business. Here are some tips;
- Do you wear Gold or Silver? We instinctively wear what suits us, so this is a good indication. Gold wearers are WARM, Silver or White Gold wearers are usually COOL. Like both? That’s OK too, you may be neutral.
- Do you have dark brown, hazel or green eyes? You may be WARM
- Blue eyes, blue or grey green? You may be COOL
- Does your skin have golden/yellow tones? You may be WARM
- Does your skin have pinkish tones? You may be COOL
|Warm - Zero - Cool|
My number one rule when it comes to finding your style is to trust your instincts. If something feels wrong, chances are it looks wrong too. This is never truer than with colour. I was once told that I should stick to warm autumn shades. In the months that followed I filled my wardrobe with browns, burgundies and beige whilst looking longingly at the blues, greys and pinks.
|I feel right at home with COOL tones|
Over time (and with the kind assistance of the amazing lecturer on my course) I came to the realisation that I am in fact ‘COOL’. If you look closely I have cool tones to my eyes and hair and I look truly awful in orange. It’s an easy mistake for someone with green eyes and freckles to make.
|My WARM toned friends prefer this kind of palette|
The freedom this realisation has bought is amazing. I have found a palette of colours that suit me and that I also love. When I walk into a shop I know exactly what to grab off the racks and by sticking to a cool palette of shades I know that what I buy will work with what I already own.
So are you warm or cool? Do you like to wear a rainbow of colours or stick to a tried and tested few?