Thursday, 5 July 2012

Colour 1.1 – Warm & Cool


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

Confused yet?

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?

10 comments:

  1. I think its fair to say that I'm warm coloured, but I just don't like wearing brown, having said that, the colours I do like wearing - bright greens (like your dotty p long cardigan!) and reds are on the warm side. I also love deep purples. I think I remember you saying that I should wear bright bold colours. Maybe that will be covered next time ;)

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    1. Andrea, you and I are a great example of WARM & COOL, we may look similar but our colourings are very different! But interestingly Red and Green are really considered 'ZERO' colours as they fall in the centre of the colour wheel. Stay tuned for 'Tone' & 'Clarity' :-)

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  2. I'm all over the shop with my colour choices. I wear a lot of gold and do agree that I am more warm. Great post!! Rachel x

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    1. Thanks for the comment Rachel. I think a lot of us are all over the shop..!You may be more 'Neutral' and suit both Warm & Cool.. :-)

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  3. I did this wonderful post this morning, only to realise I must not have saved at the preview point. Darn it. Anyway, great piece Bel. I am like Rachel and all over the place. If I like the style of something, I wear it regardless. Which I probably need to change. I too, am freckly (far more than you gorgeous girl!) and green/blue eyed, so therefore cold colours would be the option for me ... oh too hard ... lets just say when you get back I may need you to "evaluate" me :) x

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    1. For sure Mel. I always remember the top you wore to my going away lunch, it looked so lovely and was a kind of 'mustard' colour.. So me thinks you may be WARM. I'll cover colour more in upcoming weeks :-)

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  4. Hi Bel, gear post and you have me thinking as I wonder why I will buy a top but then rarely wear it. I think I am cool as I prefer silver and think I do gravitate to cool colours but looking to learning more about it.

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  5. Bec you are 100% cool! Keep your eye out for 'Jewel' tones and those on the right hand side of the colour wheel. When looking at colours you also need to take into account 'tone' & 'clarity' and your lovely blonde hair and fair skin means you look best in lighter, softer shades.. More on that coming up :-)

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  6. I wear gold but have blue eyes. I have no idea where I am, but I love cool tones - is that best, or am I wearing the wrong colours?

    Loved this post by the way!

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  7. Kira, I think you are a tricky one.. You should really be WARM, but when I think of how great you looked in your Magenta/Fushia dress I'm convinced your COOL (especially with your hair dark at the moment). Maybe you are one of the lucky ones who suits both warm & cool! I also think you look great in the 'Zero' colours in the middle of the wheel :-)

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