The Importance of
You probably own a few outfits that always
garner comment whenever you wear them. It could be something as
simple as "You look great today!" or as obvious as "Wow! That
color really brings out your eyes!" It doesn't matter how old
the garment is or how many times you wear it, you feel good in
it because it always gets you noticed. It brings you
On the other hand, you've also probably worn clothes when
people have said, "Are you feeling okay today?" Or perhaps they
said nothing-even if it was a new outfit and you waited for
kudos that never came.
So what's the difference? Color.
Or more specifically, the way that certain colors interact
with your skin tone to make you appear vibrant and healthy--or
pale and washed out.
Now you may have heard about color analysis before and wondered
what it was all about. Maybe you've even had your "colors
done" at one point, and either loved or hated the results.
Perhaps you've heard stylists on television say things like
"Color doesn't matter; anyone can wear anything." And after
all was said and done, you're either skeptical or completely
Allow me to "cut to the chase."
All colors are made up of the three primary colors-red,
blue, and yellow. Yellow is warm, blue is cool, and red is
neither cool nor warm, but "in-between." When you add yellow,
you get a warmer tone; when you add blue, you get a cooler
Human beings can likewise be classified as having either
"warm" or "cool" undertones depending on their unique
combination of melanin, carotene, and hemoglobin. The undertone
you're born with never changes; it simply deepens with a tan
and fades with age.
So based on your yellow or blue undertone, you'll look best
in colors that are either yellow or blue based.
Your skin, hair, and eyes react to the colors around them,
absorbing colors that match your undertone and reflecting
colors that oppose it. It's why some brides look great in white
but others look better in ivory. And it's why you look great in
some colors and completely washed out in others.
Wearing the "right colors:"
- Makes your eyes sparkle
- Gives your skin a healthy, flawless appearance
- Makes you look younger
- Increases your self-confidence
Wearing the "wrong colors:"
- Dulls the skin, hair, and eyes
- Magnifies skin imperfections
- Makes you look older than you are
- Makes you appear heavier than you are
So why don't we instinctively know which colors look best on
Actually, we do. We're naturally drawn to the colors that
suit us best. Unfortunately, we may have been unduly influenced
over the years by parents, siblings, or peers who have
different coloring than us. Combine that with the Fashion
Industry showing its latest "must haves" twice a year with
little regard to this concept, and you could have a closet full
of clothes with colors you can't wear.
So it behooves you to "have your colors done" (or do it
yourself), if for no other reason than to stop buying
colors that don't make you look your best.
|Diana Pemberton-Sikes is a
wardrobe and image consultant and author of
"Wardrobe Magic," an ebook
that shows women how to transform their unruly
closets into workable, wearable wardrobes. Visit
her online at
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