Four season theory and What colours suit you?
On Friday, Leisa talked about different fabric for the jacket and lining. So following on from that, I thought I would tackle the basics of colour and body shape. Not only are these subjects interesting for the sew-along, but any woman should be conscious of them when dressing day-to-day.
In this post, I'll talk about colour and the Four Season colour division. My next post will be dedicated to different body shapes.
To start with, a reminder of some basic notions of colours. The primary colours - yellow, blue and red - are a set of colours which can be combined to produce secondary colours but cannot be created through a mix of other colours.
Secondary colours are created by mixing the primary colours:
yellow + blue = green
blue+red = purple
yellow + red = orange
Complementary colours are those which produce a neutral colour (white, grey or black) when combined in the right proportion. They also create the strongest contrast when placed next to each other, so they are opposite each other on the colour wheel.
Now you have probably asked yourselves a million times: which colours suit me? Whilst researching this post, I came to an interesting conclusion: any colour suits anybody, but you have to find the right hue.
When I studied in ESMOD two years ago, a few extracurricular lessons were dedicated to the colour theory. In one of the lessons, our teacher presented the Four Season approach to colour which I'd like to share with you.
The division by four seasons does not relate to your birth date, or temperature of each season but is based on a natural palette of each 'classical' calendar season. To go ahead with this test place yourself in front of the mirror using natural lighting and no make-up on. If you hair is dyed please cover it with a scarf of a neutral colour.
The winter type has either very light, pale or dark skin with olive skin with olive hue. No freckles. The eye colour is very rich, black deep-blue, bright-green, grey-blue, dark-brown, amber or emerald. Hair tends to be from black to dark brown. Your eyes and eyebrows are black or very dark brown. Lips are usually a cold pink colour. You tan easily and when you do, your skin becomes olive.
If you feel like this description matches your complexion, you can double-check your compatibility. To do so, take a piece of black fabric and hold it close to your face. If your eyes become more distinguished, your skin colour does not look faded and, looking at yourself in the mirror, your initial gaze is attracted to your face and not to the black fabric, then you are likely to be a winter type.
The spring type had very fair skin with an ivory, pink or bronze tone with a hint of gold. The eyes are usually bright: blue-turquoise, green or honey. Hair colour ranges from blond to dark-brown with some silver tint. The eyebrows and eyelashes are fair. Lips tend to be a bright pink colour. If you have freckles then they are golden rather than grey.You tan easily and your tan is usually golden-carrot tone.
To double check whether you are a spring type, hold a piece of apricot colour fabric near your face. If your skin looks fresh, your eyes brighten and you see that your cheeks are slightly blushed, then you are definitely a spring type.
The summer type as pink, transparent, sometimes almost blue skin. Eye colour is from hazel to grey, including blue-grey or green-grey.Your hair is golden to copper to ginger to dark-brown with an orange tint. The lips are very pale pink. If you have freckles, they are usually an ash-grey colour. You tend to tan easily and your skin becomes olive, without any ginger undertone.
To double-check your type, hold a piece of bright orange or very pale pink fabric. If one of the two makes your face and eyes stand out more then you are a summer type.
The autumn type's skin is pale-golden to bronze with a yellowish hue. The eyes are a deep, bright colour from coffee to intense blue. Hair is copper, honey to chestnut. Your lips are a salmon to coral colour. You don't usually tan well and burn very easily. The eyebrows and eyelashes are bright and very dense. You have many freckles and they are dark-golden to golden-brown.
To check whether you are an autumn type, hold a piece of red-brown (rust_ colour fabric next o your face. If you notice that your skin becomes more fresh and your freckles look "healthier" then you are an autumn type.
And now, the hues that suit your season