I was appropriately named (if spelled differently), in that I can see two sides of many issues. And that’s certainly the case with the question of having a personal color season, or palette, or other scheme for clothing and personal adornment.
First off, I believe that it’s absolutely essential for almost all of us to limit our wardrobe color palette to a manageable 6 to 8 colors. Ideally, I’d think three neutrals and three to five accent colors. This limitation makes it much easier to shop, to coordinate garments and accessories, and to have those serendipitous moments when (this happened to me this morning) your can reach into your closet and grab a scarf that exactly matches the stripe in the argyle of your sweater. This is not boring, this is disciplined, focused, self-aware…
And I do think that there’s merit in getting opinions about colors from another person, especially someone who’s trained to do that sort of thing. We all have varying degrees of blindness in terms of looking at ourselves; an objective opinion can be useful.
I abhor anything that puts people in pigeonholes. I do not WANT to share a season with 25% of all people on the planet. While I might share certain commonalities of coloring with many people, I have enough unique qualities – mine alone – that a pre-packaged palette of swatches offends my sense of individuality.
And I’ve never quite bought into the idea that a person is entirely “cool” or “warm”. I am very fair skinned, with ash brown hair turning white, but my eyes are almost orange, with a purple ring around the iris. Just in my eyes alone, there’s a combination of warm and cool.
Belovedest is another case in point; golden blond hair, freckles, red beard, and icy blue eyes. Very warm coloring, and looks particularly handsome in cool shades of blue. There is a lot of merit in the idea of using colors opposite of your own to accent your distinctiveness.
So my bottom line on color choices – trust your gut. What did you want to wear when you can first remember wanting to choose your own clothing? (in my case, it was black!) What colors do you just plain like the most? What gets you the most compliments? What resonates with your psyche?
I have a theory that a wardrobe could be build around any six colors. It might be incredibly difficult, but I believe it’s possible. The more unusual, the better – be your own person. Get your own style. Wear your own colors. And then go on with the rest of your life and do amazing things.
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