Q. WILL I NEED TO BUY A NEW WARDROBE ?
Of course not. Your personal color analysis is a guide to help you 1) eliminate pieces that truly undermine you and 2) inform future purchases. There's no need to binge-shop. Start simply and always use your palette. Don't run home and throw out whatever colors don't work for you.
This is worth repeating: Don't go home and throw away everything that doesn't seem to work with your season! And never get rid of anything that you really love just because it isn't a flattering color for you. You'll find yourself wearing your old "wrong" things less and less as you find a place of harmony in your correct colors. Soon you'll be able to let go of pieces that oppose your beauty...but do that only if you decide you really don't love those things after all.
All that said, even if you go home, put your swatch book in a drawer, and ignore it, you'll still have access to your most beautiful colors available for special occasions or important impressions.
Q. WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE MY COLORS?
No one says you need to wear anything you don't like. That said, everyone has blues, grey, greens, reds, yellows, browns, pinks, and purples that work for them, so it's highly unlikely that you won't like any of your best colors. If the results are surprising to you, I recommend that you commit to wearing your colors for at least one month. As you do, I think you'll find a growing affinity for what makes you look most complete. And if you don't like your version of teal (or whatever), don't wear it.
Q. DO PANTS AND SHOES MATTER?
satMany people will say they don't. I say they do. Contemporary American culture believes that everything goes with black, and it's just not true. A fresh Light Spring woman is weighed down by black shoes. A ruggedly handsome Soft Autumn man looks disjointed with black pants. Stick with your colors for all your wearables and you'll have a far more flexible and cohesive wardrobe.
Q. WHAT IF I CAN'T FIND THINGS IN MY COLORS?
This is a thing, for sure. Whether the styles that flatter you aren't commonly found in your colors or the time of year does not inspire your colors, sometimes shopping will be a challenge. Your personal color analysis will reveal not only your best colors but also your some of your worst (read: colors to avoid at all costs), which can be tremendously helpful information in and of itself. We can also discuss your best alternatives for when your season just isn't in style.
Q. CAN MY COLOR TONE CHANGE?
My short answer is that I don't know for sure. Aside from perhaps age (particularly child to adult and adult to elderly) and illness, I believe people stay in their same palette.
Q. IS THERE ANY REASON I SHOULD NOT GET A COLOR ANALYSIS?
Yes. The following situations might discourage a personal color analysis. Please note that there is absolutely nothing wrong with any of the following circumstances; they simply indicate that your investment may not be a satisfying one.
I am uncertain whether pregnancy can affect the results of a personal color analysis. Though likely not be an issue for most pregnant women, pregnancy-related health issues (which can often arise rather quickly) would give me pause.
Q. HOW DO YOU KNOW IF A COLOR IS "GOOD"?
In short, I am looking for harmony, a pursuit of both art and science. Visual disharmony is as confusing and unsettling as musical disharmony; we're just more used to seeing it than hearing it. A color is deemed "good" when it minimizes visual disturbances. Colors that harmonize with you will make you look healthy; grounded; settled; organized; balanced. We want to see:
Some people have very reactive skin; others are more forgiving for various reasons. It is important to note that I am not going to push you toward a more glamorous "look" (by over-darkening) or attempt to remove all blemishes (by over-brightening). I am looking for the colors of you.
Other questions? Call me at 414 - 350 - ten28 or email monica (at) uncommoncolor . com.