A couple of weeks ago a friend introduced me to the colour types theory and I haven’t stopped thinking about “my” colours ever since. The theory goes as follows: there are four main “seasonal” types: winter, summer, spring and autumn, that can overlap with six secondary types: light, deep, warm, cool, clear and soft. Some of them are incompatible (e.g. there’s no “warm winter”), which leaves us with twelve possibilities: four seasonal types with three subtypes each. The type is defined by skin, eye and hair colours and the overall contrast of the three (read more about it here and here).
We’ve had lots of fun trying to determine my colour type and, after a number of selfies, improvised colour tests (wrapping my face with every piece of cloth I could lay my hands on) and a call for “independent experts” (another former fellow student), we’ve finally agreed that I belong to the “summer” type in its less contrasting, “soft” variety… which means that we have a huge colour problem down here. As you probably know, I like juicy, warm, generously saturated colours… the exact opposite of what I am supposed to wear! “Summer” colours are anything but generous: they are cold, and bleak, and quite boring. Houston, where do we go from here?
Remember the “Radiant Orchid” from one of the previous posts? Oh the irony of fate! Luckily, there are a few shades in the “soft summer” palette that I can tolerate and that have already proved to work for me: slate grey, denim blue, sea green, wine red, fuchsia, “dusty rose”… After all, I might give it a try!
Oh, well, I already have: here is my very personal palette that I’m going to try and stick to when buying clothes from now on.
It’s roughly based on this method but I have used more colours for variety and dropped the “neutrals” because you can’t go more neutral than black, white, grey and denim and all of those are already in my “main” category.
The main colours will be the backbone of my wardrobe and the background on which the more lively accent colours can bloom. Each of the main colours can be worn with any complementary (or main) colour in the palette: this will allow lots of room for mixing and matching. The colours in each column have the same level of saturation, which makes them good candidates for “best matches”.
Denim is the colour that gives the overall tone to my wardrobe. The only time when I’m not wearing jeans is when I’m asleep, so this wasn’t technically a choice but a mere acceptance of the inevitable. Both dark and light denim get on board!
Slate grey is one of my latest favourites and light grey is a perfect neutral – both hop in!
Although black doesn’t normally belong to the summer palette, I have included it for convenience and for the sheer love of it. In fact, if I wanted to avoid black, I’d have to replace half of my wardrobe, including accessories… So it stays exactly where it is!
As to the accent colours, I like all the dark ones and I’ll have to learn to love the light ones too… one should be optimistic, right?
And when I think of all the (colour conscious) yarn shopping that lies ahead…