I was thinking how I could work out my own recipe for getting dressed. Some days I want something easy and having a bit of a formula would be good.
I have learned that I am medium high value
contrast (the higher side of medium rather than the lower side of high),
with overall dark(ish) from my hair, I have 2 colours (pink in my skin
and lips, teal eyes), and one neutral (brown/silver hair.)
brown hair is wavy and greying, and has silver and copper/bronze tones
in the light. I need to have depth, colour and texture always in my
outfit. Because of the hair, fabrics with subtle variation, marl, soft
pinstripes, slubbed fabrics, ribs, crinkled texture etc are better than
Whilst I know I can wear all the colours in my
Sophisticated swatch, the browns, teals/green and pinks/ burgundies are
easier for me to wear. (The lighter blues, purples and greys which are
so great for others with the Sophisticated palette are less in harmony
with the colours in my personal colouring).
I decided this year
to concentrate on 4 main signature colours to build out my wardrobe more
(particularly with my sewing) and not get too distracted with some of
the others at the moment. I chose my dark brown (Burnt Cinnamon) and my
navy (Sargeant) to be my base neutrals which I'll have as 60% of each
outfit, usually as an inner or outer column. I will then have either a
teal (Mallard) and a pink/red (Hawthorn) as 30% of the outfit (usually
either the top or layer) and then use the 10% in soft white (often
pearls in jewellery) or metallics or another colour.
realise that I am choosing medium value colours and dark neutrals which
is only giving a medium value contrast, however as I am on the higher
side of medium value contrast I reckon wearing colour plus having small
doses of lighter/metallic/other colour with the dark neutral is giving
me that sense of contrast adequately.
Note: I am following Imogen Lamport's 7 Steps to Style Programme and have had colour analysis and bought the swatches through that. This is a chargeable programme, however some of Imogen's advice is available for free on her blog