Have you ever had your colours done? I have. It was long, looong ago, but we wont go there. Anyhoo, I was told my colouring was 'Winter'. Now, I was never truly happy with the selection of colours designated to be for a person with winter colouring. Some of the colours were way, way to
|My Colour Wheel|
The 'Cool Summer' palette, which has cool/blue undertones, falls in between the Winter and Summer palettes, meaning I was basically a Summer who can wear some of the richer Winter colours but not all of them. In my case this was quite a lot but not enough to be a 'Winter'. This was a much better option as the colours were truly a better match for me.
|Blues & Greens|
Here's a better look at the colours suited to me. If you know anything about these colour palettes you will know that they are just a guide. For those who don't - any colour that blends with these is suitable as long as it has the same undertone and clarity. You don't have to have an exact match. In effect, you have a very large range of colours that will compliment and look good on you.
Moving right along and getting to the point, my colour swatch has been an invaluable tool when selecting suitable fabrics, but...
I feel the only colours aside from the neutrals that are suitable for me are shades of blue and pink. As you know, complimentary colours are on opposite sides of a colour wheel e.g. opposite blue is orange, purple - yellow, etc. Where are these colours in my palette? I have no oranges and only a pale yellow. No peaches or tans. How can I add them to my wardrobe or at least achieve the same effect without making me look sallow?
This brings me back to where I started - planning my seasonal sewing. I have a mish mash of colours and garments in my wardrobe, most of them prints, leading to wardrobe orphans. My plan for Spring 2012 is to have no other plan than to concentrate on adding a majority of plain coloured garments that will work with my existing items and colours. And, any existing items in colours that aren't working for me might just have a date with the dye bath.
Do you make plans? What are your plans?